Jonathan Lai

Hey, it's Jon, thanks for stopping by.

I'm a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz and cofounder of a16z Games Fund One. I believe games will play a pivotal role in defining how we socialize, play, and work over the next century. I'm excited to invest at the intersection of games and technology.

Prior to a16z, I was a senior director at Tencent where I led the North America investments team and spearheaded the launch of our WeGame platform for Western games in China. Before that, I was a product manager at Riot Games (acquired by Tencent), where we developed League of Legends, the world's most played PC game. I also served as head of product for Dots, a mobile games start-up that was acquired by Take-Two. HBS MBA and Harvard BA.

A few things I love: sweet tea, good sake, Imagine Dragons, TFT, Dark Souls, my amazing wife Jen, and our brood of voracious Zerglings: Asher, Aiden, & Yellow Kitty.

You can follow me on Twitter or LinkedIn

Writings & Podcasts

The best consumer, enterprise, & fintech apps today embrace game design

The next big innovation in social play will likely come from tabletop games (D&D, Mafia, etc)

We're on the precipice of seeing new categories of AI-first games

Good, fast, & inexpensive: breaking the triangle theory of game development

AI-led creation will lead to new content types and social modalities in the Metaverse

A new generation of instant games is changing how we play, discover, and develop games

Why a16z has started a dedicated games fund and what we invest in (pod)

The promise of cloud gaming lies in software - unique, cloud-native experiences

Applying lessons from game design to software onboarding (tweetstorm)

A new class of creators is emerging as the future of live video entertainment

What's the next Facebook or Snapchat? Look to games to lead the way

Lessons learned as a PM at Riot Games & Tencent and what I look for as an investor

When does play-to-earn and real money trading work in games? (tweetstorm)

Play-to-earn has introduced a new endgame: the management sim (tweetstorm)

In web3, virtual economist will be one of the most in-demand jobs of our time (tweetstorm)

How does Tencent have such a great track record in games? (tweetstorm)

Why and how games have become mainstream today (pod)

Half a billion people played the party game Among Us in Nov, what's going on? (pod)

How games have evolved from entertainment into social networks today (pod)

Web3 project set in the EVE Online universe

Leading platform for interoperable avatars

Leading African games publisher & fintech platform

UGC-as-a-service platform

Interactive IP universe and community built on the blockchain

Next-gen competitive experiences

Cloud-native game studio

Natively cross-platform co-op games

Building a genre-defining web3 MMO

Video social network for the virtual world generation

The stock market for athletes

Both livestreaming and gaming are up massively amidst COVID-19 (pod)

Snapchat is doubling down on games and Bitmoji (pod)

Implications of Seam's ban on NFTs and blockchain games (pod)

Steam releases in China officially and Epic has a tool for creating digital humans (pod)