Jonathan Lai is a general partner on the consumer team, investing in games, crypto, and social. Today, Jonathan serves on the board of Singularity 6, Elodie, Mainframe Industries, Overwolf, Mountaintop, and StarStock.
Before joining Andreessen Horowitz, Jonathan led the North America games investments team at Tencent. Prior, Jon was a senior product manager at Riot Games, the developers of League of Legends, where he shipped the Riot Games API before the company was acquired by Tencent. He started his career in investment banking for Morgan Stanley.
Jonathan graduated from Harvard University with an MBA and BA in Economics, and lives in the Bay Area with his family.
The NFT Discussion
NFTs are popping up everywhere and are heading to games. While investors are bullish on the future of NFTs, many game developers remain skeptical. Will NFTs do great things for our players and our games, or will they be a passing fad? Do players even want this? How will they impact gameplay? How will they impact our business models?
Recalling the debate and distrust around microtransactions over a decade ago, Min Kim will lead a panel of experts from the investment, product, and play-to-earn community to explore this new frontier.