Grace Isford

Partner
Invests in companies based in computational sciences

About Grace

As a Partner based in our New York City office, Grace invests in companies innovating at the nexus of the computational sciences – data, AI and ML infrastructure, network and compute infrastructure and cutting edge technological applications especially in healthcare and financial services.

Grace seeks to invest in companies that leverage breakthrough technology to improve individual efficiency and agency. She focuses on data and machine-learning startups that are hyper-personalizing user experiences and transforming legacy industries and fintech and blockchain infrastructure companies building the next-gen developer stack and payment rails.

Every problem is an opportunity. The bigger the problem, the bigger the opportunity. –Dr. Tina Seelig

Before joining Lux, Grace was a principal at Canvas Ventures, where she started as a campus scout while attending Stanford University before becoming a full-time investor in 2019. While there, she sourced 10 investments including real-time data sharing platform Vendia, which was co-founded by AWS Lambda inventor Tim Wagner and Shruthi Rao, who led Amazon Managed Blockchain.

Prior to Canvas, Grace worked on the LP side at the Stanford Management Company, in product at edtech startup Handshake, and in growth equity at Stripes Group. She earned a Bachelors of Science and a Masters of Science in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford, where she was a Mayfield Fellow and served as Co-President of Stanford Women in Business, the campus’s largest pre-professional organization for women. In addition, she is on the board of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, the university’s entrepreneurship center, and is an active member of All Raise, focused on accelerating the success of female and non-binary founders and funders.

Grace is originally from Connecticut, although has lived in Tokyo, Japan, and aspires to re-learn Japanese. She’s an avid runner and cyclist.

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“The future is already here... it's just not evenly distributed yet.” — William Gibson
Outside of work
Grace can bake the traditional Icelandic wedding cake vínarterta and has won baking competitions.
Grace has run three marathons including qualifying for and running the Boston Marathon in 2019.
Grace's last name originated in honor of ancestors who lived in the Icelandic town of Ísafjörður, where they capsized a fishing boat.
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Selected Investments

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Sakana AI
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Together.xyz
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Reflex
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LangChain
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Coris
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Goldsky
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Tactic
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other team members

Peter Hébert
Co-founder and Managing Partner
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Josh Wolfe
Co-founder and Managing Partner
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Deena Shakir
General Partner
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Shahin Farshchi, PhD
General Partner
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Brandon Reeves
General Partner
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Bilal Zuberi
General Partner
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Shaq Vayda
Principal
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Lan Jiang
Associate
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Adam Kalish
General Partner
Development and Operations
Steven Brody
Chief Operating Officer
Development and Operations
Scott Rubin
Chief Marketing Officer
Development and Operations
Segolene Scarborough
Chief Financial Officer
Development and Operations
Sean Traynor
General Counsel
Development and Operations
Alex Nguyen
Partner
Development and Operations
Samuel Arbesman, PhD
Scientist in Residence
Development and Operations
Danny Crichton
Head of Editorial
Development and Operations
Tracie Rotter
Platform Partner
Development and Operations
Saunaz Moradi
Director of Communications
Development and Operations
Chris Gates
Producer
Development and Operations
Andrew Wilson
Associate General Counsel
Development and Operations
Brad Gritsch
Fund Accountant
Development and Operations
Stevie Lee
Assistant Controller
Development and Operations
Samantha Cho
Controller
Development and Operations
Bibi Masara
Office Manager
Development and Operations
Debbie Elsen
Executive Assistant
Development and Operations
Dana Riley
Executive Assistant & Office Manager
Development and Operations
Jasmine Rainey
Executive Assistant and Marketing Coordinator
Development and Operations
Lindsay Morris
Executive Assistant
Development and Operations
Cristina Morris
Executive Assistant
Development and Operations
Bree Morgan
Executive Assistant
Development and Operations
Andrew Wilson
Jasmine Rainey
Tracie Rotter
Stevie Lee
Steven Brody
Shaq Vayda
Shahin Farshchi, PhD
Segolene Scarborough
Sean Traynor
Scott Rubin
Saunaz Moradi
Samuel Arbesman, PhD
Samantha Cho
Peter Hébert
Lindsay Morris
Lan Jiang
Josh Wolfe
Grace Isford
Deena Shakir
Debbie Elsen
Danny Crichton
Dana Riley
Cristina Morris
Chris Gates
Bree Morgan
Brandon Reeves
Brad Gritsch
Bilal Zuberi
Bibi Masara
Alex Nguyen
Adam Kalish