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Grace Isford

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Grace Isford
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About

Grace Isford

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.

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.

Every problem is an opportunity. The bigger the problem, the bigger the opportunity.”
Every problem is an opportunity. The bigger the problem, the bigger the opportunity.”
—Dr. Tina Seelig
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Grace has run three marathons including qualifying for and running the Boston Marathon in 2019
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Tactic

Goldsky

Infrastructure + Computer Science

Clarifai

Progressing Science + Knowledge

Runway

Increasing Productivity + Efficiency
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Translated multiple works of the Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca into English

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