Grace Isford

Grace Isford

Investor
The best entrepreneurs are humble, ambitious visionaries. They are voracious learners determined to achieve—and exceed—their goals.

As an investor, she loves working with entrepreneurs who are problem solvers in their own right, identifying problems they resonate deeply with and have a steely determination to solve.

Before Canvas, Grace worked on the LP side, at the Stanford Management Company, and on the operating side, in product at edtech startup Handshake. Both experiences led her to venture, where she is most motivated by helping entrepreneurs make their visions a reality. 

Grace is always looking to find humble and ambitious entrepreneurs building products with an earned insight about their users, and are often uniquely motivated to deliver their product’s value to their users. 

She loves helping companies develop go-to-market strategies, and think critically about how to thoughtfully scale big businesses. Competitive from a young age, Grace is passionate about being a great team player and helping whatever team she’s on win, whether that is her peers at Canvas or the entrepreneurs she works with.

Outside of work, you can find Grace going for long runs or reading. She is actively involved on the board of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Stanford’s entrepreneurship center, and she serves as a volunteer with All Raise, a nonprofit focused on accelerating the success of female founders and funders. 

Grace holds her BS and MS in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University, where she was a Mayfield Fellow.

Biography

Grace focuses on investing in API-first companies, verticalized software and data and ML applications across enterprise, fintech, and healthcare. Grace’s first exposure to entrepreneurship was her freshman year at Stanford University, where she studied under Stanford Technology Venture Program Professors Tina Seelig and Tom Byers. She learned from them that “every problem is an opportunity” and that entrepreneurship was a unique opportunity to create, innovate, and make a positive impact on the world.
Grace Isford

As an investor, she loves working with entrepreneurs who are problem solvers in their own right, identifying problems they resonate deeply with and have a steely determination to solve.

Before Canvas, Grace worked on the LP side, at the Stanford Management Company, and on the operating side, in product at edtech startup Handshake. Both experiences led her to venture, where she is most motivated by helping entrepreneurs make their visions a reality. 

Grace is always looking to find humble and ambitious entrepreneurs building products with an earned insight about their users, and are often uniquely motivated to deliver their product’s value to their users. 

She loves helping companies develop go-to-market strategies, and think critically about how to thoughtfully scale big businesses. Competitive from a young age, Grace is passionate about being a great team player and helping whatever team she’s on win, whether that is her peers at Canvas or the entrepreneurs she works with.

Outside of work, you can find Grace going for long runs or reading. She is actively involved on the board of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Stanford’s entrepreneurship center, and she serves as a volunteer with All Raise, a nonprofit focused on accelerating the success of female founders and funders. 

Grace holds her BS and MS in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University, where she was a Mayfield Fellow.

Notable investments

Focus areas

Personal interests

Favorite book

Mindset by Carol Dweck. She believes in the growth mindset, thriving on challenges and viewing them as areas of opportunity for personal growth.

Motivation

Fun fact

Grace lived in Tokyo, Japan during her childhood and aspires to re-learn the Japanese language.

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Investments

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