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Rebecca Lynn, General Partner

Ranked #31 out of 100 top tech investors on Forbes’s 2018 Midas List, Rebecca Lynn is a General Partner at Canvas. She focuses on early-stage venture investments in AI, FinTech, digital health, SaaS, and mobile. Rebecca led Canvas’s investments in Casetext, Figure Eight, Gabi, HealthLoop, Owl, Roofstock, and Vida Health, and currently sits on the boards of each. She also led Canvas’s investment in Luminar, 11 Honore, as well as, FutureAdvisor which was acquired by BlackRock.

In 2007, Rebecca joined Morgenthaler Ventures and continues to serve on the boards of that firm’s portfolio companies. She led an early-stage investment in Lending Club (NYSE: LC), which was the largest US technology IPO of 2014 and the fourth largest US Internet IPO since 2001 behind Facebook, Twitter, and Google.  She also led investments in Check (acquired by Intuit), RelateIQ (acquired by Salesforce), Doximity, Practice Fusion, and Convo.

Rebecca is a native of the Midwest, born and raised in Missouri and worked in Ohio for her first job out of college. She began her career at Procter and Gamble’s corporate headquarters in Cincinnati where she launched new products internationally.

She then joined NextCard in the San Francisco Bay Area as employee number 30, and rose up the ranks to become VP of Marketing and head of customer acquisition. During her four years at NextCard, Rebecca led product development efforts and managed one of the top-five largest online marketing efforts of that time. NextCard was the first online credit card company, and it went public in 2000 with a $1.3B market cap. After NextCard, she ran her own consulting business focused on online marketing for financial services and affiliate marketing.

Rebecca is a member of the California Bar Association and a member of the US Patent Bar, with a focus on intellectual property litigation and corporate law. She was published in the Berkeley Law and Technology Journal. Rebecca is also an inventor on several issued patents.  She has a chemical engineering degree from the University of Missouri and a JD/MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.

She is active on the boards of the Economic Innovation Group (EIG), UC Berkeley’s SkyDeck, and Signature Innovation Fellows.

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Our Investment in Airvet

Unlike any of the other pet telehealth platforms on the market, Airvet approaches the market with a philosophical difference to put pets and pet-owners first. Pet health is also relatively underpenetrated in telehealth and telemedicine today.
Published in Medium/by admin

Airvet, a telehealth veterinary platform, just clawed its way to a $14 million Series A round

Today, the company is announcing $14 million in Series A funding led by Canvas Ventures, with participation by e.ventures, Burst Capital, Starting Line, TrueSight Ventures, Hawke Ventures and Bracket Capital, as well as individual investors.
Published in TechCrunch/by admin

Possible Finance — Our Investment in Financial Wellness

Possible Finance is accomplishing this as a mission-driven company that leverages machine learning to do good while building a profitable business. By Rebecca Lynn of Canvas.
Published in Medium/by admin

Appen acquires Figure Eight for up to $300M, bringing two data annotation companies together

Appen just announced that it’s acquiring Figure Eight in an all-cash deal that sees Appen paying $175 million upfront, with an additional payment of up to $125 million based on Figure Eight’s performance this year.
Published in TechCrunch/by admin

VW’s Robo-Cars Get a Boost from Luminar’s LIDAR

Audi AID (that’s Autonomous Intelligent Driving) today announced that it is partnering with lidar maker Luminar.
Published in Wired/by admin

The Shifting Funding Landscape – 2018 Slush Panel Featuring Rebecca Lynn

Should VCs fight against the incentive of growing? How do ICOs and other instruments affect traditional equity investing? To what scale does the role of a VC expand to nowadays? A group of prominent investors will be sharing their knowledge on current innovations in funding affecting the traditional equity investing.
Published in Slush/by admin

Dashboard security cam startup’s founder compares it to iPod, iPhone he helped to develop

The CEO of Palo Alto-based Owl Cameras Inc. says the two-way dashboard cameras it launched this year could have a bigger impact on the lives of their owners than those Apple products did.
Published in Silicon Valley Business Journal/by admin

Rebecca Lynn of Canvas Ventures on Nuclear Reactors, Failure and Asking Questions

The venture capitalist talks about going from “being a player on the field to being a coach” and what it’s like to see your company lose 98 percent of its value in one day.
Published in New York Times/by admin

Owl raises $10 million for two-way car dashboard camera

Owl, the two-way dash cam founded by a team of ex-Apple and Dropcam executives, has secured a $10 million Series A1 round led by Canvas Ventures. This brings Owl’s total funding to $28 million.
Published in TechCrunch/by admin

This 23-year-old CEO is building the ‘eyes’ for self-driving cars near Florida’s Space Coast

A start-up called Luminar is making lidar sensors that are the "eyes" of self-driving cars.
Published in CNBC/by admin

High Tech Insurance Companies Use AI to Lower Rates, Increase Convenience

These insurance company startups are using high tech tools like artificial intelligence in an effort to make their services better and rates lower.
Published in KTLA-TV/by admin

Venture Capital Needs To Clean House. But The Bones Are Good

We need more and more women to join our ranks and not be repelled by the industry’s “boys club” image.
Published in Forbes/by admin
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Focus

FinTech, digital health, mobile, SaaS, and consumer

Education

University of California at Berkeley (JD/MBA), University of Missouri (BS Chemical Engineering), Procter & Gamble

 

Active Investments

  • 11 Honoré
  • Airvet
  • Casetext
  • Eden
  • Figure Eight
  • FutureAdvisor
  • Gabi
  • HealthLoop
  • Luminar Technologies
  • Owl Car Cam
  • Possible Finance
  • Roofstock
  • Vida Health
  • Viewics
  • Doximity (Morgenthaler Ventures)
  • Practice Fusion (Morgenthaler Ventures)

Past Investments

  • Check (acquired by Intuit)
  • Lending Club (NYSE: LC)
  • RelateIQ (acquired by Salesforce)
  • FutureAdvisor (acquired by BlackRock)
  • Check, Lending Club, and RelateIQ were Morgenthaler Ventures’ portfolio companies. FutureAdvisor was a Canvas portfolio company.