Sep 19, 2018 Anni Gullichsen
Being raised by farmer parents in Missouri and studying chemical engineering at the university doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll become co-founder and partner at a venture capital firm in your forties – unless you’re Rebecca Lynn of Canvas Ventures. In that case it means exactly that.
At Canvas Ventures, Rebecca invests mainly in early-stage companies in the fields of artificial intelligence, digital health and financial technology. She led Canvas’ investments in Casetext, Figure Eight, Gabi, HealthLoop, Roofstock and Vida Health. Rebecca also currently sits on the boards of each.
In 2015, the Forbes Midas List named Canvas Ventures a “top VC firm to watch”, and in 2018, Rebecca was ranked number 31 out of 100 top tech investors on the same list. One of her first big bets was leading an early-stage investment in Lending Club, a peer-to-peer lender in 2014. It was the largest US technology IPO of that year and the fourth largest US Internet IPO since 2001 behind Facebook, Twitter and Google.
Eventually, she decided to go from a player to a coach, and became a venture capitalist. In 2007, she joined Morgenthaler Ventures and still continues to serve on the boards of that firm’s portfolio companies. In 2013, she founded Canvas Ventures with Gary Little and Paul Hsiao.
In addition to her interest towards early-stage companies, she sparked a fascination towards science and research during her university studies, and has thought about pursuing a PhD in nuclear engineering. Still, she hasn’t abandoned her Midwestern roots: she has recently bought a ranch, where she keeps farm animals and teaches her kids where their food comes from.
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