VP OF FINANCE
Grace Chen joined Sierra Ventures in 2016 and focuses on fund accounting, assisting with tax compliance, and coordinating audit processes. Grace has a background in consulting and Finance working for various venture capital firms in the Bay Area including Formation 8, e.Ventures, and Venrock. Grace is a CPA and holds a MA in Professional Accounting with a concentration in tax from The University of Texas at Austin. During her free time she enjoys travel, fashion journalism, and rock climbing.
Areas of Expertise
- Investor Relations
- Corporate Finance & Accounting Practices
- Process Improvement
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Contract Negotiation & Strategic Planning
- International Operations
- Change Management
- Strategic Partnerships
Insights from Grace
What is the best part of your job?
Interacting with all team members within the firm to get a rounded perspective of what our firm provides.
What finance tools and resources do you recommend for entrepreneurs?
Find and lean on a network of peers, investors, and external teams. The strength of your network helps generate thoughts on a particular process or issue that someone else has already experienced.
What advice do you have for founders?
Know your numbers. Your focus can initially be on sales or product but if you don’t understand the numbers or financials, you may lose sight of a shrinking runway.
What do you like to do when you are not working?
Representing for my toy poodle as her agent to help her market for two dog clothing companies in the US and Australia.