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Dayna Grayson is a venture advisor to NEA’s technology practice. She joined NEA as a technology investing partner in 2012 through the fall of 2019. She is now a founding partner of Construct Capital. Dayna built her career as an engineer and product designer investing in digital platforms for consumer services and products. As a partner, she led many of the firms’ investments in industrial software, systems and additive manufacturing, including Desktop Metal, Formlabs, Onshape, Tulip and Upskill. Occasionally, she invests in vertically integrated consumer brands that leverage industrial or operations tech, such as Framebridge and Glamsquad.

Prior to joining NEA, Dayna was an investor at North Bridge Venture Partners where she championed companies including Camiant (acquired by Tekelec) and Tapjoy. As an engineer, Dayna started her career at Eye Response Technologies, a startup spun out of the University of Virginia that commercialized eye gaze tracking technology and was later acquired by Dynavox Mayer-Johnson. As an operator and product designer, Dayna led product design of financial accounting products at Blackbaud (BLKB), the leading global provider of software to nonprofit organizations.

Dayna serves as a Harvard Business School Venture Partner, and is on the investment committee of the University of Virginia’s Seed Fund. She is a founding member of AllRaise, an organization dedicated to increasing the number of female investors and founders, leading the organizations’ east coast initiatives. Dayna has a BS from the University of Virginia in Systems Engineering and an MBA from Harvard Business School.



  • UVa
    1995–1999 University of Virginia
  • Design
    2000–2005 Product Design Career
  • Harvard
    2004–2006 Harvard Business School
  • Venture
    2006–present Venture Career
  • December 31, 1997

    First startup

  • July 21, 2004

    Blackbaud goes public

  • October 31, 2012

    Joined NEA