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Nifty Games raises $12M to shake up mobile sports gaming

The Bay Area games publisher announced Wednesday that they had recently closed a $12 million Series A round of fundraising led by March Capital Partners.  Defy Partners, aXiomatic Gaming, Vulcan Capital, Courtside Ventures, Transcend Fund, Century Game and OneTeam Ventures also participated in the round, which the Nifty team tells us closed earlier this year.…

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New Year, New You! Positioning and Messaging edition

If you’re like us, 2021 has the Defy team thinking about a fresh and new aesthetic. But design is so much more than a look. How you position and message your company, your product, and your mission can have an immensely positive impact on your revenue growth and brand recognition.

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Meet 23 rising star investors scouting the next breakout enterprise software startups in industries like ‘boring AI’ and ‘SMBtech’

The Defy team specializes in people. Really. Neil and Trae have built a name for themselves in being loyal, dogged, and illustrious inventors and investors within Silicon Valley. As a senior associate, I have felt empowered to share my industry perspective and ask questions in every team meeting. Rather than taking a back seat, we…

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VC family: Madison McIlwain follows her father’s footsteps, and carves out her own tech interests

McIlwain is the daughter of Matt McIlwain, a managing director at Seattle’s Madrona Venture Group. Growing up in Seattle, she considers herself fortunate to have learned from the longtime tech investor — and she valued enough of what her dad said that she followed him into the field.

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The next-gen leaders of enterprise venture capital think software is going to look much different post-pandemic. Here are their predictions for what’s ahead

“Digital-first workflows that truly automate and connect people across physical boundaries are likely to be big opportunities in software in the next 6-12 months,” Defy Partners senior associate Madison McIlwain said. “Now, more than ever before, people are going to ask the question, ‘Can’t we do this digitally?”‘ Enterprise investors should be seeking opportunities to…

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