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No Face-to-Face Before the Deal? Venture Firms Are Struggling With That

“If it’s not a written rule, it’s a said rule,” Mr. Sequeira said.

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Elevate Security Demonstrates SOC 2SM Compliance for Security and Availability Trust Services Criteria

“We are pleased to obtain a SOC 2SM report, which shows that we have the appropriate controls in place to mitigate risks related to security and availability. Our platform is built upon the trust our customers have in it, and we are thrilled to have external evidence that we follow industry best practices regarding security,” said…

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Funding Strangers in a Strange World

Connie and Alex review the week’s news and then talk to Neil Sequeira of Defy Partners about pulling the investment trigger in a Covid-19 world.

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Amid Downturn, Silicon Valley’s Balance of Power Shifts From Startups to VCs

The vultures do come out,” said Neil Sequeira, co-founder and managing partner of Defy Partners, a Series A venture firm, “but they aren’t usually folks like us who rely on our reputation.

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Longtime VC Neil Sequeira: funding founders without in-person meetings is ‘quite difficult’

We caught up with Sequeira yesterday afternoon and discussed whether he’s seeing valuations come down and whether he can imagine funding founders who may have an exciting pitch but is unable to meet in-person due to the pandemic.

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