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An Airfreight Upstart Takes Shipping Digital

Defy, the early-stage firm founded by Neil Sequeira and Trae Vassallo, is on a mission to back entrepreneurs whose business model can upend an industry just beginning to be touched by digital platforms. The firm says it is doing just that by investing in Airspace Technologies Inc., a logistics startup that works with driver-contractors and…

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Why Impact, Not Money, Makes These The Greatest Tech M&A Deals Of All Time

With a raging bull public market, massive M&A deals like Salesforce’s $6.5 billion acquisition of Mulesoft (not to mention Monsanto’s $85 billion acquisition of Bayer), and a record-setting Q1 for global M&A (totaling $1.2 trillion in value) with a strong Q2 ($715 billion in value) it seems like all the heat is currently focused at…

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20VC: What John Doerr taught me about great investing, why not all A rounds are post-traction and why despite overfunding, there are still gaps in venture financing with Trae Vassallo, founding partner @ Defy.vc

Trae Vassallo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director @ Defy.VC, one of Silicon Valley’s newest and most exciting Series A funds with the announcement of their debut $151m fund in Sept 2017. Prior to co-founding Defy, Trae was a general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers where she invested in a number of leading companies including eero, Nest Labs,…

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Venture Capital Needs To Clean House. But The Bones Are Good

Play a game of word association with anyone and say the words, “venture capital,” and I bet you would get answers like “sexual harassment,” “gender discrimination,” and “bro culture.” That’s because the dominating headlines of late have been about powerful men in venture who sexually harassed women at their firms or at startups looking for…

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This Is What Happens When Former Apple and Dropcam Engineers Turn Their Attention to the Car

Owl, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based company, came out of stealth Thursday with its Owl Car Cam product—an LTE-connected security camera for the car designed to capture crashes, break-ins, dents, and traffic stops as well as the weird or fun moments that happen while driving. The Car Cam, which has dual-facing interior and exterior cameras and…

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