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Airspace Technologies Raises $8 Million Series A Led by Defy

Airspace Technologies, a technology enabled provider of time definite logistics, has raised an $8M Series A funding round to develop its next generation delivery network and software platform. The Series A was led by Defy with participation from Qualcomm Ventures (the investment arm of Qualcomm Incorporated), Cross Culture Ventures, and Schematic Ventures. Based in Carlsbad, CA, Airspace Technologies provides…

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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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