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Owl is a smarter spin on a dashboard camera

Owl hopes to do for the dashboard-camera market what the iPod did for portable audio players. That might seem like a tall order for a fledgling startup, but the ambition makes sense for a company led by Andy Hodge, who served as the iPod product lead at Apple for a decade. After a stint at Dropcam, he…

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Owl’s web-connected, voice-activated dashcam looks pretty sweet

Dashboard cameras are a great way to protect yourself with video evidence from all sorts of trouble while driving — everything from fender benders to insurance fraud and more. They can also be fun when you capture something random happening on the road. Silicon Valley startup Owl thinks they can improve the dashcam with its…

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Do we really need another venture firm?

Almost everyone agrees that venture is overfunded, so the initial reaction to “do we need another venture firm” is a reflexive “no.” But when you start talking to entrepreneurs, you learn a very different story. You hear that the distribution of capital is lumpy and the money has migrated to the two ends of the…

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Former Kleiner Perkins General Partner, General Catalyst Managing Director Launch Defy Partners

At Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and General Catalyst, venture capitalists Trae Vassallo and Neil Sequeira burnished their résumés in Series A deals with startup stakes such as Honest Company and Nest. But the venture capital industry in 2017 looks very different from when they started their careers nearly 15 years ago. Fund sizes at…

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Veteran VCs Trae Vassallo and Neil Sequeira attract $151 million to their new firm, Defy Partners

They’re back. After staying heads down for the past year, Trae Vassallo and Neil Sequeira, two longtime venture capitalists whose individual brands are well-known to Bay Area startup founders, are finally taking the wraps off their new venture firm, Defy Partners. As part of the big reveal, they say they’ve closed their debut fund with $151 million…

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