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Friday Letter: Is being a venture capitalist the same as sales?

I recently met Brian Rothenberg, a former Eventbrite exec who joined Defy Partners earlier this year. He’ll work as a partner alongside co-founders and Managing Directors Neil Sequeira and Trae Vassallo, who launched the rm in late 2017.

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From Zero to IPO: How Growth Needs to Evolve at Every Startup Stage

“Build it and they will come” isn’t a growth strategy. Before you ship a new feature, fully understand how it will impact your customers. Drive value, and then the customers will come.”

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How To Grow Your Startup Without Risking Burnout

If you’re going to work with a VC firm, make sure it understands where you’re at in the growth process and how you can move forward in a sustainable way. For example, Defy is an early-stage VC firm that specializes in helping companies maintain sustainable growth immediately after receiving seed capital. No matter what form of funding…

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25 rising stars in venture capital who control millions of dollars in Silicon Valley and decide which startups will blow up

Brian Rothenberg joined, an early-stage venture capital firm, after leading customer acquisition at events startup Eventbrite. Rothenberg is not new to investing, having angel invested in several startups during his tenure in Silicon Valley and scouted startups for Y Combinator, Sequoia Capital, and First Round Capital, but will bring operational expertise to’s growing…

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Mixhalo Live-Audio Tech Startup Remixes Management, Raises $10.7M From Major Bands, VCs

Per Mixhalo’s music roots, its most straightforward application is to ensure that people in the cheap seats at a concert can get the kind of high-quality audio that musicians hear through their in-ear monitors onstage, said Ruxin.

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