Phebe Chen Tran
co-founder & chief of staff

 Phebe Chen Tran
local kid >> Silicon Valley ringleader

“Early in my career, someone had to take a leap of faith and hire me—and Neil was that someone. I’m greatly appreciative of the opportunity, and still consider defy an opportunity to learn every day.”

As chief of staff, my priority is to ensure that everything runs smoothly. I enjoy working closely with the defy team and our talented community of entrepreneurs, sages and friends.

Before joining defy, I was at Sequoia Heritage and General Catalyst. Prior to that, I worked alongside the compliance and financing team at Draper Fisher Jurvetson.

I belong to a rare species of SF Bay Area natives, born and raised, and earned my bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University. With my husband and 2 daughters, I love to experience and taste culture at home and abroad.

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