The day Alessya Visnjic walked in our front door at defy is still vivid in my mind because we could not get a deal done. It was a sunny day in Woodside and it was my partner Madison’s first day at the firm. We had just been introduced to Alessya’s…

Chad, DJ and Neil over a Sichuan lunch.

Yesterday, a Defy portfolio company, Skubana, announced its successful acquisition by 3PL Central and its partner, Mainsail Partners. While it serves as a meaningful exit for Defy and the founders of Skubana, Chad Rubin and DJ Kunovac, the team will remain to build a next-generation end-to-end commerce platform that combines…

Securly’s co-founder and CEO, Bharath Madhusudan, leading a meeting

For years, the education market was persona non-grata for many in the venture capital community including myself. After 20 years of investing, it was difficult for me to understand the desire to deal with school administration, long sales cycles, difficult installations and (gasp) budget cycles. …

Brian Rothenberg, Partner at Defy.vc

Covid-19 has brought unprecedented challenges to the entire world. We at Defy know that the challenges faced by each of our portfolio companies, team members, and friends are different. Many are tackling new business opportunities or challenges, some are taking on the disruption of kids learning from home, and we’re…

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