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

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 in capital commitments, including from endowments,a a familya a offices,a a foundationsa a anda a non-profits.

Why More Women-Led Venture Capital Firms Will Improve Startup Investments

The number of venture capital firms led with female partners or by women are rising, a positive indicator that females are taking a more active role in making investments in startups, especially those with female founders. The number of venture capital firms led with female partners or by women is rising, a positive indicator that females are taking a more active role in making investments in startups, especially those with female founders.

Blog: Q3 2017 Quarterly VC Update: Lauren Loktev on the State of Venture Capital Investing

In conjunction with our Q3 Venture Financing Report , I sat down with Lauren Loktev from Collaborative Fund to get her take on the current state of venture capital investing. On dealflow : This year, Collaborative has seen a continuation of healthy capital flow, a surplus of competition among VCs for what are perceived to be the best deals and, generally, an uptick in valuations across rounds.

The powerful hold of Silicon Valley’s venture capital priesthood

Yesterday one of the most prominent venture capital firms in Silicon Valley had a name partner, Steve Jurvetson, resign amid a sexual harassment investigation. Silicon Valley doesn't exactly have a stellar reputation when it comes to gender issues, and it joins the list of industries under scrutiny in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein.