Early-stage VC Defy adds Brian Rothenberg as partner

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Brian Rothenberg, partner, Defy Partners. Photo courtesy of the firm

Early-stage investor Defy Partners, which recently raised $262 million for its second fund, has tapped former Eventbrite exec Brian Rothenberg as a partner. He joins Co-Founders and Managing Directors Neil Sequeira and Trae Vassallo, who launched the firm in late 2017.

Rothenberg spent six years with Eventbrite and before that co-founded SkillSlate, a venture-backed local services marketplace that TaskRabbit acquired. He said he was also an adviser and an investor through First Round Capital’s Angel Track & Expert Network, Sequoia Capital’s Scout program, and Y Combinator’s Growth Council.