Defy Partners Enhances Team

Left to right: Madison McIIwain, Kamil Saeid, Purvi Shah

Defy Partners, a Woodside, Calif.-based early stage venture capital firm, announced several team additions and promotions.

Defy has hired Kamil Saeid as Partner and Creation Lead. In his role, Saeid will be focused on sourcing, diligence, and investments across sectors.

The firm has brought on two new members to its Sage program including Christa Quarles and Bryan Goldberg and promoted Madison McIIwain to Partner, Seed where she will focus on Seed stage investments and promoted Purvi Shah to Partner, CFO to expand her current role as CFO.

Quarles and Goldberg join current Defy Sages including: Sujal Patel, Brian Lee, Ben Wolin, and Steve Miller.

Founded in 2016, Defy is an early stage venture capital firm enabling early stage startups to mature and scale into category-defining companies. 

The firm’s Defy Sage program includes CEOs who work with Defy on new investment opportunities, mentoring founders, and sitting on Defy company boards. They provide proprietary access to compelling founders and unique investment opportunities while offering entrepreneurs the best possible partners to help guide them through company building and rapid revenue growth. They serve as partners across Defy funds and are instrumental as the firm continues to scale and grow.