“Deft has already had a tremendous impact on Birmingham’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, and with the new venture, Moxie IoT, they are poised to make an even bigger impact. Deft has the potential to help solve problems for some of the area’s largest companies right in their backyard and at a fraction of the price. Ross and Austin have created a dynamic operation that continues to produce some of the most exciting and innovative projects in the region.”
DEFT is a venture studio,a business that builds startups by bringing together engineers, entrepreneurs and venture capital under one roof. Wesson and his business partner Austin Gurley run DEFT with the idea of inventing products, spinning them off into separate companies, and then funneling profits back into new product and company creation.
Gurley and Wesson, both 27, grew up together until they left for college, Wesson to study finance at the University of Alabama, and Gurley to study engineering at Auburn University. After college, Gurley got his master’s and PhD, and Wesson worked on Wall Street.
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