Connie Loizos

Loizos has been reporting on Silicon Valley since the late ’90s, when she joined the original Red Herring magazine. She is currently the Silicon Valley Editor of TechCrunch. She’s also the founder of StrictlyVC, a daily e-newsletter and events business.

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  • Qualtrics makes a small acquisition — its first

    Qualtrics makes a small acquisition — its first

    Qualtrics, a Provo, Utah, company whose online survey research platforms help 8,500 enterprise customers better understand both their employees and their customers, has made its first acquisition, picking up four-year-old, San Francisco-based Statwing. Terms of the deal aren’t being disclosed, but Statwing’s three-person team is relocating to Qualtrics’s Seattle office and… Read More

  • Thiel says he decided several years ago to try to cripple Gawker

    Thiel says he decided several years ago to try to cripple Gawker

    Earlier today, we speculated that billionaire Peter Thiel may have secretly financed a lawsuit to put Gawker Media out of business owing to a series of antagonistic stories about him written by Gawker’s now defunct Valleywag site nearly a decade ago. Thiel has since talked with New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin and confirmed that not only has he provided Hulk Hogan (legally… Read More

  • A lending case involving top VCs moves toward a trial

    A lending case involving top VCs moves toward a trial

    Elevate, a venture-backed company that uses big data to assess loan applications from people with low credit scores, has been called out as a predatory lender, including in Fortune last year. One reason among others is that the APR on some of its loans is a stunning 349 percent. Yet the company’s predecessor, Think Finance, which was founded in 2001 and quietly spun out Elevate into… Read More

  • For Peter Thiel, revenge on Gawker may have been a dish best served cold

    For Peter Thiel, revenge on Gawker may have been a dish best served cold

    According to a Forbes report published last night, billionaire investor Peter Thiel has been quietly funding the case that Hulk Hogan (whose real name is Terry Bollea) has brought against the online news organization Gawker. Bollea has won for now. A Florida jury awarded Bollea $140 million in March over a sex tape that Gawker published in 2012. And today, Judge Pamela Campbell denied a… Read More

  • Ex-­Googlers raise $2.5 million for Pattern, a friendly “workspace” for salespeople

    Ex-­Googlers raise $2.5 million for Pattern, a friendly “workspace” for salespeople

    Pattern, a year-old, Redwood City, Ca.- based startup, wants to become a kind of external brain that lightens the load of managing customer relationships for salespeople. Felicis Ventures, SoftTech VC, and First Round Capital have just furnished the company with $2.5 million in seed funding toward that end, too. You can kind of see why, given the problem Pattern is trying to… Read More

  • L.A. Has a New Later-Stage Firm in March Capital Partners

    L.A. Has a New Later-Stage Firm in March Capital Partners

    L.A. has a new venture firm in March Capital Partners, a $240 million fund that has a few tricks up its sleeve. For starters, though it invests in both Southern and Northern California, it considers itself a global investor and has already made bets in India (in online payments company BillDesk) and Germany (Dojo Madness, which makes a digital coaching app for gamers). It also writes Series… Read More

  • Kleiner is raising two new funds totaling upwards of $1.3 billion

    Kleiner is raising two new funds totaling upwards of $1.3 billion

    Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, long a leading venture firm, is talking with investors about two new funds that would total roughly $1.3 billion, CNBC reported earlier today and TechCrunch has confirmed. Roughly two-thirds of the money would go toward a new growth stage fund; the rest would be invested through a new, early-stage fund. The firm may have a slightly harder go of it than in… Read More

  • Checking the market’s temperature with Bain’s Ajay Agarwal

    Checking the market’s temperature with Bain’s Ajay Agarwal

    Ajay Agarwal leads the West Coast team for Bain Capital Ventures, which he joined 13 years ago. Because he he has seen some market zigs and zags, we met him for coffee this week to talk about what he’s seeing in the market right now. Our chat has been edited for length. TC: Bain Capital Ventures opened its first office in the Bay Area five years ago. Now you have an office in Palo… Read More

  • Paul Bragiel is back with a new venture firm

    Paul Bragiel is back with a new venture firm

    Paul Bragiel, the venture capitalist who made an unsuccessful run at qualifying for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics as lone member of the Colombian cross-country ski team, is forming a new, San Francisco-based venture firm with his brother, Dan. According to an SEC filing, they are targeting $10 million for their debut effort. The outfit is called Bragiel Brothers. We’ve reached out… Read More

  • The truth about due diligence

    The truth about due diligence

    It’s easy to imagine that they’ve been happening regularly across the startup industry. The pace of funding in recent years has been feverish, giving investors less time than ever to assess the startups they’re funding. That once-celebrated companies like the blood testing outfit Theranos, and the wireless charging company uBeam, are seemingly fighting for their lives… Read More

  • For online lenders, it’s suddenly touch-and-go

    For online lenders, it’s suddenly touch-and-go

    A year ago, privately held online lenders like Prosper, SoFi and Avant looked all but certain to go public at the same unicorn valuations their venture investors had assigned them — if not higher. They were seemingly reshaping the student, consumer and small business lending business. The market they’re chasing is enormous: The U.S. consumer lending market is a $3.5… Read More

  • Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET, joins Twitter’s board

    Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET, joins Twitter’s board

    Debra Lee, who has been CEO of Viacom’s Black Entertainment Television (BET) since 2005 and its chairman since 2006, has joined the board of Twitter. She tweeted out the news earlier today. Thrilled to be joining the @twitter board. It’s transformed the media and the world like few other things in history (and continues to)!! — Debra Lee (@IamDebraLee) May 16… Read More

  • Naspers Plants a Flag in U.S., with New Venture Group

    Naspers Plants a Flag in U.S., with New Venture Group

    Naspers, the 101-year-old, internet and entertainment group, is finally planting a flag in the U.S., establishing a Naspers Ventures unit that will operate largely out of San Francisco. The 30,000-person company, which is based in Cape Town, South Africa and tends to focus on less developed markets, including Latin America, Africa, India and even Russia, said its decision to come to the U.S. Read More

  • HP rolls out a new corporate venture unit

    HP rolls out a new corporate venture unit

    There’s a new corporate venture arm in town. Roughly six months after Hewlett-Packard finalized its division into two companies — Hewlett Packard Enterprise, which focuses on servers, storage, networking, and security; and HP Inc., which continues to sell PCs and printers — the latter is introducing a new venture unit called HP Tech Ventures. Read More

  • CrowdBuilder is a new app that’s taking on the fragmented event promoter market

    CrowdBuilder is a new app that’s taking on the fragmented event promoter market

    According to the research firm IBISWorld, there are currently more than 65,000 event promoters in the U.S., most of who have limited geographic reach. Even including the industry’s largest player, Live Nation Entertainment, the biggest companies in the space account for no more than a quarter of industry revenue, estimated to be $23 billion annually. Read More

  • At Carnegie Mellon, using tech to make teachers more engaging

    At Carnegie Mellon, using tech to make teachers more engaging

    Amy Ogan, an educational technologist at Carnegie Mellon University, calls herself a “CMU lifer” and for good reason. She nabbed both her undergraduate degree and Ph.D from the school. For the last couple of years, she has also worked at the university as an assistant professor, where she’s primarily focused on making classrooms, both online and offline, far more… Read More

  • New York’s ff Venture Capital has raised a new, $54 million fund

    New York’s ff Venture Capital has raised a new, $54 million fund

    New York-based venture firm ff Venture Capital, has raised $53.8 million for its fourth seed-stage venture fund, according to an SEC filing that shows fundraising began in the fall of 2014. The firm had closed its third seed-stage fund fund in January 2014 with $52 million. Since then, ff Venture Capital has hired two new partners, including Adam Plotkin, who was formerly one of its… Read More

  • eShares puts the screws to 409A valuation firms

    eShares puts the screws to 409A valuation firms

    Every startup that gives employees option grants has to comply with 409A, a section of the U.S. tax code that was established in late 2004 and basically states that a company has to pay tax on some of the compensation it defers, including those options. The 409A valuations are a way to get to their value. Unfortunately, for much of the last 12 years, such 409A valuations have proven… Read More

  • Designer Fund, which backs startups founded by designers, has raised $20 million

    Designer Fund, which backs startups founded by designers, has raised $20 million

    Designer Fund, a San Francisco outfit that looks to invest in seed-stage startups that feature designers on their founding teams, has raised $20 million in funding from unnamed individual investors, most of them successful designers looking to support the next generation. The four-year-old firm was founded by Enrique Allen and Ben Blumenfeld, who remain its only general partners. Read More

  • Handcuffed to Uber

    Handcuffed to Uber

    A quick scan of LinkedIn for former employees underscores the point. Of Uber’s roughly 6,700 employees, only a tiny fraction have left, and in most cases, those hires weren’t around long enough to be worrying about vested options. Employees of privately held companies have long wrestled with this issue. (We wrote about it here last summer.) With valuations of many privately held… Read More

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