Connie Loizos

Connie Loizos

Editor in Chief & General Manager

Loizos has been reporting on Silicon Valley since the late ’90s, when she joined the original Red Herring magazine. Previously the Silicon Valley Editor of TechCrunch, she was named Editor in Chief and General Manager of TechCrunch in September 2023. She’s also the founder of StrictlyVC, a daily e-newsletter and lecture series acquired by Yahoo in August 2023 and now operated as a sub brand of TechCrunch.

The Latest from Connie Loizos

Family tragedy for former YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. Earlier this week, the 19-year-old son of former YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, was found dead at UC Berkeley of an apparent drug overdose, according to h

A peek inside Alphabet’s $7B growth-stage investing arm, CapitalG

Almost a year ago, Alphabet’s growth stage venture arm, CapitalG, named partner Laela Sturdy as its new head, just as the unit’s founder, David Lawee, stepped down. Few were surprised Sturdy w

How VCs can assess and attract winners in a landscape that’s now crowded with AI startups

Felicis, the 16-year-old Bay Area-based early-stage venture firm, has a reputation for investing globally. Indeed, firm founder Aydin Senkut — who spent a handful of years at Google as a product

Mamoon Hamid and Ilya Fushman of Kleiner Perkins: ‘More than 80%’ of pitches now involve AI

Last week, at a StrictlyVC event in San Francisco, we sat down with Mamoon Hamid and Ilya Fushman, two longtime VCs whose paths first crossed as children in Frankfurt, Germany, and who were brought in

VCs Elad Gil and Sarah Guo on the risks and rewards of funding AI: ‘The biggest threat to us in the short run is other people’

Last week, at our first StrictlyVC evening of the year, prominent AI investors Elad Gil and Sarah Guo joined us in San Francisco to talk about how they think about AI investing in a world where deals

Y Combinator President Garry Tan publishes a menacing tweet before deleting it, apologizing: ‘Die slow motherf*ckers’

Garry Tan, whose success in Silicon Valley has likely inspired many of the founders he mentors, is once again attracting attention for his posts on the social platform X. On Friday night, the Y Combin

TechCrunch’s newsletters are changing — here’s what you need to know

We know your time is precious, so beginning next week, we’re going to make it a lot easier for you to read our best stuff.

Why Keith Rabois just left Founders Fund for Khosla Ventures

Earlier today, Forbes reported that venture capitalist, operator and entrepreneur Keith Rabois is returning to Khosla Ventures (KV), the Silicon Valley outfit where he cut his teeth as a full-time VC

Carta exits secondary trading following credibility hit

Roughly 72 hours after a prominent startup customer complained that Carta was misusing information with which it was entrusted — scaring many of Carta’s tens of thousands of other customer

Carta, the cap table management outfit, is accused of unethical tactics by a prominent startup

Carta, an ambitious 14-year-old Silicon Valley outfit, has gone through numerous iterations over time, originally inviting investors, startups and employees to use its software to manage their cap tab

Insights from former Finnish PM Sanna Marin on Russia, women’s leadership, and AI

Earlier this month, at the Slush tech conference in Helsinki, this editor had the opportunity to sit down with Sanna Marin, the popular former prime minister of Finland who became known internationall

The convicts of Silicon Valley, 2023 edition

Silicon Valley can be a place of great power and riches, but the smallest thing can bring it crashing down. From deepfaked phone calls with bankers on the line to mountains of lies that grew out of co

A first look at nine new IndieBio NY companies that will present to VCs next month

It was pure coincidence, but months before the pandemic took hold around the world, IndieBio — a startup accelerator devoted to startups using biology to solve large problems — expanded it

Seed-stage investors react to higher hurdles for Series A funding

The hurdle for Series A funding is a lot higher than it was a year ago — and investors in seed-stage companies are having to respond. They don’t have much choice if they want their startups to

Benchmark, the storied venture firm, sees the AI race as still wide open

Yesterday in Helsinki, this editor interviewed four of the six general partners at Benchmark, the nearly 30-year-old Silicon Valley firm that’s known for some notable bets (Uber, Dropbox), paying ea

Tiger Global chieftain Scott Shleifer transitions to advisory role after wild ride

Tiger Global Management is going through a major management change. Per a message that founder Chase Coleman sent this afternoon to investors of the 22-year-old venture- and hedge-fund outfit and obta

Yet another former Silicon Valley darling is convicted of investor fraud

This year will be remembered for a lot of things. Among them could be the growing number of stars in the startup world who were later convicted for defrauding investors.  Roughly six months after The

01 Advisors, founded by Dick Costolo and Adam Bain, just closed on $395M more

You might imagine that if two former Twitter chieftains and a longtime C-suite Facebook exec agreed to build a venture firm together, they would chase after nascent social networks. You’d be wrong.

A new breed of companies expand in San Francisco’s prime areas

Ten years ago, Pear VC, then a tiny new venture firm, operated out of a nondescript office in Palo Alto that was enlivened by bright, computer-themed art. Last week, the outfit — which closed its la

Catching up with Keith Rabois on the state of VC, his newest bet and who he’s backing for president

Chances are that however busy you are, Keith Rabois is busier. He’s an active investor as a general partner at Founders Fund, the early-stage outfit co-founded 18 years ago by Peter Thiel. He&#8
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