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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  • Brad Feld: Don’t get too excited about all those “new” acquisitions by non-tech companies

    Brad Feld: Don’t get too excited about all those “new” acquisitions by non-tech companies

    It might be of particular interest to TC readers to know that from Brad Feld’s perspective — and he’s been in the startup world for 30 years — non-tech companies acquiring tech startups is neither a new nor sustainable trend, despite the vast amounts of ink such acquisitions have received in the press. Here’s what he had to say on whether we’re seeing a… Read More

  • How to build a brand in 2017: Tips from Glossier CEO Emily Weiss

    How to build a brand in 2017: Tips from Glossier CEO Emily Weiss

    There’s no shortage of women’s beauty brands, yet for many millennial women in particular, the cosmetics company Glossier seems to stand out. Having products that customers like is undoubtedly one large reason. But Glossier has also found a way to establish a kind of cult following because of the numerous ways it keeps communication channels to its consumers wide open. Read More

  • VC Mike Hirshland has some (very early) seed-stage investing advice

    VC Mike Hirshland has some (very early) seed-stage investing advice

    Mike Hirshland has been a Boston-based investor for 17 years, first with the venture firm Polaris Partners and, for the last five years, at the firm he co-founded, Resolute Ventures, which has offices in both Boston and San Francisco. Hirshland doesn’t say so outright, but presumably he has a certain degree of “pattern recognition” at this point, so over coffee in San… Read More

  • Atomico closes on $765 million for its biggest fund yet

    Atomico closes on $765 million for its biggest fund yet

    Atomico has closed its fourth fund with $765 million, making it one of Europe’s single largest venture capital funds. The firm began raising the fund eleven months ago (we’d flagged it for you after searching the SEC filings). And while it represents a sizable step up from Atomico’s third fund, which closed with $476.6 million in 2013, its pace of fundraising highlights… Read More

  • L.A. gets more capital as Fika Ventures raises $40 million debut fund

    L.A. gets more capital as Fika Ventures raises $40 million debut fund

    Investors are seemingly growing more excited about L.A. by the day. The newest sign comes via a $40 million fund that L.A.-based Fika Ventures is announcing today. That’s none too shabby for a venture firm that was founded just last year. Fika was created by TX Zhuo, formerly a managing partner at Karlin Ventures, and Eva Ho, a former general partner and co-founder of San… Read More

  • This venture firm just produced one of the first detailed equity research reports on Snap Inc.

    This venture firm just produced one of the first detailed equity research reports on Snap Inc.

    Many things that used to be true primarily of the public market now happen within the world of private company investing, including the participation of mutual fund investors. Now, you can add equity research reports to that list. Goodwater Capital, a two-year-old venture firm, is today taking the wraps off a detailed snapshot of pre-IPO Snap, parent of the disappearing-message app Snapchat. Read More

  • Political strategist Bradley Tusk on his fast rise in Silicon Valley

    Political strategist Bradley Tusk on his fast rise in Silicon Valley

    Bradley Tusk has long been known in political circles. He was once deputy governor of Illinois, working for the now-incarcerated former governor Rod Blagojevich. He also worked for Michael Bloomberg during one of his tenures as mayor of New York City and in 2009 ran Bloomberg’s successful, third re-election campaign. In fact, thanks to a generous bonus check from Bloomberg, Tusk was… Read More

  • Carl Bass on his surprising Autodesk exit — and what’s next

    Carl Bass on his surprising Autodesk exit — and what’s next

    Carl Bass is sitting at his desk at Autodesk today, but he’s no longer CEO of the publicly traded design software company. He stepped down earlier this week in a move that some associated — wrongly, notes Bass — with an interview Bass granted to the outlet Pando, wherein he disparaged President Donald Trump. This morning, we talked with Bass about his resignation, his… Read More

  • Ex-Googler (and Cisco’s newest board member) Amy Chang on her leap into startups

    Ex-Googler (and Cisco’s newest board member) Amy Chang on her leap into startups

    Wednesday night, at a StrictlyVC event in San Francisco, venture capitalist Aileen Lee took the stage to interview Amy Chang, a former eBay product manager turned head of Google Analytics turned startup founder. It’s a transition that has introduced Chang to night sweats, she readily admitted. Chang’s three-year-old startup, Accompany,  received one of its first checks from… Read More

  • Greylock hires a  growth advisor in residence to help goose its portfolio companies

    Greylock hires a growth advisor in residence to help goose its portfolio companies

    Greylock Partners, the Silicon Valley venture firm, has hired a “growth advisor in residence” to help goose growth at its portfolio companies. Casey Winters — who spent nearly three years at Pinterest, and nearly three years at GrubHub before that — will be working with Greylock exclusively for the next six to 12 months. The idea, he explains, is to join a company… Read More

  • What software engineers are making around the world right now

    What software engineers are making around the world right now

    A new study published by the data science team at Hired, a jobs marketplace for tech workers, shows why it’s becoming harder for software engineers to afford life in San Francisco, even while they make more money than their peers elsewhere in the U.S. and the world. Based on 280,000 interview requests and job offers provided by more than 5,000 companies to 45,000 job seekers on… Read More

  • Greenlight is a debit card for kids that parents manage from their phones

    Greenlight is a debit card for kids that parents manage from their phones

    Greenlight, a three-year-old, Atlanta, Ga.-based startup, is trying to solve a problem that any parent of an elementary or junior high school student can well understand: how to give kids money without worrying that they’ll lose it or spend it on something they shouldn’t. It isn’t the first reloadable, prepaid card. MasterCard, Visa and American Express each offer… Read More

  • Dropcam cofounder Aamir Virani joins Felicis, becoming a VC

    Dropcam cofounder Aamir Virani joins Felicis, becoming a VC

    Last week, we learned that Dropcam cofounder Greg Duffy has headed over to Apple. Today, Felicis Ventures, the early-stage venture firm, is disclosing it has brought aboard Dropcam’s other cofounder, Aamir Virani, as its newest partner. The move seems a perfect fit for both sides. Felicis wrote one of the earliest checks to Dropcam, an internet-connected security camera company that… Read More

  • Why East Coast VCs are better protected if the market slips

    Why East Coast VCs are better protected if the market slips

    A new trends report published by the law firm Cooley report suggests that the venture market remains largely healthy for now. In the fourth quarter, for example, Cooley handled 187 “disclosable” (versus stealth) deals that represented more than $2.7 billion of invested capital. That’s 18 percent more deals than it closed in the fourth quarter of 2015 — though the… Read More

  • Sequoia Capital has quietly announced a leadership change-up, with partner Jim Goetz taking a step back

    Sequoia Capital has quietly announced a leadership change-up, with partner Jim Goetz taking a step back

    Prominent venture firm Sequoia Capital has famously handled well its transitions from one powerful team of investors to the next. Founder Don Valentine handed the reins over to Doug Leone and Michael Moritz earlier than he might have planned, then continued attending partner meetings for another 10 years. (The partners say they were happy for his continued advice and guidance — not that… Read More

  • Silicon Valley is making plans to move foreign-born workers to Canada

    Silicon Valley is making plans to move foreign-born workers to Canada

    For many U.S. startups and their foreign-born employees, a kind of back-up plan may be starting to sound like a good idea right about now. Yesterday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer confirmed that administration officials have drafted a new executive order aimed at overhauling, among other things, the H-1B work-visa program that U.S.-based tech companies have long relied on to bring… Read More

  • With Snap’s IPO around the corner, Amplify closes its third fund with $10 million

    With Snap’s IPO around the corner, Amplify closes its third fund with $10 million

    L.A. is getting a star turn, with the most iconic of its local startups — Snap — on the cusp of going public. Locals expect much more than an endless string of headlines about its IPO performance, too. “The initial performance of the stock will be almost irrelevant,” says Paul Bricault, cofounder of the L.A.-based accelerator and seed-stage venture fund Amplify. Read More

  • Venrock has raised $450 million for its eighth fund — just like its seventh fund

    Venrock has raised $450 million for its eighth fund — just like its seventh fund

    Venrock, the 47-year-old venture firm that started as the venture arm of the Rockefeller family, has closed its eighth fund with $450 million, which longtime partner Bryan Roberts calls “not too big and not too small, but just about right” in a new blog post. Certainly, it’s an amount that the partnership, spread across offices in Palo Alto, New York City, and Cambridge… Read More

  • Why Silicon Valley is high-fiving over Trump’s SEC pick

    Why Silicon Valley is high-fiving over Trump’s SEC pick

    Wall Street lawyer Walter “Jay” Clayton hasn’t been officially appointed to the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission yet. But given the finite amount of political capital that Democrats wield right now, it’s easy to imagine that he’ll be confirmed and fairly easily when it’s his turn on Capitol Hill. That’s probably welcome news for… Read More

  • A U.S-China investor ponders what’s coming, as relations grow chilly

    A U.S-China investor ponders what’s coming, as relations grow chilly

    President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to launch a trade war with China, threats that the country is beginning to take ever more seriously. Over at GGV Capital, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that’s been actively investing in China for more than 15 years, managing director Hans Tung seems to be watching the jockeying with some wonderment – and… Read More

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