Connie Loizos

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 lecture series.

The Latest from Connie Loizos

These Forge cofounders just raised $5 million to work on a new, still-stealth investing startup

Sohail Prasad and Samvit Ramadurgam are cofounders who met during Y Combinator’s 2012 summer batch and went on to cofound Forge, which helps accredited investors and institutions buy and sell pr

Mobile commerce startup Via rounds up $15 million in Series A funding

Mobile commerce is where it’s at, and rising investment in so-called conversational commerce startups underscores the opportunity. Via, a two-year-old, Bay Area-based startup, is among those rid

SOSV, the global venture firm, just closed a $100 million fund to back its maturing startups

Michael Brown, the new chair of the powerful lobbying group NVCA, shares his agenda

Michael Brown, a longtime general partner with Battery Ventures, was just elected to the role of chairman of the National Venture Capital Association three years after joining its board of directors.

Does what happens at YC stay at YC?

Community has never felt louder in startupland. Bringing people together over a shared interest is innate to human nature, and coming out of a lonely, draining pandemic, every startup is looking to cu

A men’s brand, Faculty, launches with nail polish — and seed funding from Estée Lauder

“It’s not a nail polish company.” It’s almost the first thing out of the mouth of Fenton Jagdeo of Faculty, the startup he co-founded in 2019 with Umar ElBably. Though their To

Pledge 1% is asking VCs to help unlock billions in corporate philanthropy

The corporate philanthropy organization Pledge 1% has, since its launch in 2014, asked founders to donate 1% of their companies’ equity, product or employees’ time starting on their first

Are we overestimating the ransomware threat?

On Monday afternoon, the U.S. Justice Department said it has seized much of the cryptocurrency ransom that U.S. pipeline operator Colonial Pipeline paid last month to a Russian hacking collective call

Um, where is the SEC when it comes to SPACs and conflicts of interest?

Earlier today, TechCrunch’s Kirsten Korosec reported that the autonomous vehicle startup Aurora is close to finalizing a deal to merge with one of three blank-check companies that have been form

A new video platform offering classes about skilled trades begins to build momentum

Trade schools are nothing new, but a new startup called Copeland thinks it can build a big business by bringing education about plumbing, drywall, cabinetry and more to the masses through high-quality

Lux Capital has raised $1.5 billion more to invest in — and create — new startups

The fundraising continues apace in the go-go world of venture capital. Today, it’s Lux Capital — known for its frontier investing — that has closed a $675 million early-stage venture

Tuesday Capital, formerly CrunchFund, casts a wide net with a fourth, $30 million fund

Tuesday Capital, a 10-year-old seed-stage fund that was founded by longtime VC Patrick Gallagher and TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington, has changed considerably over the years. Arrington now leads

This $250 million growth fund will divert half its profits to historically Black colleges and universities

There’s been a lot of talk about racial equality in the year since George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis, but achieving it is far easier said than done given the current state of affairs. Con

Meme-based dating is here: Meet Schmooze

Vidya Madhavan always wanted to be in business. Growing up in India, she thought she might be in the business of running a factory, given the power and influence of outfits like Tata Group, the Indian

A new book coauthored by Brad Feld invites founders to get their weekly Nietzsche

In all likelihood, you do not currently associate Friedrich Nietzsche, the German philosopher, essayist and cultural critic, with entrepreneurship. Serial entrepreneurs Brad Feld and Dave Jilk —

This crypto monitoring startup — ‘We’re bomb-sniffing dogs’ — just raised Series A funding

Solidus Labs, a company that says its surveillance and risk-monitoring software can detect manipulation across cryptocurrency trading platforms, is today announcing $20 million in Series A funding. It

Bain Capital Ventures raised $1.3 billion to fund young startups, and young VC firms, too

Bain Capital Ventures (BCV), the venture arm of the 37-year-old private equity firm Bain Capital, announced this morning that it has $1.3 billion more smackers to invest across two funds, a $950 milli

Roofr just nailed down a second seed round to make new roofing sales a cinch to close

Roofer Pro. Roof Snap. Acculynx. There’s suddenly no shortage of companies offering software to make easier the lives of roofers and their customers. Among these is Roofr, a five-year-old, San F

A new book aims to blow up assumptions about the best founding teams

There’s a lot of how-to guidance out there when it comes to starting a company, and much of it has reinforced certain beliefs, including that solo founders don’t get very far on their own,

Solana, a blockchain platform followed by top crypto investors, says it’s far faster than Ethereum

Solana isn’t widely known yet outside of the crypto community. But insiders think the blockchain platform is interesting for a wide variety of reasons, beginning with its amiable founder, Anatol
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