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.

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Outdoor Voices founder Tyler Haney is stepping down as CEO as growth slows

Tyler Haney, the founder and chief executive of activewear label Outdoor Voices, has stepped down, the company confirmed for us this afternoon. The Business of Fashion, which first reported the news,

At Tock, this restaurant group owner and former trader is building a Spotify for reservations

Tock, a six-year-old, Chicago-based culinary reservation service, has never had the kind of brand-recognition that other companies in the space have enjoyed, from publicly traded OpenTable to Resy, th

Codecademy has already outlived many rivals — is that enough?

Codecademy, the New York-based online interactive platform that offers coding classes in a wide variety of programming languages, is a little like background noise; it’s been operating reliably

VCs to antitrust officials: We’d rather take our chances

Last week at Stanford, antitrust officials from the U.S. Department of Justice organized a day-long conference that engaged numerous venture capitalists in conversations about big tech. The DOJ wanted

Well, Bill Gates is never going to buy a Tesla now

Elon Musk is not one to mince words, but he may have just lost a potential customer because of a cutting tweet. That customer is renowned big deal Bill Gates, who sat down recently with YouTuber Marqu

Fifth Wall’s Brendan Wallace on coronavirus, WeWork and what’s shaking up proptech

Last week, we interviewed Brendan Wallace, a real estate-focused venture capitalist whose portfolio companies include Opendoor, which buys and sell homes, and scooter company Lime, which helps buildin

Portfolio bloat: What’s happening to thousands of startups going nowhere fast

Earlier this week, much was made of the e-commerce business Brandless deciding to shutter its doors. Industry observers found its fate particularly interesting, given that Brandless was only a few yea

Battery Ventures just closed on a whopping $2 billion across two funds, two years after its last fundraise

Battery Ventures, the now 37-year-old investment firm, just closed on two new funds with $2 billion in capital commitments — nearly double the record-breaking $1.2 billion that the firm closed o

Tuesday Capital teams up with design powerhouse Frog to grab startups’ attention — and keep it

In a day and age when everyone seems to have their own seed-stage venture fund, it’s hard to stand out. But Tuesday Capital, the San Francisco-based outfit formerly known as CrunchFund, thinks i

SoftBank-backed Brandless shuts its doors for good

It was a roller coaster ride — a short one. Brandless, a San Francisco-based e-commerce company that made and sold an assortment of “cruelty-free” products in beauty and personal car

Elon Musk tweets out #DeleteFacebook, saying ‘it’s lame’

Facebook receives plenty of pointed criticism from numerous corners, including for refusing to police political speech on Facebook, its seemingly endless string of privacy breaches and its apparent co

More cash-crunched companies turn to convertible notes

Convertible notes are not just for early-stage startups any more. These promissory notes, which are structured as debt that convert into equity upon a specific event like a certain date or the closing

Catching up with B Capital, the fast-growing firm founded by Eduardo Saverin and Raj Ganguly

B Capital Group, formed in 2015 by Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin and Raj Ganguly, formerly of Bain Capital, has been quietly building its business since closing its first fund with $360 million

Rideshare startup HopSkipDrive raises $22M to focus on school transportation

It’s no secret that it’s hard to make the economics work at rideshare companies. That may explain the success to date of HopSkipDrive, a six-year-old, L.A.-based company that pairs drivers

As a top manager leaves amid fundraising woes, SoftBank’s vision looks dimmer — and schadenfreude abounds

Every once in a while, an organization implodes so fantastically that it’s hard in retrospect to understand why another outcome once seemed possible. With every passing day, SoftBank — whi

Josh Kopelman on how to start and run an early-stage fund in a hypercompetitive market

Last week at the Upfront Summit in Pasadena, there was no shortage of glitz, from the venue (the Rose Bowl) to the catering (Wolfgang Puck) to the guest list (Ice Cube, Paris Hilton and John Legend, t

Report: WeWork has a new CEO and he’s a real estate — not a tech — exec

If WeWork wanted to cement the impression that it no longer strives to be viewed as a tech company but rather as a real estate giant focused on leasing space, it would probably choose a veteran from t

Newly funded Legacy, a sperm testing and freezing service, conveys a message to men: get checked

Legacy, a male fertility startup, has just raised a fresh, $3.5 million in funding from Bill Maris’s San Diego-based venture firm, Section 32, along with Y Combinator and Bain Capital Ventures,

Former BET Networks CEO Debra Lee hints at launching a tech fund to back women of color

In May 2018, after spending more than 30 years at BET Networks, Debra Lee stepped down as chairman and CEO, following a series of reorganizations within Viacom cable networks. But Lee, who also oversa

Practice Fusion, once backed by top VCs, pushed doctors to prescribe opioids in kickback scheme

Practice Fusion, a medical records startup that attracted more than $150 million from VCs, including at Founders Fund, Kleiner Perkins and Artis Ventures, has received its share of negative press sinc
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