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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Looks like Tiger Global Management just closed the second biggest venture fund this year

As we noted six months ago, Tiger Global Management, the 17-year-old investment group, is starting to see a whole lot of its venture-related startup investments pay off. We also guessed that because o

Domio just raised $12 million in Series A funding to build ‘apart hotels’ across the US

Hotels can be pricey, and travelers are often forced to leave their rooms for basic things, like food that doesn’t come from the minibar. Yet Airbnb accommodations, which have become the go-to a

Silicon Valley hoped the Khashoggi story would go away; instead, it may end an era

It’s amazing how quickly things can change. Exactly a week ago, we wondered if Saudi Arabia’s money might finally become radioactive in light of the disappearance of Saudi journalist and W

Passport, a customer service company focused on shipping, has raised $3 million in seed funding from some notable names

Founders building a brand today are largely relying on new infrastructure to do it, though they’re still heavily reliant on legacy carriers like FedEx and DHL when it comes to international ship

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has died at age 65

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen passed away this afternoon in Seattle at age 65, owing to complications relating to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Vulcan, the privately held company that Allen founded

A former Google+ UI designer suggests inept management played a role in the network’s demise (beyond Facebook’s impact)

A lot of people leave their jobs because of bosses they can’t stand. Yet it’s seldom the case that a former employee publicly badmouths management after the fact. The obvious risk in doing

Sarah Friar, long the CFO of Square, is leaving to join the social network Nextdoor as its CEO

Square’s CFO Sarah Friar is stepping down to become the CEO of Nextdoor, according to the payment company’s CEO, Jack Dorsey. In a statement issued a bit ago, he says of Friar that she &#8

Is Saudi money becoming radioactive?

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Divvy, an interesting new fractional home ownership startup, just raised a Series A round led by Andreessen Horowitz

Tech startups have found all kinds of ways to lend money to those hampered by either too little or not very good credit. The approach of a nearly two-year-old, 15-person San Francisco-based startup ca

Forerunner Ventures just closed a $360 million fund, tripling the size of its last effort

Last year, retail e-commerce sales worldwide reached $2.3 trillion, a 24.8 percent increase over the previous year, according to eMarketer. A growing percentage of that spend was being captured by sta

As some pricey coding camps fade away, Codecademy barrels ahead with affordable paid offerings and a new mobile app

Between 2013 and last year, the number of boot camp schools tripled to more than 90 in the U.S. alone, according to Course Report, an outfit that tracks the industry. Some — including The Iron Y

Fitbit may have helped catch a killer, again

Fitbit data may have helped catch one of its customer’s killers, and not for the first time. According to numerous media reports, a 90-year-old visited his stepdaughter at her home in San Jose,

MasterClass, the education platform featuring all-star instructors, will soon teach you how to run for office, too

In 2015, the San Francisco-based education platform MasterClass was founded to provide everyone access to “genius,” whether it be in filmmaking, directing, book writing, cooking, tennis, b

David Ulevitch is now a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz — a big get and the firm’s fourth new GP since June

David Ulevitch has had some strange dealings with investors over the years. Now, Ulevitch is himself one of them. The founder of OpenDNS, a company that sold to Cisco in 2016, is disclosing today that

After much drama, LendingClub founder Renaud Laplanche gets a slap on the wrist by the SEC

In May of 2016, LendingClub CEO Renaud Laplanche faced the most embarrassing outcome imaginable for a founder. He was forced to resign from the peer-to-peer lending company he had created, just 18 mon

Pulling back the curtain on how SoftBank’s massive Vision Fund works — including just how big a check it can write

Picture it. The scene is Silicon Valley. Suddenly an investment firm materializes on the scene and starts writing checks bigger than anyone is accustomed to seeing. Fellow investors start to privately

Opendoor just raised $400 million in funding from SoftBank’s Vision Fund

It’s official. Two weeks ago, we reported that Opendoor —  the four year-old, San Francisco-based company aiming to make it possible to buy and sell residential real estate with a few

Juul, the popular e-cig startup under growing FDA scrutiny, says removing flavors is ‘on the table’ among other things

Juul has been on an incredible, and in some ways, nightmarish, ride this year. The three-year-old, San Francisco-based company has handily won 75 percent of the e-cigarette market in the U.S., thanks

A Lime scooter rider died in Washington, D.C., marking the second fatality this month

Lime, the 18-month-old, San Francisco-based company whose bright green bicycles and scooters now dot cities throughout the U.S., launched a pilot program in Tacoma, Washington, today, but that tiny vi

Mithril Capital Management, cofounded by Ajay Royan and Peter Thiel, is leaving the Bay Area

From its glass-lined offices in San Francisco’s leafy Presidio national park, six-year-old Mithril Capital Management has happily flown under the radar. Now it’s leaving altogether and rel
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