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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  • With billions of dollars at stake, Merck and Palantir partner to discover drugs faster

    With billions of dollars at stake, Merck and Palantir partner to discover drugs faster

    Merck, the German multinational chemical and pharmaceutical company, is teaming up with Silicon Valley’s highest-profile data and analysis software company, Palantir, to more quickly develop new drugs and, hopefully, improve patient outcomes. The idea at the start is for the companies to partner on three of Merck’s business sectors: healthcare, life sciences, and performance… Read More

  • Bitcoin booster Pantera Capital stays the course, targeting a new $25 million fund

    Bitcoin booster Pantera Capital stays the course, targeting a new $25 million fund

    The digital currency bitcoin began 2017 with a bang, soaring to its highest level in more than three years to reach $1,150 — a record high. Since then, its price has fallen more than 30 percent as nervous Chinese authorities put local bitcoin exchanges on notice that more regulations may be coming. To Dan Morehead — a former head of macro trading at Tiger Management who today runs… Read More

  • Precursor Ventures raises $15.3 million for seed investing, with a twist

    Precursor Ventures raises $15.3 million for seed investing, with a twist

    Charles Hudson has lived in the Bay Area for the last 20 years, working as product manager, as an entrepreneur, and an investor. As such, he’s had a front row seat to a number of changes in the way startups are funded, including the evolution of numerous angel investors into so-called micro VCs into fund managers who are now responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars. Take… Read More

  • Armed with startup data, Crunchbase looks back on 2016 to predict what’s coming

    Armed with startup data, Crunchbase looks back on 2016 to predict what’s coming

    No one has a crystal ball. Armed with loads of startup data, the research outfit Crunchbase has nevertheless churned through some numbers to create an interesting snapshot of what happened in 2016 — and what might happen in 2017 — by examining six distinct trends. The first trend — and it’s given the most weight in the report — centers largely on where funding… Read More

  • Strange new lawsuit against longtime investor Michael Goguen gets dropped

    Strange new lawsuit against longtime investor Michael Goguen gets dropped

    Early last month, we told you about a bizarre new lawsuit involving longtime venture capitalist Michael Goguen, whose career at Sequoia Capital ended early last year after he was sued in a salacious breach of contract suit that accused him of sexually mistreating a woman named Amber Baptiste, then refusing to honor an elaborate financial arrangement they’d made. Baptiste and Goguen… Read More

  • Activehours, which makes every day a payday, just raised $22 million in Series A funding

    Activehours, which makes every day a payday, just raised $22 million in Series A funding

    What if you didn’t have to wait every two weeks to receive a paycheck? What if you could be wired the money you earned almost immediately after a shift? What if, unlike with payday lenders, you didn’t have to pay interest on those payments? Instead, you were merely encouraged to donate a kind of tip to the company providing you with this service? That’s the proposition… Read More

  • The billion-dollar pharma startup that Silicon Valley has totally missed

    The billion-dollar pharma startup that Silicon Valley has totally missed

    If these black marks on the industry are slowing down 31-year-old Vivek Ramaswamy in any way, you wouldn’t know it. He thinks his company, Roivant, will one day be a giant holding company for dozens of independent biopharmaceutical companies — both by developing drugs as well as focusing squarely on reducing the time and cost of the drug development process. It all sounds rather lofty. Read More

  • Blockstack, formerly called Onename, just raised $4 million

    Blockstack, formerly called Onename, just raised $4 million

    Blockstack, a three-year-old, New York-based decentralized Internet and developer platform for secure, serverless apps, has raised $4 million in new funding led by earlier investor Union Square Ventures. Other investors in the round include Lux Capital, Digital Currency Group, Compound, Version One, Kal Vepuri, Rising Tide, and earlier investor Naval Ravikant of AngelList. The company, a… Read More

  • Rockets of Awesome, which sends parents curated boxes of kid apparel, just raised $12.5 million

    Rockets of Awesome, which sends parents curated boxes of kid apparel, just raised $12.5 million

    Stitch Fix, Trunk Club, and other subscription e-commerce businesses have made it easier for adults to discover clothing they like without having to trundle through department stores. Users sign up for the services, which survey them about their likes, dislikes, preferred brands and price points, then they begin receiving pre-scheduled or on-demand deliveries of clothes that they can… Read More

  • This electric bus company just raised $140 million

    This electric bus company just raised $140 million

    According to Proterra, a Burlingame, Ca.-based company, its zero-emission electric buses can drive a stunning 350 miles one charge — and on city streets, no less. With that kind of claim, it’s no wonder investors just poured $140 million into the outfit, which began garnering heightened press attention last year but has been quietly working on its technology for the last 12… Read More

  • 40 female founders who crushed it in 2016

    The stats are nowhere near where women need or deserve them to be, but when it comes to female founders receiving venture funding, we’re beginning to see a significant shift — maybe even a kind of tipping point. Not only was it comparatively easy this year to find female founders who continue to run their companies (in the past, many more have assumed other positions within… Read More

  • WTF is a liquidation preference?

    WTF is a liquidation preference?

    You may have experienced a chill as the words fell upon your ears, too. There’s a non-medical reason for this: liquidation preferences are created to ensure that investors get paid before anyone at a startup when the company either sells or goes out of business. In short, they’re good for investors and less good for founders, employees or even earlier… Read More

  • Snapchat has quietly acquired an Israeli startup for a reported $30 million to $40 million

    Snapchat has quietly acquired an Israeli startup for a reported $30 million to $40 million

    Snapchat sewed up its first acquisition in Israel this week, according to the outlet Calcalist News. It acquired four-year-old Cimagine, whose augmented reality platform lets consumers instantly visualize products they want to buy in their intended location, paying what Calcalist says was between $30 million and $40 million. According to its LinkedIn page, Cimagine currently works with brands… Read More

  • Greylock just hired Josh McFarland, who sold his Greylock-backed company to Twitter

    Greylock just hired Josh McFarland, who sold his Greylock-backed company to Twitter

    James Slavet says he has been trying to recruit entrepreneur Josh McFarland for eight years. That’s just two years after Slavet joined the early-stage venture firm Greylock Partners as a partner in 2006. Apparently, Slavet’s charm offensive is finally paying off. The firm is announcing today that McFarland is becoming Greylock’s 10th partner. (There are now 19 people… Read More

  • Cloud security vendor Zscaler bats away patent infringement lawsuit

    Cloud security vendor Zscaler bats away patent infringement lawsuit

    Symantec, one of the world’s largest cybersecurity companies, closed its giant acquisition of Blue Coat Systems in August, ushering in a new regime under incoming CEO Greg Clark. He hasn’t wasted much time in disparaging upstarts in the market, either, including the well-funded, venture-backed companies Cylance, Tanium and Carbon Black. Now, lawsuits may be next. To wit… Read More

  • First Round pushes the holiday video meme to the max

    First Round Capital has become known for many things in its 12-year-history, like the high marks it receives from founders; the smart content it produces; and the newer annual, “state of startups” reports it publishes. The early-stage venture firm also reliably puts together one of the more memorable video cards every December, one that it uses to showcase all of the founders to… Read More

  • TPG is raising $2 billion for a social impact fund called Rise

    TPG is raising $2 billion for a social impact fund called Rise

    Bill McGlashan, who oversees TPG Growth — the growth investing platform of the global firm TPG — is reportedly fundraising right now for a $2 billion vehicle called Rise that will seek both financial and social returns. He tells Dealbook the fund was inspired by bets TPG Growth has already made, including in a cellphone tower company in Myanmar called Apollo Towers that helped… Read More

  • NextView Ventures is looking to raise at least $50 million for a third fund

    NextView Ventures is looking to raise at least $50 million for a third fund

    NextView Ventures, one of few seed-stage venture firms in Boston, is looking to raise at least $50 million for a third fund, shows an SEC filing that was processed yesterday. The firm closed its second fund with $40 million in 2014 and its debut fund with $21 million in 2012. NextView was founded in 2010 by three former veterans of other venture firms: Dave Beisel, who’d previously… Read More

  • Here’s what that new Fed rate increase means for venture-backed startups

    Here’s what that new Fed rate increase means for venture-backed startups

    The Federal Reserve yesterday raised its benchmark interest rate to a range of 0.5 percent to 0.75 percent, up from 0.25 percent to 0.5 percent. People in the business of venture-backed startups were paying attention, too, and not because of the new range, which is still super low by historical standards. It’s what the move augurs – even higher interest rates in 2017 –… Read More

  • Newer VC firms are trouncing their predecessors when it comes to diversity

    Newer VC firms are trouncing their predecessors when it comes to diversity

    Over the last three months, the venture firm Social Capital has worked with the media outlet The Information to put together a look at the most diverse venture firms for the second year in a row. The teams say they gathered more than 6,000 data points about 580 senior investment professionals at the 72 most active U.S. venture firms to draw their conclusions. What they found, broadly… Read More

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