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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  • All deals on AngelList will soon be private (plus other updates you should know)

    All deals on AngelList will soon be private (plus other updates you should know)

    Earlier this week, we sat down with Naval Ravikant, cofounder of five-year-old AngelList, a popular platform that matches startups with early-stage investors. Three million people, including 50,000 accredited investors, have created profiles on AngelList since its founding, and AngelList now uses that information to pair startups with capital, pair startup employees with employers and, more… Read More

  • Naval Ravikant on China money into Silicon Valley: This trickle could become a tsunami

    Naval Ravikant on China money into Silicon Valley: This trickle could become a tsunami

    AngelList, the online platform that matches startups with early-stage investors, has grown by leaps and bounds since its 2010 founding — and so have its ambitions. In fact, the company, which already bills itself as both the biggest seed-stage firm in the world, and the world’s largest hiring platform for startups, also aims to become the biggest venture fund in the… Read More

  • True Ventures just closed its fifth fund with $310 million

    True Ventures just closed its fifth fund with $310 million

    The 11-year-old, early-stage firm True Ventures, with offices in San Francisco and Palo Alto, has closed its fifth fund with $310 million, slightly more than the $290 million that the firm raised for its fourth fund, which closed in 2014. Presumably, it could have raised much more. True was the first investor in WordPress parent Automattic, a “unicorn” whose eventual public… Read More

  • CRV, the venture firm, campaigns against Trump in new statement

    CRV, the venture firm, campaigns against Trump in new statement

    The U.S. presidential election is fast approaching, and a growing number of VCs who’ve historically shied from making taking sides publicly, are tweeting, talking with reporters, and blogging about who they are backing and why. The early-stage venture firm CRV, formerly known as Charles River Ventures, is taking things a step further, having just published a tranquil little piece… Read More

  • For HBS students, a case study in what not to do

    For HBS students, a case study in what not to do

    At Harvard Business School, students pay top dollar to learn everything from how to manage international trade to scaling technology ventures. They’re also schooled in the art of venture capital. Among the case studies they learned last year is the story of Rothenberg Ventures (RV), a four-year-old seed stage firm. Whether the San Francisco outfit should have been part of their… Read More

  • VC Charlie O’Donnell on building up community on the cheap

    VC Charlie O’Donnell on building up community on the cheap

    Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, a nearly four-year-old, seed-stage venture firm that’s solely run by founder and general partner, Charlie O’Donnell, just closed its second fund with $15 million, up from an $8.3 million debut fund in early 2014. Yesterday, we talked  with O’Donnell about what the process was like, whether the New York venture scene will be impacted by the… Read More

  • Quero Education, an online college marketplace in Brazil, looks to educate U.S. investors

    Quero Education, an online college marketplace in Brazil, looks to educate U.S. investors

    Much has been written about Brazil during the Rio Olympics. But one facet of the country that’s relatively unknown to foreigners is how 9 percent of the population – or the roughly 17 million Brazilians between the ages of 15 through 19 – can get a decent, affordable college education. Read More

  • At Rothenberg Ventures, the rise and fall of a virtual Gatsby

    At Rothenberg Ventures, the rise and fall of a virtual Gatsby

    We reported yesterday that several high-level employees had parted ways with Rothenberg, including its director of finance and the head of its SF office, who happen to be father and son (Tom and Tommy Leep). We’ve subsequently learned that firm departures run far more widely. Other top executives who’ve left include the company’s chief revenue officer, who quit… Read More

  • Several key Rothenberg Ventures employees have left the firm

    Several key Rothenberg Ventures employees have left the firm

    Several high-level employees at the early-stage venture firm Rothenberg Ventures have recently left, TechCrunch has learned. Among them is Tommy Leep, a partner and the head of Rothenberg’s San Francisco office, who left last month after spending two-and-a-half years with the firm. (A former product manager at Intuit, Leep spent the previous two years as “chief connector” at… Read More

  • Pejman Mar rebrands as it unveils a $75 million new fund

    Pejman Mar rebrands as it unveils a $75 million new fund

    Likability, intuition, and a strong work ethic is a potent combination in any business, and many in Silicon Valley think seed-stage investors Pejman Nozad and Mar Hershenson have all three in spades. They “complement each other,” says investor Alfred Lin of Sequoia Capital, who invested in the Series A round of DoorDash, the restaurant delivery company, after they seeded… Read More

  • Stop listening to your bankers and go public, says top late-stage team

    Stop listening to your bankers and go public, says top late-stage team

    Technology Crossover Ventures has become a major investing powerhouse over its 22-year-old history by funding relatively undiscovered but mature companies; buying sizable stakes in later-stage, venture backed companies; and acquiring positions in publicly traded tech companies that TCV sees as undervalued. The firm, which is headquartered in Palo Alto, has done so well that it just wrapped up… Read More

  • Zenefits CEO David Sacks is coming to Disrupt

    Zenefits CEO David Sacks is coming to Disrupt

    David Sacks has pulled off a number of impressive feats during his career. Part of the early team at PayPal, where he was COO for several years, Sacks went on to create a couple of other software companies, including the family history site Geni, which was snapped up for undisclosed terms by rival MyHeritage in 2012, and the workplace chat service Yammer, scooped up by Microsoft for $1.2… Read More

  • Both Trump and Clinton are taking on carried interest, so why aren’t investors nervous?

    Both Trump and Clinton are taking on carried interest, so why aren’t investors nervous?

    During every U.S. presidential election season, at least one candidate vows to repeal carried interest deductions. Meanwhile, venture capitalists do their part and argue against it. The issue is near and dear to their hearts because carried interest treats investment partners’ salary as an investment and not income, taxing it at long-term capital gains rates and not as ordinary… Read More

  • Breaking news: Bill Maris is leaving GV

    Breaking news: Bill Maris is leaving GV

    Bill Maris, who founded GV (formerly known as Google Ventures) in 2009, is leaving the unit at the end of this week, according to a new report from Recode. Maris, a neuroscience student at Middlebury who cofounded an early web hosting company before joining Google, is reportedly being replaced by David Krane. Krane is a managing partner at GV; he joined the venture arm in 2010, after… Read More

  • For the ambitious ed tech company AltSchool, it’s time for phase two

    For the ambitious ed tech company AltSchool, it’s time for phase two

    Much has been written about the ambitions of AltSchool, a San Francisco-based startup that’s aiming to change the way that school children learn. Its big idea, broadly, is that personalized learning is far more effective than the standardized education that most students are stuck with today. As important, personalized learning is scalable, believes AltSchool, which operates seven… Read More

  • Valuations wilt

    Valuations wilt

    A year ago, startup valuations hit a 12-year peak as the numbers of companies joining the billion-dollar-plus club soared. Today, those numbers are looking far more run of the mill. So suggests a new survey published by law firm Fenwick & West, which analyzed the venture financings of 195 Silicon Valley-based companies over the second quarter to draw its conclusions. Among the… Read More

  • Volition Capital has rounded up $250 million for its third fund

    Volition Capital has rounded up $250 million for its third fund

    Volition Capital, a Boston-based growth equity firm, just closed its third fund with $250 million in capital commitments. It’s a sizable step up from the firm’s previous fund, which closed with $170 million in 2013. You can understand why its investors might be enthusiastic about the six-year-old firm, which says it just added a dozen new backers to its roster. It focuses on… Read More

  • CrunchFund has a new partner: Susan Hobbs

    CrunchFund has a new partner: Susan Hobbs

    CrunchFund has a new partner, and it didn’t need to look far for her, either. Last week, Susan Hobbs joined the five-year-old, seed-stage outfit from Y Combinator, where she spent the last 15 months as Y Combinator’s director of programming and events. But as readers may recall, Hobbs had spent the previous four years as director of global programming right here at TechCrunch… Read More

  • Marc Benioff is returning to Disrupt SF

    Marc Benioff is returning to Disrupt SF

    There are lots of things you could say about Marc Benioff. Like, that he cofounded and runs Salesforce, one of the world’s biggest cloud computing companies. Or that he’s also a book author. Or that, last Halloween, he dressed like a pirate and spent hours handing out candy to kids in his San Francisco neighborhood. (True story.) Yet Benioff may eventually be… Read More

  • Line, the newly public messaging app, has funded at least 9 U.S. startups

    Line, the newly public messaging app, has funded at least 9 U.S. startups

    Line, the popular Japanese messaging service that went public last week on both the NYSE and in Japan, partnered on a fund a couple of years ago with the New York-based venture firm Collaborative Fund in order to gain more of a foothold in the U.S. According to a Dealbook story that announced the pairing, the fund planned to invest less than $10 million and to focus on very early-stage startups. Read More

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