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

Dolls Kill is raising up to $15 million for its edgy fashion brand made for ‘misfits’

When founder Bobby Farahi met Shaudi “Shoddy” Lynn, it was at a rave in L.A. Farahi has said he was immediately drawn to the fashion sense of Lynn, who was a DJ at the time; she, meanwhile

JD.com’s billionaire founder Richard Liu won’t be charged in sexual misconduct case

Roughly four months after JD.com’s billionaire CEO Richard Liu was arrested and later released by Minneapolis police on suspicion of alleged sexual misconduct, local authorities say they will not b

A runaway GoFundMe campaign to build Trumps’ border wall raises questions about its funding — and the future

Florida men are seemingly involved in so many strange happenings involving pythons, alligators and restaurant break-ins that when a parody “Florida Man” Twitter account surfaced back in

Did unicorns like Lyft and Uber wait too long?

It was several years ago, at a tech conference in Laguna Beach, Calif., that the venture capitalist Bill Gurley issued one of what would become repeated warnings that startups were staying private too

Rothy’s just landed $35 million from Goldman Sachs to sell more of its popular ballet flats

Rothy’s, a three-year-old, San Francisco-based company that makes a variety of colorful flats for women, has some more walking-around money today. According to Bloomberg, the company just closed

Abacus raises $2 million to help startups and investors manage tokenized liquidity programs

For the crypto market to become attractive to institutional investors, companies and their investors need to ensure that tokenized securities — digital assets subject to federal security regulat

California says all city buses have to be emission free by 2040

On the heels of a dire government report published last month about climate change and its devastating impacts, many cities and states are scrambling to find ways to curb the greenhouse gas emissions

Basis, backed with $133 million from top VCs to build a price-stable cryptocurrency, says it’s shutting down and returning the money

Earlier this year, we told you about a now 18-month-old, Hoboken, N.J.-based cryptocurrency startup working on a “stable coin” whose elastic supply would ostensibly expand and contract to keep its

Zymergen lands $400 million more, led by SoftBank Vision Fund, for its genetically altered microbes

Zymergen, a five-year-old company that manufacturers molecules for a wide array of uses and industries, has closed on $400 million in Series C funding led by one of its earlier investors, the SoftBank

Bowery, an indoor farming startup, raises $90 million more, including to counter a SoftBank-funded rival

When in July of last year, SoftBank’s Vision Fund led a whopping $200 million round in the Silicon Valley startup Plenty, investors behind a competing indoor farming startup across the country,

L.A. gets more moolah, thanks to Calibrate Ventures and its new $80 million fund

Two years ago, a couple of VCs from Shea Ventures, a 50-year-old, L.A.-based investment firm, banded together to create a Pasadena, Calif.-based early-stage venture firm called Calibrate Ventures. Inv

Online liquor store Drizly just landed $34.5 million in fresh funding

Apparently, a lot of people realize at the last minute that they don’t have either beer, wine or liquor in their home when they need it. It’s certainly the most obvious explanation for a s

Report: Slack is prepping an IPO for next year, with Goldman Sachs as its lead underwriter

Slack, the workplace messaging company, has hired investment bank Goldman Sachs to lead its IPO next year, according to a Reuters report. Reuters’ sources say the company is hoping to nab a valu

And Uber is going with Bird (looks like)

Update: Bird tells us it is not in discussions with Uber. The company declined to comment on reports that there have been recent talks between the two companies. Our piece from earlier today reflects

Apple is starting to sell its first iPhone XR case, and it’s clear so you can show off your bright new phone

Apple’s new iPhone XR comes in a half dozen colors, including blue, yellow, red and coral. In fact, the colors are sufficiently fresh that it’d be kind of silly to buy a traditional phone

Consumer electronics giant Samsung just became the world’s spendiest advertiser, bypassing Procter & Gamble

Who rules the roost in the business world is very much in flux. We see it on a daily basis, with the mantle of “most valuable company” being passed between Apple, Amazon and Microsoft, dep

Atomico’s fourth ‘State of the European Tech’ report highlights lots of rosy numbers, but also a discrimination problem

For the fourth year in a year, the global venture firm Atomico has produced a “State of European Tech Report,” and again this year, there’s plenty for the firm — and Europe bro

There’s definitely reason to worry about Brexit, says Accel’s London team

Longtime Accel partners Philippe Botteri, Sonali De Rycker, Luciana Lixandru and Harry Nelis took the stage at Disrupt Berlin earlier today, and unlike many London-based investors, who have downplayed

Jina Choi, the head of the SEC’s San Francisco office, is leaving the agency

Silicon Valley companies that operate in the gray might be heaving a small sigh of relief today. Yesterday afternoon, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that Jina Choi, the head of its S

Amazon opens its internal machine learning courses to all for free

It’s Cyber Monday and Amazon has one deal for its customers that’s a little unexpected. The company just announced that it has made available, for free, the same machine learning courses t
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