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

BBG Ventures just closed on $50 million to fund more women-led startups

BBG Ventures, an eight-year-old, New York-based seed- and early-stage venture firm that only backs founding teams which feature at least one woman, just locked down $50 million in capital for its thir

As more artists and musicians turn their attention to NFTs, so, likely, do money launderers

Outlets that follow the crypto industry have been observing a trend, which is that according to Google search data, the rise in interest in non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, now almost matches the level o

Sivo, a young ‘Stripe for debt’ led by a veteran operator, seems to have investors clamoring

Kate Hiscox is having a moment. Her company, Sivo, founded eight months ago, has already raised $5 million from investors at a post-money valuation of $100 million, and she says she is in active talks

Blackstone just closed its inaugural growth equity fund, and it’s a doozy

The private equity giant Blackstone is today announcing the final close of its first growth equity fund — Blackstone Growth — with $4.5 billion in capital commitments from a wide range of

MrBeast’s management company, Night Media, has a new venture fund that’s backed by creators

MrBeast’s management company is getting into the venture business. Night Media, the six-year-old, Dallas-based multimedia talent management company, is closing a debut fund with $20 million in c

Visualping, which scans the web for changes (including new vaccination slots), raises $2 million

Years ago, Serge Salager, a Vancouver-based entrepreneur who’d taken a small company public on the Toronto Stock Exchange, was approached by deep-pocketed buyer who was interested in the busines

In new round, Dutchie, focused on smoother cannabis retail, sees its valuation soar by eight times

Dutchie, a nearly four-year-old, Bend, Oregon company that charges cannabis dispensaries a monthly fee to create and run their websites, process their orders and track what needs to be prepped for pic

Talking product-market fit with Sean Lane, whose company tore through 28 products to become a unicorn

Occasionally, it’s easy for startups to achieve so-called product-market fit, but more often, it’s a struggle. Perhaps no one knows this as well as Sean Lane, co-founder and CEO of Olive,

Crowdfunding limits are poised to change next week, but most VCs aren’t paying attention — yet

Passion Capital, the early-stage venture firm in London, told TechCrunch earlier this week that — in an apparent first for a European fund —  it plans to crowdfund the final stage of its

Professor Scott Galloway just raised $30 million for an online school that upskills managers fast

Scott Galloway, the New York University professor, author, and tech entrepreneur, is taking the wraps off a $30 million Series A round for his newest company, Section4, a platform for business “

MobileCoin, a cryptocurrency advised early on by Signal’s Moxie Marlinspike, has raised venture funding

MobileCoin, a cryptocurrency that has received technical guidance from Moxie Marlinspike, the creator of private messaging app Signal, has raised $11.35 million in fresh venture funding across two rou

Could Valo Health become one of Flagship Pioneering’s biggest companies yet?

The investment firm Flagship Pioneering has incubated a lot of life sciences companies since it was founded in 2000. In fact, while a general partner with Flagship Pioneering over the last 15 years, D

VC Lindy Fishburne on the seemingly sudden democratization of science

Deep science investor Lindy Fishburne cofounded the seed- and early-stage venture firm Breakout Ventures several years ago, after cofounding Breakout Labs within the Thiel Foundation back in 2011, and

A new asynchronous video startup, Weet, is helping employees communicate on their own schedule

For founder Najette Fellache, coming to the Bay Area a few years ago from Nantes, France was a way to grow a company she’d founded and which was already beginning to count major U.S. corporation

Mary Meeker’s Bond has closed its second fund with $2 billion

Bond, the growth-stage firm that spun out of the Kleiner Perkins Digital Growth Fund in late 2018, has just closed its second fund with $2 billion in capital commitments, according to a spokesperson f

Atomic just raised $260 million more to build and fund its own companies

Jack Abraham has a lot of confidence in what he’s building. Then again, you can’t be immodest or unsure of yourself if you’re going to bet exclusively on your own startups as an inve

What the NFT? VC David Pakman dumbs down the intensifying digital collectibles frenzy

Non-fungible tokens have been around for two years, but these NFTs, one-of-one digital items on the Ethereum and other blockchains, are suddenly becoming a more popular way to collect visual art prima

How to land startup funding from real estate giant Brookfield, which manages $600 billion in assets

There are big investment firms, and then there are big investment firms. Brookfield Asset Management, the Toronto-based,122-year-old outfit whose current market cap is $63 billion and that oversees $6

Meet Smash Ventures, the low-flying outfit that has quietly funded Epic Games among others

When in 2018, Smash Ventures showed up as an investor in a $1.25 billion round for Epic Games — reportedly the largest ever investment in a video game company at the time — it was the firs

Eat this, exercise now; new personalized software predicts and helps prevent blood sugar spikes

Not everyone has Type 2 diabetes, the disease that causes chronically high blood sugar levels, but many do. Around 9% of Americans are afflicted, and another 30% are at risk of developing it. Enter so
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