Connie Loizos

Connie Loizos

Silicon Valley Editor

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

A peek into Web3 power player Animoca Brands

If you haven’t heard of Animoca Brands over the last year or so, you haven’t been paying close attention. With a long and growing list of digital entertainment, blockchain, and gaming prop

Moxie Marlinspike is leaving Signal

Moxie Marlinspike, the founder of the popular encrypted communications app Signal, announced today in a blog post that he is stepping down in a move that he says has been in the works for several mont

With funding from top investors, Gameto aims to delay — even eradicate — menopause

With every year, more scientists and academics are very specifically trying to lengthen the lifespan of humans and ensure that those extra years are worth living. Some of these teams are focused on de

The year of the disappearing lock-up

That startup founders are in the driver’s seat has been plain for a while now. Consider the extent to which funding has soared, with investors reportedly plugging a record $93 billion into early

Liquid Death lands $75M more to expand the brand

Liquid Death, a water brand that began life in 2018 with a funny video to first test the concept, has grown deadly serious about its growth prospects. The LA-based outfit, which sells canned mountain

Hallow, a religious app for Catholics, talks the talk as religious platforms draw investor attention

According to PitchBook data, faith-based, mostly Christian, apps attracted $175.3 million in venture funding this year through mid-December, more than tripling the $48.5 million they attracted from VC

This Dapper Labs-backed company is turning Dr. Seuss characters into NFT trading cards

Back in 2012, a Brooklyn-based mobile apps development startup was hired to do a job by the 83-year-old trading card company Topps. For that Brooklyn outfit’s president, Erich Wood, a UCLA gradu

Venture firm Chapter One, focused on all things web3, draws backing from big-name VC firms

Jeff Morris Jr., founder and managing partner of the LA-based venture firm Chapter One, just closed a $40 million early-stage fund to focus on web3 investments, and he’s in the process of raisin

South Park Commons, an ‘anti incubator’ founded by early FB and Dropbox engineers, gains momentum

When South Park Commons (SPC), a community of tens of engineers in San Francisco’s South Park neighborhood, came together, it mostly flew under the radar, save for a New York Times profile in 20

Phylagen, which tracks indoor microbiomes, is “racing ” to meet return-to-work efforts

Two years into a worldwide pandemic, outfits around the globe are wrestling with how to resume their in-person operations safely. Consider that Apple just scrapped its office-return deadline, while Go

Norwest unveils a $3 billion fund, which is nearly one-fourth the capital it has ever raised

Norwest Venture Partners, the now 60-year-old venture and growth equity firm backed entirely by the banking giant Wells Fargo, today rolled out its sixteenth fund, a $3 billion vehicle and its biggest

A new growth equity outfit, Camber Partners, just raised $100 million to buy stranded SaaS startups

In recent years, enterprise software companies have grown faster, and more valuable, than ever. Still, most startups never reach that kind of escape velocity, with many plodding along while their vent

Breakout Ventures has a new, $112.5 million fund, backed by Tony Fadell, Chris Sacca and others

Breakout Ventures, a San Francisco-based seed- and Series A-stage venture firm that funds what it calls creative biosciences startups, has closed the second fund in its five-year history with $112.5 m

Tyson Clark, a general partner with GV, has passed away

Tyson Clark, a general partner with Alphabet’s venture arm, GV, has passed away unexpectedly at age 43. GV CEO David Krane just issued a statement about the team’s loss, writing, “Wi

Andrew Chen of a16z on how startups get past a ‘cold start’ to survive, then thrive

Andrew Chen has long been a student, and teacher, of how startups engage their users while managing to amass a slew of new ones. Today, he espouses his learnings — as a founder and a former Uber

TrueNorth has raised $50 million from Sam Altman and others to empower independent truckers

Jin Stedge studied aerospace engineering at MIT, but after she found herself at Scotty Labs, an SRI International spin-out focused on autonomous driving, she says she came to appreciate how far away t

As Southeast Asia starts to boom, an accelerator backed by Silicon Valley execs jumps in

By today’s standards, $10 million isn’t a lot of capital to invest. But Iterative, which describes itself as a YC-style accelerator focused exclusively on Southeast Asia, says the $10 mill

At SoftBank, a reported battle over pay with COO Marcelo Claure adds to other bad news

Not for the first time, SoftBank is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. Indeed, even while the Japanese conglomerate is known for its extremes — be it bold bets, internal squabb

Glorify, an ambitious app for Christians, just landed $40 million in Series A funding led by a16z

Religion-based apps, tools and communities aren’t brand new, including to investors. Pray.com, for example, an LA-based app for daily prayer and bedtime Bible stories that was founded in 2016, h

Maple VC locks down $16.5M for its second seed-stage fund by waving the Canadian flag

Maple VC is based in San Francisco, but don’t let that fool you, its founder, Andre Charoo, noted. The young fund, which launched in 2016 with $1.2 million in capital commitments, just closed on
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