Connie Loizos

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  • Silicon Valley Editor at TechCrunch.
  • Founder of StrictlyVC, a startup and venture capital insights news service.
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These ad execs have a venture fund they’d like to sell you

Mar 20

Mike Duda comes from the world of advertising. In fact, he spent 13 years at the renowned ad agency Deutsch, becoming the youngest partner in the company’s history until another creative, Brent Vartan, came along and stole the title. Little wonder that in 201…

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General Catalyst just carved out an aggressive new seed-stage program — here’s what to know

Mar 18

General Catalyst is diving more seriously into the business of funding seed-stage startups. To wit, the venture firm is announcing today that it plans to invest at least $25 million each year in nascent teams that “can’t be too early” for the firm to see, acc…

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PagerDuty just filed its S-1

Mar 15

PagerDuty, an 8.5-year-old, San Francisco-based company that sends companies information about their technology, just filed its S-1, a public disclosure about its plans to go public. The company, which helps companies quickly respond to IT incidents, as well …

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Lee Fixel is leaving Tiger Global

Mar 15

Lee Fixel, the low-flying head of Tiger Global’s private equity business, is leaving at the end of June, the firm announced today in a letter sent to clients and seen by Reuters. Scott Shleifer and Chase Coleman will continue as co-managers of the portfolios …

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Sketch, maker of popular design tools, just landed $20 million in Series A funding from Benchmark in its first outside round

Mar 13

You’ve probably noticed: design has become central for many businesses that might have once considered it an afterthought. Indeed, with sales and marketing so thoroughly optimized at this point — and companies wondering how else to trounce the competition — t…

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TPG’s Bill McGlashan is put on indefinite leave, after being caught up in a gigantic college admissions cheating scandal

Mar 12

Bill McGlashan, who built his career as top investor at the private equity firm TPG, has been put on “indefinite administrative leave, effective immediately,” says the firm after McGlashan was caught up in what the Justice Department said today is the largest…

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Andreessen Horowitz is making the move to San Francisco at long last

Mar 11

One of the last top-tier venture firms to resist coming to San Francisco has apparently decided that it’s time to make the move. According to a source familiar with the thinking of Andreessen Horowitz, the firm is opening up a San Francisco office later this …

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This VC went long on HotelTonight and it paid off; here’s how.

Mar 10

Brian O’Malley has enjoyed a lot of success as a venture capitalist, thanks to bets on Bazaarvoice before it went public, and Dollar Shave Club before it was acquired by Unilever, and many other companies that have sold or gone public. It’s one reason that O’…

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Voatz, the blockchain-based voting app, gets another vote of confidence as Denver agrees to try it

Mar 8

A blockchain-based mobile voting app called Voatz is getting put to the test again. The city of Denver revealed today that it has agreed to implement a mobile voting pilot in its May municipal election using the four-year-old, Boston-based startup’s technolog…

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Personalized wine? This Milwaukee company just raised $8.5 million to prove it’s the future

Mar 7

Wine buying is daunting for most people, whether it’s online or off a menu or in an aisle filled with so many brands that it’s hard not to buy the same products time after time, just to stay sane. Therein lies the opportunity for Bright Cellars, a nearly four…

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Minnie Ingersoll, cofounder of the fast-growing car marketplace Shift, just became a VC in L.A.

Mar 6

Minnie Ingersoll has already had an enviable career. After 12 years at Google, working as product manager and later principal with Google.org, she cofounded the venture-backed online car marketplace Shift in 2013, then she left to join the nonprofit Code for …

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FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb just abruptly resigned from his post

Mar 5

That was unexpected, including to his FDA colleagues, apparently. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb resigned today from his post, an administration official tells the Washington Post, adding that Gottlieb will relinquish the office in one month. Unlike many peo…

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Kobalt, the music services company, is raising a big round that could exceed $100 million, says new report

Mar 5

Kobalt, a 19-year-old, London-based music services company that operates as both a music publisher and a service-based music company — among other things, it helps artists collect the royalties owed them — is reportedly raising a new round of funding that cou…

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Precursor Ventures just raised a second fund to zero in on pre-seed-stage startups

Mar 5

Precursor Ventures, a 3.5-year-old, seed-stage investment firm in San Francisco, just closed its second fund with $31 million in capital commitments, roughly double what it raised for its debut effort in 2017. Somewhat amazingly, it has 75 portfolio companies…

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NEA is raising its biggest fund ever – – again

Mar 2

New Enterprise Associates, the 41-year-old venture firm with offices in Menlo Park; San Francisco; Boston; New York; Chevy Chase, Md.; and Washington, D.C., is raising its biggest fund ever, shows a new SEC filing that shows target of $3.6 billion. The fund, …

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Tristan O’Tierney, who helped develop Square’s original payment app, has passed away

Mar 1

Tristan O’Tierney, a cofounder of the payments company Stripe has passed away at age 35. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, O’Tierney died last weekend in Florida or addiction-related causes after a hospital was unable to revive him. In the Chron’s pie…

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SoFi founder Mike Cagney’s new company, Figure just raised another $65 million

Feb 28

Figure, a 13-month-old, San Francisco-based company that says it uses blockchain technology to provide home equity loans online in as little as five days, has raised a whole lot of money in not a lot of time: $120 million to date, including $65 million in fre…

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Coterie, a young New York startup, promises to deliver charming party kits at your doorstep (though shhh, we won’t tell your guests)

Feb 27

Party planning can be fun if you have the time for it and happen to know what you’re doing. For the rest of us, it can be a daunting, time-consuming endeavor, one that requires visits to numerous websites, in-store visits when those products invariably don’t …

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Coterie, a young New York startup, promises to deliver charming party kits to your doorstep (though shhh, we won’t tell your guests)

Feb 27

Party planning can be fun if you have the time for it and happen to know what you’re doing. For the rest of us, it can be a daunting, time-consuming endeavor, one that requires visits to numerous websites, in-store visits when those products invariably don’t …

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For a monthly subscription fee, this startup will send out customized gifts to current and prospective clients at scale

Feb 26

In today’s noisy, fast-paced world, finding a way to let clients and potential customers know that they are top of mind can be a major challenge for companies. Enter Sendoso, a 2.5-year-old, San Francisco-based online-to-offline startup that promises to sourc…

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