Crunchbase News is a digital publication covering the innovation ecosystem through deeply reported, data-driven journalism on private markets, startups, founders and investors. We first published on March 13, 2017. Though we are owned by Crunchbase, a public database of private companies that sells data access and business intelligence tools, our journalism and decisions about editorial coverage are completely independent.
We believe that sharp, well-reported business journalism that’s driven by data helps to level the playing field for all entrepreneurs.
What is the relationship between Crunchbase and Crunchbase News?
Crunchbase News is owned by Crunchbase, but the company not exert any editorial control or influence over the newsroom or coverage decisions. The Crunchbase research team does, from time to time, assist in pulling more intractable queries from the dataset to aid in our data-driven reporting.
Who is Crunchbase News?
Marlize van Romburgh: Managing Editor
Marlize leads the editorial vision for Crunchbase News and oversees its team of journalists covering private companies, startups and venture capital. Previously, she spent six years with American City Business Journals, most recently as managing editor at the Silicon Valley Business Journal. She’s held various editing and reporting roles at business publications, with her reporting on banking and real estate during the financial crisis winning journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Los Angeles Press Club and the Society for Advancing Business Editing & Writing (SABEW). Her newsroom leadership earned her a “25 Under 35” award from Editor & Publisher magazine in 2013. She holds a degree in journalism from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where she served as editor in chief of the student newspaper.
Jenna D’Illard: Deputy Editor
Jenna supports the editorial operations of the Crunchbase News team and implements the editorial vision for the news organization. She also oversees the Crunchbase News contributing writer program. Previously, she served as the Chief Operating Officer for Stratfor, a global intelligence agency, where she managed an international team of analysts. She has also served as a journalist for various publications. She received her Masters Degree from Stanford University and is a proud alumni of University of Texas Journalism School.
Chris Metinko: Senior Reporter (Archive)
Chris is a senior reporter for Crunchbase News covering tech startups, innovation and the venture capital world. Before joining the Crunchbase News team this year, Chris was a senior reporter covering technology, media and telecommunications for Mergermarket and its sister service Dealreporter, focusing on M&A, funding and the equity capital markets involving
both private and public tech companies. He has been a reporter in the Bay Area for more than two decades, working at newspapers such as the Contra Costa Times and Oakland Tribune. Chris received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.
Joanna covers the intersection of startups and money for Crunchbase News as well as summing up the days’ coverage for the news team by writing up the Crunchbase Daily. Before that, she was a venture capital reporter at Reuters, PE Hub and Venture Capital Journal, a tech writer for Wired, and a freelance journalist for multiple tech and business publications. For her first paid reporting job, at the Watertown Daily Times, she covered Lewis County, New York, a county of 27,000 people and 31,000 cows.
Gené is an analyst uncovering and exploring trends within private company data. She is an expert on venture markets, female founders, women in venture, and seed-stage funding. She is also an experienced public speaker and moderator connecting with startup communities around the globe. She has been interviewed extensively by the media on funding trends. She joined Crunchbase more than 12 years ago to lead on data and partner with the venture community.
Sophia is a reporter for Crunchbase News covering startups and VC investment in the hospitality, travel and tourism, real estate and property tech, media and entertainment tech, edtech, and transportation and AI spaces. She previously covered late-stage venture across all verticals. Before joining the Crunchbase News team in 2019, Sophia was a Hearst Journalism Fellow covering startups and general assignment business news at the San Francisco Chronicle and local government and community news at the Connecticut Post. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Christine covers fintech, e-commerce, healthtech, biotech, agriculture and foodtech for Crunchbase News. Before joining Crunchbase in 2020, she reported on local news for Community Impact Newspaper. Prior to that, she covered health care innovation for the Texas Medical Center’s PULSE magazine and spent nearly a decade in various reporting roles at the Houston Business Journal.
Judy Rider: Copy Editor
A voracious reader, Judy’s career in publishing began with an entry-level position at the Houston Business Journal. During her tenure, she honed her innate spelling and grammar skills while learning AP style. She gradually worked her way to assistant editor, earning several HBJ productivity awards as well as a Gold Eagle Award from American City Business Journals. After a short break as managing editor at Texas Fish & Game Magazine, Judy returned to the Business Journal to complete her corporate career, retiring in 2013. Until joining the Crunchbase News staff, she worked remotely as a public relations associate and completed several freelance projects including editing and formatting a pair of nonfiction books.
Dom Guzman: Illustrator (Portfolio)
Dom is a multidisciplinary artist who specializes in illustration inspired by storytelling. From playful to brooding, she creates sentimental and emotionally charged visuals. She has been freelance illustrating since 2011, working on projects including comic strips, editorial illustration, typography, and motion graphics. Currently at Crunchbase News— after previously working with businesses and organizations such as Hulu, Portland Public Schools, and Orchestrate Beer—she creates graphics and illustrations for news articles and features.
- Crunchbase News is part of Crunchbase, a for-profit startup that has a number of private investors. Verizon also retains an ownership stake in the company.
- (Before AOL was part of Oath, a Verizon subsidiary, AOL owned Crunchbase. Later, after Verizon bought AOL, but before it combined the Internet brand with Yahoo to form Oath, Crunchbase was spun out as its own entity.)
- Update: Oath was rebranded as the “Verizon Media Group” starting January 1, 2019. Also, Verizon hated that.
- Crunchbase News operates independently from Crunchbase, and the publication takes no direction from any other part of the business, most especially its commercial operations.
- The publication abides by the SPJ Code of Ethics, hews to AP style, and prefers Oxford commas.
- Regarding our parent company’s conflicts, they are myriad. A living list of parties that have invested in the business can be found on Crunchbase’s Crunchbase profile. More investors will appear over time. They will each and all enjoy the same level of privilege: none.