Alexia Tsotsis

Alexia Tsotsis

Alexia Tsotsis is the co-editor of TechCrunch. She attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA, majoring in Writing and Painting, and moved to New York City shortly after graduation to work in the media industry.

After four years of living in New York and attending courses at New York University, she returned to Los Angeles in order to continue her career in new media, first as LA Weekly’s Internet culture reporter, and then as SF Weekly’s web editor.

Before she joined TechCrunch in 2010, Alexia ran the SFweekly website from San Francisco, staying on top of the tech scene and human behavior in the digital age.

At TechCrunch, Alexia covers young companies, and has had the opportunity to interview everyone from Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom to former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. In 2011, Alexia made the Forbes “30 Under 30: Rising Stars of Media List.” In 2012 she was promoted to Co-EIC of TechCrunch. Her Twitter bio reads, “Breaks news and hearts.”

Disclosures:

I own Aol stock, diversified investments via ETFs and Mutual Funds, and shares in Facebook, Yahoo and Twitter. I am a board member of MAS, a non-profit design lab in Los Angeles. I'm also in a relationship with a VC at General Catalyst Partners. Whenever there is the potential for real or perceived conflict in what I write about, I promise to bring it up, and link back here.

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  • Employee Data Breach The Worst Part Of Sony Hack

    Employee Data Breach The Worst Part Of Sony Hack

    The Sony hack has taught us so much. It’s taught us to send corporate email as if everyone is reading those emails. It’s taught us that people in Hollywood are just as mean as people in any other industry (and potentially racist). And it’s taught us that Channing Tatum is really enthusiastic about beating “TED” at the box office. Read More

  • Pip!

    Pip!

    As hard as it tries to brand itself as such, Aol isn’t known for innovation. Part of the co-editor job here at TechCrunch is fending off some of the clunky things that our parent company does, like holding an internal Aol Disrupt, or playing a Taylor Swift parody during all hands or making us log into our TechCrunch emails with our Aol accounts. Read More

  • The Uber Supper

    The Uber Supper

    As we in the US sit down to holiday dinner tonight, we are reminded that we have oodles to be thankful for. For one, I am grateful that the news cycle is now slow enough that I can post Bryce Durbin’s stunning image of the infamous Uber “influentials” dinner, depicted as Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Last Supper.” In addition to Emil Michael, Ben Smith, Michael… Read More

  • Silicon Valley’s T.J. Miller To Host The Crunchies

    Silicon Valley’s T.J. Miller To Host The Crunchies

    The 8th Annual Crunchies Awards is headed our way, and we’re chuffed to announce that the hilarious T.J. Miller, better known as Silicon Valley’s egotistical entrepreneur and tech guru Erlich Bachman, will be our host for the evening. Miller got his start touring with Second City in Chicago, and doing improv at places like The Annoyance Theater and iO Chicago. Since then his… Read More

  • Reddit CEO Resigns, Alexis Ohanian Returns As Chairman

    Reddit CEO Resigns, Alexis Ohanian Returns As Chairman

    If there’s one constant in life, it’s change, and the fourth quarter of 2014 has brought quite a bit of change for Reddit, the massively popular aggregation site that could. So here’s some more news: Reddit CEO Yishan Wong has resigned, COO Ellen Pao has become interim CEO and co-founder Alexis Ohanian has returned to the company he founded in 2005 to fill the full-time… Read More

  • DSTLD Is Everlane For Jeans

    DSTLD Is Everlane For Jeans

    As it becomes ever easier to build a commerce brand from scratch online, we’re beginning to see upstart companies eat the luxury high-end mark-up right up. Notable examples include Warby Parker, Everlane and Jason Goldberg’s furniture store Hem. With retail prices reaching upwards of $200, it’s hard not to imagine someone eventually wanting to do this to premium denim, so… Read More

  • We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together (Spotify Remix)

    We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together (Spotify Remix)

    Spotify, I remember when we broke up the first time Saying, “This is it, I’ve had enough,” ’cause like We hadn’t seen each other in a two years When you said you needed to stream my music for free. (Sometimes.) Then you come around again and say Read More

  • Why Is Kim Kardashian At A Tech Conference?!

    Why Is Kim Kardashian At A Tech Conference?!

    Because she is co-creator of one of the most popular apps of 2014. Because she is poised to make $200 million in cold hard cash from a mobile app this year. Because at $700K a day in earnings just from the app, she is still more successful than most startup founders, at least from a revenue standpoint. Read More

  • Slack Is Raising Another Round At Up To A $1B Valuation

    Slack Is Raising Another Round At Up To A $1B Valuation

    Slack, the enterprise collaboration platform co-founded by Stewart Butterfield of Flickr fame, continues to defy its namesake: we have heard from sources that the company is raising a new round of funding at a valuation of between $800 million and $1 billion, just six months after raising nearly $43 million. The total raise is said to be eight figures and Sequoia and KPCB are participating… Read More

  • And The TechCrunch Disrupt Europe Finalists Are Crate, Disease Diagnostic Group, Oscult And PhotoMath

    And The TechCrunch Disrupt Europe Finalists Are Crate, Disease Diagnostic Group, Oscult And PhotoMath

    Over 1,500 people have walked through door at this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt Europe conference in London. We had everyone from Elvis impersonators to people dressed up as chickens participate, as one does at a tech conference. Highlights included watching our boss Tim Armstrong chat with Josh Constine about the high growth future of Aol, and what he learned after the mistake of… Read More

  • We’ve Got Questions For Tim Armstrong At Disrupt Europe

    We’ve Got Questions For Tim Armstrong At Disrupt Europe

    Yes, we’ve invited our boss to our conference, but he has a lot to say for himself. I mean, we too want to know if Aol, and by transitive property TechCrunch, is being sold to Yahoo, am I right? Tim Armstrong, CEO and Chairman of TechCrunch’s parent company, AOL, will be joining us for a fireside chat on Monday, October 20th. Armstrong has been the Chairman and CEO of AOL since… Read More

  • When Anna Met Jony

    When Anna Met Jony

    The fashion industry is secretly sick of being underestimated and under-intellectualized. There’s a pivotal scene in “The Devil Wears Prada” where Meryl Streep gives her assistant Andy a talking-to about the hypocrisy inherent in her disdain for fashion — as it’s given life to the blue drab sweater she is wearing. And is a trillion dollar industry. Read More

  • Yahoo Acquires Mobile Messaging App MessageMe

    Yahoo Acquires Mobile Messaging App MessageMe

    Yahoo has acquired mobile messaging application MessageMe, a Whatsapp-like service with $11.9 million in reported outside funding. The deal, we’re hearing from multiple sources, is a talent acquisition falling into the “single-digit” millions. [Update: We’re hearing now that the deal may actually better than this. Word is the deal is actually in the double-digit… Read More

  • Envoy Brings In $1.5 Million To Kill The Lobby Sign-In Book

    Envoy Brings In $1.5 Million To Kill The Lobby Sign-In Book

    When you think about things that need to be disrupted, the entryway sign-in booklet is probably the last thing on your mind. And yet. Having spent four years at Google and three years at Twitter as a backend engineer, Larry Gadea started building Envoy, an iPad-based, visitor-registration system this past November. At Twitter Gadea was part of the team that built Murder, a BitTorrent for the… Read More

  • Product Hunt Raises $6 Million From A16Z

    Product Hunt Raises $6 Million From A16Z

    Product Hunt, the aggregation site that many people consider a direct competitor to TechCrunch and other tech blogs due to its ability to surface new tech products and startups, has raised a hefty series A, we’re hearing. We’ve heard that Andreessen Horowitz led the round, and that Product Hunt picked up $6 million at a $22 million valuation (our tipsters were unclear on whether… Read More

  • The Disrupt SF 2014 Battlefield Finalists Are Alfred, Partpic, PatternEQ, Shipstr, Stack And Vinli

    The Disrupt SF 2014 Battlefield Finalists Are Alfred, Partpic, PatternEQ, Shipstr, Stack And Vinli

    In our new conference venue at Pier 48, 26 battlefield competitors (and two Audience Choice winners) have pitched their hearts out onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF these past two days. It’s been a nerve-wracking process for these founders, as they presented their business ideas to some of the most accomplished people in our industry who gave feedback on whether those ideas are worthy. Read More

  • A Letter To Jennifer Lawrence

    A Letter To Jennifer Lawrence

    You and I don’t know each other, but I work in tech news and, as such, have read a lot of technical speculation and analysis of what happened to you and a group of other women who work in Hollywood over the long weekend. While it is not exactly clear how your privacy was violated and your property was stolen, there is apparently an underground ring of people who spend their precious… Read More

  • Kobe Bryant Reads TechCrunch

    Kobe Bryant Reads TechCrunch

    This month’s issue of Sports Illustrated is notable because it includes a long form feature by Chris Ballard on Kobe Bryant’s return to the game this fall. The story is worth reading for its support of the growth mindset and its underlying theme of “hard work is all that matters,” whether you are a basketball fan or not. Another reason you should read it is that it is… Read More

  • Pinterest Investor Fritz Lanman Working On Two Different Companies

    Pinterest Investor Fritz Lanman Working On Two Different Companies

    Less than two years after selling his company Livestar to Pinterest, early Pinterest and Square investor Fritz Lanman is up to his old entrepreneurial tricks. Lanman, who continues to make angel investments and led the seed round of Class Pass, is trying out the “company builder” model, dividing his efforts between Doppler Labs, which is focused on wearable tech products, and DWNLD, … Read More

  • Snapchat Raising A New Round From KPCB At A $10B Valuation

    Snapchat Raising A New Round From KPCB At A $10B Valuation

    The rumors are flying around vanishing messaging app Snapchat, both on and off Secret. These rumors hold that Microsoft and Snapchat are in acquisition talks, though we can’t really grok why they would be, other than that the situation would make a great plot point in the inevitable Snapchat movie (“The Sexting Network”?). According to people familiar with Microsoft, there… Read More

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