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. CrunchBase profile →

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  • 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's Ryan Hoover: The Superhero Origin Story

    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

  • Alfred: Making Your Life Easier Automatically

    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

  • Is Burning Man Just Work?

    Is Burning Man Just Work?

    It’s that time of year again. Summer is over for most people and has just begun for San Francisco. And this week, the city becomes emptier than a VC parking lot at 5pm as many of SF’s denizens head to Burning Man, a festival that celebrates human expression — importing in over 60,000 people to Black Rock City, Nevada to party. Read More

  • Kumo Is Raising $50 Million To Break The TV Bundle

    Kumo Is Raising $50 Million To Break The TV Bundle

    Despite Aereo’s trouble in the Supreme Court, the hope of disrupting the TV industry is still alive in the tech world. A new startup led by Aol and Dish veteran Neil Davis is in the process of raising $50 million to fill that void. The startup is called Kumo, and it’s still in stealth, so details are limited. Read More

  • Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen To Talk Philanthropy, Open-Source Education At Disrupt SF 2014

    Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen To Talk Philanthropy, Open-Source Education At Disrupt SF 2014

    Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen is the founder and president of the Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation, a private operating foundation that functions as a philanthropic innovation lab. The foundation’s mission is to inspire, educate and empower people to give in a way that matters more. Arrillaga-Andreessen is trying to radically change the way we give, and we’re thrilled to… Read More

  • New Airbnb Logo Wants You To Draw It Like One Of Your French Logos

    New Airbnb Logo Wants You To Draw It Like One Of Your French Logos

    In a real life scene that could be in HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley,’ Airbnb unveiled a very sexually connotative logo today: Bélo. Apparently no one in on the design process asked themselves, in this guy’s parlance, “Does this logo look like a boobs and a butt and a hooha?” Per Armin Vit’s post, “The answer has to be a resounding “No”. If… Read More

  • There’s No Crying In Inside Baseball

    There’s No Crying In Inside Baseball

    Many of you have likely read the latest in a series of profiles of Kara Swisher, the grizzled WSJ reporter who struck out with Walt Mossberg to found Recode. If you haven’t, you should, because it’s pretty good. Swisher is an amazing reporter, and someone who I personally respect a great deal. Featured in the story is a panel from the South By Southwest Interactive conference this… Read More

  • Samsung In Talks To Scoop Up SmartThings For Around $200 Million

    Samsung In Talks To Scoop Up SmartThings For Around $200 Million

    Google has Nest, Apple has HomeKit and Samsung has…SmartThings, we’re hearing. The deal was completed for around $200 million dollars, though it might have been less according to one source. (Update: The deal is not done yet, says another.) Update: SmartThings has been acquired by Samsung. SmartThings is in the home automation space, and allows you to connect devices like lights… Read More

  • You Say Potato Salad

    You Say Potato Salad

    Imagine missing yesterday as a news day, and meeting today with fresh eyes: You’d wonder why a lot of people were talking about potato salad. And, wow, poor Brazil. If this Kickstarter for potato salad has seen far, it’s because it has stood on the shoulders of giants Yo. Both Yo (an app that literally allows you to say “Yo” to your friends with one tap) and the… Read More

  • Peter Thiel Is Returning To Disrupt SF

    Peter Thiel Is Returning To Disrupt SF

    We’re thrilled to announce that legendary founder and investor Peter Thiel will be joining us on stage at Disrupt SF 2014. From PayPal to Founders Fund, Thiel has set the bar for success in Silicon Valley, and this will be the second time he’s spoken at our conference. We’re glad he’s back. Thiel made the first outside investment in Facebook in 2004, and was an… Read More

  • What’s Disrupt SF Without A Fireside Chat Between Marc Benioff and Michael Arrington?

    What’s Disrupt SF Without A Fireside Chat Between Marc Benioff and Michael Arrington?

    Marc Benioff, the outspoken founder and CEO of Salesforce, will take the Disrupt stage with Michael Arrington again this year at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. Since last year, his company has seen solid growth, and it announced that it will be moving into what will be the tallest building in San Francisco, which will also bear the company’s name. Benioff himself has continued to be one of… Read More

  • Google Fit Warms Up

    Google Fit Warms Up

    Google Fit has risen as part of an prodigious, two-and-a-half-hour-long I/O keynote that included everything but the kitchen sink (and Google Glass and Google+). Today during its annual developer conference, Google announced a platform preview of Google Fit, a set of APIs that will allow developers to sync data across wearables and devices. Read More

  • CEO Late For Dinner

    CEO Late For Dinner

    Last week at the Cannes Lions advertising festival, sorry, “International Festival of Creativity”, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer had a bit of a tough time. First, she gave an on-stage presentation that some are saying was too ‘hard sell’ — telling the ad executives in attendance what they wanted to hear, without actually saying anything genuine. Okay. Read More

  • Survival Of The Digital Fittest

    Survival Of The Digital Fittest

    In just under two weeks from now at Google I/O, Google will announce wearable fitness functionality that Apple announced at WWDC. Next year at WWDC, Apple will announce wearable fitness functionality that Google announced at I/O. Jokes aside, Google and Apple’s competition to “own” wearable health has reached “Silicon Valley”-level proportions. After Apple… Read More

  • Lowercase Capital Is Raising A New $25M Fund, Led By Matt Mazzeo

    Lowercase Capital Is Raising A New $25M Fund, Led By Matt Mazzeo

    Lowercase Capital is raising another $25 million, we’re hearing. This is notable for a couple of reasons: Due to its Uber investment, Lowercase Capital’s very first fund — a modest $8.5 million raised in 2010 — has seen its value increase by more than 100x , which is perhaps historic in early-stage seed funds. Lowercase’s second fund, “Spur,” has also… Read More