Alex Wilhelm

Alex Wilhelm

Alex Wilhelm is a writer for TechCrunch. He lives in San Francisco.

Disclosure: I own a minor quantity of shares in AOL, the parent company of TechCrunch, that were purchased through the firm's employee share purchase program. My 401k and other accounts are invested into diversified global funds that include both equities and bonds. I own no other individual shares in companies, either private or public. I'm currently dating someone who works for a Google subsidiary.

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  • Veniam Picks Up $4.9M To Turn Buses Into Wi-Fi Hotspots

    Veniam Picks Up $4.9M To Turn Buses Into Wi-Fi Hotspots

    Veniam, a company that leverages moving vehicles to bring more complete wireless Internet to municipalities, today announced that it has raised a $4.9 million Series A round of funding led by True Ventures, and participated in by Union Square Ventures. The company told TechCrunch that its prior angel investors also took part in the deal on a pro-rata basis, keeping their percentages in the… Read More

  • Study Highlights Potential Tax Burden Of Net Neutrality

    Study Highlights Potential Tax Burden Of Net Neutrality

    The Progressive Policy Institute released a study today claiming that President Obama’s net neutrality plan would result in billions of dollars in taxes levied onto the consumer from both Federal and local governments. Read More

  • For The Tech IPO Market, A Test

    For The Tech IPO Market, A Test

    Will the public market welcome a company with expanding losses? Hortonworks is ready to find out. Earlier today, the company priced its initial public offering, announcing that it will sell its shares for between $12 and $14 apiece. Early analysis pegs the company’s valuation at a per-share price in the middle of the proposed range of $659 million. Read More

  • About That Enterprise File-Sharing Study

    About That Enterprise File-Sharing Study

    Earlier this week, TechCrunch published commentary on a report concerning the current popularity of various enterprise cloud file sync and share products, a group of services usually shortened to the acronym ‘EFSS.’ Read More

  • Windows Phone 8.1 Finally Breaks The 50% Market Share Threshold

    Windows Phone 8.1 Finally Breaks The 50% Market Share Threshold

    Windows Phone 8.1 accounted for more than 50 percent of all Windows Phone usage in November. It closed October with 46.7 percent of the market. Windows Phone 8, its predecessor, still controls 33.5 percent of the Windows Phone base. That amount will decline as more carriers update phones that were initially sold with an earlier version of the Windows Phone platform. Here’s the chart… Read More

  • Microsoft Appears To Pre-Announce Its Purchase Of Email Startup Acompli

    Microsoft Appears To Pre-Announce Its Purchase Of Email Startup Acompli

    Whoops. Welcome to literal fait accompli. A short, unfinished blog listed as written by Microsoft corporate vice president Rajesh Jha hit the RSS wires earlier today. Here’s what it looked like:   It led to the following URL: http://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2014/11/25/microsoft-acquires-acompli/. In case you missed it, the URL slug says “Microsoft Acquires… Read More

  • The Snowden Effect, Quantified

    The Snowden Effect, Quantified

    The failure of the USA Freedom Act in the Senate earlier this month was a disappointment to many in favor of reforming the National Security Agency. The bill, far from perfect, and certainly incomplete in its scope was thought of by some as a possible first step. To others, it was a way for Congress to pass something that merely looked like reform. It didn’t advance after a procedural… Read More

  • Cooling Tablet Market Turns To Low-End Devices For Growth

    Cooling Tablet Market Turns To Low-End Devices For Growth

    Never in tech history have so many bought so much in such a short time. There was a memorable tweet sent in the final days before the first iPad was released: Someone in tech — and I forget their name and can’t find the tweet, sadly — noted in less than 140 characters that they were about to embark on their last weekend before they would never have to have another without… Read More

  • Two Rallies

    Two Rallies

    Today Apple topped the $700 billion value market cap threshold during regular trading, a remarkable achievement. The company’s shares have since slipped some, but it’s impossible to deny the technology giant’s massive rally. Apple, a company that was once small enough to be dismissed whole-cloth is now not only the world’s most valuable technology company, it’s… Read More

  • Addappt Relaunches On iOS With A Focus On Messaging

    Addappt Relaunches On iOS With A Focus On Messaging

    Addappt, released in 2012 as an application to keep your contacts up to date, relaunched this morning with a new focus on messaging. Its re-designed iOS app still has a focus on your address book — it forms the locus of your social data — but Addappt now includes a feature the company calls ‘Tapp.’ Tapp is a 100 character text and emoji tool that allows you to send… Read More

  • Uber's Terrible No Good Very Bad Week And Barbie Apologizes

    Crunchweek: Uber, Uber, Uber And Barbie

    Here’s a protip: Don’t do what Uber did this week. That’s the main topic of CrunchWeek this time around. Bad behavior, however, wasn’t just Uber’s purview: The corporate entity behind Barbie was exposed for publishing a wantonly sexist tract that undercut the idea that women can be software engineers. So that wasn’t very good. Happily, TechCrunch’s… Read More

  • FCC Expects Cable Companies To Fight Back Over Net Neutrality

    FCC Expects Cable Companies To Fight Back Over Net Neutrality

    The FCC anticipates that large cable companies will sue the agency after it votes into place net neutrality regulations. This would be a mere repeat of history. It will have the clarifying impact of forcing hands: Companies that tried to split the fence will be decidedly on one end of it or the other. Here’s Chairman Tom Wheeler from earlier today, as quoted by The Hill: “The… Read More

  • About Those Uber Revenue Numbers

    About Those Uber Revenue Numbers

    Uber generates lots of revenue. Everyone knows it. The company’s roughly 20 percent cut of ride spend on its platform adds up to big numbers. How big, of course, is the real question. Read More

  • GoPro Craters 9.3% After Pricing Its Secondary Offering At A Discount

    GoPro Craters 9.3% After Pricing Its Secondary Offering At A Discount

    GoPro fell more than 9 percent today, after it priced its secondary offering at $75 per share, a discount to its market price. The company ended regular trading today at $71.74 per share, or a several dollar negative delta to the proposed price. The company will sell 1,287,533 itself, while prior shareholders will sell 9,072,967. Underwriters of the sale may purchase 1,554,075 shares as… Read More

  • The CIA’s Review Of Glenn Greenwald’s Snowden Book Is Hilarious

    The CIA’s Review Of Glenn Greenwald’s Snowden Book Is Hilarious

    Earlier this year, journalist Glenn Greenwald released a book titled No Place to Hide, chronicling the Snowden leaks, and breaking new ground on the NSA itself. The book garnered a grip of positive reviews upon publication, and has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon. Not bad, all told. But the most recent review of the book is by far the best. Hayden Peake, listed by the CIA’s website as… Read More

  • Microsoft Promises Managed, Web-Based App Stores For The Enterprise With Windows 10

    Microsoft Promises Managed, Web-Based App Stores For The Enterprise With Windows 10

    Microsoft previously announced that Windows 10, its next operating system, will contain a single app store that will work across device classes. Don’t make the Lord of the Rings joke. The company also previously promised that organizations will be able to curate their own app experience for their users. Today, it announced that a “Web-based” store will be an option for… Read More

  • Tech Reacts To The Demise Of Partial NSA Reform In The Senate

    Tech Reacts To The Demise Of Partial NSA Reform In The Senate

    The failure of the Senate to advance NSA reform in the current Congress isn’t too popular with the technology community. The demise of the USA FREEDOM Act — a half-measure at best — in the Senate is another loss for the technology industry, which saw many of its leading companies repeatedly call for the bill’s passage. The FREEDOM Act was aimed at ending the… Read More

  • Salesforce Slips On Weak Guidance, Despite Beating On Both Revenue And Profit In Its FQ3

    Salesforce Slips On Weak Guidance, Despite Beating On Both Revenue And Profit In Its FQ3

    In its fiscal 2015 third quarter, Salesforce reported revenue of $1.383 billion, non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.14, a GAAP net loss of $38.92 million, and a GAAP loss per share of $0.06. Analysts had expected $0.13 in adjusted profit on revenue of $1.371 billion. The percentage of its revenue that came from recurring, subscription sources — a key metric for any SaaS business… Read More

  • Microsoft Updates How The Surface Pro 3 Handles Wi-Fi

    Microsoft Updates How The Surface Pro 3 Handles Wi-Fi

    Microsoft released a set of updates for its Surface Pro 3 tablet today,  including fixes for the tablet-hybrid’s Wi-Fi connectivity, a part of the device’s performance that some have flagged as problematic. I’ve had some Wi-Fi issues with my loaner Surface Pro 3, but haven’t been sure if they stem from Windows 10’s nascency, or the device itself. Paul Thurrott… Read More

  • NSA Reform Dies In The Senate

    NSA Reform Dies In The Senate

    Well shit. A vote to proceed with the USA FREEDOM Act failed in the Senate after it did not collect the 60 votes that it needed. It failed 58 to 42. Before the vote, I noticed a slight change in the tone of people that I had on the phone: There was optimism that it could make it. It didn’t. You can stick a fork in NSA reform for this year, and this Congress. And, as I’ve said… Read More