Alex Wilhelm

Alex Wilhelm
Alex Wilhelm is a writer for TechCrunch. In the past, he helped grow The Next Web into a leading publication. Alex also worked for midVentures in Chicago, where he attended school, and co-founded Contenture, a startup focused on micropayments and the monetization of digital content. Alex lives in San Francisco. CrunchBase profile →

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  • If You Read One Book With A Hashtag For A Title This Year, Make It #GIRLBOSS

    If You Read One Book With A Hashtag For A Title This Year, Make It #GIRLBOSS

    Motivational stories are banal, personal anecdotes of people you don’t know are boring, and most business books contain about one postcard’s length of wisdom, spread out over several hundred pages. Sophia Amoruso’s recently released book #GIRLBOSS manages to avoid these pitfalls, fusing her personal life, her professional life, and a series of teachable moments together to… Read More

  • Facebook Is Down For Many

    Facebook Is Down For Many

    Facebook’s website is down for many. The voluminous reports on Twitter, and corroborating evidence, are pretty plain: For many, Facebook is not working at the moment. Young services are infamous for having extensive outages. Twitter, for one, when small, was down chronically.  Facebook going down, given how mature it is as a platform and public company, is a larger issue. Developers… Read More

  • 10 Senators Blast FCC-Proposed Internet ‘Fast Lane’ Net Neutrality Rules

    10 Senators Blast FCC-Proposed Internet ‘Fast Lane’ Net Neutrality Rules

    Ten U.S. Senators, including Sens. Wyden, Warren, Franken, and Booker, today published a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in opposition to his proposed rules-changes to net neutrality that would create so-called Internet ‘fast lanes.’ As we’ve covered a half-dozen times, the proposal cuts at the heart of net neutrality’s bent on non-discrimination, by allowing… Read More

  • Gearing Up To Raise More Capital, TrackVia Is On Pace For 100% Revenue Growth In 2014

    Gearing Up To Raise More Capital, TrackVia Is On Pace For 100% Revenue Growth In 2014

    After booking 50% revenue growth in 2013, TrackVia is looking to grow its top line 100% in 2014. The company is on track to meet that benchmark, it told TechCrunch. TrackVia is an interesting company, selling a product that lets companies quickly build mobile applications for their employees to use. Instead of hiring an application development team internally, TrackVia helps firms quickly… Read More

  • Despite Furor, Proposed Net Neutrality Changes Appear Headed For A Vote

    Despite Furor, Proposed Net Neutrality Changes Appear Headed For A Vote

    The rising furor regarding proposed changes to net neutrality has so far failed to delay a vote next week on proposed new Open Internet rules at the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) monthly meeting on May 15th. Several FCC commissioners have expressed concern for the proposals in question, even calling for a delay of the vote. It didn’t work. At question is the idea to… Read More

  • Tesla Slips Despite Beating Estimates In Q1 With Non-GAAP Revenue Of $713M

    Tesla Slips Despite Beating Estimates In Q1 With Non-GAAP Revenue Of $713M

    It’s not a good day to be a public technology company. Today despite beating non-GAAP revenue and non-GAAP profit expectations, Tesla is down around 5 perecent in after-hours trading. The company reported $713 million in non-GAAP revenue and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.12. Both figures were ahead of the street’s expectations of $699 in non-GAAP revenue, and $0.10 in… Read More

  • Marissa Mayer Explains Why Yahoo Is Undervalued

    Marissa Mayer Explains Why Yahoo Is Undervalued

    On stage today at TechCrunch Disrupt New York, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer pushed against the narrative that Yahoo is worth nothing. The company has a market capitalization in the tens of billions, but it’s been pointed out that if you add up the value of its stakes in Yahoo Japan, and Alibaba, the company could be valued at something approaching zero. Read More

  • SEC Publishes Laundry List Of Bitcoin Risks, Cites Governmental Regulation As A Potential Headache

    SEC Publishes Laundry List Of Bitcoin Risks, Cites Governmental Regulation As A Potential Headache

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) doesn’t appear to be bitcoin’s biggest fan. Today, the government agency published a long list of potential risks that bitcoin presents, and it’s quite the document. After saying that bitcoin is “used like money,” the SEC goes on to point out that the IRS “recently issued guidance stating that it will… Read More

  • TechCrunch’s Parent AOL’s Stock Falls After Disappointing Earnings Report

    TechCrunch’s Parent AOL’s Stock Falls After Disappointing Earnings Report

    Among the retreating technology and technology-facing stocks, AOL stands out today in terms of the scale of its decline. As of this writing, AOL is down more than 24%, and could easily end the day down more than a quarter of its former value. AOL owns TechCrunch. Investors are more skittish about AOL today than they were yesterday with Twitter, a company that can’t find GAAP profits… Read More

  • Sen. Franken Calls Net Neutrality The “Free Speech Issue Of Our Time”

    Sen. Franken Calls Net Neutrality The “Free Speech Issue Of Our Time”

    In a video posted to the website NoSlowLane, Senator Al Franken made the argument for pure net neutrality, calling the principle “the free speech issue of our time.” Citing YouTube in its infancy as precisely the sort of company that benefited from an open Internet that was not tiltable by incumbent powers with a financial advantage, the senator’s argument is simple: the… Read More

  • Tech Stocks Crumble As The Market Demands What They Can’t Deliver

    Tech Stocks Crumble As The Market Demands What They Can’t Deliver

    It’s a nasty day for technology companies in the public markets, as aging giants like AOL are falling right alongside upstarts with larger market caps like Twitter and Groupon that are popping negative. Forget your IPO window. This is nasty. Keep in mind that venture capital behaves like an amped version of the NASDAQ, and when the latter falls apart, it closes the liquidity cycle… Read More

  • Alibaba Files For Massive IPO With 9-Month Revenue Of $6.51B

    Alibaba Files For Massive IPO With 9-Month Revenue Of $6.51B

    This afternoon Alibaba filed for its hotly anticipated IPO, detailing its recent financial performance, including revenue for the first nine months of its fiscal year 2013 of $6.51 billion and net income of $2.85 billion for the same period. Alibaba intends to sell around 12 percent of its shares, according to sources, which means that the IPO could bring in around $20 billion. That would… Read More

  • Groupon Beats In Q1 With $757.6M In Revenue, Non-GAAP EPS Of -$0.01

    Groupon Beats In Q1 With $757.6M In Revenue, Non-GAAP EPS Of -$0.01

    After the bell today Groupon reported its first quarter financial performance, including revenue of $757.60 million, and non-GAAP earnings per share of -$0.01. Analysts had expected for the company to earn -$0.03 per share (non-GAAP) on revenue of $740 million. On a GAAP basis, Groupon lost $37.8 million, or $0.06 per share. The company’s adjusted EBITDA for the quarter totaled $40.3… Read More

  • Twitter Tanks To New Record Lows As Hundreds Of Millions Of Its Shares Unlock

    Twitter Tanks To New Record Lows As Hundreds Of Millions Of Its Shares Unlock

    Today a massive quantity of Twitter stock unlocked, allowing shareholders in the firm that have long held stock in the social giant to sell their equity. The impact, perhaps as expected, is a bloodbath, with Twitter sinking more than 11 percent at the time of writing. Twitter is trading around the $34.40 mark, up slightly from a new record low of $34 that it set earlier today. It’s… Read More

  • OneDrive’s Mobile DAUs Up 3X Since October, Microsoft Updates Its Android, Web Experiences

    OneDrive’s Mobile DAUs Up 3X Since October, Microsoft Updates Its Android, Web Experiences

    This morning Microsoft announced a sheaf of updates for its OneDrive cloud storage product, improving its web and Android experiences. The new stuff will be seeping out across the world over the next few days, so if you don’t see it right away, take a pause, and then check again. Read More

  • The NSA’s Code Tweet Deciphered

    So, the NSA tweeted this earlier: tpfccdlfdtte pcaccplircdt dklpcfrp?qeiq lhpqlipqeodf gpwafopwprti izxndkiqpkii krirrifcapnc dxkdciqcafmd vkfpcadf. #MissionMonday #NSA #news — NSA (@NSACareers) May 5, 2014 What does it mean? Well, intrepid Business Insider readers realized quickly it was a substitution cypher, something that is pretty simple to solve. In this case, c in the cypher is… Read More

  • S'Mortgage Is Making America's Mortgage Market Transparent

    S’moretgage Launches To Bring Real-Time Mortgage Data To Real Estate Investors

    Today at TechCrunch Disrupt NY, S’moretgage kicked off its service that aims to get more real estate data to real estate investors more quickly. The more you know, the better choices you can make, and because it can be difficult to obtain certain mortgage data by hand, S’moretgage wants to make that information far easier to access. Read More

  • Ooberdocs Takes Incoming Email Attachments And Copies Them Into Your Dropbox Account

    Ooberdocs Takes Incoming Email Attachments And Copies Them Into Your Dropbox Account

    Tired of having your files pile up in different buckets, and want better harmony between your email and cloud storage account? Ooberdocs, built during the TechCrunch Disrupt NY Hackathon and presented onstage today, solves that issue by copying attachments sent to your email address into your Dropbox account, as well. Read More

  • eBay To Settle Antitrust Suit Regarding Its Hiring Practices For $3.75M

    eBay To Settle Antitrust Suit Regarding Its Hiring Practices For $3.75M

    This week eBay announced that it has agreed to a settlement with the United States Department of Justice, and the Attorney General of California, regarding a non-hire agreement with Intuit. The settlement will include the company paying out $3.75 million to cover compensation to impacted employees, along with various fees and costs. The settlement will need court approval before it is final. Read More

  • SweetLabs Picks Up HP As Its Fourth OEM Partner

    SweetLabs Picks Up HP As Its Fourth OEM Partner

    SweetLabs has picked up another OEM partner, HP, to preload its software platform that includes a Windows Start Menu replacement on some of its PCs. SweetLabs, the creators of Pokki, a popular Start Menu and app tool, have placed their focus in recent quarters on helping OEMs boost per-device margins. In short, the technology they provide to consumers is used by OEMs to drive revenue on… Read More