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.

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  • Snowden Does Reddit

    Snowden Does Reddit

    Edward Snowden, who you might have heard of by now, took to Reddit today along with journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras. Poitras won an Oscar last night for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Poitras’ winning film, CITIZENFOUR, covers when Greenwald, the filmmaker, and Snowden were together in Hong Kong, right before the documents were leaked and the world changed. Read More

  • Egnyte CEO Vineet Jain Talks IPO

    Egnyte’s CEO Vineet Jain Talks Storage Wars And The IPO Market

    The IPO window is open, which means that companies of all sorts are hitting go and launching their firms into the arms of the public. Among the most interesting companies likely to go public inside the next two years is Egnyte, which I have been covering for a few years now. Egnyte has been willing to share more of its plans and financial performance than most companies, making it something… Read More

  • You Can Now Build Apps For Band, Microsoft’s Fitness Wearable

    You Can Now Build Apps For Band, Microsoft’s Fitness Wearable

    Microsoft is updating the Band fitness wearable today, building out its on-device feature set, launching a web portal so that users can better interact with their collected data, and releasing an SDK to allow developers to build apps for the gadget. Application updates are rolling out for iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Read More

  • Twitter Throws Its Weight Behind The FCC’s Net Neutrality Push

    Twitter Throws Its Weight Behind The FCC’s Net Neutrality Push

    Twitter backs the FCC’s push to pass new net neutrality regulations it underlined today, publishing a blog post calling for the passage of open Internet rules that will prevent throttling, paid prioritization. The company also advocated for the regulation of wireless connections under net neutrality rules. The FCC will vote on its open Internet proposal later this week. Read More

  • The Net Neutrality Quiet Period

    The Net Neutrality Quiet Period

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently in its weeklong ‘sunshine’ period before its February 26 meeting that will see the agency vote on new net neutrality regulations. The sunshine period means that the FCC takes time from taking external meetings on the topics it is going to vote on. Also, missives sent to the FCC during the period do not make it into the… Read More

  • The New Rules Of Going Public

    The New Rules Of Going Public

    According to a recent report, Twilio wants to go public. Twilio, a company that provides software-based communications tools for developers, closed out 2014 on a $100 million annual run rate. Or, put another way, Twilio brought in just over $8 million in top line last December. Box, New Relic and Hortonworks each recently proved that the IPO window is open and that investors have an appetite… Read More

  • RapidMiner Picks Up $15M More To Scale Its ‘Business Source’ Data Analytics Service

    RapidMiner Picks Up $15M More To Scale Its ‘Business Source’ Data Analytics Service

    This week, RapidMiner announced that it has raised a $15 million Series B round of capital. The company had previously raised a total of $5 million, bringing its total capital tally to $20 million. The round was co-led by Ascent Venture Partners and Longworth Venture Partners. RapidMiner, headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., provides what it describes as “code-free” analytics tools. Read More

  • The NSA Reportedly Stole Millions Of SIM Encryption Keys To Gather Private Data

    The NSA Reportedly Stole Millions Of SIM Encryption Keys To Gather Private Data

    The American National Security Agency (NSA), and the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), similar clandestine intelligence agencies, stole SIM card encryption keys from a manufacturer, allowing the groups to decrypt global cellular communications data. The effort, according to The Intercept, took place in 2010, with the agencies breaking into a Dutch firm, Gemalto. The… Read More

  • SkyGiraffe Raises $3M More To Help Companies Build Mobile Apps

    SkyGiraffe Raises $3M More To Help Companies Build Mobile Apps

    SkyGiraffe, a startup that helps companies quickly build and deploy apps, has raised a $3 million Series A round of capital, led by Trilogy Equity Partners. Prior investor 500 Startups participated in the capital event. Trilogy, unsurprisingly, picked a board seat as part of the round. The market that SkyGiraffe focused on, custom apps for businesses, is a hot space at the moment. Earlier… Read More

  • K2 Picks Up More Than $100M To Fuel Its Growth

    K2 Picks Up More Than $100M To Fuel Its Growth

    K2, a company that helps companies build business apps, has raised more than $100 million from Francisco Partners in a Series C round of capital. The Bellevue-based firm previously raised $16 million in 2006. Francisco will pick up two board seats as part of the deal. As a firm, K2 has seen quick growth in recent years. The company told TechCrunch that its subscription revenue has grown… Read More

  • YC-Backed Seed Wants To Reinvent Business Banking

    YC-Backed Seed Wants To Reinvent Business Banking

    Seed thinks that business banking is opaque, expensive, and behind the times. The company, which is part of the Winter 2015 Y Combinator class, wants to shake up banking, bring it into the API era, and rip out unnecessary fees to make it, according to its CEO Brian Merritt, as “easy as possible to start and manage a business.” Read More

  • Startups, Late-Stage Valuations, And Bull

    Startups, Late-Stage Valuations, And Bull

    Bill Gurley, a general partner at Benchmark, makes news mostly because he says what other venture capitalists will tell you while drunk, but does so while on the record. It’s refreshing in a way. Most recently, Gurley made the point that the tech and investment industries are shoving nine and ten-figure sums of cash into startups while not enjoying a full dig into their financials. In… Read More

  • One Year In, Nadella Is Planning Microsoft’s Long And Short Game

    One Year In, Nadella Is Planning Microsoft’s Long And Short Game

    Golfers like to talk about their long game and their short game. Maybe it’s useful to look at Microsoft’s strategy that way too. Since Satya Nadella took over just over a year ago as CEO at Microsoft, he has started to redirect the company, looking at the short term, while perhaps beginning to formulate a plan for the next wave of computing. Microsoft is the quintessential… Read More

  • For Net Neutrality, Political Theater

    For Net Neutrality, Political Theater

    The FCC is moving on net neutrality. And past internal dissension at the agency, Congressional forces are lining up to mostly kick up dust and whine as the Commission readies to vote on stringent rules in under two weeks. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler initially intended to ground new net neutrality rules on Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act. Later, he changed his mind, deciding that Title… Read More

  • Tesla's Earnings, Obama on Cyber Security & Facebook for Deceased

    CrunchWeek: President Obama In Silicon Valley, Tesla’s Earnings Miss, Facebook After Death

    There’s definitely a feeling of love in the air. You could say that’s because the weather is unseasonably warm in San Francisco just in time for the weekend, or because Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. But I’d argue that it’s because it’s time for another episode of CrunchWeek, the show that brings a few of us TechCrunchers together in the… Read More

  • Obama Signs Executive Order Encouraging Private-Sector Companies To Share Cyber Security Information

    Obama Signs Executive Order Encouraging Private-Sector Companies To Share Cyber Security Information

    President Barack Obama asked for more collaboration and the open sharing of information between private-sector companies and the U.S. government at the White House Cybersecurity Summit at Stanford today. While pushing for that collaboration, he admitted it would be a challenge to both keep up with cyber threats and protect American’s right to privacy at the same time. “Protecting… Read More

  • Watch President Obama Talk Cybersecurity In Silicon Valley

    Watch President Obama Talk Cybersecurity In Silicon Valley

    In roughly not very many minutes, President Barack Obama is going to chat cybersecurity with the Silicon Valley types. He’s following Apple’s Tim Cook onto the stage. The event, in case you are behind, is the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford University. Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Let’s Play Poker

    This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Let’s Play Poker

    Hello friends, and welcome back to another episode of the mostly accurate TechCrunch bitcoin podcast, better known as TCBTC. This week we dig back into the gambling question on the back of some recent news, and then decipher the current growth of Coinbase as a market to buy bitcoin. Also, John Biggs gets some numbers backwards, and Jameson Lopp shows up to show us up. Read More

  • A Relic, An Iron And The King Dish Their Financial Results To Wall Street

    A Relic, An Iron And The King Dish Their Financial Results To Wall Street

    It’s earnings season, which puts a bright light on newly and recently public technology firms’ performances. Given that 2015 is widely expected to be an active year for IPOs, how are the new kids doing? Let’s take a look at New Relic, the most recently public; MobileIron, the middle child; and King, which, of the three, has been public the longest. Read More

  • Zynga Drops 9% After Its $192M Q4 Revenue And Guidance Disappoint

    Zynga Drops 9% After Its $192M Q4 Revenue And Guidance Disappoint

    Zynga reported its fourth quarter financial performance today after the bell, including revenue of $192.5 million and earnings per share of $0.00. Investors had expected the company to earn $0.00 on revenue of $201.11 million. The firm also reported bookings in the quarter of $182.4 million. The company’s flat earnings per share is based on adjusted profit. Using normally accepted… Read More