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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  • Microsoft Promises ‘Universal’ Office App For Phones Running Windows 10 This Month

    Microsoft Promises ‘Universal’ Office App For Phones Running Windows 10 This Month

    Microsoft promised this morning to release by the end of April a set of Office applications that it calls “Universal” for smartphones running Windows 10. The company has a two-prong productivity strategy in place for Windows: Office 2016 for desktop use, and, for all other Windows 10 experiences, its touch-focused Office Universal apps. The latter apps, according to Microsoft… Read More

  • Etsy Closes Up 86 Percent On First Day Of Trading

    Etsy Closes Up 86 Percent On First Day Of Trading

    It turns out Wall Street investors like those homespun crafts. Etsy, the online marketplace for handmade goods, went public today. Shares opened at $31 on the NASDAQ, popping up 94 percent from the initial set price of $16 per share. The company closed its first day of trading at $30 per share, an 86% percent rise from its initial price. Read More

  • Netflix Adds 4.9M New Members In Q1, Sending Shares Up More Than 10%

    Netflix Adds 4.9M New Members In Q1, Sending Shares Up More Than 10%

    Why’s Wall Street so excited about flat revenues and an earnings miss? Netflix reported that its subscriber base grew to a total 62.3 million. That figure includes 2.3 million new domestic subscribers, and 2.6 million non-domestic subscribers. Read More

  • NEA Raises North Of $3B For Its New Fund

    NEA Raises North Of $3B For Its New Fund

    New Enterprise Associates has raised two venture funds totaling $3.15 billion in new capital. The firm, better known as NEA, has raised just under $17 billion to date. The new raise is similar in size to its most recent funds, but contains a separate vehicle: a $350 million fund, designed to grant NEA the ability to make later-stage investments without reducing the capital pool of its new… Read More

  • Internal Google Memo Responds To EU Antitrust Objections

    Internal Google Memo Responds To EU Antitrust Objections

    Following reports about the European Union preparing to file formal charges against Google in its ongoing antitrust investigation, Google General Counsel Kent Walker has issued an internal memo to all employees. TechCrunch obtained the memo and it is reproduced in its entirety below. In the letter, the counsel also notes that the EU is likely to open an investigation into its mobile… Read More

  • Shopify Files To Go Public On Q1 Revenue Of $37.3M And A Declining Net Loss

    Shopify Files To Go Public On Q1 Revenue Of $37.3M And A Declining Net Loss

    Shopify has filed an F-1 document, indicating that it will sell shares to the public market. The company indicates in the filing that it will raise $100 million in its IPO. However, that figure is often given by companies as a place holder. Shopify has raised $122 million to date. The company has posted quickly growing revenues, and declining losses in its most recent quarter. Shopify… Read More

  • Intel Up 2% After Reporting Flat Year-Over-Year Revenue Growth

    Intel Up 2% After Reporting Flat Year-Over-Year Revenue Growth

    Intel reported its first-quarter financial performance today following the bell, including revenue of $12.8 billion, and per-share profit of $0.41. The street had expected $12.9 billion in revenue, and $0.41 in per-share profit. Intel is up around 3 percent in after-hours trading. The company expects to generate $13.2 billion in the second quarter leading to a gross margin of 62 percent and a… Read More

  • Twitter’s Former IR Boss Joins Secondary Shop Battery East Group

    Twitter’s former head of investor relations Nils Erdmann has a new job. Instead of doing the logical thing, and going to the beach, Erdmann is now a partner at Battery East Group, a boutique shop that helps facilitate the sale of shares of private companies to external parties. That process is called a ‘secondary’ transaction, in contrast to a ‘primary’ sale… Read More

  • Lawsuit Calls FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules “Arbitrary” And “Capricious”

    Lawsuit Calls FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules “Arbitrary” And “Capricious”

    As expected, the FCC’s recently passed net neutrality regulations came under fresh legal fire today. USTelecom, a telecommunications-focused trade group, filed suit, calling the FCC’s open Internet regulations “arbitrary” and “capricious.” The FCC passed net neutrality regulations this year on a party-line vote of 3 to 2, reclassifying broadband under Title… Read More

  • Microsofties Were All Over That New Windows 10 Build

    Microsofties Were All Over That New Windows 10 Build

    Windows Phone users were understandably interested in the new code, as it represents Microsoft’s most complete vision to date of how Windows 10 — the company’s attempt at a universal platform — will update their handsets. Read More

  • Microsoft Drops A New Windows 10 Build, Bringing The Love To Lots More Phones

    Microsoft Drops A New Windows 10 Build, Bringing The Love To Lots More Phones

    It’s New Build Day for Microsoft kids, as the Redmond software shop dropped new code that will bring Windows 10 to a host of smartphones that were previously not able to handle to the beta operating system. The build, number 10051, brings a host of new features to Windows 10 for phones, including refreshed core applications and the Project Spartan browser that has already cropped up for… Read More

  • CrunchWeek: Apple Built A Watch, Zynga Recycles CEOs, And HBO Cuts The Cord

    Welcome to another Friday and another episode of CrunchWeek. This week we had a treat in that two-thirds of our staff’s Sarahs sat down to dig in and rake over the news. We presume that you are bleary eyed due to staying up all night trying to fend off both nerds and tech press — redundant though the juxtaposition may be — to order an Apple watch. Also popping this week… Read More

  • In Depth With Portfolio, The App That Wants To Take On Yahoo Finance

    There is more to mobile apps than games, and Portfolio, co-founded by TechCrunch alum Ben Schaechter, wants to upend the financial application space. The company launched its iOS application three weeks ago, and has seen quick early adoption, spurred on in part with App Store love from Apple. Portfolio is a simple way to track the American financial markets and individual trades. The app… Read More

  • Vulcun Takes On $12M To Grow The Fantasy Esports Market

    Vulcun Takes On $12M To Grow The Fantasy Esports Market

    Fantasy sports is big business. Fantasy esports is a smaller, but quickly growing younger sibling. Vulcun, currently boasting a multi-million-dollar prize pool, wants to make fantasy esports the next big thing, and now has the cash on hand to pull off its dream: A host of venture capital firms and angels just participated in a $12 million Series A round of capital for the company. I spoke… Read More

  • Informatica Could Feel A Tight Squeeze From Its New Owners

    Informatica Could Feel A Tight Squeeze From Its New Owners

    Informatica was sold yesterday to private equity firm, Permira and The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, a rather strange mix of investors. The selling price was $5.3B and published reports suggest that it might not have been Informatica’s wish to be sold. What’s done is done, however, and the question is can this profitable company stay that way owned by a traditionally… Read More

  • Zynga Drops 8% After Hours On News That Former CEO Mark Pincus Will Return To Lead The Firm

    Zynga Drops 8% After Hours On News That Former CEO Mark Pincus Will Return To Lead The Firm

    He’s back. Today, following the cessation of trading, Zynga announced that its former CEO Mark Pincus will return to the role. Now-prior CEO Don Mattrick is out of two chairs: The one atop the company’s leadership structure and his seat on the board. The company’s shares fell more than 10 percent in the wake of the news, but have since recovered to a more modest negative… Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Rand Paul And Bitcoin’s Soul

    This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Rand Paul And Bitcoin’s Soul

    We are back for another episode of TCBTC, TechCrunch’s bitcoin podcast, a show that John Biggs and I put on because, well, cryptocurrencies are cool and we are not. This week we dug into Senator Rand Paul’s news, while also exploring some commercial applications of blockchains, and whining about the current Bitcoin v. Blockchain debate. Just another week in bitcoin. I don’t… Read More

  • Join FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler At Disrupt NY

    Join FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler At Disrupt NY

    FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will join TechCrunch at the Disrupt NY conference next month to chat about technology policy and a little thing you might have heard of called net neutrality. Wheeler has become at once a pariah and lauded leader in his role as chairman — most notably after his commission passed new net neutrality regulations on a party-line vote of 3-2. The congressional… Read More

  • Hands On With Microsoft’s Surface 3

    Microsoft is back at the well with a new Surface device, the Surface 3. If you’re familiar with the Surface Pro 3, which was released last year, you understand the Surface 3: It’s like the Pro 3 but smaller and less expensive. The new Surface will cost you $499 at base, a sharp discount from the lowest-tier Surface Pro 3 which tips the scale at $799. Microsoft hopes that it can… Read More

  • The Best Surface 3 Easter Egg

    The Best Surface 3 Easter Egg

    Today is Surface 3 review day for hardware kids — video incoming, I promise — meaning that the media is mostly getting its first full day with the new Microsoft tablet hybrid. The device is much as we expected it to be, a less expensive Surface Pro 3 in a smaller package. Most importantly, however, is the simple fact that you don’t to charge the Surface 3. Ever. Read More