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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  • Secure Messaging App Wiper Adds Bitcoin Support, Gets Yanked In China

    Secure Messaging App Wiper Adds Bitcoin Support, Gets Yanked In China

    Wiper, a chat application designed to provide users with control over their sent and received messages, recently rolled out support for bitcoin transactions between its users. The tool is simple, allowing individuals to send cryptocurrency to others inside the app’s main chat interface. When the company first rolled out bitcoin integration, I tested it and found it a competent way to… Read More

  • Box Earnings, Apple's All Gold Everything And Meerkat

    CrunchWeek: Box’s Earnings, Apple’s Watch, And What The Hell Is Meerkat

    CrunchWeek is back with a new face running the ship: Recent TechCrunch hire Sarah Lane was our captain this time around, joined by myself and Kyle Russell. We kicked over the most important stories of the week, including the announcement of pricing data and release dates for Apple’s Watch, Box’s earnings which caused the company’s stock to move dramatically, and Meerkat… Read More

  • Net Neutrality Rules Offer Few Surprises But Garner Plenty Of Reactions

    Net Neutrality Rules Offer Few Surprises But Garner Plenty Of Reactions

    From Capitol Hill to boardrooms, interested and affected third parties are predictably pouring in on the FCC net neutrality rules that were released this morning. The rules show how the FCC intends to enforce the open Internet policy it passed two weeks ago. Chairman Tom Wheeler has said he expects legal challenges to this order, and today’s release brings us closer to seeing the gloves… Read More

  • Here’s The Text Of The FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

    Here’s The Text Of The FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

    The FCC followed through on its promise to release a massive document laying out its new rules for net neutrality. The order comes two weeks after the board voted to classify broadband Internet as a utility. The FCC confirmed with TechCrunch last night that the order would be released today. The hundreds of pages in the report lay out a detailed plan for how net neutrality will be enforced. Read More

  • About That Box Quarter

    About That Box Quarter

    Box reported earnings today for the first time as a public company. In the wake of the news, the company’s shares dropped sharply, and are currently down in after-hours trading down a sharp 13.10 percent. So did Box have a bad quarter? Not in the way that was originally reported by the media, your humble servant included. Read More

  • Box Drops 15% Despite Reporting Stronger Than Expected Q4 Revenue Growth

    Box Drops 15% Despite Reporting Stronger Than Expected Q4 Revenue Growth

    Update: Box’s shares have recovered somewhat, and are now down around 10 percent, instead of 15 percent. The chart, however, remains rough: Today following the cessation of normal trading, Box announced its fiscal fourth-quarter financial performance, including revenue of $62.6 million, and an operating loss of $45.8 million on a GAAP basis, and $32.2 million using adjusted metrics. Read More

  • Get Ready For Box’s Earnings

    Get Ready For Box’s Earnings

    Box, a cloud storage and productivity company, will report its first quarterly earnings result today after the bell. The market expects Box to announce a $39.75 million loss on revenue of $58.03 million. Billings are expected to total $80.85 million for the period — Box’s fourth quarter of its fiscal 2015. Read More

  • Skype, Get Your Shit Together

    Skype, Get Your Shit Together

    Skype is part of TechCrunch’s newsroom workflow. It’s the standard way that individual authors converse, share, collaborate and the like. We use other software to work as a team, but for one-on-one chats, Skype is our jam. The downside is that it just doesn’t work very well. It’s become a running joke in the office: Skype’d it to you — So, you’ll get… Read More

  • Congress Presses Uber And Lyft On Driver Background Checks

    Congress Presses Uber And Lyft On Driver Background Checks

    Ride-sharing companies are not strangers to Congressional inquiries. This week a group of Congressional Democrats hit the CEOs of Uber, Sidecar and Lyft with another letter, this time demanding the companies conduct more comprehensive background checks on their drivers to better protect customers from sexual assaults. Read More

  • Netflix Gaffe Subtweet By AT&T Angered This #Brand

    Netflix Gaffe Subtweet By AT&T Angered This #Brand

    Here’s how bad our nation’s net neutrality discussion has become: The #brands are now taking part. This is not a positive development. To rewind: Netflix CFO David Wells said something that, as reported, incensed nearly everyone alive, regardless of their take on net neutrality regulations: “Were we pleased it pushed to Title II? Probably not. […] We were hoping… Read More

  • Microsoft Hints At Faster Windows 10 Build Releases

    Microsoft Hints At Faster Windows 10 Build Releases

    Microsoft’s Gabe Aul hinted today at faster releases of new builds of the company’s Windows 10 operating system. The company’s public testing program has attracted more than 2 million users to date. However, according to Aul, there are “lots of questions” regarding when a new build will be released. Given that Microsoft is more than willing to drop new code in… Read More

  • Apple Shares Shift In Wake Of New Product Announcements

    Apple Shares Shift In Wake Of New Product Announcements

    Stocks go up, stocks go down, and apart from earnings, rumors, and analyst notes, things tend to rub along mostly in sync across public equities. But then there are days when a company announces a raft of new products and their pricing data. It signals to buyers, investors and the public how it intends to shape at least part of its next year. Read More

  • Etsy IPO, Tinder Plus & Ellen Pao Trial | Crunchweek

    CrunchWeek: Etsy IPO, Tinder’s Age-Based Pricing, Kleiner Perkins On Trial

    While we’d argue that every episode of CrunchWeek is special, today is an extra special show, because it’s the last one we’re having at the big white table. That’s right: Our little studio is finally getting an upgrade! For the next few weeks, TechCrunch’s video studio will be under construction for a fresh new look. We’ll continue to make CrunchWeek as… Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Do You Even Invest?

    This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Do You Even Invest?

    Hello and welcome back to another episode of TCBTC, TechCrunch’s bitcoin podcast. This time around, myself and John Biggs kick over the news that a new bitcoin-facing investment vehicle is getting itself put together and public. Can it help bitcoin achieve greater price stability over time? Also joining us is Jameson Lopp of BitGo, who broke down the finer technical points of paper… Read More

  • Zombie Ridesharing Bill Comes Back To Life In California

    Zombie Ridesharing Bill Comes Back To Life In California

    A bill designed to regulate ridesharing companies is back. California Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian has submitted a bill aimed at placing new rules on companies like Uber and Lyft. Assembly Bill 24, however, is incredibly similar to Assembly Bill 612, which failed in committee in 2014. Nazarian notes in a release on the bill that 24 is “similar” to 612, which is understatement. Read More

  • Dropbox Brings Groups Functionality To Its Business Product

    Dropbox Brings Groups Functionality To Its Business Product

    After a multi-month preview, Dropbox today announced that it is generally releasing its groups feature to business customers, along with an API that will allow IT departments to integrate the capability into their normal organizational flow. Groups allows companies that use Dropbox to segment their employee base to quickly assign access to various files and folders. Dropbox, a company that… Read More

  • Analyzing Postmates’ Growth

    Analyzing Postmates’ Growth

    Postmates, a startup that allows users to order nearly anything in their city and have it delivered in an hour for a fee, is growing quickly. The company’s CEO, Bastian Lehmann, tweeted out a graph yesterday detailing how quickly the firm has scaled its delivery service. Read More

  • Etsy Officially Files To Go Public, Aims To Raise $100M

    Etsy Officially Files To Go Public, Aims To Raise $100M

    Word started going around back in January that Etsy, the online market for handmade goods, was planning to go public. Sure enough, they’ve just filed the forms to get the ball rolling. Read More

  • Microsoft Turns To Software To Move Hardware

    Microsoft Turns To Software To Move Hardware

    Microsoft announced two new phones yesterday, the Lumia 640 and the Lumia 640 XL. The inexpensive devices are designed to handle global communications, built with dual-SIM slots and the like. They also included something curious: Free Office 365 for a year. The company currently offers a Surface bundle that includes Office 365, and a cheap HP laptop recently shipped with the same. I confirmed… Read More

  • Apple Will Hire Its Contract Security Staff On A Full-Time Basis

    Apple Will Hire Its Contract Security Staff On A Full-Time Basis

    Apple will hire its contract security staff on a full-time basis, a decision that continues a nascent trend of technology giants reducing their use of external labor for non-technical roles. Google made a similar move with its security staff late last year. According to a media report, Apple will bring “the majority” of its contractual security staffers in-house. Read More