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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  • 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

  • Here’s Why Your Windows Phone Might Not Be Able To Run Windows 10 — Yet

    Here’s Why Your Windows Phone Might Not Be Able To Run Windows 10 — Yet

    Windows 10 is out for Windows Phone devices. That’s wrong. Windows 10 is out in preview for Windows Phone devices. Wait, that’s wrong, too. One more try. Windows 10 is out in preview for a subset of Windows Phone devices that currently run Windows 8.1. There we go. If you have a Lumia 630, 635, 636, 638, 730 or 830, and are running Windows 8.1, you can get the new code from Microsoft. Read More

  • Tesla Q4 Hit By Delivery Shortfall, But Company Expects To Be Back On Track In Q1

    Tesla Q4 Hit By Delivery Shortfall, But Company Expects To Be Back On Track In Q1

    Electric car manufacturer Tesla reported earnings today following the bell, including $1.1 billion in non-GAAP revenue, and an adjusted loss per share of $0.13. On a GAAP basis, using normal accounting methods, Tesla had a wider loss of 86 cents per share, and revenue of $957 million. The company delivered 9,834 cars in the period. In the sequentially preceding third quarter, Tesla delivered… Read More

  • HubSpot Beats On Q4 Revenue, Reports Narrower Than Expected Loss

    HubSpot Beats On Q4 Revenue, Reports Narrower Than Expected Loss

    HubSpot reported its fourth quarter financial performance today after the bell, losing $7.1million (non-GAAP) on revenue of $34.2 million. The company had previously guided the market to anticipate between $31 and $32 million in fourth quarter top line. Investors had expected the recently-public company to lose $0.27 per share on revenue of $31.68 million. Down a fraction in regular… Read More

  • Zendesk Beats In Q4, Predicts Sustained Losses In 2015 On 45-50% Revenue Growth

    Zendesk Beats In Q4, Predicts Sustained Losses In 2015 On 45-50% Revenue Growth

    Today following the bell, Zendesk reported its fourth-quarter performance. The company lost an adjusted $0.11 per share on revenue of $38.5 million. The street had expected the company to lose $0.12 per share on revenue of $36.74 million. The company’s revenue grew 71 percent on a year-over-year basis, leading to an adjusted net income of negative $8 million and, employing normal… Read More

  • The FCC Bickers As Its Net Neutrality Vote Looms

    The FCC Bickers As Its Net Neutrality Vote Looms

    It’s go time at the FCC, which is set to vote on new net neutrality regulations on February 26. Today, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai held a press conference during which he repeatedly dinged the FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler for not releasing the more than 300-page proposal in question ahead of the vote. The proposal contains just eight pages of regulation; the rest discusses legal… Read More

  • Microsoft Wants To Buy Love In Silicon Valley

    Microsoft Wants To Buy Love In Silicon Valley

    Y Combinator and Microsoft announced a program this week that will pour free access to the Azure cloud computing platform onto the incubator’s current class of startups. The deal includes $500,000 in credits to Microsoft’s cloud computing service Azure, and three years of access to its Office 365 suite of productivity tools. Half a million worth of Azure usage is nothing to… Read More

  • Box Introduces New Client-Controlled Encryption Tool To Bring Stragglers To The Cloud

    Box Introduces New Client-Controlled Encryption Tool To Bring Stragglers To The Cloud

    Today, Box, a company that sells enterprise file management and collaboration tools, announced ‘Box Enterprise Key Management,’ or EKM. The new service will allow corporate customers of Box to self-store and manage the keys to a second layer of encryption on their data. That takes access of the data out of Box’s hands, giving more control and security to the… Read More