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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  • Alibaba Spikes, Yahoo Sags

    Alibaba Spikes, Yahoo Sags

    Alibaba’s IPO touched down today to large success. The company’s shares soared more than 38 percent in regular trading, pushing the valuation of the Chinese e-commerce company north of $225 billion. The success of the offering, however, did not bolster Yahoo, whose stock fell during midday trading, dipping under the $40 mark before partially recovering. Yahoo owns a large stake… Read More

  • Winter Is (Probably) Coming (Soon)

    Winter Is (Probably) Coming (Soon)

    That’s the gist of a recent interview that venture capitalist Bill Gurley gave. His words matter because they cut to the simple fact that too many companies are burning too much money. Making money is better than losing money, but losing money — burn — can be the prudent and responsible thing to do. Under certain circumstances, it’s great to burn: If you are quickly… Read More

  • Oracle Stock Drops 2.5% On News That Larry Ellison Has Relinquished His CEO Title

    Oracle Stock Drops 2.5% On News That Larry Ellison Has Relinquished His CEO Title

    Today after the bell, Oracle announced that its long-time premier Larry Ellison is no longer its CEO. Former HP CEO Mark Hurd will take over the job in partnership with Safra Catz. Catz will manage finance and manufacturing, while Hurd will handle sales. Ellison will take on the titles of Executive Chairman of the Board and CTO. Hurd left HP under negative circumstances, including allegations… Read More

  • Microsoft Lays Off 2,100 More Employees

    Microsoft Lays Off 2,100 More Employees

    As expected, Microsoft hit go on a number of layoffs today, letting 2,100 people go, including 747 people in the Seattle-Redmond area, where the company is headquartered. The firings come as a second wave of the layoffs that were previously announced. Out of 18,000 expected cuts, 13,000 were pulled off nearly immediately. Today’s 2,100 brings the total number to just over 15,000… Read More

  • Ping Identity Picks Up $35M Led By KKR

    Ping Identity Picks Up $35M Led By KKR

    Ping Identity, a company that works in the enterprise identity space as you might imagine, has raised $35 million, led by KKR, with participation by new investor Ten Eleven, along with a number of prior investors. The funding, as the company was somewhat excited to point out, brings its total fundraising to date to $110 million. Ping hasn’t had much trouble raising, in other words. Read More

  • FCC Chairman Wheeler: Title II Is On The Table

    FCC Chairman Wheeler: Title II Is On The Table

    In the final moments of the FCC’s public comment period on its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) concerning net neutrality, there was a spike in input regarding precisely how bad regulating ISPs under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 would be. To summarize the corporate response: Oh god, please no. Please. Read More

  • Box Goes iOS 8, Adds Support For App Extensions

    Box Goes iOS 8, Adds Support For App Extensions

    Happy iOS 8 day, everyone. If you were hoping for any other sort of news, surrender. This is all you get today. Box, the enterprise-facing cloud file storage and management company, today relaunched its iOS app with support for both iOS 8, and a key feature of that new operating system: App Extensions. App Extensions allow applications to swap and share data between themselves, meaning that… Read More

  • Microsoft Shakes Up Its Board, Boosts Its Dividend 11%

    Microsoft Shakes Up Its Board, Boosts Its Dividend 11%

    Microsoft has announced two coming board departures, two board additions, and a boost to its dividend. Leaving the board are Dave Marquardt and Dina Dublon. Marquardt is best known for his work in venture capital, and Dublon for her work at JPMorgan Chase. Taking their places are the appointed Teri List-Stoll from Kraft and Charles Scharf of Visa. Read More

  • The FCC Received 3.7 Million Net Neutrality Comments

    The FCC Received 3.7 Million Net Neutrality Comments

    And lo, the final tally: As of Monday night, the FCC had received a total of “approximately” 3.7 million comments on its notice of proposed rulemaking concerning net neutrality and the open Internet. That’s quite a haul. Read More

  • Microsoft Brings OneNote To Android Wearables

    Microsoft Brings OneNote To Android Wearables

    I suppose that wearables are the new place where cross-platform tools and services must reside. Today Microsoft brought OneNote to Android Wear devices. You can now OneNote from your watch. If you want to. Read More

  • DataFox Pushes Its Business Intelligence Service Into Beta

    DataFox Pushes Its Business Intelligence Service Into Beta

    Last week at Disrupt SF, DataFox pitched what it called a “predictive intelligence” service, aimed at bringing a wealth of data concerning corporations — their landmarks, hiring trends, funding and valuation — to everyone. For a deep dive into how the product works, who is on the founding team, and what it costs, TechCrunch has you covered. Today the company dropped… Read More

  • Microsoft Builds A Mobile Keyboard For iOS, Android And Windows

    Microsoft Builds A Mobile Keyboard For iOS, Android And Windows

    Microsoft has built a universal hardware keyboard for the three operating systems that have large global market share: iOS, Android, and Windows. The new piece of metal, called the ‘Universal Mobile Keyboard,’ will be available in October. The device marks the continuance of the company’s cross-platform efforts, but in something of a new way: The keyboard is hardware, made… Read More

  • Microsoft Confirms Its Windows Event Will Take Place On September 30th

    Microsoft Confirms Its Windows Event Will Take Place On September 30th

    Microsoft today confirmed its correctly rumored Windows event that will take place on September 30 in San Francisco. The event is widely expected to include a release of the technical preview of Windows 9, the successor to the controversial Windows 8.x operating system that was released in 2012, along with the Surface line of tablets. Microsoft is not expected to release a preview of its… Read More

  • The FCC Has Received More Than 3 Million Comments Concerning Net Neutrality

    The FCC Has Received More Than 3 Million Comments Concerning Net Neutrality

    The FCC has received more than 3 million comments concerning the current net neutrality notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). That figure is dramatically higher than the previously reported 1.5 million figure that was released last week. The massive jump comes from the FCC chewing through a deluge of comments that were filed last week as part of a public campaign that saw large websites ask… Read More

  • With API Calls Up 443% In Last 12 Months, Nexmo Looks To Accelerate Its Revenue Growth

    With API Calls Up 443% In Last 12 Months, Nexmo Looks To Accelerate Its Revenue Growth

    Nexmo, a telecom API-focused firm that provides both voice and SMS services, saw its revenue rise 177 percent in the first half of 2014 when compared to the first half of 2013, it told TechCrunch. The company had top line of $29.4 million in the period, up from $10.6 million in the preceding half year. Read More

  • The Surface 2 Slow Fade

    The Surface 2 Slow Fade

    The 64GB SKU of the Surface 2 is sold out on Microsoft’s website, and, according to a sales person that Neowin spoke to, it likely won’t be restocked. The sales rep said the company is looking to get rid of inventory of the older device and “focus on the newer version of Surfaces.” Read More

  • Leaked Clips Show Windows 9 In Action

    Leaked Clips Show Windows 9 In Action

    Around two weeks out from the purported release date of the technical preview of Windows 9, videos of the upcoming operating system have hit the Internet. German site WinFuture has released a mess of screenshots and videos of the upcoming code over the past few days, to our benefit. A number of clips are up for watching, detailing how Windows 9 will handle multiple desktops, the return of… Read More

  • Microsoft Promises More Surface Pro 3 Inventory Amid Tight International Supply

    Microsoft Promises More Surface Pro 3 Inventory Amid Tight International Supply

    I really need to learn how to bet. Today in a blog post, Microsoft’s Brian Hall promised that Microsoft will get more Surface Pro 3 inventory to the parts of the world where supply of the device is hard to find. The company noted Germany, China, Australia, and Korea as places where it might be difficult to snag one of the devices. What is going on? Microsoft didn’t ship enough of… Read More

  • Before $100 Million Raise, Square Was In Talks With Apple

    Before $100 Million Raise, Square Was In Talks With Apple

    According to a filing obtained by VCExperts, Square has raised another $100 million in capital. The company authorized 6.4 million Series E shares, according to the document, at a per-share price of $15.46. Square has raised incredible amounts of money. The company has raised hundreds of millions of dollars, has a nine-figure credit line and, now, a fresh $100 million traunch to use. The… Read More

  • A Better Look At What’s Next For Windows

    A Better Look At What’s Next For Windows

    Two important things happened this week in Windows: It became more evident that the Windows Phone branding that Microsoft has pressed for years is likely set to fade, and Windows 9 was detailed in greater focus thanks to a large leak. The two events are linked, given that Microsoft is widely expected to better unite Windows, Windows RT, and Windows Phone. There won’t be three… Read More