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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  • Micro PC X7A Modular Computer

    Break Down And Rebuild This Little Computer In Moments

    During a 40 minute trawl through the CES floors with TechCrunch’s Frederic Lardinois, we ran into Xi3, a company that makes small, modular computers. It turns out you can fit a full PC into pretty much any size, or shape box. Meet the X7A! We forgot to ask about the decor, but the company seems to be building some pretty cool stuff. Spoiler: I have to assemble a computer on camera. Read More

  • Box Finally Ready To Hit Go On IPO

    Box Finally Ready To Hit Go On IPO

    Box filed its S-1 indicating it was ready to go public on March 24th last year. More than 9 months later, Box has at long last announced its share pricing, signalling the road show to Wall Street is ready to start — finally. But the 9-month waiting period was really only part of the story. Box is the quintessential start-up story, conceived in a dorm room by childhood friends, Aaron… Read More

  • Box’s Conservative IPO Pricing Is Not Surprising

    Box’s Conservative IPO Pricing Is Not Surprising

    Today Box priced its IPO with a proposed range of $11 to $13 per share. Box intends to sell 12.5 million shares in its offering. Its road show comes after a long delay in the company’s offering, during which it raised an additional $150 million of capital. According to the current filing, its maximum aggregate sale is $186.9 million. Box originally filed to raise as much as $250… Read More

  • Sources: Good Technology Axes More Than 100 Jobs

    Sources: Good Technology Axes More Than 100 Jobs

    According to multiple sources, Good Technology, a company that sells mobile device management services, has laid off more than 100, and perhaps as many as 140 of its staff. According to LinkedIn, the company has more than 1,000 employees, making it a significant reduction to its workforce, if the rumor is correct. Good Technology filed for a $100 million IPO in May of last year. Its… Read More

  • FCC Will Hold Net Neutrality Vote On February 26

    FCC Will Hold Net Neutrality Vote On February 26

    Today FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler publicly committed his agency to a February 26th vote on new net neutrality regulations. The now-official timing is in keeping with market expectations The Chairman also indicated that he will circulate the proposed rules to the agency’s commissioners on February 5th. Wheeler hinted in his interview at this year’s CES that he will employ Title II… Read More

  • Look! A PC On A Stick!

    Look! A PC On A Stick!

    You can get pretty much anything on a stick. You can actually, and I kid you not, get fried butter on a stick. And soon, thanks to Intel, you can even get a full, Windows 8.1 PC on a stick. The Windows 8.1-based Compute Stick contains a quad-core Atom processor, 32 gigabytes of storage, 2 gigabytes of RAM, and wi-fi and Bluetooth support. It will retail for $149, early this year. A… Read More

  • Fogo’s Smart Flashlight Is The Swiss Army Knife Of Personal Lighting

    Fogo’s Smart Flashlight Is The Swiss Army Knife Of Personal Lighting

    Today at TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield at CES 2015, Fogo Digital showed off the prototype of its smart flashlight, a tool that will offer everything from GPS to Bluetooth once it comes to market. Fogo intends to launch the device on Kickstarter in the near future, selling various editions of the flashlight at separate price points — adding GPS, for example, will cost… Read More

  • Intel Promises $300M To Boost The Representation Of Women And Minorities In Tech

    Intel Promises $300M To Boost The Representation Of Women And Minorities In Tech

    In an afternoon keynote at CES 2015, Intel‘s CEO Brian Krzanich bounced on stage to pass out some slightly platitudinous statements about the future of technology, and to bring the audience dancers, a cello, and what appeared to be a boy band, all fused to trippy lights. It was fun.   The most important part of the keynote came at the end, however, when Intel pledged to spend… Read More

  • Cooki, a Robot Chef for Everybody

    Meet Sereneti Kitchen, A Company That Wants To Help Your Sorry Ass Cook

    Here at TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield at CES 2015, Sereneti Kitchen showed off its wares, an automatic tool that helps people cook. The company has created a device that, via a simple stirring motion, can cook you dinner. Something akin to a cross between a quick crockpot and C-3PO, the Sereneti device takes in ingredients, stirs, and prepares them for you — insert food… Read More

  • Ford Has Big Plans For Autonomous Cars And The Future Of Driving

    Ford Has Big Plans For Autonomous Cars And The Future Of Driving

    At its CES keynote today, Ford announced its Smart Mobility initiative, a set of 25 experiments ranging from big data analytics to a car swap service that let you swap your Mustang in for a minivan for the weekend. The company also talked about its plans for autonomous cars. Ford CEO Mark Fields noted four trends for the auto industry’s future: Increasing urbanization, and its… Read More

  • Samsung Announces The T1, A Tiny Drive That Can Pack Up To A Terabyte

    Samsung Announces The T1, A Tiny Drive That Can Pack Up To A Terabyte

    This afternoon in Las Vegas, Samsung announced a new storage product, the SSD T1, which can store up to a terabyte of content in a device the size of a business card and weighs about an ounce. The SSD T1 also comes in smaller, 256 gigabyte and 500 gigabytes versions. The device will retain for between $179 and $599, depending on how much storage capacity you need. The T1 ships this month. Read More

  • Qualcomm Breaks Down Its Plans To Build Chips For The Internet Of Everything

    Qualcomm Breaks Down Its Plans To Build Chips For The Internet Of Everything

    During its CES press conference today, Qualcomm, a semiconductor company, announced partnerships with Walgreens and Novartis to use its 2net wireless health platform. The San Diego-based company’s president, Derek Arberle, also spent a chunk of time discussing its previously announced Snapdragon 810 chip making its debut in the new LG G Flex 2 today, which will include support for 4K… Read More

  • Netflix Argues Against Internet Fast Lanes As GOP Opposition To Net Neutrality Looms

    Netflix Argues Against Internet Fast Lanes As GOP Opposition To Net Neutrality Looms

    Netflix today published a short blog post, making its case against the creation of so-called “Internet fast-lanes.” Fast lanes, also known by the more technical term “paid prioritization,” could allow Internet providers to sell digital content companies faster access to consumers. Read More

  • The OBox Is A Console’s Take On Android Gaming

    The OBox Is A Console’s Take On Android Gaming

    At CES this year, Snail, a Chinese gaming company, demoed a new console it is working to release early this year called the OBox. The device is essentially a modular — their word — computer that runs Android games. I tinkered with the thing earlier today when it was attached to a large television, playing games in 3D. Snail declined to detail the price of the device, which was… Read More

  • Bitcoin Slumps

    Bitcoin Slumps

    2015 has not been kind to bitcoin thus far. The cryptocurrency, which has endured a stiff price decline since its late-2013 heights, is back below the $300 mark. Bitcoin’s total transaction volume, as measured by Blockchain.info, has also slipped in recent days. Read More

  • CrunchWeek 2014 In Review: Hacks, Money, Outrage

    CrunchWeek’s 2014 In Review: Hacks Aplenty, Mega Money, Tech’s Stars Under Scrutiny

    This week’s episode of CrunchWeek is coming a couple of days early, since it’s really a CrunchYear — we took some time to look back at some of the biggest trends and stories from 2014 in tech news. It was a year of many huge security breaches, from Target and Home Depot to the infamous Fappening, Snappening, and Sony. It was also a year of huge amounts of money, from… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Windows Store Sees 110% Download Growth From A Year Ago

    Microsoft’s Windows Store Sees 110% Download Growth From A Year Ago

    According to the company, Microsoft has seen a 110 percent rise in the number of app downloads on the Windows Store in the last year. The increase, as relayed by the firm’s own Todd Brix, is built on the back of 30 percent more active users in the same period, and has led to a more than doubling of “gross sales” for developers. Read More

  • What The Hell Is A Startup Anyway?

    What The Hell Is A Startup Anyway?

    If you regularly read technology media, and I honestly can’t recommend it, you will run into occasional references to “startups.” Many consider startups to be small companies determined to grow quickly in the hopes of becoming the next passé giant whose corporate campus costs so much to maintain that it eventually has to stop serving chilled sake by robot on Thursdays. Read More

  • Microsoft Is Rumored To Be Building A New Browser That Is Not Internet Explorer

    Microsoft Is Rumored To Be Building A New Browser That Is Not Internet Explorer

    Remember when Chrome was fast? Microsoft might, if ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley’s recent report that the software company is building a lightweight browser, codenamed “Spartan,” bears out. According to Foley, Spartan is “new” and “isn’t [Internet Explorer].” Her post notes that it could be set free inside of the Windows 10 release schedule. In… Read More

  • Tech’s Year Of Missed Political Gains

    Tech’s Year Of Missed Political Gains

    The technology sector had a rough year in Washington. In the face of growing political spending, increasing economic might and stumbling government agencies, tech got nearly nothing it wanted in 2014. NSA reform died, as did copyright reform, and patent reform. Immigration reform? Kaput. And the recent election axed important politicians who were allied with the tech industry on certain issues. Read More

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