Alex Wilhelm

Alex Wilhelm

Alex Wilhelm is a writer for TechCrunch. He lives in San Francisco.

Disclosure: I own a minor quantity of shares in AOL, the parent company of TechCrunch, that were purchased through the firm's employee share purchase program. My 401k and other accounts are invested into diversified global funds that include both equities and bonds. I own no other individual shares in companies, either private or public. I'm currently dating someone who works for a Google subsidiary.

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  • Microsoft Expects 1 Billion Windows 10 Devices In 2-3 Years

    Microsoft Expects 1 Billion Windows 10 Devices In 2-3 Years

    At its Build developer conference today, Microsoft announced that it expects Windows 10, its forthcoming operating system, to run on one billion devices in two to three years. That’s the idea, at least. The goal is reasonable, given the company’s decision to offer Windows 10 to current Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 users for free, for a year. That, combined with the normal PC sales cycle… Read More

  • GoPro Drops 4% After Reporting Better Than Expected Q1 Profit And Revenue

    GoPro Drops 4% After Reporting Better Than Expected Q1 Profit And Revenue

    GoPro made money last quarter, beat on revenue and is still down after hours. The company reported $363.1 million in first-quarter revenue, and net income of $16.75 million, is off 4 percent after regular trading pushed its shares up by the same percentage. Why is it trading down? It isn’t wildly clear, to be frank. The market expected that the company would generate less revenue… Read More

  • Twitter Collapses 18% In Wake Of Lackluster Q1 Revenue, User Growth

    Twitter Collapses 18% In Wake Of Lackluster Q1 Revenue, User Growth

    In a bizarre leak, Twitter’s first quarter earnings made it onto the Internet — read: Twitter — before the cessation of regular trading, sending the company’s shares sharply lower. Trading was halted for a period. The company reported revenue of $436 million, an increase of 74 percent on a year-over-year basis. That number missed the company’s own guidance, as well… Read More

  • Let’s Impair That Goodwill

    Let’s Impair That Goodwill

    Caveat Ballmer, or something. Microsoft made waves recently by disclosing in its quarterly 10-Q document that its Phone business, which generates billions in yearly revenue, isn’t performing as well as it expected. As Microsoft is carrying billions of dollars of goodwill related to the Nokia purchase on its books, the warning landed like a brick in a puddle of lukewarm slop. Read More

  • Apple Now Has $194 Billion In Cash

    Apple Now Has $194 Billion In Cash

    Apple, the word’s most valuable corporation, has a new cash tally: $194 billion. That’s to say that if you add up its cash, cash equivalents, short-term marketable securities, and long-term marketable securities, it totals $194 billion. Cash is a loose term that is usually employed at the corporate scale to include accreted value that remains functionally liquid. Read More

  • Apple Revenues In China Soar 71% In Q2

    Apple Revenues In China Soar 71% In Q2

    Apple is tearing it up in China. During its second quarter, the company saw 71 percent revenue growth in the locale, and the company is widely thought to have sold more iPhones there than in the United States. Notably, the company’s Chinese revenue came in second place to Europe’s during the first quarter, losing $17.2 billion to $16.1 billion. In the most recent quarter, the second… Read More

  • Bitcoin’s Q1: Record VC Investment, Falling Prices, And Slow Consumer Adoption

    Bitcoin’s Q1: Record VC Investment, Falling Prices, And Slow Consumer Adoption

    The bitcoin-watching news service CoinDesk recently released its first quarter look into the cryptocurrency’s performance during the opening months of 2015. Mostly the data is net positive, showing an increase in total wallets, and investment. However, there are a number of included data points that demonstrate slowing growth in key bitcoin, and bitcoin-related areas. The collected… Read More

  • CrunchWeek: Zenefits Loves Cash, Everyone’s Watching Apple, And Amazon’s Epic Quarterly Report

    Another week has left us in a miasma of earnings, product releases, and something called the Apple Watch. As such, it’s the perfect time to sit around our little round table we keep in the back of TechCrunch, and kick over the most important stories of the week: Amazon’s massively popular quarter, Zenefits’ massive capital raise, and, yes, the Apple Watch. This time… Read More

  • Apigee Closes Its First Public Day Worth $16.68 Per Share, Down 1.9% From Its IPO Price

    Apigee Closes Its First Public Day Worth $16.68 Per Share, Down 1.9% From Its IPO Price

    Apigee, a company that helps organizations build and manage API connectors, went public this morning at $17 per share, briefly jumping to $20 per share before closing at $16.68, down 1.88 percent in its first day of regular trading. After-hours, the company is flat. The company sold 5,115,000 shares in its IPO, raising $87M according to its CEO Chet Kapoor. It trades under the… Read More

  • Microsoft And Google Battle Once Again For Title Of Second Most Valuable Tech Company

    Microsoft And Google Battle Once Again For Title Of Second Most Valuable Tech Company

    They’re back at it. After reporting earnings yesterday, Google and Microsoft are once again locked in their long-running battle for second. Apple, the most valuable technology company, is also the most valuable company in the world, with Google and Microsoft rounding off the top three. Google, up 3.56 percent as of the time of writing, is currently worth $385.59 billion. Microsoft, up… Read More

  • IVP Raises $1.4B For Its 15th Fund

    IVP Raises $1.4B For Its 15th Fund

    Institutional Venture Partners, better known as IVP, has raised a $1.4 billion 15th fund. The company’s last fund was a smaller $1 billion capital pool. I spoke to the firm’s Steve Harrick, a general partner, about the fund size, cadence, and investment strategy. According to Harrick, the fund was raised in a two month period. That matches other notes I’ve received from… Read More

  • Microsoft Beats In Its FQ3 With Revenue Of $21.7B, EPS Of $0.61

    Microsoft Beats In Its FQ3 With Revenue Of $21.7B, EPS Of $0.61

    Today following the bell, Microsoft reported its fiscal third quarter financial results, including revenue of $21.7 billion and earnings per share of $0.61. The street had expected Microsoft to earn $0.51 per share on revenue of $21.06 billion. Microsoft, up a point in regular trading, is now up just under three percent in after-hours trading following its earnings beat. Compared to its… Read More

  • Comcast May Walk Away From Its $45B Deal To Buy Time Warner Cable

    Comcast May Walk Away From Its $45B Deal To Buy Time Warner Cable

    The $45 billion marriage of Comcast and Time Warner Cable may be left at the altar, after reports surfaced today that Comcast itself might walk away from the deal. According to Bloomberg, an announcement could come as soon as this Friday. TechCrunch has reached out to Comcast for comment on the news. The FCC declined to comment on the reports, as the transactions are still under review. The… Read More

  • NASDAQ Hits Record High Ahead Of Big Tech Earnings Reports

    NASDAQ Hits Record High Ahead Of Big Tech Earnings Reports

    It’s a big day for the technology sector: The NASDAQ kissed a new, all-time record high during regular trading, while Google, Microsoft, Pandora, and Amazon are set to report their first quarter financial performance after the bell. The four companies have a combined market cap of $913 billion. Here’s the rundown, starting with Google: Google: Investors expect Google to earn… Read More

  • JetMe Launches ‘Name Your Price,’ A Tool To Help You Get That Private Flight

    JetMe Launches ‘Name Your Price,’ A Tool To Help You Get That Private Flight

    JetMe, a startup trying to make booking a private jet simpler and more affordable, released a new tool today called “Name Your Price.” The feature lets users request a private flight, and pick a price that they are willing to pay. JetMe informs you how likely it is that you’ll get that route, at your selected cost. The lower your bid, of course, the lower your chance… Read More

  • New Windows 10 Build 10061 Brings UI Improvements, New Mail And Calendar Apps

    New Windows 10 Build 10061 Brings UI Improvements, New Mail And Calendar Apps

    Unable to contain itself, Microsoft released a new Windows 10 build today, bringing bug fixes, user interface improvements and new Mail and Calendar applications. In the new build, Microsoft added a new ‘black system theme’ for a number of core user interface elements, including the Start Menu and Taskbar. The company also revamped Windows 10’s tablet mode, officially… Read More

  • eBay Pops 4% After Reporting Q1 Revenue Of $4.45B And Better-Than-Expected $0.77 In Per-Share Profit

    eBay Pops 4% After Reporting Q1 Revenue Of $4.45B And Better-Than-Expected $0.77 In Per-Share Profit

    Following the cessation of regular trading, eBay reported its first-quarter financial performance, including revenue of $4.45 billion and earnings per share of $0.77 using adjusted metrics. The street had expected a per-share profit of $0.70 on revenue of $4.42 billion. Up a fraction in a down market during regular trading, eBay is up just under 5 percent following its earnings beat. Read More

  • Box Breaks Out Of Application Box With New Developer Edition

    Box Breaks Out Of Application Box With New Developer Edition

    Box announced ‘Box Developer Edition‘ at its yearly BoxDev event today. The new approach allows developers to run their own Box “instance” inside of their application — their very own Box, in other words. This turns Box on its head in a sense because instead of running the Box application, and building apps on top of it, you are building something and embedding… Read More

  • Google’s Encryption Efforts Are Paying Off In Wake Of Snowden Leaks

    Google’s Encryption Efforts Are Paying Off In Wake Of Snowden Leaks

    Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said the company has evidence that its efforts to improve encryption in the wake of Edward Snowden leaks have worked. His remarks at BoxDev, Box’s yearly developer conference, come as law enforcement officials are criticizing encryption efforts for slowing down investigations. In response to a question about encryption from Box CEO Aaron… Read More

  • Cloud HR Startup Zenefits Is Looking To Raise A Giant New Round Of Funding

    Cloud HR Startup Zenefits Is Looking To Raise A Giant New Round Of Funding

    Fast-moving HR and benefits startup Zenefits is looking to accelerate adoption even further. According to sources the company, which was founded just two years ago, is about to join the club of companies worth more than a billion dollars. Zenefits allows small- and medium-sized businesses to manage human resources services in a much simpler fashion. Like many other modern enterprise… Read More

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