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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  • Tech Stocks Show Weakness Amid Uncertain Global Economy

    Tech Stocks Show Weakness Amid Uncertain Global Economy

    Tech stocks fell sharply on Friday, setting a somber mood for the industry this weekend. The carnage was widespread, with giants taking a stumble — Microsoft, -3.97%; Google, 2.92%; Facebook, -3.95%; LinkedIn, -3.84%; Yahoo, -3.65%; and Alibaba, -3.28% — and newcomers joining in the general mayhem. MobileIron fell 6.92%. ZenDesk was off 8.06%. GoPro dropped 4.63%, Twitter fell… Read More

  • The NSA Won’t Disclose What It Leaked To The Public

    The NSA Won’t Disclose What It Leaked To The Public

    The NSA doesn’t like leaks. But it does like leaks when it chooses to leak, as then it gets to exert influence over the media, and thus potentially shape the public narrative. And as we have variously learned, not everything initially marked TOP SECRET//COMINT//NO FORN needs to stay that way, after all. Read More

  • For President Obama, A Net Neutrality Reprise

    For President Obama, A Net Neutrality Reprise

    President Obama’s recent comments in favor of strong net neutrality regulations ignited a fresh round of media coverage: He’s opposed to Internet fast lanes! Hold loose everyone, we’re in charted waters. Read More

  • Join Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong In Two Weeks At Disrupt Europe

    Join Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong In Two Weeks At Disrupt Europe

    Bitcoin is a global phenomenon, growing from mathematical curiosity to possible threat to the world’s currency system in a few short years. Coinbase has recently been at the center of the bitcoin boom. Flush with more than $30 million in venture capital, the company has big plans. Joining the TechCrunch crew at Disrupt London 2014 in under two weeks is Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong. Read More

  • Cash Out Your Startup Early

    Battery East Group Wants To Help Early Shareholders Cash Out As Startups Put Off IPOs

    The Battery East Group is a small confab in San Francisco that specializes in secondary offerings, the sale of stock from inside shareholders, early employees and the like that want malleability for their equity before a traditional liquidity event. In human terms, it means that the Group helps people sell their startup stock either before their company goes public or is purchased by a… Read More

  • Microsoft CEO Opens Mouth, Inserts Foot On Gender Pay Gap [Updated]

    Microsoft CEO Opens Mouth, Inserts Foot On Gender Pay Gap [Updated]

    Update: Satya Backtracks After opprobrium rained down from the sky following his comments regarding how women should approach asking for a raise, Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella quickly released a memo to Microsoft employees — it was released to the public as well — backtracking on his remarks. Here it is in full: All – Today I was interviewed on stage by Maria Klawe at… Read More

  • HubSpot Spikes 20% Over Its IPO Price In Strong Debut

    HubSpot Spikes 20% Over Its IPO Price In Strong Debut

    HubSpot is having a hell of day. After raising its IPO price range, the company pulled the trigger above that level, selling its shares for $25 each. That’s a far cry from the original low-end of its first proposed price range of $19. The markets welcomed the company’s offering, pushing its shares up more than 20 percent at the time of writing. Yahoo Finance lists… Read More

  • Box Acquires Y Combinator-Backed MedXT To Bolster Its Healthcare Push

    Box Acquires Y Combinator-Backed MedXT To Bolster Its Healthcare Push

    Box, an enterprise-focused cloud storage and productivity company, announced this morning that it has acquired Y Combinator-backed MedXT, a firm that provides a cloud-based file storage system for medical imaging. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition fits into Box’s recently announced strategy to pursue a number of industry verticals, which it calls Box for Industries. Read More

  • Microsoft Promises Its Surface Project Is Here To Stay

    Microsoft Promises Its Surface Project Is Here To Stay

    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made the pitch this morning that his company’s Surface project is here to stay, hoping to convince potential business customers that investing in the tablet-hybrids won’t leave them in the lurch. Out this morning from Microsoft’s chief is a quote calling the Surface Pro 3 an “enterprise-class device,” saying that the company is… Read More

  • Office’s Place In The New Microsoft

    Office’s Place In The New Microsoft

    In a recent Vanity Fair feature on Microsoft that you should certainly read, a comment from former CEO Bill Gates is worth considering: “[T]he original idea of having great software people and broad software products and Office being the primary tool that people look to across all these devices, that’s as true today and as strong as ever.” Read More

  • FCC Slams AT&T With $105M Settlement For Bogus Customer Charges

    FCC Slams AT&T With $105M Settlement For Bogus Customer Charges

    The FCC slapped AT&T with the largest “enforcement action” in its history, the agency announced today. The total bill, $105 million, will include $80 million in payments to scammed AT&T customers, $20 million to “state governments participating in the settlement,” with the last $5 million going to the FCC itself, it said today in a statement. Read More

  • Twitter Sues The Government Over Data-Request Disclosures

    Twitter Sues The Government Over Data-Request Disclosures

    Twitter wants you to know that it is serious about data request transparency, and that is a darn fine good thing. The social company is suing the government for the right to share, in more granular detail, the requests for user data that state makes. The United States government would like such data to be opaque. Twitter, the opposite. Read More

  • Microsoft To Hold Cloud Event In SF On October 20 With CEO Satya Nadella

    Microsoft To Hold Cloud Event In SF On October 20 With CEO Satya Nadella

    Mark your calendars: Microsoft is coming to town. Again. On October 20, Microsoft’s cloud crew, including CEO Satya Nadella and its Azure boss, Scott Guthrie, will be in San Francisco to talk about the “cloud” and “Azure.” We don’t have much more than that at the moment, frustratingly. Microsoft is continuing its recent history of coming to the Bay Area, and… Read More

  • HP Pops 4.7%, Picks Up More Than $3B In Market Cap On Breakup News

    HP Pops 4.7%, Picks Up More Than $3B In Market Cap On Breakup News

    Unlock that value. Following news and confirmation that HP will separate itself into two separate, public entities, investors sent its shares soaring more than 5 percent, to $36.87, at the end of regular trading. That’s a market cap gain of around $3 billion. Investors are enthused that the company is working to unlock whatever value may have been hidden inside of the conglomerated firm. Read More

  • Watch What Happens When Someone Dumps Tens Of Thousands Of Bitcoin At Below-Market Rates

    Watch What Happens When Someone Dumps Tens Of Thousands Of Bitcoin At Below-Market Rates

    Recently, an individual or group put an estimated 30,000 bitcoin onto the market at a price of $300 per coin. It isn’t clear who was behind the sale, or what their motives were, but the sale meant millions of dollars in revenue for whomever pulled the trigger. Given the number of coins that were made available at the $300 mark, then below the market price, it took quite some time for… Read More

  • Microsoft’s FlexSense Project Is A Thin Sensor Layer To Make Your Tablet Awesome

    Microsoft’s FlexSense Project Is A Thin Sensor Layer To Make Your Tablet Awesome

    The merry band of scientists over at Microsoft Research — who apparently get paid to have fun and speak with fixed tones over videos — have put together something called FlexSense, a flat piece of bendable material loaded with sensors. You torque it, and it accepts the “deformation” input. That means it can tell how you are bending it and translates that information for… Read More

  • Bitcoin Falls Under $300

    Bitcoin Falls Under $300

    $300, it’s the new $400. Yesterday’s selloff managed to push the price of bitcoin below the $300 mark this morning, around two weeks after the cryptocurrency fell below its prior $400 floor. Here’s a screenshot from BitcoinAverage from earlier today: A chart of the decline: (In the ensuing bit, bitcoin has managed to re-crest the $300 level, a price range that it has… Read More

  • A Few Thoughts On Windows 10

    A Few Thoughts On Windows 10

    1, 2, 3, 95, 98, 2000, ME, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, [airgap], 10! Microsoft’s Windows 10 must patch the consumer-facing flaws present in Windows 8.x, and also bring enterprise customers into the modern era of computing. Couple that to the larger Windows trend of platform unification that Windows 10 will be the apparent culmination of, and you have what must be one of the most… Read More

  • Rep. Waxman Proposes A Third Approach To Net Neutrality

    Rep. Waxman Proposes A Third Approach To Net Neutrality

    3.7 million comments later, the net neutrality debate continues. Out Friday was a letter from Rep. Henry Waxman detailing an approach that would lean on both proposed sources of governmental authority to enforce an open Internet. Rep. Waxman wants to use both Title II, and Section 706. At issue is the fact that there exists tension between advocates of net neutrality in terms how to… Read More

  • The Bitcoin Selloff Continues

    The Bitcoin Selloff Continues

    Bitcoin, the best-known cryptocurrency, recently slipped under the $400 mark, a former price floor that some viewed as a bulwark against further price pressure. Currently trading for $338.83, bitcoin is down $29.06 in the past 24 hours, or around 7.9 percent. From its all-time highs, bitcoin is down around 70 percent. For historical context, here’s the chart, with the current… Read More

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