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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  • Why Is Box Taking So Long To Pull The IPO Trigger?

    Why Is Box Taking So Long To Pull The IPO Trigger?

    On March 24th, Box filed for its long-awaited IPO and went into the dreaded quiet period. It’s been over six months now since Box filed its S-1 form, signaling it would look for $250 million in its public offering. Prior to the announcement, Box was one of the hottest startups in technology, but after months of delay, with its IPO still sitting on the table, it is fair to wonder what… Read More

  • Microsoft Backtracks After Senior Employee Says “Windows 9”

    Microsoft Backtracks After Senior Employee Says “Windows 9”

    Worried that Microsoft was going to keep the “Threshold” codename on the next version of Windows? Fret not, it probably won’t: In a speech to employees, Alain Crozier, president of Microsoft France, called the new operating system “Windows 9″ quite recently, and there is tape of it. Read More

  • Bitcoin’s Price Skyrockets Following PayPal’s Hug

    Bitcoin’s Price Skyrockets Following PayPal’s Hug

    This morning, PayPal rolled out broader support for bitcoin, allowing merchants to accept the cryptocurrency as payment for digital goods. The reaction to bitcoin itself has been immediate and positive. The PayPal integration is minor — users won’t be able to start stashing their bitcoin in their PayPal accounts, but merchants that use certain PayPal services, and are located in… Read More

  • The FCC Hasn’t Decided How It Will Enforce Net Neutrality

    The FCC Hasn’t Decided How It Will Enforce Net Neutrality

    This morning the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) indicated in a blog post that it is “reviewing” a number of legal methods concerning how to enforce new net neutrality rules. The implication is plain: No choice has been made. The FCC claims that it is “looking ahead” to more round tables that could help shed light on which method is best. The agency noted… Read More

  • Windows 9’s Preview May Not Touch Down Until October

    Windows 9’s Preview May Not Touch Down Until October

    Remember that upcoming Windows 9 event that Microsoft is hosting on September 30? It might not mark the actual release of Windows 9’s technical preview, as was long expected. According to Paul Thurrott, that bit of code might not become available until October. Read More

  • Bitcoin Slips Back Under $400

    Bitcoin Slips Back Under $400

    After a steady decline from former, mid-year highs, bitcoin is now back under the $400 mark. The cryptocurrency hit that mark in April, at which point TechCrunch pointed out that the stuff was off 60 percent from its record highs. Read More

  • Alibaba IPO, Microsoft Buys Minecraft and Sarah's Manservant

    CrunchWeek: Alibaba’s IPO, Minecraft, And Sarah Gets A ManServant

    Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome to another episode of CrunchWeek. This time around the table, TechCrunch’s Sarah Burh, Ryan Lawler and myself discussed Alibaba’s massive IPO, Microsoft picking up Minecraft for a few dollars, and why Sarah had someone hold an umbrella for her. Read More

  • 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

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