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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  • TubeMogul Wants To Go Public For $11-$13 Per Share, Raising Up To $93.4M

    TubeMogul Wants To Go Public For $11-$13 Per Share, Raising Up To $93.4M

    When TubeMogul first filed to go public, it indicated that it would offer up to $75 million of its shares for sale. That figure was soft. Today, TubeMogul decided on a price range for its shares — $11 to $13 per unit — meaning that it could sell up to $93.4 million of its stock in the flotation. The company’s revenue has grown quickly, as had its losses until recently. It… Read More

  • Box’s Q1 Revenue Nearly Doubles As Its Losses Expand A More Modest 13%

    Box’s Q1 Revenue Nearly Doubles As Its Losses Expand A More Modest 13%

    This afternoon, Box pulled the trigger on its updated S-1 document, detailing its fiscal first quarter financial performance. For the three-month period, Box had revenue of $45.3 million, and a loss of $38.5 million. The revenue figure is up 93.6 percent, and the loss total is up a more modest 13 percent. Read More

  • Box Picks Up $150M More As It Waits For Favorable IPO Winds

    Box Picks Up $150M More As It Waits For Favorable IPO Winds

    Box, a file-storage and management firm, has raised another $150 million from TPG and Coatue, according to the Wall Street Journal. The company had previously raised $414.1 million, making its total funding in excess of $550 million. TechCrunch has confirmed the amount through a source. Previously, Box filed to go public, with its S-1 document detailing rapid revenue growth. Its top line… Read More

  • Microsoft Brings Yammer To More Office 365 Plans For Free

    Microsoft Brings Yammer To More Office 365 Plans For Free

    Microsoft is bringing Yammer to more of its Office 365 SKUs, making the latter a more tempting offer. Educational and medium-business packages of Office 365 now come with Yammer. Microsoft added the social product to enterprise Office 365 SKUs late last year. Read More

  • Germany Unhappy With U.S. Over Allegations Of A Double Agent Assisting In Continued Spying

    Germany Unhappy With U.S. Over Allegations Of A Double Agent Assisting In Continued Spying

    The U.S. got caught paying a German intelligence operative $34K to spy on the German group created to investigate the U.S.’s spying on Germany — at least according to the most recent crop of embarrassing allegations into the NSA’s surveillance activities. And German Chancellor Merkel is not pleased. Earlier today in China, the Chancellor stated that if the allegations prove… Read More

  • Why Section 702 Reform Matters

    Why Section 702 Reform Matters

    A recent report in the Washington Post delved into the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Section 702 surveillance activities, and although it found that the program returns useful information to the agency, it also revealed broad use of the legal authority to collect data and communications from non-target parties. It also indicated that “unmasked identities remain in the… Read More

  • California Democrats .Whine Over Proposed .Wine Domains

    California Democrats .Whine Over Proposed .Wine Domains

    Let’s see if we can do this without making any puns. In May, California Democratic Congressman Mike Thompson sent a letter to the Internet Corporation for Assigning Names and Numbers (ICANN), asking that .wine and .vin domain not be assigned to “any applicant,” provided that worries concerning protections against cybersquatting can’t be resolved. Congressman… Read More

  • Windows Phone’s Market Share In The United States Isn’t Growing

    Windows Phone’s Market Share In The United States Isn’t Growing

    The latest data from Comscore regarding the United States smartphone market isn’t great for Microsoft. The company’s Windows Phone platform managed no growth, ending the May period with a 3 month market share average of 3.4%, the same level that Comscore reported for the platform in February. Android was flat, Apple picked up 0.6%, and Blackberry lost 0.6%. Android and Apple… Read More

  • Microsoft Goes After Botnet, Tanking No-IP’s Dynamic DNS Service For Regular Users In The Process

    Microsoft Goes After Botnet, Tanking No-IP’s Dynamic DNS Service For Regular Users In The Process

    Microsoft seized 23 domains this week from No-IP, a provider of dynamic DNS services, after filing a civil suit alleging that the domains in question were used to distribute malware. The domains, according to Microsoft, were used 93 percent of the time for distributing the Bladabindi and Jenxcus malware families. A court granted Microsoft custodianship — DNS authority — of the… Read More

  • The EFF Sues The NSA For Details On How The Government Discloses Security Flaws

    The EFF Sues The NSA For Details On How The Government Discloses Security Flaws

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is suing the National Security Agency (NSA) over government disclosure of security flaws that have been uncovered by the intelligence community. In the wake of the Heartbleed fiasco, and pointed reports that the NSA both knew about the vulnerability and had exploited it, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) denied any prior… Read More

  • Microsoft Presses Ahead With Office For Android

    Microsoft Presses Ahead With Office For Android

    Prepare another entry into your File Of No Surprise: Microsoft is moving ahead with its efforts to bring the highly lucrative Office franchise to Android tablets. According to The Verge, Microsoft is currently prepping a private beta of the new software. A sign-up page has been mostly taken offline since the news broke. A full Office suite for Android tablets is roughly as surprising as… Read More

  • The EFF Calls Gov Report Supporting Surveillance “Legally Flawed And Factually Incomplete”

    The EFF Calls Gov Report Supporting Surveillance “Legally Flawed And Factually Incomplete”

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) isn’t enthused with a report from the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) concerning government surveillance under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The current report generally upheld the program, offering a few motes of potential reform as suggestions. The report was, I think it fair to say, expected to… Read More

  • Bring On The Blogging Robots

    Bring On The Blogging Robots

    Earlier today TechCrunch reported that the Associated Press (AP) will employ robots to produce some of its earnings coverage. Given how much I enjoy covering every semi-semi annual earnings season, I’m downright excited about the development. Read More

  • Lawrence Lessig’s Campaign Reform Push Comes To A Head This Friday

    Lawrence Lessig’s Campaign Reform Push Comes To A Head This Friday

    Lawrence Lessig, an American intellectual and activist, recently launched a political action committee (PAC) called Mayday PAC, with the goal of electing members to Congress who are in favor of campaign finance reform. The group is currently raising money, with a fundraising deadline of July 4 rapidly approaching. Read More

  • Arista Networks, GoPro And JD.com Spike, Pumping Fresh Oxygen Into The Tech IPO Market

    Arista Networks, GoPro And JD.com Spike, Pumping Fresh Oxygen Into The Tech IPO Market

    Three recently public technology companies are surging today, potentially indicating fresh analyst and investor enthusiasm for tech shares. GoPro is up more than 21% at the time of writing, continuing a massive bull run since its recent debut. Its shares are nearing the $50 mark. The company IPO’d at $24 per share, meaning that it has more than doubled its value since going… Read More

  • Microsoft Bolsters Encryption For OneDrive And Outlook.com

    Microsoft Bolsters Encryption For OneDrive And Outlook.com

    Microsoft announced this morning that it has bolstered the security of several of its digital products, bringing stronger encryption tools to its OneDrive and Outlook.com services. In the wake of revelations that the United States government was tapping the core fiber cables of the Internet, snooping on traffic between the data centers of large technology companies, and working to weaken… Read More

  • FBI, CIA Join NSA In “Backdoor” Searches On Americans

    FBI, CIA Join NSA In “Backdoor” Searches On Americans

    Thousands of Americans were targets of so-called “backdoor” warrantless surveillance by the NSA and other intelligence agencies last year, according to a letter sent to Senator Ron Wyden. The missive, written by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to the Senator in response to a question posed earlier this month, is plainspoken. The Office also stated that… Read More

  • Two Senators Upbraid The Intelligence Community For Insufficient Disclosure

    Two Senators Upbraid The Intelligence Community For Insufficient Disclosure

    Consider Senators Al Franken and Dean Heller unimpressed. Today the two Senators, one a Democrat and the other a Republican, released statements disparaging a recent transparency report from the U.S. intelligence community that broke down its activities in incredibly vague fashion. Read More

  • High-Skill Immigration Reform Is Dead This Year – Again

    High-Skill Immigration Reform Is Dead This Year – Again

    High-skill immigration reform failed to become law in 2013. The Senate managed to pass a comprehensive bill around a year ago that went precisely nowhere in the House. When the new year kicked off, there was some optimism that we could get something done. Misplaced optimism, really. With this Congress, having a positive outlook is something akin to masochism. Read More

  • Litecoin Slumps As Bitcoin Recovers Some Of Its Former Luster

    Litecoin Slumps As Bitcoin Recovers Some Of Its Former Luster

    During the height of the 2013 Bitcoin bubble, Litecoin soared, crossing the $40 mark late in the year. Since then, mostly tracking Bitcoin, Litecoin’s value has faded. Today, you can buy a Litecoin for just under $9. That cryptocurrencies are dealing with post-bubble excesses is hardly news. What’s more interesting is that Litecoin, which largely followed Bitcoin’s price… Read More