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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  • The Great Instagram For Windows Phone Photo Taking Controversy Explained

    The Great Instagram For Windows Phone Photo Taking Controversy Explained

    Instagram made it onto the Windows Phone platform today as a beta and immediately, everyone lost their mind. You see, the Instagram app for Windows Phone defaults to an in-app screen that shows you the photos you have already taken. You can click on a little button to take a photo, but you are then scooted out of the application to the default camera application where you shoot the picture. Read More

  • Reverse Engineering Snapchat’s Size Is Impossible…But Here Goes

    Reverse Engineering Snapchat’s Size Is Impossible…But Here Goes

    Acquirers and investors fear (missing out on) what they don’t understand. That’s one reason Snapchat won’t reveal its user count. But everyone wants to know. The problem is that ephemeral messaging isn’t like posting to Facebook or texting. It’s a new medium with a unique behavior pattern, so you can’t estimate Snapchat’s size by comparing it to… Read More

  • Instead Of Crashing, Bitcoin’s Price Is Slowly Deflating

    Instead Of Crashing, Bitcoin’s Price Is Slowly Deflating

    Bitcoin! You almost have to shout it. The much ballyhooed currency has had a simply amazing last few weeks. It put on the finance nerd equivalent of a fireworks show, blasting from less than $400 per coin a week ago to a high of around $900 (Mt.Gox data). The shot to the top was almost ludicrous in its intensity. When Bitcoin finally licked the $900 mark, it dropped in the same hour to under… Read More

  • FinanceIt Raises $13 Million To Bring Simple Purchase Financing Options To Small And Medium Businesses

    FinanceIt Raises $13 Million To Bring Simple Purchase Financing Options To Small And Medium Businesses

    Today FinanceIt, a company that brings financing options for consumer purchases to small and medium-sized businesses, announced that it has raised a $13 million Series A. The company declined to list its lead investor, but among the funding sources that were disclosed, TTV Capital was the largest participant. FinanceIt is currently a Canada-only play. The outsized Series A is directly lined up… Read More

  • Google Releases Glass Development Kit ‘Sneak Peek’ And 5 New Glass Apps That Already Use It

    Google Releases Glass Development Kit ‘Sneak Peek’ And 5 New Glass Apps That Already Use It

    Today Google released the Glass Development Kit (GDK) as a sneak peek for developers. Anyone can use it, but it lacks a Glass emulator, so testing apps without actually owning Glass will be nigh impossible. Read More

  • If Dropbox’s 2013 Revenue Is $200M, An $8B Valuation Is Pretty Steep

    If Dropbox’s 2013 Revenue Is $200M, An $8B Valuation Is Pretty Steep

    Dropbox could be working to secure new capital at an expensive valuation, using recent financing events in the technology industry as comparable metrics. However, provided that its growth curve maintains past results, the company could be less expensive than first meets the eye. Earlier indications that Dropbox was on the path to revenue of $1 billion are being contradicted by the Wall… Read More

  • Instacart Eyes 10 New US Markets For 2014 While Its Relationship With Trader Joe’s Remains On Hold

    Instacart Eyes 10 New US Markets For 2014 While Its Relationship With Trader Joe’s Remains On Hold

    Grocery delivery service Instacart recently opened up shop in Chicago, marking its first expansion outside of the Bay Area. Despite self-described strong unit economics and a service that is quite popular in its home market, the company was slow to expand geographically. Before the Chicago move, if you asked Instacart why, their answer was simple: They wanted to lock down their model before… Read More

  • Dropbox Could Be A Bargain At An $8 Billion Valuation

    Dropbox Could Be A Bargain At An $8 Billion Valuation

    According to BloombergBusinessWeek, cloud file storage firm Dropbox is looking to raise an additional $250 million at a valuation of around $8 billion. The news comes on the heels of Pinterest’s massive $225 million round that valued it at $3.8 billion, and endless hype that Snapchat is raising some god-tier amount of money at a valuation of lots of billions. So, if your first reaction… Read More

  • Developers Port 1,000 Unity Apps To The Windows Store, Windows Phone Store In First Four Months

    Today Microsoft announced that there are more than 1,000 games in its Windows Store and Windows Phone Store based on the Unity engine. On July 22nd this year, Unity took the beta tag off of its support for the platforms. Therefore, in the ensuing 17 weeks, developers have released Unity-based games at a pace of around 58.8 per week, or 8.4 per day. That’s a decent clip, as the titles… Read More

  • Salesforce Reports FQ3 Revenue of $1.08B And EPS Of $0.09, In Line With Investor Expectations

    Salesforce Reports FQ3 Revenue of $1.08B And EPS Of $0.09, In Line With Investor Expectations

    Today after the closing bell Salesforce reported its fiscal third quarter 2014 financial performance, with revenue of $1.08 billion and earnings per share of $0.09. Investors had expected the firm to earn $0.09 on revenue of $1.06 billion. The company fell more than 3% in regular trading. In after hours, Salesforce is up almost 1%. The company is richly valued – the Wall Street… Read More

  • Al Jazeera America’s Bet On Serious News Only Snags 13,000 Daily Viewers

    Al Jazeera America’s Bet On Serious News Only Snags 13,000 Daily Viewers

    Earlier today, the New York Post reported that the newly launched Al Jazeera American cable news channel has very low ratings. For its first few months, the channel has averaged around 13,000 viewers. That’s low, but not zero. The kicker is that the predecessor to what people now call AJAM, Current TV, had a larger average audience of, wait for it, 31,000. That number was so low the… Read More

  • Microsoft Research Builds Office Remote, A Tool To Control PC Docs With Your Windows Phone

    Microsoft Research Builds Office Remote, A Tool To Control PC Docs With Your Windows Phone

    Good morning, super troopers. Out fresh this week is a neat little app from Microsoft Research that turns your Windows Phone into a remote to control Office documents on your PC. Dubbed Office Remote (natch), the app lets you run presentations on screen, or on a projector, say, from your smartphone, so that you can wander around a conference room, bedazzling the audience with your ability to… Read More

  • Bitcoin $645? Yeah, That’s Totally Reasonable

    Bitcoin $645? Yeah, That’s Totally Reasonable

    Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency on everyone’s mind, is booming in value. Currently trading around $645 per coin, it has never been worth more, or generated more headlines that I can recall. The two are likely connected. If you can remember April, Bitcoin enjoyed a firm rally, spiking to around $275 per coin on the Mt.Gox market. It then fell to the $60s. That was the second Bitcoin rally. Read More

  • Watch Airbnb’s Chef Rap About Food At A Hackathon

    Watch Airbnb’s Chef Rap About Food At A Hackathon

    Earlier tonight at the Food Hackathon in San Francisco, a chef took to the presentation area to pitch the audience on a whimsical new line of clothing designed to help make the folks who make the food gorgeous. Then he started to play the backing music to Biggie Smalls’ “Juicy.” It turns out that Sam Lippman is Airbnb’s chef, and likes to rap. He started to kick through… Read More

  • Interview Confirms Ballmer Wasn’t Fired, But His Exit Was Accelerated

    Interview Confirms Ballmer Wasn’t Fired, But His Exit Was Accelerated

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was not forced out of his role at the company, but its board did hasten his exit, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, whose sources include Ballmer himself, as well as a number of his lieutenants. Ballmer’s exit was not a firing over the painful reported a $900 million charge related to the Surface tablet line that was recorded earlier this… Read More

  • Nokia’s Tablet Gambit Will Drive Mobile Market Share For Microsoft If The Margins Hold Up

    Nokia’s Tablet Gambit Will Drive Mobile Market Share For Microsoft If The Margins Hold Up

    Nokia’s Lumia 2520 tablet will set you back $500 if you want to buy it flat out. AT&T is more than happy to sell you one at that price. Pick it up with a wireless contract, and AT&T will knock $100 off that sticker. But pick up a Lumia 925, 1020, or 1520 at the same time, and the price of the Lumia 2520 drops to $200. That’s an incredible decline in cost. I confirmed… Read More

  • Microsoft Releases ‘3D Builder,’ A 3D Printing App For Windows 8.1

    Microsoft Releases ‘3D Builder,’ A 3D Printing App For Windows 8.1

    Out today from Microsoft is a 3D-printing application called 3D Builder that will help the amateur set dig into 3D printing, provided that they 1) have a Windows 8.1 machine, and 2) have a Windows 8.1-ready 3D printer. So, it’s a small group. But that’s just fine. Every technology has an incubation phase apart from the mainstream, and 3D printing is only now enjoying public… Read More

  • Leaks Unbound: NSA Admits Snowden Took Up To 200K Documents

    Leaks Unbound: NSA Admits Snowden Took Up To 200K Documents

    In a recent speech, only now picking up coverage, the NSA’s General Keith Alexander admitted that whistleblower Edward Snowden took up to 200,000 documents. Earlier estimates put the number at around 50,000. In the talk (a copy of his remarks was published by Reuters and released by the NSA), the general went on to state that he wished “there was a way to prevent”… Read More

  • Parsing Microsoft’s Massive 42% Gain In 2013

    Parsing Microsoft’s Massive 42% Gain In 2013

    Microsoft, a company that has suffered from a flat stock price since I was in middle school, is in the midst of a surprisingly strong year. A quick scan of its long-term stock chart indicates that the company is trading higher right now than at any time since 2000. It’s up 41.93 percent this year, having risen to $37.91 in mid-day trading this fine Thursday from $26.71 at the close… Read More

  • Developers Can Now Use Facebook Login In Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 Applications

    Developers Can Now Use Facebook Login In Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 Applications

    Developers can now use Facebook login inside their Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 applications, helping users move from the start screen of an app and into its use more quickly. The move lowers the profile of Microsoft Accounts inside of the Windows experience on smartphones and computers, while granting a boon to developers whose users likely already have Facebook accounts, and want to dive… Read More