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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  • Asana Debuts New Version Of Its Collab Software, Claims 140K Companies Use Its Service

    Asana Debuts New Version Of Its Collab Software, Claims 140K Companies Use Its Service

    This morning at Asana’s San Francisco headquarters, the startup announced a new version of its product, a new brand — logo — and, happily, some metrics about its growth. As you will recall, the startup picked up a new Head of Business from Google on Monday, announcing at the same time that it has expanded its revenue by 230 percent over the past year. Growth Asana announced… Read More

  • This Week On Bullish: The Automation Revolution

    Hello friends, and welcome back to another episode of Bullish, TechCrunch’s first talk show. This time around we dug into the idea of automation, working to understand where to draw the line between intelligent hardware and robots. That, and whether machine learning fused to learning systems is something that we should embrace or fear. To help us dig into the topic, we had Brady… Read More

  • Box Wants To Be The Center Of Your Company’s Content Universe

    Box Wants To Be The Center Of Your Company’s Content Universe

    Last week, at Dreamforce, Salesforce.com’s enormous customer conference, Salesforce personnel talked at great length about how everything they did was in the service of the customer. If it wasn’t about the customer — like ERP — they weren’t interested. In a similar way, today at BoxWorks at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, the Box team made it clear their… Read More

  • Tim Cook Offers Microsoft An Olive Branch At Box Enterprise Event

    Tim Cook Offers Microsoft An Olive Branch At Box Enterprise Event

    Today at its BoxWorks event, Box CEO and co-founder Aaron Levie sat down with Apple CEO Tim Cook to discuss enterprise technology and collaboration. Although he leads a company that has been in heavy competition with Google and its Android OS for years now, Cook was surprisingly positive on Apple’s relationship with one of its former nemeses, Microsoft — especially when it comes… Read More

  • Asana Picks Up Google Exec Chris Farinacci To Run Its Business Ops

    Asana Picks Up Google Exec Chris Farinacci To Run Its Business Ops

    Asana, a company that provides tools to help teams collaborate, has hired Chris Farinacci, now formerly of Google, to run its business operations. At Google, Farinacci worked for nearly half a decade on the Google for Work team. That stint came after time in marketing at Oracle and Agile Software for the technology worker. Read More

  • DJ Patil And Phaedra Chrousos Pitch Public Service For Technologists

    DJ Patil And Phaedra Chrousos Pitch Public Service For Technologists

    Today at Disrupt SF, our own Sarah Buhr took to the stage with DJ Patil, this nation’s Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy and Chief Data Scientist, and Phaedra Chrousos, who heads the country’s Office of Citizen Services. The talk was framed by the fact that technology and politics, formerly separate worlds, are increasingly finding themselves standing side by side. It… Read More

  • This Week On Bullish: When To W2 That 1099

    Hello friends, and welcome back to another episode of Bullish, TechCrunch’s first talk show. This week we taped at Disrupt SF, so our setup looks slightly different than usual. It was also warm. We blame the sun. Joining us this time around is Senator Mark Warner, a former venture capitalist and current member of our national Congress. Read More

  • CloudFlare Locks Down $110M From Fidelity, Microsoft, Google, Baidu And Qualcomm

    CloudFlare Locks Down $110M From Fidelity, Microsoft, Google, Baidu And Qualcomm

    CloudFlare has secured a $110 million round of private financing, led by Fidelity, and participated in by a cadre of technology giants, including Baidu, Google, Microsoft and Qualcomm. The company has raised more than $180 million to date. The quickly growing startup now operates in more than 30 countries, and, according to material provided to TechCrunch, processes around 5 percent of the… Read More

  • Zenefits’ Parker Conrad Talks Hyper Growth And How To Hang On To A Rocket Ship

    Zenefits’ Parker Conrad Talks Hyper Growth And How To Hang On To A Rocket Ship

    Today at Disrupt SF 2015, Zenefits’ Parker Conrad joined our own Matthew Lynley on stage to dig into how the startup has managed to become one of the fastest-growing companies in the world. Zenefits is notable here in the TechCrunch house as it first launched its product at Disrupt NY in 2013 when it was a finalist in our Startup Battlefield. Read More

  • Diversity, Tamales, and Hardware at the Disrupt Hackathon

    We are back, friends, in San Francisco for the year’s biggest Disrupt conference. The hackathon is currently in full swing, swarming with nerds, cars, technology, a Surface Pro 3, what I counted to be 897 Macbook Airs, and, of course, tamales. My good friend and colleague Megan Rose Dickey and I hung about aboot the venue until midnight, shot a host of nerf guns, and then doodled about… Read More

  • Microsoft Drops A New Windows 10 Build, Promises Cortana And Xbox Improvements

    Microsoft Drops A New Windows 10 Build, Promises Cortana And Xbox Improvements

    Microsoft released a new Windows 10 build to the ‘fast ring’ of its operating system testing community today. The new code, dubbed build 10547, has quite a lot to it, including improvements to the Start Menu, better Cortana coverage, and a number of app updates. In short, if you are the testing sort, there will be ample material present for you to dig into. Read More

  • Reiterating The IRS, A U.S. Government Agency Declares Bitcoin A Commodity

    Reiterating The IRS, A U.S. Government Agency Declares Bitcoin A Commodity

    Is bitcoin a currency or a commodity? According to the United Stated Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), bitcoin is the former. Its recent decision mirrors former verbiage by the IRS declaring bitcoin to be, as TechCrunch reported at the time, “property, not currency.” What’s going on? Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Million-Dollar Electric Bill

    This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Million-Dollar Electric Bill

    Hello friends, and welcome back to another episode of TCBTC, TechCrunch’s most esteemed bitcoin podcast. This week we dug into Disrupt’s coming bitcoin panel, which our own John Biggs will moderate, host, and generally kick over. Also on the program today is Erik Voorhees, a noted bitcoin expert and entrepreneur. Voorhees’ new project, ShapeShift.io, recently raised… Read More

  • Sequoia’s Bryan Schreier And Qualtrics CEO Ryan Smith Talk Dollars And ‘Sense’ Disrupt SF

    Sequoia’s Bryan Schreier And Qualtrics CEO Ryan Smith Talk Dollars And ‘Sense’ Disrupt SF

    At this year’s Disrupt SF event, Sequoia’s Bryan Schreier and Qualtrics CEO Ryan Smith will make a co-appearance. I’m hosting the duo. Schreier is best known for his early investment in Dropbox, the popular cloud storage service. The venture capitalist been on the board there for more than seven years. Smith is a co-founder at Qualtrics, a Utah-based shop founded in 2002. Read More

  • Bullish: The Future Of Payments

    Hello and welcome back to Bullish, TechCrunch’s first talk show. This time ’round we’re handling payments. After all, what’s the point of having money if you can’t use it? Joining us this week is Edward McLaughlin, MasterCard’s Chief Emerging Payments Officer, to break down how incumbent payment properties are both watching new payment technology, and… Read More

  • Skype Introduces Its Own Version Of Emojis

    Skype Introduces Its Own Version Of Emojis

    Skype introduced a method to bring brief film segments into its chat service today, adding something akin to GIF support inside of the communications platform. Dubbed ‘Mojis,’ Skype’s new addition are, in its own words, “short clips from your favorite movies and TV shows” that can be used when talking, via text, to other users of the service. Two TechCrunch… Read More

  • Class Action Lawsuit Accuses Twitter Of ‘Listening In’ On Your Direct Messages

    Class Action Lawsuit Accuses Twitter Of ‘Listening In’ On Your Direct Messages

    The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Twitter is the target of a class action lawsuit having to do with how private direct messages are treated on the service. While it’s quite obvious that there aren’t humans that work at Twitter reading your direct messages, an algorithm is sweeping over them, to swap out links with shortened T.co (the shortening service owned by Twitter) ones… Read More

  • SpaceX Has Nearly A Full Uber Funding In Contracts

    SpaceX Has Nearly A Full Uber Funding In Contracts

    Sending things to space isn’t cheap, which is exactly why Elon Musk got into the business with SpaceX. In a press release today about some newly signed contracts for use of its Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launch vehicles, the company updated just how much money it has booked. Seven Billion Dollars under contract for the 60 missions on manifest. To put all of this into perspective, Uber… Read More

  • Microsoft Releases Invites For Its October 6 Windows 10 Hardware Event

    Microsoft Releases Invites For Its October 6 Windows 10 Hardware Event

    As expected, Microsoft will host a hardware-focused event on October 6. The company released invites this morning. The shindig may include news concerning the HoloLens ‘nerd helmet,’ the long-expected Surface Pro 4, the Microsoft Band 2, and, of course, new Lumia smartphone handsets1. Here’s an extract from the invite as it came today:
    The event should give Microsoft a shot… Read More

  • Blizzard’s Final Starcraft II Expansion Lands November 10

    Blizzard’s Final Starcraft II Expansion Lands November 10

    In case you were not tuned into the finals of WCS Europe earlier today, Blizzard, a popular gaming company, announced that the final chapter of its Starcraft II will touch down on November 10. The third iteration, called Legacy of the Void, will at once be a computer game, and Blizzard’s statement regarding the long-term viability of Starcraft proper as an esport. Starcraft… Read More

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