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.

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  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Blockchain Or Bitcoin?

    This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Blockchain Or Bitcoin?

    Hello and welcome back to another edition of TCBTC, TechCrunch’s very own bitcoin podcast hosted by your humble servant and John Biggs. This week week we chewed over the importance of both bitcoin and the blockchain, and how they are more linked than some people seem to wish. You can’t mine for free after all. Read More

  • FCC Passes Strict Net Neutrality Regulations On 3-2 Vote

    FCC Passes Strict Net Neutrality Regulations On 3-2 Vote

    As expected, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed new net neutrality regulations today on a vote of 3-2, with the Commission’s two Democratic appointees joining Chairman Tom Wheeler in voting yes. The Commission’s two Republican-appointed members both voted no. Notably, the FCC’s plan is now known to have undergone a last-minute revision to remove a… Read More

  • Salesforce Shares Spike To All-Time High After Meeting Street’s Profit Estimate, Boosting Its Full-Year Guidance

    Salesforce Shares Spike To All-Time High After Meeting Street’s Profit Estimate, Boosting Its Full-Year Guidance

    Sometimes when a company reports in-line earnings, its stock price takes a knuckle to the temple. Other times, if a firm meets market expectations, it gets a nice pop in value. Enter Salesforce the Latter. Today after the bell, Salesforce reported $1.44 billion in fourth quarter revenue, and adjusted earnings per share of $0.14. Both were dead in-line with market expectations. The… Read More

  • Congress Snipes And Gripes On Eve Of Net Neutrality Vote

    Congress Snipes And Gripes On Eve Of Net Neutrality Vote

    It’s net neutrality eve, putting both Washington and Silicon Valley on collective edge. To some extent. In service to you, I awoke early this morning so that I could tune into a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the issue of net neutrality. However, the discourse was so dull, containing as far as I could tell the precise same talking points that have become rote through… Read More

  • As The Net Neutrality Vote Nears, Both Sides Make Final Arguments

    As The Net Neutrality Vote Nears, Both Sides Make Final Arguments

    It’s Tuesday. The FCC will vote on its net neutrality plan on Thursday. Given that the FCC is in its sunlight period, you might presume that things have slowed down. They haven’t really. The best thing bouncing around at the moment is a letter of disappointment,* sent to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, for declining to appear before the House Oversight Committee on the eve of the… Read More

  • Hortonworks Misses On Revenue And Profit In Lackluster Q4

    Hortonworks Misses On Revenue And Profit In Lackluster Q4

    Let’s talk about money! Hortonworks reported its earnings today, the first time it has as a public company! :) Revenues for its fourth quarter totaled $12.7 million, up 55 percent on year-over-year basis. :) But investors had expected the company to report revenue of $13.42 million. :( The company lost money in the quarter, $90.6 million using normal accounting methods (GAAP). Read More

  • Windows 10 Pops Up As A “Green Shoot” Among Microsoft’s Slipping Mobile Market Share

    Windows 10 Pops Up As A “Green Shoot” Among Microsoft’s Slipping Mobile Market Share

    For Microsoft’s mobile strategy, the only direction available is up. Today, IDC reported that Android and iOS controlled 96.3 percent of the mobile market in 2014. That means that Microsoft’s Windows 10 strategy, which will see a single operating system stretch from the smallest to the largest screens, is starting in many ways from scratch. Interestingly, Microsoft actually grew… Read More

  • Snowden Does Reddit

    Snowden Does Reddit

    Edward Snowden, who you might have heard of by now, took to Reddit today along with journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras. Poitras won an Oscar last night for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Poitras’ winning film, CITIZENFOUR, covers when Greenwald, the filmmaker, and Snowden were together in Hong Kong, right before the documents were leaked and the world changed. Read More

  • Egnyte CEO Vineet Jain Talks IPO

    Egnyte’s CEO Vineet Jain Talks Storage Wars And The IPO Market

    The IPO window is open, which means that companies of all sorts are hitting go and launching their firms into the arms of the public. Among the most interesting companies likely to go public inside the next two years is Egnyte, which I have been covering for a few years now. Egnyte has been willing to share more of its plans and financial performance than most companies, making it something… Read More

  • You Can Now Build Apps For Band, Microsoft’s Fitness Wearable

    You Can Now Build Apps For Band, Microsoft’s Fitness Wearable

    Microsoft is updating the Band fitness wearable today, building out its on-device feature set, launching a web portal so that users can better interact with their collected data, and releasing an SDK to allow developers to build apps for the gadget. Application updates are rolling out for iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Read More

  • Twitter Throws Its Weight Behind The FCC’s Net Neutrality Push

    Twitter Throws Its Weight Behind The FCC’s Net Neutrality Push

    Twitter backs the FCC’s push to pass new net neutrality regulations it underlined today, publishing a blog post calling for the passage of open Internet rules that will prevent throttling, paid prioritization. The company also advocated for the regulation of wireless connections under net neutrality rules. The FCC will vote on its open Internet proposal later this week. Read More

  • The Net Neutrality Quiet Period

    The Net Neutrality Quiet Period

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently in its weeklong ‘sunshine’ period before its February 26 meeting that will see the agency vote on new net neutrality regulations. The sunshine period means that the FCC takes time from taking external meetings on the topics it is going to vote on. Also, missives sent to the FCC during the period do not make it into the… Read More

  • The New Rules Of Going Public

    The New Rules Of Going Public

    According to a recent report, Twilio wants to go public. Twilio, a company that provides software-based communications tools for developers, closed out 2014 on a $100 million annual run rate. Or, put another way, Twilio brought in just over $8 million in top line last December. Box, New Relic and Hortonworks each recently proved that the IPO window is open and that investors have an appetite… Read More

  • RapidMiner Picks Up $15M More To Scale Its ‘Business Source’ Data Analytics Service

    RapidMiner Picks Up $15M More To Scale Its ‘Business Source’ Data Analytics Service

    This week, RapidMiner announced that it has raised a $15 million Series B round of capital. The company had previously raised a total of $5 million, bringing its total capital tally to $20 million. The round was co-led by Ascent Venture Partners and Longworth Venture Partners. RapidMiner, headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., provides what it describes as “code-free” analytics tools. Read More

  • The NSA Reportedly Stole Millions Of SIM Encryption Keys To Gather Private Data

    The NSA Reportedly Stole Millions Of SIM Encryption Keys To Gather Private Data

    The American National Security Agency (NSA), and the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), similar clandestine intelligence agencies, stole SIM card encryption keys from a manufacturer, allowing the groups to decrypt global cellular communications data. The effort, according to The Intercept, took place in 2010, with the agencies breaking into a Dutch firm, Gemalto. The… Read More

  • SkyGiraffe Raises $3M More To Help Companies Build Mobile Apps

    SkyGiraffe Raises $3M More To Help Companies Build Mobile Apps

    SkyGiraffe, a startup that helps companies quickly build and deploy apps, has raised a $3 million Series A round of capital, led by Trilogy Equity Partners. Prior investor 500 Startups participated in the capital event. Trilogy, unsurprisingly, picked a board seat as part of the round. The market that SkyGiraffe focused on, custom apps for businesses, is a hot space at the moment. Earlier… Read More

  • K2 Picks Up More Than $100M To Fuel Its Growth

    K2 Picks Up More Than $100M To Fuel Its Growth

    K2, a company that helps companies build business apps, has raised more than $100 million from Francisco Partners in a Series C round of capital. The Bellevue-based firm previously raised $16 million in 2006. Francisco will pick up two board seats as part of the deal. As a firm, K2 has seen quick growth in recent years. The company told TechCrunch that its subscription revenue has grown… Read More

  • YC-Backed Seed Wants To Reinvent Business Banking

    YC-Backed Seed Wants To Reinvent Business Banking

    Seed thinks that business banking is opaque, expensive, and behind the times. The company, which is part of the Winter 2015 Y Combinator class, wants to shake up banking, bring it into the API era, and rip out unnecessary fees to make it, according to its CEO Brian Merritt, as “easy as possible to start and manage a business.” Read More

  • Startups, Late-Stage Valuations, And Bull

    Startups, Late-Stage Valuations, And Bull

    Bill Gurley, a general partner at Benchmark, makes news mostly because he says what other venture capitalists will tell you while drunk, but does so while on the record. It’s refreshing in a way. Most recently, Gurley made the point that the tech and investment industries are shoving nine and ten-figure sums of cash into startups while not enjoying a full dig into their financials. In… Read More

  • One Year In, Nadella Is Planning Microsoft’s Long And Short Game

    One Year In, Nadella Is Planning Microsoft’s Long And Short Game

    Golfers like to talk about their long game and their short game. Maybe it’s useful to look at Microsoft’s strategy that way too. Since Satya Nadella took over just over a year ago as CEO at Microsoft, he has started to redirect the company, looking at the short term, while perhaps beginning to formulate a plan for the next wave of computing. Microsoft is the quintessential… Read More

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