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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  • FCC Chief Argues That Net Neutrality Won’t Gut Broadband Investment

    FCC Chief Argues That Net Neutrality Won’t Gut Broadband Investment

    It’s Friday, so you deserve a modest respite. Happily, the Chairman of the FCC, Tom Wheeler, gave a speech today to The Brookings Institution that should provide sufficient argument fodder for the full weekend, at least among policy wonks. Read More

  • Whittl Picks Up A Chicago-Style $3.3M Series A

    Whittl Picks Up A Chicago-Style $3.3M Series A

    It turns out geography is still a thing. Recently, Whittl, a Chicago-based company raised a $3.3 million Series A round of capital. The new monetary event follows a $1.3 million seed round that took place around two years ago. If you can’t see the irony, you haven’t lived outside of the Valley in some time. Given the generic chop of both Clinkle and Secret, it’s hard to keep… Read More

  • Facebook Snaps Off Another All-Time High, Closing Regular Trading Worth $88.86 Per Share

    Facebook Snaps Off Another All-Time High, Closing Regular Trading Worth $88.86 Per Share

    Facebook set an all-time high today, closing at $88.86 per share, valuing the company at just under $250 billion. Positive analyst sentiment has helped propel the company’s shares in recent days. Facebook traded around $82 as recently as last Friday, making its fresh heights even more notable — a few points for a company as valuable as Facebook mean billions in value being… Read More

  • HubSpot Takes Its CRM Tool Out Of Beta

    HubSpot Takes Its CRM Tool Out Of Beta

    HubSpot, a company best known for its marketing tools, took its CRM product out of beta today. According to the firm, some 60,000 companies used the tool during its beta period. The product is free, but HubSpot’s sales “acceleration” tool, Sidekick, will run you $50 per seat, per month. Read More

  • Here’s What Windows 10 Will Cost Abroad If You Don’t Snag A Free Upgrade

    Here’s What Windows 10 Will Cost Abroad If You Don’t Snag A Free Upgrade

    We’ve known for some time that Windows 10 will cost either $119 or $199 in the U.S. once the year-long free upgrade period ends. The price differential, of course, is predicated on which version you select. However, until now, international prices have been somewhat occluded. Read More

  • Box And IBM Ink Wide-Ranging Cloud Partnership

    Box And IBM Ink Wide-Ranging Cloud Partnership

    IBM is going Levie. This evening, Box and IBM announced a partnership that will see their technologies integrated, and their cloud products commingled. As part of the arrangement, Box will also offer its customers the ability to store their data on IBM’s cloud, which will have — I checked with the firm — 46 data centers around the world by the end of the year. The deal has… Read More

  • Haha, Microsoft’s Windows 10 Upgrade Path For Pirates Is Confusing As Shit

    Haha, Microsoft’s Windows 10 Upgrade Path For Pirates Is Confusing As Shit

    If you didn’t keep your ear to the page this weekend, especially regarding the news that relates to how Microsoft will allow — or not! — folks that pirated previous versions of Windows to get, or not, Windows 10, I am here to help. However, you can’t stop poetry in motion, and you also can’t write a better story than reality, so to save time, here’s… Read More

  • Addappt Doubles Down On Android And Its Larger Corporate Thesis

    Addappt Doubles Down On Android And Its Larger Corporate Thesis

    The kids over at Addappt are back with a new build of their contact app for Android, so I snagged Mrinal Desai, a founder of the startup to dig into just what is new, why we might care, and where the company is headed. The below builds off our last TechCrunch interview with Desai, trying to divine how the app would grow on the Android platform. Now Desai is back to explain how that… Read More

  • CrunchWeek: Microsoft Cuts Fat, FitBit’s IPO Slays, And E3

    CrunchWeek: Microsoft Cuts Fat, FitBit’s IPO Slays, And E3

    Hello, friends, and welcome back to another round of CrunchWeek. This time around the white table room, Kyle Russell, Sarah Buhr, and your humble servant gathered to dig into the recent FitBit IPO, Microsoft’s internal shakeup, and something that the gaming kids call E3. As a small note, this is Kyle’s last episode of CrunchWeek, and his last video with us at all. We’re going… Read More

  • Fitbit Spikes More Than 50% In IPO Debut

    Fitbit Spikes More Than 50% In IPO Debut

    Fitbit went public this morning, soaring more than 50 percent at one moment. The wearables firm priced its equity at $20 per share. Early trading saw the shares crest the $30 mark. At the time of writing, Fitibit is currently trading for $29.60, a 48 percent gain. Regardless, the company is having the sort of debut that most startups dream of. It’s worth keeping in mind that Fitbit… Read More

  • What Did Microsoft Do Today?

    If you are a bit behind on the day’s Microsoft news, and there is quite a lot of it, TechCrunch is here to fill you in. We cut the above video to get you up to speed in quick fashion. Keep in mind that at a company as large as Microsoft, people are constantly coming and going. Today’s exits, however, are of a more important caliber: When members of Microsoft’s… Read More

  • Let’s Impair That Goodwill, Part 2

    Let’s Impair That Goodwill, Part 2

    Microsoft fired a number of executives today, including Stephen Elop, an executive that returned to the company following a tenure as Nokia’s CEO. Elop made his way back to Redmond after Microsoft bought the majority of Nokia’s hardware assets. And thus did Microsoft’s phone chickens come home to roost, and temporarily impair the company’s earnings per share. Read More

  • Microsoft Shakes Up Its Leadership And Internal Structure As Its Fiscal Year Comes To A Close

    Microsoft Shakes Up Its Leadership And Internal Structure As Its Fiscal Year Comes To A Close

    Update: For a #hottake, we made you a #video so that you can enjoy more #content! This morning Microsoft announced changes to its organizational structure and leadership team. Some of its most senior executives are departing, and the company is shifting internal teams in what the company described as a change to better match its personnel to its strategy, according to a memo published both… Read More

  • Apple Taps MobileIron To Help It Deploy iPad Apps Into The Enterprise

    Apple Taps MobileIron To Help It Deploy iPad Apps Into The Enterprise

    Apple is working with mobile device management shop MobileIron to help deploy applications into the enterprise. The collaborative effort is part of a larger enterprise push by Apple that has it working with IBM and a number of other firms that sell products into the enterprise. Read More

  • Box Integrates Into Office Online As The Cloud Company’s Bromance With Microsoft Continues

    Box Integrates Into Office Online As The Cloud Company’s Bromance With Microsoft Continues

    Box has integrated into Microsoft’s Office Online product, burrowing the enterprise file storage and sharing company deeper into the latter firm’s cloud productivity offering. Previously, Box integrated into Microsoft’s Office 365 product. The move is a win for both firms: Box is now an easier sale to potential customers, presuming that those potential users are also… Read More

  • Reveal Picks Up $1.5M To Bring Cryptocurrency To The Mobile-Social Space

    Reveal, a startup focused on the mobile-social space, has raised a $1.5 million seed round. The capital event was led by Resolute Ventures, and participated in by Digital Currency Group and Boost VC, among others. The startup’s app is notable for two things: It’s interesting, and fun question and answer format, and that the company is using a cryptocurrency, backed by its own… Read More

  • So Far Net Neutrality Hasn’t Broken The Internet

    So Far Net Neutrality Hasn’t Broken The Internet

    The FCC’s net neutrality rules took effect last Friday, and TechCrunch is content to report that the broader technology landscape did not melt down. A court denied a requested stay of the rules last week, setting the order live as expected. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, in a statement, called the new regulations “a huge victory for Internet consumers and innovators.” Pre-echoing… Read More

  • Hillary Clinton Takes Social Media Cues From Obama

    Hillary Clinton Takes Social Media Cues From Obama

    President Barack Obama changed campaign history by embracing social media in 2008. Now former Senator, Secretary of State, and First Lady Hilary Clinton has taken note and launched a full-court press of digital and social media for her own presidential effort. In the time since her campaign formally cracked off, Clinton has taken to Twitter, of course, but also Snapchat, Spotify, Instagram… Read More

  • Former Kleiner Kid Matt Murphy Heads To Menlo Ventures

    Former Kleiner Kid Matt Murphy Heads To Menlo Ventures

    Matt Murphy, formerly of Kleiner Perkins, is joining Menlo Ventures. The latter firm is currently investing a new $400 million fund. Murphy led Kleiner’s investment into Aerohive Networks, which is currently public, and has been involved with Egnyte, a firm that is looking to go public next year. Kleiner has become best known recently for gender bias suit filed by former denizen… Read More

  • Box Spikes 9% On Strong FQ1 Revenue Growth, Improving Margins

    Box Spikes 9% On Strong FQ1 Revenue Growth, Improving Margins

    Today following the bell, Box reported its fiscal first-quarter financial performance, including revenue of $65.6 million and adjusted earnings per share of negative $0.28. The street had expected Box to lose an adjusted $0.31 per share on revenue of $63.7 million. The company had forecasted between $63 million and $64 million in revenue. The company’s shares, up sharply in regular… Read More

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