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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  • Microsoft To Show Off The Consumer And Mobile Faces Of Windows 10 Today

    Microsoft To Show Off The Consumer And Mobile Faces Of Windows 10 Today

    Microsoft will today show off and demonstrate the mobile, and consumer-facing elements of its Windows 10 operating system. The company previously demoed, and released the corporate side of the same OS last year. Windows 10 represents Microsoft’s attempt to unify its core platform to work across device categories. The “OneCore” effort is something that will bring Windows 10… Read More

  • In A Strategic Shift, Egnyte Treads Closer To IPO Territory

    In A Strategic Shift, Egnyte Treads Closer To IPO Territory

    Egnyte, a provider of enterprise file management products, is shifting its strategy to place itself between a company’s datacenter and its cloud storage provider. Previously, the company tried to be a cloud storage solution that worked with a firm’s current on-premises file system. Now, Egnyte wants to become the intelligence layer between any company’s current storage system… Read More

  • Tastebud Acquires SocialCrunch In All-Stock Deal To Further Its Mobile Push Into Physical Retail

    Tastebud Acquires SocialCrunch In All-Stock Deal To Further Its Mobile Push Into Physical Retail

    Tastebud, a company that builds mobile loyalty applications for retailers, has acquired SocialCrunch. Both firms hail from Chicago. SocialCrunch was a graduate of TechStars in 2013, raising $785,000 in its lifetime. The deal was an all-stock transaction. SocialCrunch, for those unfamiliar, collected data on consumer sentiment through quizzes, allowing the firm to track trends. One report on… Read More

  • The Seed Bubble Has Popped

    The Seed Bubble Has Popped

    New data published today by Mattermark CEO and co-founder Danielle Morrill concerning the venture capital industry paints a relatively stiff picture: Seed rounds are taking it on the chin. More precisely, according to Mattermark, the number of seed rounds in 2014 fell compared to 2013, and the trend is accelerating. Read More

  • Facebook At Work, Box IPO & Google Glass

    CrunchWeek: Facebook Goes Corporate, Box Prices, And Glass Skids To A Halt

    It’s Friday and that means CrunchWeek. This week Colleen Taylor, Kyle Russell and myself sat around the Small White Table to discuss Facebook’s new corporate communication product, Box’s IPO price and Google’s big changes to its Glass hardware program. Read More

  • Here’s The GOP’s Net Neutrality Bill

    Here’s The GOP’s Net Neutrality Bill

    The text of the proposed GOP net neutrality bill is out. The larger technology community is still digesting its various proposals. Here’s what I got from a first read. Read More

  • Sprint Says Strict Net Neutrality Rules Won’t Disrupt Its Infrastructure Investments

    Sprint Says Strict Net Neutrality Rules Won’t Disrupt Its Infrastructure Investments

    As you must have heard, if the FCC institutes strict net neutrality regulations, and especially if it uses its authority under Title II of the Communications Act, investment in Internet service infrastructure will catastrophically decrease, gutting improvements of our nation’s private data backbone. Read More

  • Game Developers Report Growing Profits And Interest In Esports

    Game Developers Report Growing Profits And Interest In Esports

    The gaming industry appears to be in strong shape, according to a recent survey of 2,000 North American developers. The study, conducted by the Game Developers Conference, states that 41 percent of developers reported higher profits in 2014 than the year before. Only 9 percent indicated that their profits declined. The remaining developers were either flat, year-over-year, or unsure. Hiring… Read More

  • Intel Dips After Its Weak Q1 Guidance Overshadows Strong Q4 Results

    Intel Dips After Its Weak Q1 Guidance Overshadows Strong Q4 Results

    Intel reported its fourth-quarter financial performance today, including revenue of $14.72 billion and profit per share of $0.74. Both figures beat expectations: The street had expected $14.70 billion in revenue and $0.66 in profit. But neither the company’s narrow profit beat, nor its wider profit beat, have sent its shares higher in after-hours trading. Rather, at issue is its… Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: The Crash

    This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: The Crash

    Welcome to the very first episode of TCBTC, TechCrunch’s new, weekly, bitcoin-focused podcast. It has been a turbulent 2015 thus far for the cryptocurrency, making it a perfect moment to take stock of the year’s price swings and make a few predictions about what is coming next. Read More

  • GOP Net Neutrality Proposal Draws Ire, Praise

    GOP Net Neutrality Proposal Draws Ire, Praise

    A preliminary Congressional GOP net neutrality plan earned modest praise today from the Internet Association, while Senator Al Franken tried to rally his troops this morning in the opposite direction. Congressional hearings on net neutrality are planned for next week. The Internet Association, which counts Facebook and Uber as members, managed to produce a lukewarm statement concerning the… Read More

  • Obama Calls On The FCC To Clear The Way For Community Broadband

    Obama Calls On The FCC To Clear The Way For Community Broadband

    Municipal broadband is a rapidly heating battleground among the president, his administration, and Congressional and FCC Republicans. Should all cities and communities be free to build municipal broadband networks to serve their citizens? The issue is perhaps surprisingly contentious. In a speech this morning, President Obama called for a full-court press against rules that bar communities… Read More

  • BlackBerry’s Shares Drop 15% After Denying Samsung Acquisition Rumor

    BlackBerry’s Shares Drop 15% After Denying Samsung Acquisition Rumor

    This is a snapshot of BlackBerry’s public shares, which spiked nearly 30 percent at the very end of trading today after rumors spun that Samsung “recently approached” the company for a potential $7.5 billion pickup. Read More

  • Bitcoin’s Price Falls Further Amid Record Transaction Volume

    Bitcoin’s Price Falls Further Amid Record Transaction Volume

    You can purchase a bitcoin for just over $185 at the moment, a price that is down nearly 8 percent in the last hour, and 46.7 percent in the last month. Of course, you can pick any price timeframe you want, but it’s fair to say that bitcoin’s dollar value has had a rough time of it in recent days. Read More

  • The PC Market Stabilizes

    The PC Market Stabilizes

    Is the PC market growing or shrinking? It depends on who you ask. As TechCrunch wrote yesterday, tracking firm Gartner reports that PC sales were up 1 percent globally in the final quarter of 2014. However, IDC, another company that keeps tabs on the sales of electronics, noted a 2.4 percent decline. I highlight both numbers as they are essentially a wash — Gartner claims 83.75… Read More

  • Climate Change-Denying Senator Ted Cruz Will Oversee NASA

    Climate Change-Denying Senator Ted Cruz Will Oversee NASA

    Senator Ted Cruz of Texas will chair the Senate subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, providing him with an oversight role of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, better known as NASA. That slight twinge you felt was the proper emotion. The Senator, by way of a single example, tried to reduce NASA funding to be, in his view, compliant with a Federal spending cut. Read More

  • Micro PC X7A Modular Computer

    Break Down And Rebuild This Little Computer In Moments

    During a 40 minute trawl through the CES floors with TechCrunch’s Frederic Lardinois, we ran into Xi3, a company that makes small, modular computers. It turns out you can fit a full PC into pretty much any size, or shape box. Meet the X7A! We forgot to ask about the decor, but the company seems to be building some pretty cool stuff. Spoiler: I have to assemble a computer on camera. Read More

  • Box Finally Ready To Hit Go On IPO

    Box Finally Ready To Hit Go On IPO

    Box filed its S-1 indicating it was ready to go public on March 24th last year. More than 9 months later, Box has at long last announced its share pricing, signalling the road show to Wall Street is ready to start — finally. But the 9-month waiting period was really only part of the story. Box is the quintessential start-up story, conceived in a dorm room by childhood friends, Aaron… Read More

  • Box’s Conservative IPO Pricing Is Not Surprising

    Box’s Conservative IPO Pricing Is Not Surprising

    Today Box priced its IPO with a proposed range of $11 to $13 per share. Box intends to sell 12.5 million shares in its offering. Its road show comes after a long delay in the company’s offering, during which it raised an additional $150 million of capital. According to the current filing, its maximum aggregate sale is $186.9 million. Box originally filed to raise as much as $250… Read More

  • Sources: Good Technology Axes More Than 100 Jobs

    Sources: Good Technology Axes More Than 100 Jobs

    According to multiple sources, Good Technology, a company that sells mobile device management services, has laid off more than 100, and perhaps as many as 140 of its staff. According to LinkedIn, the company has more than 1,000 employees, making it a significant reduction to its workforce, if the rumor is correct. Good Technology filed for a $100 million IPO in May of last year. Its… Read More

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