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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  • CrunchWeek: Apple Built A Watch, Zynga Recycles CEOs, And HBO Cuts The Cord

    Welcome to another Friday and another episode of CrunchWeek. This week we had a treat in that two-thirds of our staff’s Sarahs sat down to dig in and rake over the news. We presume that you are bleary eyed due to staying up all night trying to fend off both nerds and tech press — redundant though the juxtaposition may be — to order an Apple watch. Also popping this week… Read More

  • In Depth With Portfolio, The App That Wants To Take On Yahoo Finance

    There is more to mobile apps than games, and Portfolio, co-founded by TechCrunch alum Ben Schaechter, wants to upend the financial application space. The company launched its iOS application three weeks ago, and has seen quick early adoption, spurred on in part with App Store love from Apple. Portfolio is a simple way to track the American financial markets and individual trades. The app… Read More

  • Vulcun Takes On $12M To Grow The Fantasy Esports Market

    Vulcun Takes On $12M To Grow The Fantasy Esports Market

    Fantasy sports is big business. Fantasy esports is a smaller, but quickly growing younger sibling. Vulcun, currently boasting a multi-million-dollar prize pool, wants to make fantasy esports the next big thing, and now has the cash on hand to pull off its dream: A host of venture capital firms and angels just participated in a $12 million Series A round of capital for the company. I spoke… Read More

  • Informatica Could Feel A Tight Squeeze From Its New Owners

    Informatica Could Feel A Tight Squeeze From Its New Owners

    Informatica was sold yesterday to private equity firm, Permira and The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, a rather strange mix of investors. The selling price was $5.3B and published reports suggest that it might not have been Informatica’s wish to be sold. What’s done is done, however, and the question is can this profitable company stay that way owned by a traditionally… Read More

  • Zynga Drops 8% After Hours On News That Former CEO Mark Pincus Will Return To Lead The Firm

    Zynga Drops 8% After Hours On News That Former CEO Mark Pincus Will Return To Lead The Firm

    He’s back. Today, following the cessation of trading, Zynga announced that its former CEO Mark Pincus will return to the role. Now-prior CEO Don Mattrick is out of two chairs: The one atop the company’s leadership structure and his seat on the board. The company’s shares fell more than 10 percent in the wake of the news, but have since recovered to a more modest negative… Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Rand Paul And Bitcoin’s Soul

    This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Rand Paul And Bitcoin’s Soul

    We are back for another episode of TCBTC, TechCrunch’s bitcoin podcast, a show that John Biggs and I put on because, well, cryptocurrencies are cool and we are not. This week we dug into Senator Rand Paul’s news, while also exploring some commercial applications of blockchains, and whining about the current Bitcoin v. Blockchain debate. Just another week in bitcoin. I don’t… Read More

  • Join FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler At Disrupt NY

    Join FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler At Disrupt NY

    FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will join TechCrunch at the Disrupt NY conference next month to chat about technology policy and a little thing you might have heard of called net neutrality. Wheeler has become at once a pariah and lauded leader in his role as chairman — most notably after his commission passed new net neutrality regulations on a party-line vote of 3-2. The congressional… Read More

  • Hands On With Microsoft’s Surface 3

    Microsoft is back at the well with a new Surface device, the Surface 3. If you’re familiar with the Surface Pro 3, which was released last year, you understand the Surface 3: It’s like the Pro 3 but smaller and less expensive. The new Surface will cost you $499 at base, a sharp discount from the lowest-tier Surface Pro 3 which tips the scale at $799. Microsoft hopes that it can… Read More

  • The Best Surface 3 Easter Egg

    The Best Surface 3 Easter Egg

    Today is Surface 3 review day for hardware kids — video incoming, I promise — meaning that the media is mostly getting its first full day with the new Microsoft tablet hybrid. The device is much as we expected it to be, a less expensive Surface Pro 3 in a smaller package. Most importantly, however, is the simple fact that you don’t to charge the Surface 3. Ever. Read More

  • With Tech, What’s Old Is New Again Crunch Network

    With Tech, What’s Old Is New Again

    Technology tends to run in cycles, and as it evolves some early failed attempts might be worth another look in the context of more modern infrastructure. In several instances lately, whether streaming video or meal delivery, everything old has become new again. Streaming Video? Been There, Done That Let’s start with video streaming darlings Meerkat and Periscope as a prime example… Read More

  • Wag Launches Its On-Demand Dog Walking App In San Francisco

    Wag Launches Its On-Demand Dog Walking App In San Francisco

    Wag, a startup that helps connect pet owners and dog walkers with a mobile app, has touched down in San Francisco. The company, formerly only in operation in Los Angeles, recently added the tip of the Bay Area as its second locale. Wag vets dog walkers using background checks, and then insures their activities. Dog owners can schedule walks for their dogs, and track their pooch… Read More

  • CrunchWeek: Shyp’s Fundraising, Microsoft’s Surface 3 And GoDaddy’s Massive IPO

    Welcome to another episode of CrunchWeek — a special one, as our brand-new reporter Matt Lynley joins us for the first time. We’re incredibly happy to have him on the team and the set. Aside from newkid and myself, Sarah Buhr were on hand to dig into the biggest stories of the week: Shyp’s massive capital raise, Microsoft’s new Surface device and… Read More

  • Microsoft Is Saying Exactly “Nothing” About The Surface Pro 4

    Microsoft Is Saying Exactly “Nothing” About The Surface Pro 4

    On the heels of announcing the Surface 3, Microsoft trotted over to Reddit for its now-traditional AMA dance with the folks. The Surface 3 is a smaller, less expensive iteration of the Surface Pro 3, which was released last year. The Pro 3’s commercial performance has been superior to its predecessors, making its successor all the more interesting as a potential. In the AMA, Microsoft… Read More

  • Freestyle Capital Locks Down $60M For Its Third Fund, Adds Jenny Lefcourt As Its Third Partner

    Freestyle Capital, a venture shop based in California, has locked down a $60 million third fund. The new infusion brings the firm’s total capital raised to $126 million. In addition to its new traunch, Freestyle has brought Jenny Lefcourt into its ranks as its third partner. The two founding Freestyle partners — Josh Felser and Dave Samuel — are regular judges at… Read More

  • Microsoft Brings Collaboration To New Office Tool Sway

    Microsoft Brings Collaboration To New Office Tool Sway

    Remember Sway? It’s a recent addition to Microsoft’s Office suite, blending together note taking, presenting, and now, collaboration. The software is notable in that it was launched first in-browser, a step away from the traditional, desktop-focused Office apps like Word and Excel. Sway was opened to the general public in December of 2014. At the time, Microsoft noted that it… Read More

  • This Is Why #Brands Should Not Make April Fools’ Jokes

    This Is Why #Brands Should Not Make April Fools’ Jokes

    Welcome to the stupidest week on technology’s religious calendar: April Fools’ week. This isn’t the worst week. That slot remains filled by the Vegas confab that shall not be named. But be prepared for the next bit to be bored by trivial jokes, written by committee, and then signed off on by PR teams to ensure that any soul that might have been present in the words has… Read More

  • Sinch Blasts To $60M Run Rate In 10 Months

    Sinch Blasts To $60M Run Rate In 10 Months

    The race to provide telecom services to developers of every stripe has a number of large, well-capitalized participants. New and quickly growing among the better-known names is Sinch, a company that was spun out of Rebtel just over 10 months ago. According to the firm, Sinch is now generating revenue at a $60 million run rate. Sinch started with certain advantages that are worth noting. It… Read More

  • Microsoft Announces Surface 3, A Cheaper, Thinner, Slower Surface Pro 3

    Microsoft Announces Surface 3, A Cheaper, Thinner, Slower Surface Pro 3

    Microsoft announced the Surface 3 today, a new edition to its Surface lineup of tablet-hybrids. The Surface 3 is best described as a  thinner, smaller, lighter, and less-powerful Surface Pro 3. The Surface 3 also costs less, starting at $499, sports a smaller, 10.8 inch screen, a claimed 10 hours of video playback on a single charge, and runs a full build of Windows that comes with a… Read More

  • Microsoft Releases Preview Of Its New Browser ‘Project Spartan’ In Fresh Windows 10 Build

    Microsoft Releases Preview Of Its New Browser ‘Project Spartan’ In Fresh Windows 10 Build

    Microsoft wasn’t kidding when it promised to ship Windows 10 builds more quickly. Today, less than two weeks after its last iteration, the company has kicked out a new build that contains an important new feature: Project Spartan. The new build’s number is 10047, up a total of 6 from the preceding release. Read More

  • Microsoft Jumps Into The Mobile Device Management Fray

    Microsoft Jumps Into The Mobile Device Management Fray

    Microsoft made good on its promise to add mobile device management (MDM) to its Office 365 productivity service, making the feature generally available today to commercial customers. Microsoft has added, in English, the ability for large companies to manage Office on the phones of their employees, regardless of whether the handset in use is a personal or corporate device. Read More

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