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: Slack, Diversity, And Have You Heard Of Apple?

    Welcome back to CrunchWeek, friends. We are glad that you are here. Very glad in fact, because the TC crew has new digs. New in that we just rebuilt a large chunk of the office — not new in that it’s the same space as before. But now it’s better, so we dragooned Megan Rose Dickey and Lucas Matney to come in and chat about the week’s most important stories… Read More

  • Box Slips After Earnings Beat

    Box Slips After Earnings Beat

    Quick hit here, friends. After Box, a cloud storage and file sharing shop, reported better-than-expected earnings yesterday, its shares suffered despite a generally positive session for domestic equities. This is slightly surprising, given that Box enjoyed a healthy multi-point bump Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: A Reprise

    This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: A Reprise

    Hey friends, and welcome back to a partially new episode of the TechCrunch bitcoin podcast, better known as TCBTC. A few weeks back, this little show hosted Jason Rowley on the program, shooting video in the mix. However, due to production overlaps, we didn’t get the full audio version up. So, without further ado, here is our show with Mr. Rowley, in proper sonic format. If you… Read More

  • Box Beats In Its FQ2 With $73.5M In Revenue And Lower-Than-Expected Loss, Bolsters Full-Year Guidance

    Box Beats In Its FQ2 With $73.5M In Revenue And Lower-Than-Expected Loss, Bolsters Full-Year Guidance

    Following the bell, and Apple’s massive media meltdown, Box detailed its fiscal second-quarter financial performance. In the period, the company lost $0.28 per share, using adjusted metrics. The company recorded revenue of $73.5 million during the fiscal period. The street had expected Box to lose an adjusted $0.29 per share, on revenue of $69.81 million. Read More

  • Here’s How Apple’s New Surface Compares To Microsoft’s Surface And Some Laptop

    Here’s How Apple’s New Surface Compares To Microsoft’s Surface And Some Laptop

    Apple announced a new iPad today at its media event. Yes, the iPad Pro is real, matching the various leaked statistics that have rattled around the media-scape for weeks. Pro users can pick up an external keyboard, and a stylus that Apple calls Pencil (capital P, of course). If that sounds familiar, it should. Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 can be kitted out in similar fashion, though its… Read More

  • This Week On Bullish: To Correct Or Not Correct, That Is The Question

    Hello and welcome back to Bullish, TechCrunch’s first talk show. This week we’re digging into the financial markets, the disconnect between public and private valuations, and, of course, how the venture capital community is reacting to a turbulent marketplace. Joining us this week is Maha Ibrahim, a venture capitalist at Canaan Partners, an important finance shop that recently… Read More

  • Microsoft Details Surface Enterprise Push Ahead Of Apple Event

    Microsoft Details Surface Enterprise Push Ahead Of Apple Event

    Ah, the Apple press cycle, when other technology companies either try to preempt Cupertino’s news or bury their own nasty bits inside of the media whirlwind. Today, Microsoft announced several things relating to the enterprise that come, it appears, only a few dozen hours before Apple announces a new iPad, aimed at corporate customers. The Redmond-based software shop has formed a deal… Read More

  • The Clinton Campaign Taps Silicon Valley Talent As 2016 Approaches

    The Clinton Campaign Taps Silicon Valley Talent As 2016 Approaches

    The Clinton campaign’s CTO, Stephanie Hannon is a former Google executive, meaning that she is well-versed in the arcana of Silicon Valley. Hannon’s job — assemble a world-class technology team on the fly, build a broad set of technology products that help the campaign win, and do it without traditional recruiting tools like stock options — won’t be… Read More

  • Microsoft Confirms Purchase Of Cloud Security Firm Adallom

    Microsoft Confirms Purchase Of Cloud Security Firm Adallom

    Microsoft announced this morning that it purchased cloud security firm Adallom. According to sources familiar with the matter, the deal cost the Redmond-based software giant $250 million. That dollar amount is below previously reported figures pegging the value of the purchase north of $300 million. The deal was originally reported in July of this year. Given the time it took for Microsoft… Read More

  • A Few Thoughts On The BlackBerry-Good Technology Deal

    A Few Thoughts On The BlackBerry-Good Technology Deal

    So much for that IPO, I suppose. Good Technology, a long-time IPO candidate with reams of public financial data, was snapped up by BlackBerry this morning for $425 million. You might think that the number isn’t too bad. It is: The company raised $291 million from investors. So its sale is nearly certainly a down-exit, compared to its late private valuations. Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: You Spilled Maple Syrup On My Cryptocurrency

    This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: You Spilled Maple Syrup On My Cryptocurrency

    Hello friends, and welcome back to TCBTC, TechCrunch’s premier and Most Excellent bitcoin podcast. This week we are back on audio, our own John Biggs has returned to us, and we even called in a friend to help. We spent a chunk of time discussing how bitcoin is disrupting the fruit market, why you can’t mind bitcoin on your iPhone, and, of course, what the heck is going on in… Read More

  • Apple, Google, Other Silicon Valley Tech Giants Ordered To Pay $415M In No-Poaching Suit

    Apple, Google, Other Silicon Valley Tech Giants Ordered To Pay $415M In No-Poaching Suit

    United States District Judge Lucy Koh today approved a $415 million settlement in the Silicon Valley no-poaching case. The dollar figure comes after a previous $324 million settlement was rejected as being too low. More than 64,000 workers are part of the case. The suit stems from a secret agreement among large tech firms like Google, Apple and Intel to not poach employees from one another. Read More

  • Windows 10 Picks Up Global Market Share Following Debut, Finds Quick Adoption By Gamers

    Windows 10 Picks Up Global Market Share Following Debut, Finds Quick Adoption By Gamers

    Windows 10 has completed a full month in the market following its formal release, meaning that we have new data to parse regarding its in-market performance. There are several figures to consider: Adoption by gamers, a power-user subset; usage share, as measured by StatCounter; and market share from NetMarketShare. Read More

  • This Week On Bullish: Bitcoin Is Coming To A Block Near You

    Hello friends, and welcome back to another episode of Bullish, TechCrunch’s first talk show. This week, Sonny Singh of Bitpay swung by TCSFHQ to help us dig into the current commercial side of bitcoin: Is the pace of adoption accelerating, is bitcoin’s community itself becoming stronger, and, of course, where do both Bitpay and Sonny land in the Great Block Size Debate. At stake… Read More

  • Shaken Markets Bring Down Public Tech Shares As Some Recent IPOs Set New Record Lows

    Shaken Markets Bring Down Public Tech Shares As Some Recent IPOs Set New Record Lows

    If you work for a tech company, you are probably poorer today than you were yesterday. In the midst of a broader selloff, technology as an industry managed a roughly flat performance, as measured by Google Finance’s tech category. However, among the firms that we discuss and cover the most here at TechCrunch, things were a bit more rough. We recently published a short piece of… Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: The Number 8

    TCBTC, TechCrunch’s bitcoin podcast is back this week, on video, with a special guest, and no John Biggs. All that is fun, aside from the lack of Biggs. Jason Rowley, the person who actually got me into bitcoin originally was on hand, taking us through a meeting that he and I had with a member of the Chinese mining community about the future of bitcoin. All told, we had a fun time. If… Read More

  • CrunchWeek: Tech Stocks Fumble, Facebook Announces ‘M,’ And YouTube Takes On Twitch

    Welcome back to another episode of CrunchWeek. We’re very glad that you are here. This time ’round, our fearless Matthew Lynley headed the ship, while our own Josh Constine and your humble servant were on hand to help out along the way. We dug into the very turbulent global markets, and what that means for technology shares, along with a dive into the latest from Facebook, and… Read More

  • Mobile Gaming Live-Streaming Service Mobcrush Has Raised Around $10M

    Mobile Gaming Live-Streaming Service Mobcrush Has Raised Around $10M

    We’ve heard from sources that Mobcrush, a live-streaming service centered around mobile games much in the same way Twitch is known for streaming popular eSports desktop games, has raised around $10 million in new financing, though the number could have gone beyond that. Mobcrush’s bet is that mobile game streaming will be as big — if not bigger — than some of the… Read More

  • IBM’s Dr. John Kelly Is Bringing Watson To Disrupt SF

    IBM’s Dr. John Kelly Is Bringing Watson To Disrupt SF

    IBM’s Dr. John Kelly is joining the TechCrunch crew onstage at this year’s Disrupt SF. But he won’t be alone. Instead, Kelly is bringing Watson along with him. Watson is an IBM project that answers questions using artificial intelligence to accept and process natural language queries. It became known to the public for its exploits in the Jeopardy game show, if you recall. Read More

  • Say Hello To Windows 10 Build 10532

    Say Hello To Windows 10 Build 10532

    If you are part of the Windows Insider program, Microsoft’s tool to get new code into the hands of its hardcore users ahead of the general public, you get a treat today: Windows 10 build 10532. Yes, another Windows 10 build. So, what’s new? Core to the new build are improved menus, which should provide a bit more harmonic fit. Also up is the ability to share notes from the… Read More

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