Alexia Tsotsis

Alexia Tsotsis
Alexia Tsotsis is the co-editor of TechCrunch. She attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA, majoring in Writing and Painting, and moved to New York City shortly after graduation to work in the media industry. After four years of living in New York and attending courses at New York University, she returned to Los Angeles in order to continue her career in new media, first as LA Weekly’s Internet culture reporter, and then as SF Weekly’s web editor. Before she joined TechCrunch in 2010, Alexia ran the SFweekly website from San Francisco, staying on top of the tech scene and human behavior in the digital age. At TechCrunch, Alexia covers young companies, and has had the opportunity to interview everyone from Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom to former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. In 2011, Alexia made the Forbes “30 Under 30: Rising Stars of Media List.” In 2012 she was promoted to Co-EIC of TechCrunch. Her Twitter bio reads, “Breaks news and hearts.” Disclosures: I own Aol stock, diversified investments via ETFs and Mutual Funds, and shares in Facebook, Yahoo and Twitter. I am a board member of MAS, a non-profit design lab in Los Angeles. I'm also in a relationship with a VC at General Catalyst Partners. Whenever there is the potential for real or perceived conflict in what I write about, I promise to bring it up, and link back here. CrunchBase profile →

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  • "Good On Video" Is The New "Good On Paper" With YC-Funded Hirehive And YCommonApp

    "Good On Video" Is The New "Good On Paper" With YC-Funded Hirehive And YCommonApp

    “Good on paper” just became “good on video” with the latest double launch from the Ycombinator crew. With Hirehive, founders Dave Albert and Nick Bergson-Shilcoc are attempting to replace at least some part of the unwieldy hiring process with browser based video questionnaires, on a web platform where applicants can submit video, text or image responses. Read More

  • How To Get Our Attention, A Case Study

    How To Get Our Attention, A Case Study

    Many a post has come before this one on the special adventure that is pitching TechCrunch. And while most of our writers have their own personal preferences (Please don’t call my cell before 7 a.m. unless you’re Google, and you’re buying Twitter. And you’ve made breakfast in bed.) there’s definitely a right and wrong way to ping tips@techcrunch if you’re… Read More

  • The New Games People Play: How Game Mechanics Have Changed In The Age Of Social

    The New Games People Play: How Game Mechanics Have Changed In The Age Of Social

    The crux behind game mechanics is the feeling that you’ve accomplished something; “If you’re clicking on a plot of land or a musical note that is an accomplishment” says Social Gaming Network’s Shervin Pishevar. The new social gaming gives you the opportunity to share these goals with your social graph so that many people see them, as well as the chance to work… Read More

  • Top Ten of Couponing for Tech Startups

    The Coupon Network: Everything You Need To Know About The Web’s Hottest Business Model

    Due to the proliferation of deals sites like Groupon and Livingsocial, couponing is currently the hottest new thing on the Internet. At yesterday’s Social Currency CrunchUp, TechCrunch’s CEO and resident coupon expert Heather Harde sat down with News America Marketing VP Ginny Byrnes to dispense couponing advice to startups, tend to approach the problem from a technical perspective. Read More

  • Chamillionaire Just Wants Your Business Card

    Chamillionaire Just Wants Your Business Card

    Grammy award winning artist Chamillionaire (a.k.a Hakeem Seriki) has become a regular at tech conferences, perhaps because the hustle and flow culture of the rap business and the hustle and flow culture of the tech business are surprisingly similar. His stories of struggles between artists and music labels are resonant to anyone who’s experienced the relationship intricacies of startups… Read More

  • Rule Your Work Productivity With RULE.fm

    It’s takes a certain type of person to get excited about a work productivity tool. Mark Nielsen and Patrick Carmitchel, unsatisfied with 37Signals‘ Basecamp, have decided to disrupt the productivity software industry, says Nielsen “We decided we’d rather not see the light of day for awhile than have to live with knowing that with just a little bit of creative, a pinch… Read More

  • InMobi Wants The World With Its Mobile Ads, Not Just The U.S.

    Today at our Social Currency CrunchUp in Palo Alto, CA, James Lamberti, VP of Global Research and Marketing for InMobi, sat down with our Michael Arrington to tell us a bit about mobile advertising. InMobi is the largest independent mobile ad network in the world. Overall, they’re number two behind Google’s AdMob. That earned them an $8 million investment from Kleiner Perkins… Read More

  • Layoffs, Reshuffle at OneRiot

    Social search site OneRiot just announced layoffs and staff restructuring on its company blog, in a post entitled “Welcome to the future, it’s coming fast.” Now, being agile also necessitates making some tough decisions too, if they are the right thing for the company right now. Unfortunately, today, we have had to let a handful of well respected colleagues go. This is a… Read More

  • Groupon Was Almost A Slippers With Flashlights Company

    According to GroupOn CEO Andrew Mason who is on stage right now at Social Currency CrunchUp, GroupOn was originally a side project Mason started in order to make money, “We tried a zillion things” Mason said. Including selling slippers with flashlights, which Mason describes as “act of desperation, pretty impressive considering that the company is currently making $365 million… Read More

  • Paul Graham and Ron Conway on Merger and Acquisitions of Startups

    Social Currency CrunchUp Live

    Good morning from the TechCrunch Social Currency CrunchUp at the Stanford Campus, where many of Silicon Valley’s most seasoned entrepreneurs and investors are joining us to discuss the future of coupons, social commerce, virtual goods, gaming mechanics, and a range of other timely topics. We’re streaming the event in its entirety live on Ustream. Read More

  • Google Confirms: We're Not Currently Blocked In China

    We’ve just received word from Google confirming that they are not currently blocked in China and that a server issue was most likely the cause of their dashboard misread. One month ago, Google put up their watered-down engine to avoid being shut down completely in China. Because the Chinese government did not like the auto redirect to Google Hong Kong which was previously in place, the… Read More

  • Users Say Google Is Not Blocked In China, Google Says Otherwise

    According to the Mainland China service availability page it looks like Google Web Search, Google Images and Google News are down in China, again. In fact if you parse the chart it looks like just about the only thing still up is Gmail. However reports on Twitter say other wise, as many users claim that the service is working fine. We also tested Google.com on Webpulse and received a big thumbs… Read More

  • Vlado Herman Steps Up As New Yelp CFO

    Former Yelp VP of Finance/Administration Vlado Herman takes a step up the ladder and becomes, as of today, Yelp’s Chief Financial Officer. The Yelp Blog introduces his promotion with an adorable poem: Read More

  • Google's Latest Search Story Makes Having A Baby Seem Really Depressing

    Google’s Search Stories campaign is meticulously engineering to be relatable and tug at your heartstrings. Their latest, “New Baby,” portrays the “joys and costs” of parenting perhaps a little too well, heavy on the latter. So you’re clueless and your wife is pregnant and crazy and you have to sell your precious vinyl collection to be able to afford twins… Read More

  • Y Combinator Backed GazeHawk Heatmaps With Web Cams

    Y Combinator Backed GazeHawk Heatmaps With Web Cams

    You’ve normally got two choices in site heatmapping (figuring out where eyeballs land on your site), you can either buy costly specialized equipment ($40K) or pay a consultant to come into your office and use their own equipment, which costs upwards of 5k dollars. Y Combinator funded GazeHawk has figured out a more pared down and innovative solution: Why not use webcams? Co-founded by… Read More

  • Postcards Go Virtual With SwingVine Gallery For The iPhone

    People don’t send postcards anymore. Why bother when you can photo MMS a friend? Attempting to restore some of the social experience behind photography. SwingVine has created SwingVine Gallery an app that attempts to bring back some of the mystique and enjoyment of social photo sharing, sort of like a mobile photo game of tag. Using your iPhone’s camera and GPS, the SwingVine… Read More

  • Hacker Proves Facebook's Public Data Is Public

    Security specialist Ron Bowes has once again proven how easy it is to glean valuable user information from Facebook, by spidering Facebook’s online directory and compiling it all into one neat little torrent that could be downloaded off his site, SkullSecurity.com. Bowes created a torrent containing over 171 million entries with links to profiles that provide access to the names… Read More

  • More People, And Inevitably Scammers, Are Using Twitter

    2010 thus far has been a year of milestones in terms of online population, with Facebook hitting 500 million active users and Twitter reaching 100 million users. This growth explosion is not without its dark side; a rising tide lifts all boats, even the more miscreant ones. According to a report by Barracuda Labs, both general and questionable activity is increasing on Twitter, due primarily… Read More

  • Eric Schmidt: The World Doesn't Need A Copy Of The Same Thing

    By this point everyone and their mother knows that Google is trying to make a Facebook-type social networking service. It’s been confirmed by Quora’s Adam D’ Angelo, given an ETA by a source internal to Google, and a name, “Google Me” by Kevin Rose. And now the The Wall Street Journal reports that Google is trying to get a piece of the Facebook pie, the filling… Read More

  • Turn Your Blog Into An iPad Web App With PadPressed

    Created by Jason Baptiste, PadPressed is a WordPress plugin that makes any WordPress blog look like a native iPad app when accessed from iPad. Bestowing upon your humble blog the iPad features we’ve come to know and love such as “swipe to advance” articles, touch navigation, accelerometer positioning and home screen icon support when you’re really jonseing for that… Read More