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**](http://www.crunchbase.com/person/alexia-tsotsis): 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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  • Groupon Was Almost A Slippers With Flashlights Company

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

  • Chatroulette Calls The PoPo And Crosses Fingers In Hopes Of Investment

    Chatroulette Calls The PoPo And Crosses Fingers In Hopes Of Investment

    Chatroulette founder Andrey Ternovskiy recently posted this strange missive detailing Chatroulette’s commitment to cleaning up its act. In battling the porn plague, Ternovskiy has resorted to tracking offending IP addresses and turning them into the police, among other things (I’m assuming the hilariously named “penis recognition software” wasn’t… Read More

  • Why Clicking On Cows Brings Us Closer Together

    Why Clicking On Cows Brings Us Closer Together

    A Facebook game about Facebook games was inevitable: Hence “Cow Clicker,” a spoof Facebook app created by game theorist Ian Bogost in an attempt to distill the appeal of Zynga games like FarmVille, Mafia Wars and FrontierVille. Between Scamville, Mark Pincus’ “every dirty trick in the book” comments, and a particularly unfortunate speech at the GDC, 2010 is the… Read More

  • Are We On The Cusp Of A Jailbroken App Revolution?

    Are We On The Cusp Of A Jailbroken App Revolution?

    The DMCA ruling won’t change things for the average iPhone user — the main difference being that jailbreakers now can’t be sued by Apple successfully under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Apple will continue their attempts to block the jailbroken phones with every iOS update and jailbreakers will keep getting more and more savvy, like a vicious cycle of digital cat… Read More

  • Delta's SkyClub Site Reimagined To Be Less Barf Bag Worthy

    Delta's SkyClub Site Reimagined To Be Less Barf Bag Worthy

    The airline industry is pretty much the worst offender in terms of being amenable to change, hence the large user experience holes filled by market distruptors like Virgin America, JetBlue, and Southwest. Aside from cloning Richard Branson or crossing your fingers in hopes that skunkworks will change things internally, what’s an old school airline executive to do? Read More

  • Oh, The Humanity: My Chatroulette Experience

    Oh, The Humanity: My Chatroulette Experience

    SFWeekly Web Editor Alexia Tsotsis (not pictured left) spent some time early this morning trying out Chatroulette, a website that connects random strangers for a video chat. The results are unlikely to surprise you. Unless you are new to this whole Internet thing. Screen shots of some of her more entertaining chats are below the post. Harkening back to the days of A/S/L, the random vidchat… Read More