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.

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  • Telegram Saw 8M Downloads After WhatsApp Got Acquired

    Telegram Saw 8M Downloads After WhatsApp Got Acquired

    The App Store is a strange and whimsical bedfellow. It is a kingmaker, but with that comes the tears of the anointed, the displaced and the never-rans. As an example of the store's fickle nature, Flappy Bird held the Free App pole position for so long that it could not handle the success, committing seppuku. Almost immediately three clones popped up to replace it, including "Flying Cyrus", a… Read More

  • WhatsApp Was Valued At ~$1.5B In Final Round Before Sale

    WhatsApp Was Valued At ~$1.5B In Final Round Before Sale

    WhatsApp did a great job of being surreptitious about its funding while growing into a messaging monster. But as they say, the truth always comes out. In this case, the truth is that the company had three rounds of financing, with Sequoia as the sole investor. According to documents unearthed by VC Experts, WhatsApp went from a $250k seed round in 2009 to an $8 million round at an ~$80 million… Read More

  • Entrepreneurship Barbie Isn’t A Bad Idea Actually

    Entrepreneurship Barbie Isn’t A Bad Idea Actually

    It's 1992. I am ten. I want to be an advertising executive when I grow up. I am watching a TV news segment about Barbie, "Teen Talk Barbie" specifically. Teen Talk Barbie says "Math class is tough" among other things like "Will we ever have enough clothes?" and "I love shopping!". Read More

  • Snapchat Hires Googler, “Pisses Off” His Googler Friends

    Snapchat Hires Googler, “Pisses Off” His Googler Friends

    This morning ephemeral messaging app Snapchat announced that it had poached a Googler, in addition to an Amazonian and a Facebooker. The company will be bringing Google App Engine director Peter Magnusson on board as VP of Engineering. Read More

  • Basis In Acquisition Talks With Everyone

    Basis In Acquisition Talks With Everyone

    Looks like Google might be ticking off a box on its wearables shopping list, or someone else might be. Basis Science, the company behind the Basis Health Tracker Watch, is on the market, according to two people familiar with the matter. Read More

  • RocksBox Gets A $1.5M Seed Round For Valentine’s Day

    RocksBox Gets A $1.5M Seed Round For Valentine’s Day

    Meaghan Rose wanted RocksBox to be a thing so badly that she singlehandedly built a WordPress site for the idea, and stocked it with her own jewelry. She sent out boxes of samples from her own closet so friends who wanted to participate could try on different looks. Rose and RocksBox have come a long way since the company’s beta launch during Thanksgiving 2012. The originally bootstrapped… Read More

  • Ronny Conway Closes His Over $51 Million Early Stage Fund

    Ronny Conway Closes His Over $51 Million Early Stage Fund

    Solo investor Ronny Conway has closed the early-stage fund he had left Andreessen Horowitz last year to raise. Back in September, Dan Primack had reported that the fund was at least $30 million in size, but it's $51 million, according to this SEC filing. Read More

  • Foundation: Hosain Rahman of Jawbone

    Jawbone Has A $600M Revenue Run Rate As It Paces To IPO

    Happy Thursday. Kara Swisher is reporting that Jawbone is in the process of raising $250 million from Twitter, Flipboard and Square investor Rizvi Traverse. We heard that the financing has closed, and that the deal actually got done a month and a half ago. Swisher's numbers (around $250 million at around a $3 billion valuation) are correct. Read More

  • Marc Andreessen: Tech Is Still Recovering From A Depression

    Marc Andreessen: Tech Is Still Recovering From A Depression

    Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, Palantir co-founder Joe Lonsdale and Goldman Sachs COO Gary Cohn sat down today at the Goldman Sachs conference in San Francisco, to talk about the thing investors always talk about: Tech. The Netscape founder, taking the same stance he’s had for years, was ever the ebullient optimist. (Because what else are VCs paid to do?) He argued that advances in… Read More

  • A Thousand Words About A Shaving Kit

    A Thousand Words About A Shaving Kit

    Tristan Walker has gone from oil trading to hawking shaving cream in six years. As an economics major at Stony Brook University in Long Island, Walker -- who was at the top of his class -- became enamored by New York City's flagship industry: finance. "I knew I wanted to try it," he said. Read More

  • Kickstarter Voted Best Overall Startup of 2013 | Crunchies Awards 2013

    Kickstarter Wins The 2013 Crunchie For “Best Overall Startup” By Leveling The Maker Playing Field

    It’s not often that a startup changes the way the world works, but Kickstarter has done just that. The crowdfunding site had a banner 2013 and has won the Best Overall Startup award at this year’s Crunchies.  The category was packed with strong contenders. CloudFlare is a silent partner to the modern content delivery system of the Internet. Snapchat is a young but powerful entry into… Read More

  • Aol Gives Us Our Full 401K Matching Back, Calls “Babies” Comment A Mistake

    Aol Gives Us Our Full 401K Matching Back, Calls “Babies” Comment A Mistake

    Aol has backtracked on a controversial decision to delay employee 401K matching until the end of the year, a decision that could potentially cost employees like myself thousands of dollars. Thank you. Aol announced the change by sending out a company-wide memo earlier today. Note: Somehow TechCrunch only gets a hold of the positive memos. Read More

  • Flipagram Raising $50-$60M At A $300M Valuation From Sequoia

    Flipagram Raising $50-$60M At A $300M Valuation From Sequoia

    Buzzy mobile video app Flipagram is raising $50 to $60 million in funding at a $300 million valuation. We're hearing from sources that Sequoia is in the round. Read More

  • Tyra Banks And More Put A Million In The Muse

    Tyra Banks And More Put A Million In The Muse

    Kathryn Minshew wanted to be Zorro when she grew up. Like, literally, the guy with the mask and the cape. "I was like, 'I'm going to learn how to use a sword and wear a black mask.' I would honestly answer that when people asked me what I wanted to do for a living." While she didn't quite make it there, what she did end up doing is nothing to scoff at. After paying her dues as a management… Read More

  • A Deeper Sort Of Social

    A Deeper Sort Of Social

    If humans are anything, it's adaptive. Give us a tool, and we'll figure out a use for it. That's what happened when we mapped out our social lives to the constraints of the Internet. After we constructed the portals to everything (all of America, Online), we then refined the web, dealing with our basic needs first by building platforms for finding work or friends or romance. We figured out the… Read More

  • This Is Satya Nadella’s Twitter Account

    This Is Satya Nadella’s Twitter Account

    After five months of Microsoft CEO purgatory, we're finally reaching a climax: It's most likely going to be Microsoft enterprise head Satya Nadella, though everyone except Larry Page wants it to be Google's Sundar Pichai (kidding). While we don't know for sure whether Nadella will be the future CEO of Microsoft, we do know that @satyanadella is his long abandoned Twitter account. Read More

  • Tech Investors Buy Themselves Some Blue Bottle Coffee

    Tech Investors Buy Themselves Some Blue Bottle Coffee

    After all the VC deals that get done at Blue Bottle Coffee, it's only fitting that Blue Bottle Coffee's fundraising be one of them. The tony coffee brewery announced its $25.7 million investment, completed at its flagship store in Oakland, earlier today. The investment was led by Morgan Stanley Investment Management, the same Morgan Stanley adviser behind the investments in Twitter and… Read More

  • Google Ventures’ Wesley Chan Steps Down As General Partner To Work On His Own Startup

    Google Ventures’ Wesley Chan Steps Down As General Partner To Work On His Own Startup

    Google Ventures' Wesley Chan is stepping down from his role as General Partner to see how the other half lives. Chan will become an entrepreneur-in-residence at Google Ventures, with the goal of eventually building his own company. Read More

  • How To Successfully “Neg” Facebook

    How To Successfully “Neg” Facebook

    "Facebook may have an irreversibly bad brand," wrote 22-year old Branch founder Josh Miller in December 2012 in a post about his 15-year old sister's predilections for social apps. Almost a year later, his chat startup was acquired by Facebook. Awkward. The "criticize Facebook" > "get bought by Facebook" dynamic in the Branch/Potluck acquisition was so ironic, it was the first thing to come… Read More

  • Google’s “High Handed” Bus Memo

    Google’s “High Handed” Bus Memo

    Like the last time people tried busing as a solution to a socioeconomic problem, the tech busing in San Francisco has become a hot-button topic. The Google buses, described as "spaceships" containing "alien overlords" by writer Rebecca Solnit, have become potent symbols for income inequality within the city. Beyond the transportation issues, they are now symbolic of other unwanted repercussions… Read More