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.

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  • SV Angel Leads Pinterest Financing At A $5 Billion Valuation

    SV Angel Leads Pinterest Financing At A $5 Billion Valuation

    News broke this afternoon that Pinterest has raised a $200 million Series F valuing it at $5 billion. We’ve just confirmed that SV Angel led the massive round that could fund Pinterest until its monetization makes it self-sustaining. We had been tipped earlier that the deal was won by Andreessen Horowitz and others, with significant participation from SV Angel. We heard that SV Angel… Read More

  • Marketing Exec Ivy Ross Is The New Head Of Google Glass

    Marketing Exec Ivy Ross Is The New Head Of Google Glass

    Some significant HR changes at Google Glass we’re hearing. First off is the departure of lead electrical engineer Adrian Wong, to competing facecomputer Oculus. Second off is the bringing on of Art.com’s Chief Marketing Officer Ivy Ross to head the division. The Harvard-trained Ross has a rich, non-tech background, having held several high-level marketing positions at companies such… Read More

  • Moju Is Instagram For Moments In Motion

    Moju Is Instagram For Moments In Motion

    As our phones become more camera than phone, it only makes sense that innovators would try to take on the very 20th-century concept of the “photograph.” We’ve thus far seen a slew of apps using tech unique to our mobile devices, utilizing video and sound recording, sensors, GPS and the phone’s accelerometer to transform how users create and share images. Read More

  • Jason Hirschhorn Goes From Teen Club Promoter To Internet DJ

    Jason Hirschhorn Goes From Teen Club Promoter To Internet DJ

    Former president of Myspace Jason Hirschhorn is no stranger to media. But before selling his company Mischief New Media in his twenties, and before stints at Viacom, MTV, News Corp, and Sling Media, Hirschhorn was a 17 year-old club promoter of the alcohol-free NYC dance club “The Saint.” “Club promoting was my first curation job,” Hirschhorn — who once… Read More

  • Why We Can’t Forget About Dre

    Why We Can’t Forget About Dre

    The potential acquisition of Beats by Apple has captured the public imagination. Though it is not yet official, we’ve spent all weekend making jokes about it on Twitter, shocked at Andre Romelle Young’s uncharacteristic confirmation of the buy, joking that Forbes should change its list because he’s now a billionaire, for some reason. Quite honestly, part of the appeal of… Read More

  • People Go Bananas Over MonkeyParking

    People Go Bananas Over MonkeyParking

    It was inevitable. In a place where you could pay for almost anything to come to you via mobile, to have empty parking spots eventually come to you via mobile. That is the premise behind Italian app MonkeyParking, which allows you to “sell” your parking spot (or rather, the inside information about whether your parking spot will be available shortly) starting at $5. Read More

  • The 6 Disrupt NY Finalists:  Boomerang Commerce, ISI Technology, Mimi, Mink, Showkit and Vurb

    The 6 Disrupt NY Finalists: Boomerang Commerce, ISI Technology, Mimi, Mink, Showkit and Vurb

    Oh New York in the springtime! In the past two days, 1600 people have passed through the Manhattan Center for TechCrunch Disrupt NY, in hopes of seeing or being the new new thing. We’ve seen Fred Wilson, Brenden Uribe, Mike Judge and many more grace our stage. Tomorrow we’ll get to see Marissa Mayer, Sophia Amuroso, Whisper’s Michael Heyward and get a surprise visit from… Read More

  • Asana's Justin Rosenstein: "I Flew Coach Here."

    “I Flew Coach Here” Is The New “I Woke Up Like This”

    Money, and the inequality it causes, has been somewhat of a loose theme here at TechCrunch Disrupt NY. From Fred Wilson’s edict that “Money is never the recipe for success” to T.J. Miller’s statement that any group of people with unchecked power, from hedge funders to tech tycoons, deserve to be made fun of if they take themselves too seriously. Nowhere was its… Read More

  • Announcing Your Disrupt NY Startup Battlefield Final Judges: Borthwick, Botha, Dixon, Mayer, Pokorny And Wilson

    Announcing Your Disrupt NY Startup Battlefield Final Judges: Borthwick, Botha, Dixon, Mayer, Pokorny And Wilson

    Welcome to sunny New York City, where people wear jackets to parties and time is of the essence! As you can probably guess, our whole team is here for the Disrupt NY conference at the Manhattan Center. We’re really excited about this year’s lineup, which includes Marissa Mayer, Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe, Sophia Amoruso and Mike Judge among others. Read More

  • Screw It, Yelp Should Do Three Apps

    Screw It, Yelp Should Do Three Apps

    After this morning’s announcement that Foursquare will become Eightsquare in order to be a “true Yelp-killer,” we have the following advice to give competitor Yelp: “Screw it. Do three apps.” As The Verge astutely points out, location sharing is never going to be as popular as “sharing a selfie, sharing a link, or firing off a tweet.” Read More

  • Marissa Mayer And Michael Arrington To Talk Yahoo And Chickens At Disrupt NY

    Marissa Mayer And Michael Arrington To Talk Yahoo And Chickens At Disrupt NY

    Disrupt NY 2014 is mere days away, and we’re thrilled to announce that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer will be joining Michael Arrington for a fireside chat, where she’ll talk about how she’s been rebuilding Yahoo into a mobile and content-focused company via strategic startup acquisitions. Michael has chickens now and the Internet is obviously curious about his ambitions. Read More

  • Julie Horvath “Satisfied” With GitHub Transparency

    Julie Horvath “Satisfied” With GitHub Transparency

    GitHub has published a blog post detailing the results of an investigation into the allegations of Julie Horvath. New GitHub CEO Chris Wanstrath explains that the more transparent post is a follow up to last week’s update, which he deemed “the least open and least transparent blog post GitHub has ever written.” Read More

  • Greeks Build World’s Most High Tech Lamb Rotisserie

    As anyone who’s ever had a Greek friend knows, we tend to have different Easters (sometimes) and do different things during them, namely, dye all our eggs red and roast a whole lamb on a spit. I remember as a young girl in my village in Greece being asked to manually turn the spit of our lamb; I thought it was a great technological feat to have a motorized spit turner introduced to… Read More

  • We Are Dropping RadiumOne As A NY Disrupt Sponsor

    TechCrunch will be dropping RadiumOne as a Disrupt New York hackathon sponsor. As Leena Rao writes, we simply couldn’t sleep at night knowing that we were supporting and promoting a company led by someone who does not share our values on the issue of domestic abuse. In this decision our team is united, both on the editorial and the business side. We will not condone, support, or deal… Read More

  • Stewart Butterfield’s Slack Raised $43M Million In New Funding

    Stewart Butterfield’s Slack Raised $43M Million In New Funding

    Slack, a collaboration platform founded by Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield, is raising $30 million-plus in new funding, we’ve learned. (Update: the company confirmed the day after we published our scoop that it the final amount was $42.75 million). For background, Butterfield left Yahoo and started TinySpeck (and a multiplayer game called Glitch) but then decided to take a… Read More

  • Google+ Is Walking Dead

    Google+ Is Walking Dead

    Today, Google’s Vic Gundotra announced that he would be leaving the company after eight years. The first obvious question is where this leaves Google+, Gundotra’s baby and primary project for the past several of those years. What we’re hearing from multiple sources is that Google+ will no longer be considered a product, but a platform — essentially ending its… Read More

  • littleBits And NASA Bring Space Down To Earth With New ‘Space Kit’

    littleBits And NASA Bring Space Down To Earth With New ‘Space Kit’

    There is nothing more appealing to a nerd than space, as decades of television, the buzz around the Mars Rover landing and Elon Musk can attest to. This is probably why modular integrated circuits startup littleBits has partnered up with NASA to create the littleBits “Space Kit.” The kit will cost $189. littleBits is hard to wrap your head around if you don’t actually have… Read More

  • The Return Of Reddit’s /r/Technology Is “Certainly Possible”

    The Return Of Reddit’s /r/Technology Is “Certainly Possible”

    A whole “department” of Reddit was demoted this week, with the /r/Technology subreddit being removed from the Reddit homepage and the default subreddit subscription feed. Earlier today I spoke to Reddit General Manager Erik Martin about the process of demoting subreddits as a form of punishment for mismanagement. Side note: I know Martin from back in the day when Reddit had only… Read More

  • What Is The Opposite Of A BuzzFeed Quiz?

    What Is The Opposite Of A BuzzFeed Quiz?

    “i really feel like we need a buzzfeed-type writer,” our community manager Skypes me, because we’re hiring and dealing with all the fun stuff that that entails, “everyones going in that direction it seems.” “What is that direction?” I ask. “something that you don’t have to click on yet do cause why not” is her answer. This is the… Read More

  • Fred Wilson Leads $23M Funding In CrowdRise, A ‘Charity Water’ For Everyone

    Fred Wilson Leads $23M Funding In CrowdRise, A ‘Charity Water’ For Everyone

    How do charities and non-profits raise enough money for their causes? Well, the normal route, that which needs to be “disrupted” if you will, means a lot of thousand dollar per-plate dinners, a lot of individual reaching out and maybe some marathon running. Edward Norton (yes, that Edward Norton) and his co-founders Robert Wolfe, Shauna Robertson and Jeffery Wolfe conceived of the… Read More

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