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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  • 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

  • Square And Google Were Not In Acquisition Talks

    Square And Google Were Not In Acquisition Talks

    The WSJ is reporting tonight that payments company Square was in acquisition talks with Google. We’re hearing from multiple sources close to both companies that these talks did not in fact take place in any serious capacity. Read More

  • Counterforce Protests Tech Using Tech

    Rising income inequality is quickly becoming the most prevalent issue of our century, “the defining challenge of our time,” according to President Obama. Nowhere is this more acute than in San Francisco, where rents growing at 3 times the national average are squeezing out the lower and middle classes in favor of tech workers who can pay astronomical housing prices. Read More

  • Behold, Murdoculous Rift

    Behold, Murdoculous Rift

    Pics of moguls wearing Oculus Rift headsets are the new pics of moguls with rappers. And who better to start the trend than media mogul and avid tweeter Rupert Murdoch? According to the fantastic Tumblr “Murdoch Here,” Murdoch spent yesterday at NY computer graphics studio Framestore with pals Paul Cheesbrough, former NYC Chancellor of Education Joel Klein and 21st Century Fox chief… Read More

  • Twitter Has Log Cabin Fever [Photos]

    Twitter Has Log Cabin Fever [Photos]

    Today in the Twitter log cabin beat: Twitter installed its previously purchased log cabins, which we reported on here, into its office at 1355 Market Street. The log cabins are part of the company’s mid-Market office expansion, which includes a new cafeteria. Twitter now occupies seven floors of the 11-floor, 77-year-old SF Mart building. Read More

  • Refresh Makes You Smarter At Meetings

    Refresh Makes You Smarter At Meetings

    Do you remember the party scene in “The Devil Wears Prada,” when Emily Blunt’s character is whispering the names of party guests to Anna Wintour’s character, briefing her on who everyone is as she meets them? Refresh, a product that aims to keep you as prepared as possible for your next encounter, wants to be the app equivalent of that character. I’ve been… Read More

  • Sophia Amoruso To Speak At TechCrunch Disrupt NY

    Sophia Amoruso To Speak At TechCrunch Disrupt NY

    Nasty Gal CEO Sophia Amoruso intently knows what it takes to build a brand online, turning her popular eBay vintage shop into a revenue opportunity worth over $100 million — and the envy of brick and mortar stores like Urban Outfitters — before she was thirty. Read More

  • Mightybell Now Tolls For All

    Mightybell Now Tolls For All

    The group software space is getting hot. Between Google Groups, Facebook Groups, Yammer, Convo, Asana, newcomer Slack and more, a loose or tight-knit organization has plenty of tools to choose from in order to keep its community organized. Gina Bianchini’s second attempt at social networking for small communities, MightyBell, has fully joined the niche communication fray today, opening… Read More

  • Jawbone Snaps Up Playground.fm

    Jawbone Snaps Up Playground.fm

    Looks like instead of being acquired, wrist and speaker hardware company Jawbone is doing some acquiring, scooping up social and personalized music playlist app Playground.fm, according to a well-placed source. Last time we heard something about Jawbone, it had closed a new financing round of about $250 million at around a $3 billion valuation. Kara Swisher and Re/code had reported a… Read More

  • Confirmed!

    Confirmed!

    In the realm of beautiful acquisition stories, someone posted on Reddit a month ago about a Mark Zuckerberg sighting at Oculus Rift’s offices. Today Facebook bought Oculus Rift for $2 billion. Read More

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