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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    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… 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

  • Jawbone's Hosain Rahman | Foundation

    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… 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… 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. 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. 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… 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… 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… 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… Read More

  • What Happens When Google Wants To Buy A Google Ventures Portfolio Company?

    What Happens When Google Wants To Buy A Google Ventures Portfolio Company?

    Yesterday’s Nest acquisition was unique in the respect that one of Nest’s four board members, Bill Maris, was a partner at the corporate VC arm of the acquirer, Google Ventures. The other investor board member, Randy Komisar, was a partner at a KPCB, the Silicon Valley venture firm helmed by John Doerr, who was on the board of the acquirer, Google. The last two board spots were… Read More

  • And Now For Something Completely Different, Leadership Changes

    And Now For Something Completely Different, Leadership Changes

    As you may have read, our beloved co-editor Eric Eldon is moving on to do other things. Clearly Eldon will leave a huge hole, and therefore we’re going to be making a couple of editorial changes to make sure TechCrunch meets 2014 staffed up for greatness. Our esteemed Senior Editor Leena Rao will become Managing Editor as part of these changes. The force behind “Ask A VC,”… Read More

  • Medium Considering Raising $20 Million

    Medium Considering Raising $20 Million

    Medium, Evan Williams’ clean and beautiful attempt at revamping the way people write and read online, is considering raising a venture round according to the rumor mill. We’re hearing that the company, which has been subsisting on angel money apparently, is thinking about finally taking money from VCs. Read More

  • Announcing The 2013 Crunchies Finalists, Vote Now

    Announcing The 2013 Crunchies Finalists, Vote Now

    After a rush of nominations, TechCrunch and our partners GigaOm and VentureBeat, are proud to announce the the 7th Annual Crunchies Awards finalists. The full list is below and voting begins now. There are 20 categories in all ranging from Fastest Rising Startup and Sexiest Enterprise Startup to Founder of the Year. This year we’re introducing the Best Health Startup to the Crunchies mix. Read More