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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  • SF Is Actually The New Palo Alto

    SF Is Actually The New Palo Alto

    Lots of pretty writing in New York Magazine writer Kevin Roose’s “Is San Francisco New York” and New York Times writer Nick Bilton’s response “Why San Francisco Is Not New York,” so you should read them both. But before you can cry “East Coast, West Coast” or, probably in this case, “West Coast is the new East Coast is the new West Coast is… Read More

  • Julie Ann Horvath Describes Sexism And Intimidation Behind Her GitHub Exit

    Julie Ann Horvath Describes Sexism And Intimidation Behind Her GitHub Exit

    The exit of engineer Julie Ann Horvath from programming network GitHub has sparked yet another conversation concerning women in technology and startups. Her claims that she faced a sexist internal culture at Github came as a surprise to some, given her former defense of the startup, and her internal work at the company to promote women in technology. Read More

  • Investors Debate The Ethics Of Anonymity Apps

    Investors Debate The Ethics Of Anonymity Apps

    VCs are publicly and privately debating the morality of investing in the burgeoning “anonymish” app space, after a series of negative posts, mainstream gossip, a high profile resignation and even bomb and violence threats have pushed the volume of the debate to eleven. Last night, Netscape founder Marc Andreessen had one of his characteristic Twitter surges. He began his speech… Read More

  • #BanBossy May Have Beyonce, But #BeBossy Has Nicki Minaj

    #BanBossy May Have Beyonce, But #BeBossy Has Nicki Minaj

    Sheryl Sandberg has done it again: She’s managed to rattle people by her sheer choice of words, and the logical fallacy that one woman’s experience equals all women’s experiences.
    I’ve spent some time looking at the #BanBossy campaign and am very impressed that Sandberg corralled Beyonce — whose song “Run the World (Girls)” happens to be my personal… Read More

  • Slideshow Of Stylish Women In Tech Includes Women Who Compiled The List

    Slideshow Of Stylish Women In Tech Includes Women Who Compiled The List

    TheLi.st co-founders Rachel Sklar and Glynnis MacNicol have apparently voted for themselves as #2 on Lucky Magazine’s list of “The Top 25 Most Stylish Women In Tech.” The list, which includes Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer (twice!), is heavy on the East Coast women, which, if you believe my Secret feed, are generally more attractive and fashionable than San Francisco women. Read More

  • Google Ventures Boots ‘Bustle’

    Google Ventures Boots ‘Bustle’

    Bustle, the unfortunately named and ill-marketed woman’s publication launched by Bleacher Report founder Bryan Goldberg in August, has lost at least one prominent investor. Google Ventures has pulled its initial investment of $100K out of the company’s latest round of funding, divesting after deeming the startup out of touch with its values, sources tell us. Read More

  • Twelve Reasons Business Insider Could Now Be Worth $100M

    Twelve Reasons Business Insider Could Now Be Worth $100M

    Business Insider just raised $12 million more, at a reported valuation of around $100 million. The round was led by the Jeff Bezos, and included RRE Ventures, IVP, Jim Friedlich and Gordon Crovitz. The $100 million valuation does not seem that far-fetched Read More

  • Basis Goes To Intel For Around $100M

    Basis Goes To Intel For Around $100M

    Intel has won the Basis auction, we’re hearing, at a price of around $100 million, according to one source. A second source pegs the deal at closer to $150 million. Basis makes wristwatch health trackers, capturing 7% of the market versus competitor Jawbone’s 21%. As Intel was all about the wearables this year at CES, we’re assuming that this buy is an attempt to further… Read More

  • Watch The Y Combinator Female Founders Conference

    Watch The Y Combinator Female Founders Conference

    If you are not at the Female Founders Conference at the Computer History Museum this afternoon, you are either a guy, out-of-town or one of the many that got turned away from the oversubscribed event. This is the first purposefully gender-specific Y Combinator conference and probably the first time the Computer History Museum has seen such a critical mass women within its walls. The… Read More

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

    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

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

    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

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