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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  • Facebook, Relationships And 'Catfish': It's Complicated

    If ever a trailer did not depict what a movie is actually about it’s this trailer for Universal Pictures’ Catfish, a movie about Facebook the subject matter of which could not be further from that other movie about Facebook. I’d like to use this sentence to say “Spoiler Alert” about fifteen times because the next couple paragraphs are going to be full of them. If… Read More

  • Stealth Mode Watch: Another Nail In The Coffin Of "Stealth"

    Stealth Mode Watch: Another Nail In The Coffin Of "Stealth"


    Stealth Mode Watch, a searchable data spider of often very revealing SEC form D filings, is the brain child of Denis Papathanasiou, who came up with the idea while researching funding options (a.k.a spying) for his ebooks startup Fifobooks, “I was just using it to keep tabs on specific investors and other competitors in the ebook space, but I mentioned it to a few people, and they… Read More

  • Hate The iTunes 10 Icon? Think You Can Do Better?

    Hate The iTunes 10 Icon? Think You Can Do Better?

    Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ obsessive focus on design detail is at least partially responsible for why the tech sphere and the design sphere are so intertwined at the moment. Which makes the ire that Jobs has received for the current iTunes 10 logo (not to mention the foibles of Ping) particularly poignant. The universal hatred for this thing has spawned an @BPGlobalPR-esque Twitter account… Read More

  • Google Streamlines Its Privacy Policy. Should Facebook Be Next?

    Google Streamlines Its Privacy Policy. Should Facebook Be Next?


    Location-based service Echo Echo recently posted the above image to their blog in a (successful) attempt to garner some media attention as the debate around online privacy continues to rage. As extreme as their “If Mark Zuckerburg Cared About Privacy” example is, it does call attention to the needless complexity of various web service privacy agreements, settings and policies. In… Read More

  • Want To Use Gmail Priority Inbox With IMAP? Tough Luck

    Want To Use Gmail Priority Inbox With IMAP? Tough Luck

    Curious what Google’s Gmail Priority Inbox means for those of us who use an IMAP or POP client like Mac Mail or the Mail function on an iPhone? Well as of yet the feature is not fully enabled on either IMAP or POP-compatible third party or mobile clients, leaving a large percentage of people who hate viewing email their email on a standard web browser out in the cold. If you try to use… Read More

  • YC-Funded Cloudant Launches Its NoSQL Cloud Database Platform

    YC-Funded Cloudant Launches Its NoSQL Cloud Database Platform

    YCombinator-funded Cloudant, a database platform built around Apache’s open source CouchDB framework, officially launches after three years of hard work. Cloud-based like Cloudera and Amazon Web Services and part of the NoSQL movement, Cloudant scales your database on the CloudDB framework but also provides hosting, administrative tools, analytics and support so “You don’t… Read More

  • Ustream Snags Former Palm PR VP Lynn Fox

    Ustream Snags Former Palm PR VP Lynn Fox

    We hear that former Palm Vice President of Public Relations Lynn Fox has given up on her “Consult Until-I-Find-Another-Job Consulting” plans and landed a permanent gig at video streaming service Ustream. Her formal title will be VP of Corporate Communications and she will be reporting to Ustream CEO John Ham. Sources say that Fox is the first in a series of new hires at Ustream… Read More

  • This Spam Infographic About Spam Infographics Makes My Head Hurt

    This Spam Infographic About Spam Infographics Makes My Head Hurt

    Buzzfeed, the Huffington Post of Internet memes, today wins the “more meta than thou” award for making “An Infographic Backlash Infographic” inspired by the tragic tale of a guy whose job it was to game Digg back when Digg had enough traffic to make it worth gaming. Okay Buzzfeed, just because you understand recursion, doesn’t mean you have to rub it in our face… Read More

  • Email Overload Means We're Never Not Working

    Email Overload Means We're Never Not Working

    A new study by email software purveyor Xobni confirms what we bloggers know to be true, there’s actually no such thing as a day off in the Internet age (Want more visceral proof than an email study? Check out the timestamp of this post). Information anxiety has pretty much put the kibosh on “time off” as two out of three Americans and Brits check their email outside of… Read More

  • WhereMark Launches Location-Based Service, A Cautionary Tale

    WhereMark Launches Location-Based Service, A Cautionary Tale

    Okay, here’s the deal, if you are a startup unveiling a location-based service in a market saturated with location-based services please tell us what is unique about you vs. the 800 or so other services out there and please please whatever you do don’t copy the RULE.fm pitch, which we liked the first time around. WhereMark “We are writing to you in an awkward state of… Read More

  • 20 Year Old Founder Jessica Mah Gets $1 Million Put Into Banking Startup InDinero

    20 Year Old Founder Jessica Mah Gets $1 Million Put Into Banking Startup InDinero

    We’ve confirmed that wunderkind Jessica Mah is one week away from closing a hotly anticipated round of seed financing for simple online finance management tool InDinero. Confirmed investors in the round (which still has three open spots reserved for valley VIPs like SV Angel) include 500 StartUps‘ Dave McClure, Microsoft’s Fritz Lanman, and YouTube’s Jawed Karim. Part… Read More

  • Ooyala Expands Into Australia, Appoints Former Adobe Exec As Managing Director

    Ooyala Expands Into Australia, Appoints Former Adobe Exec As Managing Director

    Premium streaming video service Ooyala, serving such influential media properties as Fremantle Media, Vice Magazine, Glam Media, Electronic Arts as well as yours truly, today announces its plan to expand its operations to Australia. To helm this initiative, the company has appointed former Adobe executive John Treloar as Managing Director for the Australia and New Zealand region. Founded by… Read More

  • Steve Jobs' Doublespeak Strikes Again: "No" Actually Meant "Yes" For Apple TV

    Steve Jobs' Doublespeak Strikes Again: "No" Actually Meant "Yes" For Apple TV

    “You’re going to be able to be watching a movie, push it to your TV, and finish watching it there. You’re going to be able to push photos from your iPad to your TV… it’s going to be pretty cool.” – Apple CEO Steve Jobs, September 1st, 2010

    Many people noticed that Jobs’ “and one more thing …” intro today was reserved… Read More

  • 275 Million iPods Sold To Date, iPod Touch Is The Most Popular

    275 Million iPods Sold To Date, iPod Touch Is The Most Popular


    At today’s Apple Press event, Steve Jobs dropped some pretty impressive iPod stats, as he announced a complete revamp of the line. In addition to the new Nano, Shuffle, Jobs introduced a ramped up iPod touch, which is the most popular iPod model and also outsells Nintendo and Sony combined in terms of being a portable game player. The iPod sales contribute to the over 230K iOS… Read More

  • iPad Orchestra Proves Not All Industries Need To Be Disrupted

    Meet the iPad Orchestra, brought to you by the brand spankin’ new to the iPad App Store Seline HD. While I usually hate to be the thorn in the side of progress, if this is is what the future of classical music looks like then I would like no part. Because I’m actually into watching the fat guy with the gong awkwardly squirm all symphony long just to hit his instrument once. Somehow… Read More

  • Adioso, Flight Search For People Keeping Their Options Open

    Adioso, Flight Search For People Keeping Their Options Open

    YCombinator-funded Adioso today launches its third iteration as an online destination for adventurous travelers who want to take vacations but are not constrained by specific days or even places. Yes, the online travel space is saturated, but the more mainstay search services like Kayak and Sky Scanner only let you find specific dates and destinations, failing if your desire is more… Read More

  • 3M Captures Attenti For $230 Million

    3M Captures Attenti For $230 Million

    Tel Aviv-based Attenti announced today its acquisition by 3M, most notably the makers of Post-Its, to the tune of $230 million in cash. Formerly Dmatek, Attenti is the world’s leading supplier of remote people-tracking technologies such as ankle bracelets, voice recognition devices and alcohol monitoring technologies. The purchase, which will benefit 3M by providing the company with GPS… Read More

  • Meet Booyah's InCrowd, A Location-Based Second Life

    Meet Booyah's InCrowd, A Location-Based Second Life

    Booyah’s InCrowd, famously announced by founder Keith Lee at the Facebook Places launch event earlier this month, just hit the App store. InCrowd is the first of the inevitably many apps that will be built off the Facebook Places API and the only location-based app that has exclusive access to Facebook search. Touted as part game and part social utility, InCrowd is unique in the LBS space… Read More

  • Former Digg Engineer: Digg v4 Is Here To Stay

    Former Digg Engineer: Digg v4 Is Here To Stay

    “Digg v4 is not a redesign, not a reskin, it is a 100% rewrite. It’s completely new design, code, architecture, and infrastructure. It has almost no relationship to the v3 system whatsoever.“ Social news site Digg is currently in the particularly bloody throes of its fifth user revolt, and unlike revolts one through four, we’ve heard that Digg is absolutely positively… Read More

  • MapMyFitness Works Out $5 Million In Series A Funding

    MapMyFitness Works Out $5 Million In Series A Funding

    Denver, Colorado based MapMyFitness, Inc has just announced raising $5 Million in a Series A round of financing lead by Austin Ventures. The health-related social network and training application company operates a network of sites including MapMyFitness.com, MapMyRide.com, MapMyRun.com, MapMyTri.com, MapMyWalk.com, MapMyHike.com, and MapMyMountain.com. The MapMyFitness community gives their… Read More