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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  • InDinero Closes $1.2 Million Seed Round: An Investor Roster

    inDinero, like a Mint for Quickbooks, finalized their highly sought after $1.2 million seed round this week. Shunning institutional financing, the small business banking startup was funded by a syndicate of twenty angel investors, including Intuit’s David Wu, Slide’s Keith Rabois, Yelp’s Jeremy Stoppelman, Microsoft’s Fritz Lanman, 500Startups’ Dave McClure… Read More

  • With 40+ Customizable Plugins, Seesmic Desktop 2 Aggregates The Realtime Web

    After a year’s worth of work, Seesmic founder Loic Le Meur just announced the launch of Seesmic Desktop 2 (SD2), a desktop client that goes beyond Twitter; “We want to be the first platform for platforms,” says Le Meur. Running on Silverlight (to install go here), the desktop app now has plugin architecture that supports a multitude of content streams including but not… Read More

  • Blippy Founder: 40% Of Shared Purchases Are iTunes, But Ping's No Threat (TCTV)

    Over the weekend Philip Kaplan, co-founder of social purchasing site Blippy tweeted out a link to Steve Jobs demoing iTunes Ping, with the added sly comment “Looks like Blippy.” Curious about what Jobs’ movement into the social sharing space means for Blippy, we brought Kaplan into the TCTV studio and grilled him on what exactly Jobs did or did not copy, how often iTunes… Read More

  • Ping Gets Its Own 'The Social Network' Parody

    From the very same Internet that brought you The Twitter Movie, The YouTube Movie, The Auction Site Movie and The Other Social Network Movie comes today’s Ping parody: Another Social Network Movie. Something tells me that people are just going to keep making these parodies of David Fincher’s The Social Network until they run out of websites. Can’t wait to see what people come… Read More

  • Why Google Instant May Make You Click On More Ads


    Google made it clear at its press event today that Google Instant will not change way that company will rank ads or show ads. From the Google blog: “We recommend monitoring your ads’ performance the same way you usually do. Google Instant might increase or decrease your overall impression levels. However, Google Instant can improve the quality of your clicks since it helps… Read More

  • "Thank You" Email Causes Angry Mob To Descend On AT&T Facebook Page

    Earlier today AT&T sent out a “Special Message From AT&T” email highlighting a 18-19 billion dollar investment in their network as well as plans for other improvements. The email provides a link to their Facebook page an avalanche of comments like this cropped up:
    “”Im only sticking out my contract because I dont have the money to pay a termination fee at… Read More

  • Google Instant Will Save 350 Million Hours Of User Time Per Year

    Here at the Google Search Event in San Francisco, Google engineer Ben Gomes brought up the fact that the search engine serves up billions of queries every day, the average query length being 20 characters and the average time for a user to pick a result being 15 seconds. “There are billions of queries and tens of billions of documents, getting people from the right query to the… Read More

  • Google Instant: It Searches Before You Type

    We called it! So Google will be rolling out starting today search results that update while you type, “Google Instant”, a feature which they had tested in the wild. The results stream to you, taking what you’ve typed so far as a cue. According to Google, the feature consists of three gears: *Instant Results — Google Results now dynamically change as you type, typing in… Read More

  • Need Niche Network Group Buying Deals? Meet ChompOn

    TCDisrupt finalist ChompOn officially launches its major product foray into the deals space with its platform for publishers going live today. Attempting to take on the saturated deals aggregation space among competitors Yipit and 8coupons, the company offers hyper-targeted white label widgets that are drop-in on any site, which means that publishers can mix and match deals, and anyone can… Read More

  • Campus Dibs Is A Groupon For Colleges: Smart Move

    The most interesting thing about Campus Dibs, a recently launched Groupon clone, is its choice of vertical i.e. college campuses. If you don’t think this is notable enough to merit another (albeit brief) Groupon clone post then just remember how Facebook got a headstart towards world domination, by strategically targeting social networks in the Ivy League and slowly expanding… Read More

  • Firefox 4 Beta, Now With Faster Graphics And Visual Sound

    Firefox just launched its fifth Firefox 4 beta, which includes a more streamlined interface, faster graphics and a new audio API that exposes raw audio data. What’s new in this latest iteration of Firefox? * The introduction of an audio API which uses HTML5, allowing developers to visualize sound data in a browser, creating novel ways to experience sound while web surfing. * Emphasis… Read More

  • Still Think The iTunes 10 Icon Sucks? Our Ten Reader Alternatives

    Is it just me or has there been a lot of logo hate going around lately? Apparently hell hath no fury like an armchair graphic designer scorned, if you go by some of the comments on our “Hate The iTunes 10 Logo? Think You Can Do Better?” post. Along with haters doing what they do best (hint: it’s hating) we also got a ton of alternative submissions. Here are ten of the… Read More

  • Eric Schmidt: "We Know Where You Are, We Know What You Like"

    During a keynote at the IFA in Berlin, Eric Schmidt topped off presentations on Voice Powered Search, Street View Search and Google TV by emphasizing how much Google values being fast and that current technological advancements are nearing the realm of science fiction, or what he called, “The age of augmented humanity.” The IFA stands for International Funkausstellung, which… Read More

  • With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: A Facebook Bill Of Rights

    Facebook has come along way from being Mark Zuckerberg’s afterschool project. In fact “The Facebook Effect” author David Kirkpatrick implied at TechCrunch Disrupt that Facebook was so influential it should be governed by the United Nations, “They are too important to our culture to be left to a private corporation” he said. But, despite the fact that at 500… Read More

  • Oracle Hires Former HP CEO Mark Hurd As Co-President

    Oracle Hires Former HP CEO Mark Hurd As Co-President

    Oracle has confirmed that former Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd has found a cushy place to land after one of the year’s messiest tech scandals. Hurd will be joining the company as Co-President alongside Oracle CEO and close friend Larry Ellison. This comes as no surprise if you believed yesterday’s rumors of Hurd’s hire or took note of the fact that Ellison came to his… Read More

  • 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?


    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

    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