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.

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  • Fraudulent Groupon Photography Deal Calls Attention To Service Drawbacks

    A photography deal offered on Groupon in Atlanta yesterday turned messy when it was revealed that the photographer had promoted her work with stolen images and was far from equipped to carry out the terms of the Groupon. Groupon user SP, who called attention to the fishiness of the Dana Dawes Photography deal in the first place, brought up the following interesting point: “Groupon… Read More

  • Meet Seesmic For Windows Phone 7

    While the phone itself launches in October, Seesmic has just posted a preview video of what the Seesmic app will look like on the Windows Phone 7 platform. Seesmic recently launched Seesmic Desktop 2 and hinted that there would be a Windows Phone 7 app coming shortly. The above video highlights some of its features including Dashboard, Search and Spaces. Read More

  • "Stealth" Advertising Startup AK Networks Raises $8 Million

    We’ve learned that super stealth advertising related startup AK Networks has closed an $8 million round of Series A funding. An SEC Form D filing reveals that the round was co-lead by True Ventures’ Jon Callaghan and DCM’s Dixon Doll and that the company, founded in March, is based out of New York (with the distinction of a Park Avenue address, even). About.com founder… Read More

  • Zazuba, An OpenTable For Everything Else

    Zazuba, operating currently out of Washington D.C. is a way to book online appointments for everything from manicures to meditation to dog grooming. An “OpenTable for everything else,” Zazuba works primarily by providing businesses with a web based appointment manager and booking widget for their own sites, ultimately aggregating the data on Zazuba.com. Unlike distributed… Read More

  • Waiting For The New Twitter? Get A DM When You're Eligible

    If you’re like me you don’t have the new Twitter yet (Wow, talk about a gradual roll out fail. Hey dudes, I work for TechCrunch remember!). So what’s a girl to do other than stay up all night crying and manually refreshing Twitter.com until she gets a taste of that sweet sweet bifurcated screen? Well, there’s, yes, a Twitter app for that. For those of us that are still… Read More

  • The Seven Best Startups At DEMO

    After watching SAP CEO Bill McDermott, HP CTO Phil McKinney, and Square Co-founder Jack Dorsey give their conference spiel today,  I took a stroll into the DEMO pit in order to find the seven best startups at DEMO. While the presentation junkets split all 67 worthy startups into Mobile Technologies, Cloud Technologies,  Consumer and Social and Media Technologies, I’ve culled the seven… Read More

  • Jack Dorsey On Square, Entrepreneurship and Twitter's Mistakes

    Jack Dorsey On Square, Entrepreneurship and Twitter's Mistakes

    Here at the DEMO conference in Santa Clara, VentureBeat’s Matt Marshall asked Twitter founder Jack Dorsey about his regrets, “What can the 67 companies here learn [from your experiences with Twitter]?” Marshall asked. Dorsey, who is still Chairman of Twitter, put context around his answers, “Twitter has some interesting scaling issues, massive spike around an… Read More

  • Shawn Fanning’s Supyo, Inc Gets $200K In Funding

    According to SEC Form D filings, former Napster founder and Chatroulette adviser Shawn Fanning and Voxli founder Joey Liaw have raised $200k in funding for what is listed on the document as Supyo, Inc. What the listing does not make clear is whether Supyo, Inc is a placeholder for something else, as supyo.com seems to be someone’s personal site. Calling the number associated with the… Read More

  • Gilt City Makes It Official, Expands Into Six U.S. Cities

    Gilt City, luxury e-tailer Gilt Groupe’s foray into local deals, has been quietly expanding in beta across the country in the past month or so, as we have written about here and here. Today, the flash local deals site officially launches initiatives in Boston, Chicago and Miami (in addition to New York, SF, and LA, where it’s already live). While in the same social shopping space… Read More

  • Of Course Steve Jobs Was Detained For Carrying Ninja Stars

    Just when you thought Apple CEO Steve Jobs couldn’t get more badass? According to SPA!, Bloomberg and about 10,000 nerds on Twitter, Jobs was stopped at the Kansai International Airport near Osaka in July for carrying, yes, ninja stars. It just makes so much sense! I mean let’s say you’re Steve Jobs, you have your own private plane, you’re in Japan and you’re also… Read More

  • This Is Your Brain, This Is Your Brain On Internet

    French designer Evan Roth has made a ten minute music video consisting of popular gifs vs. the typical fragmented Girl Talk mashup (from the 2006 album Night Ripper). While Roth’s cleverly titled “Cache Rules Everything Around Me” is absolutely not the first time someone has combined Internet culture imagery and music (see: Paper Rad) it is perhaps the longest and most… Read More

  • As "Instant" Services Proliferate, Instantise Gives Them All A Home

    Yesterday I wrote about how all web services could possibly be more useful with some “Instantization”; Scottish engineer Tam Denholm had the very same idea, and built Instantise to house the recent outcrop of Google Instant-inspired services on one URL (The American usage “Instantize” also redirects). On the Instantise homepage you can find original instant search… Read More

  • Google Maps, Like YouTube, Get Instantized

    Google Maps, Like YouTube, Get Instantized

    So Gmail Instant would actually be useful, but seriously what’s next, Google Calendar Instant? Google Image Search Instant? Okay, maybe those would be helpful too. In fact it’s really difficult to think of a Google service that wouldn’t benefit at least slightly from Instantization. Inspired by Google Instant and the story of engineer Feross Aboukhadijeh, who got a YouTube… Read More

  • Fitness Tracker Fitbit Gains Another $8 Million

    Fitness technology startup and TC 50 finalist Fitbit just raised $8 million in funding, judging by this recent SEC Form D filing. According to information gleaned from the document, the $8 million looks to be part of a Series B round that the company hopes will eventually top out at $9 million. The filing also lists The Foundry’s Brad Feld as joining the board as part of the financing… Read More

  • Another Way To View Zuckerberg's Comments About Going Public

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg proclaimed to all that the social giant was not pursuing an IPO on a Facebook Questions page earlier today. TechCrunch web developer Ben Schaechter has an alternate take on Zuckerberg’s response, above, “I really don’t see how it could be any clearer. Really.” Read More

  • Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook Will Not Go Public Anytime Soon

    Taking a cue from Quora’s very engaged CEO Adam D’Angelo, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg recently used Facebook Questions to weigh in on the ETA for a possible Facebook IPO. Zuckerberg’s thoughtful take? That upcoming product developments might put a kibosh on a public offering this or next year, despite what some incoming employees may hope, “I tend to think that… Read More

  • Google Instant Inspires Lyric Search Music Videos

    After the tens of thousands of blog posts about the ultimate usefulness of Google Instant, the inevitable crows of people who hate change, and the valid complaints people with slightly NSFW names who can no longer find themselves on live updating search, we can all agree that the above videos of Tom Lehrer’s “Elements” song and Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start… Read More

  • 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