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 Facebook investor Peter Thiel to fashion blogger Leandra Medine. In 2011, Alexia made the Forbes “30 Under 30: Rising Stars of Media List.” In 2012 she was promoted to Co-EIC of TechCrunch.


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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  • 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

  • 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