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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  • Hey Verizon, Whoever Made This Is Going To Hell

    Verizon, Verizon, Verizon … So this is what you’re doing instead of going after the iPhone? You guys must think we’re so stupid. You’ve based your latest mcgarrybowen-produced “Rule The Air! campaign around the concept of your product being gender, race and age-blind all the while trying your best to tear down Net Neutrality in order to offer tiered access to… Read More

  • Teevox Turns Your iPhone Into A Computer TV Remote Control

    Founded by former MIT students Jung Moon-Kim and Andrew Sugaya, YCombinator funded Teevox is an iPhone app that allows you to remotely control watching Hulu and Netflix on your computer. While apps like PlayOn lets you watch Netflix and Hulu on your phone and Apple’s own Remote allows you to phone control movies on iTunes, whats novel about Teevox is its simple interface and the fact… Read More

  • Google Tries To Steal Facebook's Thunder, Plays Up Impressive Maps Userbase

    Google Tries To Steal Facebook's Thunder, Plays Up Impressive Maps Userbase

    Attention those who still remember their parents’ stacks of old Thomas Guides, Google Maps for Mobile has hit a user base milestone. More than 100 million people a month use the service across various mobile devices according to an interestingly-timed post on the Google Blog. With GPS killing Android-only features like Google Maps Navigation, as well the increasing Google Maps reliance… Read More

  • Facebook Places Vs. The Location-Based World

    Let’s just pretend for a second that Facebook Places aka Facesquare is a charitable attempt on Facebook’s part to quell check-in fatigue by making nice with Foursquare, Gowalla, Booyah and Yelp (and not another attempt by Facebook to turn the world into this). Because Booyah always throws people for a loop (“Who the hell uses MyTown?”) and Loopt’s 4 million… Read More

  • New Facebook Places Logo Is A "4." In A Square. Yeah.


    On the left is the logo for Facebook’s newly launched geolocational product Facebook Places, on the right is the logo for the current leader in the space Foursquare. Notice anything interesting? So Facebook, between the hoodie, the gong and this I’m starting to think you guys are just baiting me. And while I do not think this was intentional, I’m once again way too sober… Read More

  • There's No Success Like Failure: Google's Biggest Product Flops

    Here’s some infographic perspective on the eve of Facebook’s copycat Facebook Places launch, which has some ringing the death knell for location based startups Foursquare and Gowalla. A stroll through the Google graveyard is a lesson in how rarely it works out when successful companies stop focusing on their core competency to go after the little guys. Between Wave, Jaiku, and… Read More

  • Before They Were Coupon Stars: Groupon CEO In 'Monkey For A Week' Video

    In writing about Groupon expanding their dominion to Japan and Russia yesterday, I couldn’t help but notice one thing setting the company apart from the myriad clones, the “Groupon Says” feature, or the random humorous blurb underneath vaguely-related daily deals. “Groupon Says” is just one element of the quirky culture of stunts and pranks that seems to be… Read More

  • CauseOn, Like Groupon But Partially For Charity

    Causeon debuts today with a slight twist on the Groupon clone model. Similar in concept to LivingSocial Charities and Groupon’s The Point, not only does the Portland-based company offer up daily deals, but it contributes 20% of its revenue from those deals to a charitable cause. CEO Craig Barnes explains the pivotal charity element, “We see traditional group buying as a win-win… Read More

  • Swipely Launches, Lets You Share Your Buying Habits Sans Prices

    Providence, Rhode Island-based Swipely, like a Blippy without the prices, has made its transaction tracking service available to the public today, officially leaving private beta. Swipely, which aggregates social purchasing data, does not reveal pricing on transactions as it wants the actual “swipes” themselves to be the focus of attention. “With Swipely, we’ve created… Read More

  • Groupon Makes Leap Into Japan and Russia With Latest Acquisitions

    Our favorite digital coupon group buying site Groupon has cemented its foray into Japan and Russia today with the acquisitions of Japanese and Russian deals sites Qpod and Darberry respectively. Groupon has a tendency to acquire and rebrand its better outfitted clones, most recently buying the German startup Citydeal as an outpost of its European expansion. Groupon, which has the dubious… Read More

  • If German Homes Can Now Opt Out Of Google, Then How About People?

    Google made their “opt out of street view” service live in Germany today, giving select Germans until September 15th to exclude their properties from being mapped when the Street View service launches. The function will be available for a limited time in the 20 cities that are mentioned which includes Berlin, Dresden and Hamburg and then extend to all cities covered as Google… Read More

  • Bill Cosby, New Coke's Biggest Booster, Wants In On The New Digg

    Comedian Bill Cosby of New Coke and Jello Pudding Pop endorsing fame is totally excited for the new Digg 4, so much so that he can’t wait a few of weeks for its upcoming launch and needs an alpha invite like NOW. Cosby, who has been in the news recently for some interesting opinions on race, also could use the Digg founder’s help with his new iPhone app, Bill Cosby for the iPhone. Read More

  • Facebook, By The Numbers

    Dear Mark E. Zuckerberg Harvard ’06, It’s me Alexia, from the future. Just wanted you to know that you’ve come a long long way from The Harvard Crimson’s seminal piece “Hundreds Register for New Facebook Website” which you probably think is a really big deal right now. Just an FYI, in about six years or so you’ll be counting your accomplishments in… Read More

  • Precise Path Robotics, Purveyor Of Hat-Wearing Lawn Mowing Robots, Raises $4.5 Million

    The above video explains exactly why Precise Path Robotics just got $4.5 million in funding. Once you’ve seen the RG3 Robotic Greens Mower, or as I like to call it “Hat-Wearing Golf Course Roomba,” in action it’s pretty hard to imagine a golf course being mowed in any other way. Did you know there were 32,000 golf courses in the world? Neither did I, but the RG3 is… Read More

  • SafetyWeb's Free Online Tracking Helps Police Find Missing Kids

    Child safety monitoring service SafetyWeb is releasing a free version of its online tracking tool today, specifically for law enforcement agencies. The SWOT tool allows police to secure the social networking accounts of a missing child and access recent status updates. Basically it tracks recent activity across platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Myspace and any other social networking services… Read More

  • Mappiness iPhone App Maps Happiness (Say That Three Times Fast)

    Officially launching today is Mappiness, a UK iPhone app that “maps Happiness” which pings users with a questionnairre order to plot out their feelings during the day. Using LBS, the app links responses and response locations to environmental data in an attempt to, according to lead researcher George MacKerron, “better find answers on the impacts of natural beauty and… Read More

  • BlueGlass Interactive Launches SecondStep Enterprise SEO Platform

    The much buzzed about BlueGlass Interactive announces today the launch of its automated SEO platform for businesses, which the company is releasing in private Beta after trying it out on high profile customers like Intuit, Homeaway, and Saleforce, and Disney. Dubbed SecondStep, the platform is in the same league as BrightEdge SEO and DIYSEO, with cloud based auditing and link building tools. Read More

  • Twitter's "Followed By" And "You Both Follow" More Useful Than "Mutual Friends"

    On Friday Twitter started a mass roll out of its “Followed By” and “You Both Follow” features, which we covered in more detail in June (It seems as though Tlists, a feature which allows users to see what Twitter lists you are on, have yet to launch full force). While Facebook and Foursquare have had “friends in common” social graph features for awhile… Read More

  • Facebook's Monica Keller Joins Socialcast As Director Of Engineering

    Facebook Activity Stream software architect and Open Standards advocate Monica Keller is joining the engineering team at enterprise software startup Socialcast. Keller will be assuming the role of Director of Engineering at Socialcast, which provides software that combines activity streams and microblogging for larger organizations interested in collaborating around realtime data. Keller was… Read More

  • Long Tweet Is Long: Bug Let You Go Way Over 140

    Late last night Japanese Twitter user @sskhybrid tweeted out the following 2,135 character tweet, which was inevitably retweeted by more than 100 people. Translated it seems to be a jumbled version of his experiences using Twitter. User @esehara has also jumped on the long tweet bandwagon tweeting out Genesis 1:1 in its entirety (3,157 characters). The Twitter bug which has left many befuddled… Read More