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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  • 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

  • Out Of 500 Million Users, Looks Like 360 Tuned In To Facebook Live

    Just what you’ve always wanted to do, “glimpse inside Facebook’s headquarters”! Except that does sound kind of cool when you imagine Facebook bringing in top engineering talent and talking about new product development. But no, Facebook kicked off their live stream video service today at 3 pm PDT with the incongruous choice of an advertorial for actress America… Read More

  • Google's Jambool Acquisition Confirmed

    Google's Jambool Acquisition Confirmed

    Earlier this week we broke the news that Jambool and their Social Gold monetization platform had been acquired by Google. Jambool founders Vikas Gupta and Reza Hussien have just confirmed the deal on their company blog. While the blog post did not reveal a purchase price, our sources have it pegged at $55 million plus another $15 million -$20 million in an earnout. Jambool’s Social… Read More

  • Zagat First Partner To Integrate Foodspotting Photos And Guides

    Foodspotting and Zagat Survey, two entities that we have written about before, have today announced a decision to partner up in a move that pretty much sets the pace for mobile social dining in the future. Foodspotting users will now be able to earn a Zagat badge (see left) when they add photos from Zagat-rated restaurants in San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles, and New York and Zagat users… Read More

  • Share Combined Images And Text In A Snap With Juxio

    Juxio is a service that allows you to create Juxes, which are Mondrian-like combinations of text, title and image that you can combine like pieces of a puzzle to well, do all sorts of things, but namely create slideshows you can share with your friends through Facebook and Twitter. The Juxio iPhone app interface is incredibly intuitive, and I like that you don’t have to log in to create… Read More

  • Damntheradio Launches, Ups The Ante On Facebook Branding

    Damntheradio, an appropriately named social media CMS for bands and brands, launches today in private beta. Part of the i/o ventures incubator, Damntheradio allows companies to strengthen relationships with their fans through Facebook and Twitter and facilitates the sharing of branded content through incentives, across multiple Facebook pages. Damntheradio shares the enterprise branding space… Read More

  • For Owners, iPad Is Now Go-To Reading Device

    According to a survey of UK iPad owners put forth by Cooper Murphy Webb, people who own iPads are now using them as their go-to device for reading newspapers, magazines and books.Of the 1,034 iPad owners polled via telephone between July 28th and August 10th, 43% use the iPad for more than 10 hours per week, with most of those usage hours taking place in home. While the iPad dominates among users… Read More

  • Attempt At P ≠ NP Proof Gets Torn Apart Online

    Attempt At P ≠ NP Proof Gets Torn Apart Online

    What happens when Twitter and online communities filter scientific discovery ahead of professionals? As we saw this week, a lot of fuss over a result that will ultimately be discarded into the dustbin of flawed mathematical proofs. Computer scientists have long believed that a large number of useful computational problems require an impossible amount of CPU time to solve. Decades ago it… Read More

  • French Rap Video Brings Facebook To Life (Pokes Included)

    It used to be that folks overseas would get their mass pop culture fix from old episodes of “Baywatch” and “Friends. Now that the Internet has replaced television as culture’s primary mode of discourse, our currently most prevalent cultural artifacts (the “Like” button, LOLcats, @oldspice) have also permeated the arts on a global scale, most recently in… Read More

  • Ranker Leaves Beta, Launches 'Wisdom Of Crowds' Lists

    List making platform Ranker has officially left beta after 10 months, with today’s launch of “wisdom of crowds” lists. A service for “ranking anything in the universe,” Ranker has a database of over 6 million items for listing, with over 10,000 lists being created during Ranker’s beta. The site now has over 500k monthly unique visitors and hopes to that… Read More

  • i/o Ventures Spotlights Female Entrepreneurs With The WIE Prize

    i/o ventures has partnered up with notable females Arianna Huffington, Donna Karan and Sarah Brown to put together the first Women In Engineering Prize, and will be announcing the winner at the first WIE Symposium on September 20th. The deadline for hopeful female founders to apply is Sept 10th, and the lucky and hard working winner will receive 25k in investment, become part of the i/o… Read More

  • Confirmed: HOPA Dry Erase Girl Is A Hoax, Identity Revealed

    Confirmed: HOPA Dry Erase Girl Is A Hoax, Identity Revealed

    “Girl quits her job on dry erase board, emails entire office (33 Photos)” is indeed a hoax, say its creators John and Leo Resig. I’d love to pull out some well-worn meta-media analysis about how memes are increasingly where we get our culture and we need to be more circumspect when filtering information yada yada, but I’ll leave that to my betters. Elyse Porterfield… Read More

  • Can The iPhone Get You Laid?

    Yes, OKCupid’s data confirms our suspicions, iPhone users do “do it” more, at a rate of about 2x Android users. Perhaps this is because the Android has an easily accessible “Porn Store”? Presumably iPhone users are better at getting their kicks in real life. But the chart still leaves the greatest question of our time unanswered, “Do attractive people buy… Read More

  • LearnBoost Launches Online Grading Platform, Hits 1K Users On GitHub

    Grade management service LearnBoost, which recently received $975,000 in seed funding, made its first product available to the public today. Now, using LearnBoost’s free teacher gradebook and lesson plan software, teachers can manage their entire classroom with one account instead of having to have a separate lesson plan software account, an account for Google calendars… Read More

  • Cousin Of Actor Playing Zuckerberg in Facebook Movie Works At Facebook

    Meet Eric Fisher, Product Designer at Facebook and Design Advisor at local search site Milo. Fisher also has the notable and somewhat awkward designation of being the first cousin of Jesse Eisenberg, the actor who plays his boss Mark Zuckerberg in the upcoming Aaron Sorkin movie The Social Network. Fisher, who has been at Facebook since February, says he and Eisenberg are pretty close and… Read More

  • FCC Commissioner On Verizon-Google Proposal: Time To Put Consumers First

    Not thrilled with this morning’s Verizon-Google seven-tier joint policy proposal, FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps made the following one paragraph statement earlier today, basically asserting that the FCC is more interested in protecting consumer rights than Google and Verizon’s wishes. “Some will claim this announcement moves the discussion forward. That’s one of… Read More