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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  • Dribbble, Share Your Designs And Get Feedback In Realtime

    Dribbble, yes that’s three Bs, is a website that allows you to share 400 by 300 sneak peeks on design projects or “shots” in real-time, with a community of like-minded designers, developers and other creatives giving you feedback on your work. Cofounded by Dan Cederholm and Rich Thornett, the Salem, Massachusetts-based platform has been in alpha since April but… Read More

  • Digg To AOL Exodus Claims Biz Dev VP Bob Buch

    Former Digg biz dev head Bob Buch will as of Monday take on a new role as AOL’s VP of Business Development. Buch will joining Digg’s former Chief Strategy Officer Mike Maser, former Marketing Manager Aubrey Sabala, and former Head of Communications Kiersten Hollars, who all made the switch over to AOL. Buch will be part of a team helmed by former Google Managing Counsel and current… Read More

  • Twitter Now Even More Torrent-Friendly

    The sharing and tracking of torrents through Twitter just got a little easier with today’s release of BitTorrent’s Torrent Tweet, an app that you can add to torrent client uTorrent in order to organize the discussions surrounding individual torrents on Twitter. Through Torrent Tweet, tweets are published with an automatically generated hashtag unique to each torrent file, like… Read More

  • Bubble Alert: Xobni's Spending Money On A Mural

    On the heels of the as of yet unprofitable Demand Media IPO filing, it looks like email software purveyor Xobni (Inbox spelled backwards) has decided to spend money on a mural. And an elaborate one at that. While the rest of the country is gearing up for a second recession, the tech sector seems blissfully exempt with inflated billion dollar valuations being flung left and right. Will startup… Read More

  • Facebook, YouTube, Skype, 'Mad Men' Style

    Facebook, YouTube, Skype, 'Mad Men' Style

    Because it’s Friday; Brazilian ad agency Moma has created the above ’60s style ads for web services Facebook, YouTube and Skype. Part of the “Everything Ages Fast” campaign for Maximidia Seminars, the ads are visually stunning and the copy is eerily evocative (“Skype, The fabulous voice system able to put your family together”). Or maybe that’s just… Read More

  • Apple Patent Diagrams Send The Wrong Message To Developers


    To the left, a recent diagram included in a travel app patent filed by Apple. To the right, the homescreen interface for existing third party app “Where To,” which has been in the app store since 2008. Apple’s diagram accompaniments to their recent travel, hotel and shopping patent applications were made public on July 30th, but no one made the “Where To”… Read More

  • Zynga Confirms Unoh Acquisition

    Zynga just officially confirmed their buy of Tokyo-based startup Unoh , which we reported on yesterday. Japanese business publication The Nikkei estimated the price at several billion yen. When contacted, Zynga representatives declined to comment on financial details. The Unoh offices in Tokyo will be the base of Zynga Japan’s mobile initiatives, a joint venture between Zynga and… Read More

  • Plannr, Schedule Management For Hipsters

    Plannr, Schedule Management For Hipsters

    Well here’s a first, the creative folks at Plannr have come up with this hypothetical “What would the world be like if the cast of MTV’s Jersey Shore used our mobile scheduling product?” promotional video, above. Suspend your disbelief about the Jersey Shore crew caring about schedule management and login to Plannr as Snooki (password: “abc”) , join Ronnie… Read More

  • Booyah's MyTown Goes Global

    Booyah’s MyTown, a location based service that recently launched a feature allowing users to check in to products via bar code scans, just announced an expansion to the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada. MyTown is the first location based service to support global check-ins utilizing the recently launched Places Web Service via the Google Maps API. Read More

  • Founderspotting: Steve Jobs, He's Just Like Us!

    As in sometimes it’s hard for him to get a table without a prior reservation … Foodspotting founder Alexa Andrzejewski snapped the above pic of Apple demi-god Steve Jobs outside of San Francisco hotspot Flour + Water over the weekend. What’s particularly notable here is that Andrejweski, who may I remind you owns her own photo posting site, regrettably posted the photo to… Read More

  • Evite Introduces Redesign, Tries Not To Suck, Fails

    “Evite sucks” is not a revolutionary opinion. The online invitation company has been the subject of substantial vitriol for how much their site design feels like it’s from 1998, when they launched. It would be impossible not to respond to this overwhelming criticism, and the newly re-launched Evite attempts to address many of its user experience problems. “It should… Read More

  • Zynga Launches Mafia Wars Las Vegas, Promises To Blow Up Real Armored Truck

    Officially launching today is the latest addition to the Zynga roster, Mafia Wars Las Vegas. Up in beta since July 21st, the mobster-themed game has exploded within the past week, and Zynga’s internal metrics are currently at the 3 million player mark. The meter has also registered 7 million Vegas gifts per day, 8.5 million casino properties being upgraded, and 1.5 billion jobs being done… Read More

  • Former Crunchies Finalist StatSheet Recieves 1.3 Million In Series A

    One-man-startup Statsheet just received 1.3 million in a first round of funding from a group of investors that includes Valhalla, IDEA Fund Partners and assorted angels, most notably Adam Smith of Xobni. Founded by former Cisco engineer Robert Allen, the Statsheet Network platform is run on StatSheet.com and provides fans and bloggers with statistical analysis, charts, and sport stat embeds. Read More

  • Zagat Wins Foursquare's Battle Of The Brands

    At least according to the folks at custom badge site Osnapz, who have created a Foursquare brand leaderboard stack ranking the location based service’s many promiscuous partnerships in terms of follower count, with Zagat in the top slot at 48,136. For the uninitiated, the leaderboard is a glimpse into some of the more obscure Foursquare brand tie-ins and badges, some of them holdovers… Read More

  • Live Long And Prosper With YC-Funded FutureAdvisor

    With 13 billion dollars in mutual fund fees generated each year, so much about the investment process is made needlessly complicated by companies who want to sell you funds. Y Combinator-backed FutureAdvisor, which launches tonight, wants to help. The company likens itself to a Mint for retirement investment, but unlike retirement calculators from funds like Fidelity and Schwab, the web… Read More

  • Push Notifications Meet Dating: meetMoi NOW Alerts You When Matches Are Nearby

    Launching today on the Android Platform is meetMoi NOW, a mobile dating app that alerts users when a match is nearby and lets the brave find a date on the spot. What’s unique about meetMoi is that it weds geo-location and push with dating; You can download it from the Android Marketplace, login or use Facebook Connect, and then just walk around while it searches for potential beaus. Read More

  • Want A Retweet? Be Insightful, Or At Least Link To Someone Who Is

    A retweet has become the sincerest form of flattery; Let’s be honest, we all want more of them. And if you believe the mush served up by social media experts, there are a thousand ways to get more Twitter engagement, or whatever — Mush aside, there is no exact science of retweeting. Despite this, the folks at SimplyZesty attempt to pin down some common retweeting patterns in a… Read More

  • #FlyFwdGiveBack Sale Too Successful, Crashes Virgin America Site

    Twitter and Virgin America have teamed up to bring you a retweetable 24 hour sale, another iteration of @earlybird. Fans of inflight Wifi who commute between San Francisco and Los Angeles (and other relatively urban cities) will be pleased that the discount fares start at $39, with five dollars per #flyfwdgiveback booking going to DonorsChoose.org. Virgin America plans on donating up to$50,000… Read More

  • Google Earth Used To Fine People With Pools, Again

    Under the table pools might be the catalysts of the next technology revolution in government. During February’s Greek economic collapse, the normally technophobic Greek government used Google Maps and Google Earth to find people who had craftily evaded taxes by failing to declare a pool. Read More

  • Shoutworthy Lets You Endorse A Friend In 140

    We’ve killed off reputation before, but it somehow refuses to die, with third party platforms like Unvarnished gaining steam in an entirely new sector of social, reputation currency. Quietly launching today out of DUMBO, Brooklyn (“the SOMA of New York City”) comes Sawhorse Media’s Shoutworthy, a social app that attempts to steal some of LinkedIn’s thunder and cash… Read More