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**](http://www.crunchbase.com/person/alexia-tsotsis): 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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  • Live Long And Prosper With YC-Funded FutureAdvisor

    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

    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

    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

    #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

    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

    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

  • "Good On Video" Is The New "Good On Paper" With YC-Funded Hirehive And YCommonApp

    "Good On Video" Is The New "Good On Paper" With YC-Funded Hirehive And YCommonApp

    “Good on paper” just became “good on video” with the latest double launch from the Ycombinator crew. With Hirehive, founders Dave Albert and Nick Bergson-Shilcoc are attempting to replace at least some part of the unwieldy hiring process with browser based video questionnaires, on a web platform where applicants can submit video, text or image responses. Read More

  • How To Get Our Attention, A Case Study

    How To Get Our Attention, A Case Study

    Many a post has come before this one on the special adventure that is pitching TechCrunch. And while most of our writers have their own personal preferences (Please don’t call my cell before 7 a.m. unless you’re Google, and you’re buying Twitter. And you’ve made breakfast in bed.) there’s definitely a right and wrong way to ping tips@techcrunch if you’re… Read More

  • The New Games People Play: How Game Mechanics Have Changed In The Age Of Social

    The New Games People Play: How Game Mechanics Have Changed In The Age Of Social

    The crux behind game mechanics is the feeling that you’ve accomplished something; “If you’re clicking on a plot of land or a musical note that is an accomplishment” says Social Gaming Network’s Shervin Pishevar. The new social gaming gives you the opportunity to share these goals with your social graph so that many people see them, as well as the chance to work… Read More

  • Top Ten of Couponing for Tech Startups

    The Coupon Network: Everything You Need To Know About The Web’s Hottest Business Model

    Due to the proliferation of deals sites like Groupon and Livingsocial, couponing is currently the hottest new thing on the Internet. At yesterday’s Social Currency CrunchUp, TechCrunch’s CEO and resident coupon expert Heather Harde sat down with News America Marketing VP Ginny Byrnes to dispense couponing advice to startups, tend to approach the problem from a technical perspective. Read More

  • Chamillionaire on the Impact of the Tech World on Music

    Chamillionaire Just Wants Your Business Card

    Grammy award winning artist Chamillionaire (a.k.a Hakeem Seriki) has become a regular at tech conferences, perhaps because the hustle and flow culture of the rap business and the hustle and flow culture of the tech business are surprisingly similar. His stories of struggles between artists and music labels are resonant to anyone who’s experienced the relationship intricacies of startups… Read More

  • Rule Your Work Productivity With RULE.fm

    Rule Your Work Productivity With RULE.fm

    It’s takes a certain type of person to get excited about a work productivity tool. Mark Nielsen and Patrick Carmitchel, unsatisfied with 37Signals‘ Basecamp, have decided to disrupt the productivity software industry, says Nielsen “We decided we’d rather not see the light of day for awhile than have to live with knowing that with just a little bit of creative, a pinch… Read More

  • InMobi's James Lamberti on Consumer Reaction to Mobile Ads

    InMobi Wants The World With Its Mobile Ads, Not Just The U.S.

    Today at our Social Currency CrunchUp in Palo Alto, CA, James Lamberti, VP of Global Research and Marketing for InMobi, sat down with our Michael Arrington to tell us a bit about mobile advertising. InMobi is the largest independent mobile ad network in the world. Overall, they’re number two behind Google’s AdMob. That earned them an $8 million investment from Kleiner Perkins… Read More

  • Layoffs, Reshuffle at OneRiot

    Layoffs, Reshuffle at OneRiot

    Social search site OneRiot just announced layoffs and staff restructuring on its company blog, in a post entitled “Welcome to the future, it’s coming fast.” Now, being agile also necessitates making some tough decisions too, if they are the right thing for the company right now. Unfortunately, today, we have had to let a handful of well respected colleagues go. This is a… Read More

  • Groupon Was Almost A Slippers With Flashlights Company

    Groupon Was Almost A Slippers With Flashlights Company

    According to GroupOn CEO Andrew Mason who is on stage right now at Social Currency CrunchUp, GroupOn was originally a side project Mason started in order to make money, “We tried a zillion things” Mason said. Including selling slippers with flashlights, which Mason describes as “act of desperation, pretty impressive considering that the company is currently making $365 million… Read More

  • Paul Graham and Ron Conway on Merger and Acquisitions of Startups

    Social Currency CrunchUp Live

    Good morning from the TechCrunch Social Currency CrunchUp at the Stanford Campus, where many of Silicon Valley’s most seasoned entrepreneurs and investors are joining us to discuss the future of coupons, social commerce, virtual goods, gaming mechanics, and a range of other timely topics. We’re streaming the event in its entirety live on Ustream. Read More

  • Google Confirms: We're Not Currently Blocked In China

    Google Confirms: We're Not Currently Blocked In China

    We’ve just received word from Google confirming that they are not currently blocked in China and that a server issue was most likely the cause of their dashboard misread. One month ago, Google put up their watered-down engine to avoid being shut down completely in China. Because the Chinese government did not like the auto redirect to Google Hong Kong which was previously in place, the… Read More

  • Users Say Google Is Not Blocked In China, Google Says Otherwise

    Users Say Google Is Not Blocked In China, Google Says Otherwise

    According to the Mainland China service availability page it looks like Google Web Search, Google Images and Google News are down in China, again. In fact if you parse the chart it looks like just about the only thing still up is Gmail. However reports on Twitter say other wise, as many users claim that the service is working fine. We also tested Google.com on Webpulse and received a big thumbs… Read More

  • Vlado Herman Steps Up As New Yelp CFO

    Vlado Herman Steps Up As New Yelp CFO

    Former Yelp VP of Finance/Administration Vlado Herman takes a step up the ladder and becomes, as of today, Yelp’s Chief Financial Officer. The Yelp Blog introduces his promotion with an adorable poem: Read More

  • Google's Latest Search Story Makes Having A Baby Seem Really Depressing

    Google’s Search Stories campaign is meticulously engineering to be relatable and tug at your heartstrings. Their latest, “New Baby,” portrays the “joys and costs” of parenting perhaps a little too well, heavy on the latter. So you’re clueless and your wife is pregnant and crazy and you have to sell your precious vinyl collection to be able to afford twins… Read More