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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  • 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

    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 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 Launches Product Check-Ins

    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!

    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 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

    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

    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

    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

    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