Alexia Tsotsis

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  • Silicon Valley’s T.J. Miller To Host The Crunchies

    Silicon Valley’s T.J. Miller To Host The Crunchies

    The 8th Annual Crunchies Awards is headed our way, and we’re chuffed to announce that the hilarious T.J. Miller, better known as Silicon Valley’s egotistical entrepreneur and tech guru Erlich Bachman, will be our host for the evening. Miller got his start touring with Second City in Chicago, and doing improv at places like The Annoyance Theater and iO Chicago. Since then his… Read More

  • Reddit CEO Resigns, Alexis Ohanian Returns As Chairman

    Reddit CEO Resigns, Alexis Ohanian Returns As Chairman

    If there’s one constant in life, it’s change, and the fourth quarter of 2014 has brought quite a bit of change for Reddit, the massively popular aggregation site that could. So here’s some more news: Reddit CEO Yishan Wong has resigned, COO Ellen Pao has become interim CEO and co-founder Alexis Ohanian has returned to the company he founded in 2005 to fill the full-time… Read More

  • DSTLD Is Everlane For Jeans

    DSTLD Is Everlane For Jeans

    As it becomes ever easier to build a commerce brand from scratch online, we’re beginning to see upstart companies eat the luxury high-end mark-up right up. Notable examples include Warby Parker, Everlane and Jason Goldberg’s furniture store Hem. With retail prices reaching upwards of $200, it’s hard not to imagine someone eventually wanting to do this to premium denim, so… Read More

  • We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together (Spotify Remix)

    We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together (Spotify Remix)

    Spotify, I remember when we broke up the first time Saying, “This is it, I’ve had enough,” ’cause like We hadn’t seen each other in a two years When you said you needed to stream my music for free. (Sometimes.) Then you come around again and say Read More

  • Why Is Kim Kardashian At A Tech Conference?!

    Why Is Kim Kardashian At A Tech Conference?!

    Because she is co-creator of one of the most popular apps of 2014. Because she is poised to make $200 million in cold hard cash from a mobile app this year. Because at $700K a day in earnings just from the app, she is still more successful than most startup founders, at least from a revenue standpoint. Read More

  • Slack Is Raising Another Round At Up To A $1B Valuation

    Slack Is Raising Another Round At Up To A $1B Valuation

    Slack, the enterprise collaboration platform co-founded by Stewart Butterfield of Flickr fame, continues to defy its namesake: we have heard from sources that the company is raising a new round of funding at a valuation of between $800 million and $1 billion, just six months after raising nearly $43 million. The total raise is said to be eight figures and Sequoia and KPCB are participating… Read More

  • And The TechCrunch Disrupt Europe Finalists Are Crate, Disease Diagnostic Group, Oscult And PhotoMath

    And The TechCrunch Disrupt Europe Finalists Are Crate, Disease Diagnostic Group, Oscult And PhotoMath

    Over 1,500 people have walked through door at this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt Europe conference in London. We had everyone from Elvis impersonators to people dressed up as chickens participate, as one does at a tech conference. Highlights included watching our boss Tim Armstrong chat with Josh Constine about the high growth future of Aol, and what he learned after the mistake of… Read More

  • We’ve Got Questions For Tim Armstrong At Disrupt Europe

    We’ve Got Questions For Tim Armstrong At Disrupt Europe

    Yes, we’ve invited our boss to our conference, but he has a lot to say for himself. I mean, we too want to know if Aol, and by transitive property TechCrunch, is being sold to Yahoo, am I right? Tim Armstrong, CEO and Chairman of TechCrunch’s parent company, AOL, will be joining us for a fireside chat on Monday, October 20th. Armstrong has been the Chairman and CEO of AOL since… Read More

  • When Anna Met Jony

    When Anna Met Jony

    The fashion industry is secretly sick of being underestimated and under-intellectualized. There’s a pivotal scene in “The Devil Wears Prada” where Meryl Streep gives her assistant Andy a talking-to about the hypocrisy inherent in her disdain for fashion — as it’s given life to the blue drab sweater she is wearing. And is a trillion dollar industry. Read More

  • Yahoo Acquires Mobile Messaging App MessageMe

    Yahoo Acquires Mobile Messaging App MessageMe

    Yahoo has acquired mobile messaging application MessageMe, a Whatsapp-like service with $11.9 million in reported outside funding. The deal, we’re hearing from multiple sources, is a talent acquisition falling into the “single-digit” millions. [Update: We’re hearing now that the deal may actually better than this. Word is the deal is actually in the double-digit… Read More

  • Envoy Brings In $1.5 Million To Kill The Lobby Sign-In Book

    Envoy Brings In $1.5 Million To Kill The Lobby Sign-In Book

    When you think about things that need to be disrupted, the entryway sign-in booklet is probably the last thing on your mind. And yet. Having spent four years at Google and three years at Twitter as a backend engineer, Larry Gadea started building Envoy, an iPad-based, visitor-registration system this past November. At Twitter Gadea was part of the team that built Murder, a BitTorrent for the… Read More

  • Product Hunt Raises $6 Million From A16Z

    Product Hunt Raises $6 Million From A16Z

    Product Hunt, the aggregation site that many people consider a direct competitor to TechCrunch and other tech blogs due to its ability to surface new tech products and startups, has raised a hefty series A, we’re hearing. We’ve heard that Andreessen Horowitz led the round, and that Product Hunt picked up $6 million at a $22 million valuation (our tipsters were unclear on whether… Read More

  • The Disrupt SF 2014 Battlefield Finalists Are Alfred, Partpic, PatternEQ, Shipstr, Stack And Vinli

    The Disrupt SF 2014 Battlefield Finalists Are Alfred, Partpic, PatternEQ, Shipstr, Stack And Vinli

    In our new conference venue at Pier 48, 26 battlefield competitors (and two Audience Choice winners) have pitched their hearts out onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF these past two days. It’s been a nerve-wracking process for these founders, as they presented their business ideas to some of the most accomplished people in our industry who gave feedback on whether those ideas are worthy. Read More

  • A Letter To Jennifer Lawrence

    A Letter To Jennifer Lawrence

    You and I don’t know each other, but I work in tech news and, as such, have read a lot of technical speculation and analysis of what happened to you and a group of other women who work in Hollywood over the long weekend. While it is not exactly clear how your privacy was violated and your property was stolen, there is apparently an underground ring of people who spend their precious… Read More

  • Kobe Bryant Reads TechCrunch

    Kobe Bryant Reads TechCrunch

    This month’s issue of Sports Illustrated is notable because it includes a long form feature by Chris Ballard on Kobe Bryant’s return to the game this fall. The story is worth reading for its support of the growth mindset and its underlying theme of “hard work is all that matters,” whether you are a basketball fan or not. Another reason you should read it is that it is… Read More

  • Pinterest Investor Fritz Lanman Working On Two Different Companies

    Pinterest Investor Fritz Lanman Working On Two Different Companies

    Less than two years after selling his company Livestar to Pinterest, early Pinterest and Square investor Fritz Lanman is up to his old entrepreneurial tricks. Lanman, who continues to make angel investments and led the seed round of Class Pass, is trying out the “company builder” model, dividing his efforts between Doppler Labs, which is focused on wearable tech products, and DWNLD, … Read More

  • Snapchat Raising A New Round From KPCB At A $10B Valuation

    Snapchat Raising A New Round From KPCB At A $10B Valuation

    The rumors are flying around vanishing messaging app Snapchat, both on and off Secret. These rumors hold that Microsoft and Snapchat are in acquisition talks, though we can’t really grok why they would be, other than that the situation would make a great plot point in the inevitable Snapchat movie (“The Sexting Network”?). According to people familiar with Microsoft, there… Read More

  • Is Burning Man Just Work?

    Is Burning Man Just Work?

    It’s that time of year again. Summer is over for most people and has just begun for San Francisco. And this week, the city becomes emptier than a VC parking lot at 5pm as many of SF’s denizens head to Burning Man, a festival that celebrates human expression — importing in over 60,000 people to Black Rock City, Nevada to party. Read More

  • Kumo Is Raising $50 Million To Break The TV Bundle

    Kumo Is Raising $50 Million To Break The TV Bundle

    Despite Aereo’s trouble in the Supreme Court, the hope of disrupting the TV industry is still alive in the tech world. A new startup led by Aol and Dish veteran Neil Davis is in the process of raising $50 million to fill that void. The startup is called Kumo, and it’s still in stealth, so details are limited. Read More

  • Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen To Talk Philanthropy, Open-Source Education At Disrupt SF 2014

    Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen To Talk Philanthropy, Open-Source Education At Disrupt SF 2014

    Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen is the founder and president of the Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation, a private operating foundation that functions as a philanthropic innovation lab. The foundation’s mission is to inspire, educate and empower people to give in a way that matters more. Arrillaga-Andreessen is trying to radically change the way we give, and we’re thrilled to… Read More

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