Alexia Tsotsis

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  • Google+ Is Walking Dead

    Google+ Is Walking Dead

    Today, Google’s Vic Gundotra announced that he would be leaving the company after eight years. The first obvious question is where this leaves Google+, Gundotra’s baby and primary project for the past several of those years. What we’re hearing from multiple sources is that Google+ will no longer be considered a product, but a platform — essentially ending its competition with other… Read More

  • littleBits And NASA Bring Space Down To Earth With New ‘Space Kit’

    littleBits And NASA Bring Space Down To Earth With New ‘Space Kit’

    There is nothing more appealing to a nerd than space, as decades of television, the buzz around the Mars Rover landing and Elon Musk can attest to. This is probably why modular integrated circuits startup littleBits has partnered up with NASA to create the littleBits “Space Kit.” The kit will cost $189. littleBits is hard to wrap your head around if you don’t actually have the… Read More

  • The Return Of Reddit’s /r/Technology Is “Certainly Possible”

    The Return Of Reddit’s /r/Technology Is “Certainly Possible”

    A whole "department" of Reddit was demoted this week, with the /r/Technology subreddit being removed from the Reddit homepage and the default subreddit subscription feed. Earlier today I spoke to Reddit General Manager Erik Martin about the process of demoting subreddits as a form of punishment for mismanagement. Side note: I know Martin from back in the day when Reddit had only one developer. Read More

  • What Is The Opposite Of A BuzzFeed Quiz?

    What Is The Opposite Of A BuzzFeed Quiz?

    “i really feel like we need a buzzfeed-type writer,” our community manager Skypes me, because we’re hiring and dealing with all the fun stuff that that entails, “everyones going in that direction it seems.” “What is that direction?” I ask. “something that you don’t have to click on yet do cause why not” is her answer. This is the most… Read More

  • Fred Wilson Leads $23M Funding In CrowdRise, A ‘Charity Water’ For Everyone

    Fred Wilson Leads $23M Funding In CrowdRise, A ‘Charity Water’ For Everyone

    How do charities and non-profits raise enough money for their causes? Well, the normal route, that which needs to be "disrupted" if you will, means a lot of thousand dollar per-plate dinners, a lot of individual reaching out and maybe some marathon running. Edward Norton (yes, that Edward Norton) and his co-founders Robert Wolfe, Shauna Robertson and Jeffery Wolfe conceived of the idea for… Read More

  • Square And Google Were Not In Acquisition Talks

    Square And Google Were Not In Acquisition Talks

    The WSJ is reporting tonight that payments company Square was in acquisition talks with Google. We're hearing from multiple sources close to both companies that these talks did not in fact take place in any serious capacity. Read More

  • Counterforce Protests Tech Using Tech

    Counterforce Protests Tech Using Tech

    Rising income inequality is quickly becoming the most prevalent issue of our century, "the defining challenge of our time," according to President Obama. Nowhere is this more acute than in San Francisco, where rents growing at 3 times the national average are squeezing out the lower and middle classes in favor of tech workers who can pay astronomical housing prices. Read More

  • Behold, Murdoculous Rift

    Behold, Murdoculous Rift

    Pics of moguls wearing Oculus Rift headsets are the new pics of moguls with rappers. And who better to start the trend than media mogul and avid tweeter Rupert Murdoch? According to the fantastic Tumblr "Murdoch Here," Murdoch spent yesterday at NY computer graphics studio Framestore with pals Paul Cheesbrough, former NYC Chancellor of Education Joel Klein and 21st Century Fox chief of staff… Read More

  • Twitter Has Log Cabin Fever [Photos]

    Twitter Has Log Cabin Fever [Photos]

    Today in the Twitter log cabin beat: Twitter installed its previously purchased log cabins, which we reported on here, into its office at 1355 Market Street. The log cabins are part of the company's mid-Market office expansion, which includes a new cafeteria. Twitter now occupies seven floors of the 11-floor, 77-year-old SF Mart building. Read More

  • Refresh Makes You Smarter At Meetings

    Refresh Makes You Smarter At Meetings

    Do you remember the party scene in "The Devil Wears Prada," when Emily Blunt's character is whispering the names of party guests to Anna Wintour's character, briefing her on who everyone is as she meets them? Refresh, a product that aims to keep you as prepared as possible for your next encounter, wants to be the app equivalent of that character. I've been using Refresh in the wild for about two… Read More

  • Sophia Amoruso To Speak At TechCrunch Disrupt NY

    Sophia Amoruso To Speak At TechCrunch Disrupt NY

    Nasty Gal CEO Sophia Amoruso intently knows what it takes to build a brand online, turning her popular eBay vintage shop into a revenue opportunity worth over $100 million — and the envy of brick and mortar stores like Urban Outfitters — before she was thirty. Read More

  • Mightybell Now Tolls For All

    Mightybell Now Tolls For All

    The group software space is getting hot. Between Google Groups, Facebook Groups, Yammer, Convo, Asana, newcomer Slack and more, a loose or tight-knit organization has plenty of tools to choose from in order to keep its community organized. Gina Bianchini's second attempt at social networking for small communities, MightyBell, has fully joined the niche communication fray today, opening its… Read More

  • Jawbone Snaps Up Playground.fm

    Jawbone Snaps Up Playground.fm

    Looks like instead of being acquired, wrist and speaker hardware company Jawbone is doing some acquiring, scooping up social and personalized music playlist app Playground.fm, according to a well-placed source. Last time we heard something about Jawbone, it had closed a new financing round of about $250 million at around a $3 billion valuation. Kara Swisher and Re/code had reported a similar… Read More

  • Confirmed!

    Confirmed!

    In the realm of beautiful acquisition stories, someone posted on Reddit a month ago about a Mark Zuckerberg sighting at Oculus Rift's offices. Today Facebook bought Oculus Rift for $2 billion. Read More

  • SF Is Actually The New Palo Alto

    SF Is Actually The New Palo Alto

    Lots of pretty writing in New York Magazine writer Kevin Roose's "Is San Francisco New York" and New York Times writer Nick Bilton's response "Why San Francisco Is Not New York," so you should read them both. But before you can cry "East Coast, West Coast" or, probably in this case, "West Coast is the new East Coast is the new West Coast is the new East Coast," remember that pretty writing is… Read More

  • Julie Ann Horvath Describes Sexism And Intimidation Behind Her GitHub Exit

    Julie Ann Horvath Describes Sexism And Intimidation Behind Her GitHub Exit

    The exit of engineer Julie Ann Horvath from programming network GitHub has sparked yet another conversation concerning women in technology and startups. Her claims that she faced a sexist internal culture at Github came as a surprise to some, given her former defense of the startup, and her internal work at the company to promote women in technology. Read More

  • Investors Debate The Ethics Of Anonymity Apps

    Investors Debate The Ethics Of Anonymity Apps

    VCs are publicly and privately debating the morality of investing in the burgeoning "anonymish" app space, after a series of negative posts, mainstream gossip, a high profile resignation and even bomb and violence threats have pushed the volume of the debate to eleven. Last night, Netscape founder Marc Andreessen had one of his characteristic Twitter surges. He began his speech by referencing… Read More

  • #BanBossy May Have Beyonce, But #BeBossy Has Nicki Minaj

    #BanBossy May Have Beyonce, But #BeBossy Has Nicki Minaj

    Sheryl Sandberg has done it again: She's managed to rattle people by her sheer choice of words, and the logical fallacy that one woman's experience equals all women's experiences. I've spent some time looking at the #BanBossy campaign and am very impressed that Sandberg corralled Beyonce -- whose song "Run the World (Girls)" happens to be my personal anthem -- to perpetuate her rhetoric. Read More

  • Slideshow Of Stylish Women In Tech Includes Women Who Compiled The List

    Slideshow Of Stylish Women In Tech Includes Women Who Compiled The List

    TheLi.st co-founders Rachel Sklar and Glynnis MacNicol have apparently voted for themselves as #2 on Lucky Magazine's list of "The Top 25 Most Stylish Women In Tech." The list, which includes Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer (twice!), is heavy on the East Coast women, which, if you believe my Secret feed, are generally more attractive and fashionable than San Francisco women. Read More

  • Google Ventures Boots ‘Bustle’

    Google Ventures Boots ‘Bustle’

    Bustle, the unfortunately named and ill-marketed woman's publication launched by Bleacher Report founder Bryan Goldberg in August, has lost at least one prominent investor. Google Ventures has pulled its initial investment of $100K out of the company’s latest round of funding, divesting after deeming the startup out of touch with its values, sources tell us. Read More