Alexia Tsotsis

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  • 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

  • New Airbnb Logo Wants You To Draw It Like One Of Your French Logos

    New Airbnb Logo Wants You To Draw It Like One Of Your French Logos

    In a real life scene that could be in HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley,’ Airbnb unveiled a very sexually connotative logo today: Bélo. Apparently no one in on the design process asked themselves, in this guy’s parlance, “Does this logo look like a boobs and a butt and a hooha?” Per Armin Vit’s post, “The answer has to be a resounding “No”. If… Read More

  • There’s No Crying In Inside Baseball

    There’s No Crying In Inside Baseball

    Many of you have likely read the latest in a series of profiles of Kara Swisher, the grizzled WSJ reporter who struck out with Walt Mossberg to found Recode. If you haven’t, you should, because it’s pretty good. Swisher is an amazing reporter, and someone who I personally respect a great deal. Featured in the story is a panel from the South By Southwest Interactive conference this… Read More

  • Samsung In Talks To Scoop Up SmartThings For Around $200 Million

    Samsung In Talks To Scoop Up SmartThings For Around $200 Million

    Google has Nest, Apple has HomeKit and Samsung has…SmartThings, we’re hearing. The deal was completed for around $200 million dollars, though it might have been less according to one source. (Update: The deal is not done yet, says another.) Update: SmartThings has been acquired by Samsung. SmartThings is in the home automation space, and allows you to connect devices like lights… Read More

  • You Say Potato Salad

    You Say Potato Salad

    Imagine missing yesterday as a news day, and meeting today with fresh eyes: You’d wonder why a lot of people were talking about potato salad. And, wow, poor Brazil. If this Kickstarter for potato salad has seen far, it’s because it has stood on the shoulders of giants Yo. Both Yo (an app that literally allows you to say “Yo” to your friends with one tap) and the… Read More

  • Peter Thiel Is Returning To Disrupt SF

    Peter Thiel Is Returning To Disrupt SF

    We’re thrilled to announce that legendary founder and investor Peter Thiel will be joining us on stage at Disrupt SF 2014. From PayPal to Founders Fund, Thiel has set the bar for success in Silicon Valley, and this will be the second time he’s spoken at our conference. We’re glad he’s back. Thiel made the first outside investment in Facebook in 2004, and was an… Read More

  • What’s Disrupt SF Without A Fireside Chat Between Marc Benioff and Michael Arrington?

    What’s Disrupt SF Without A Fireside Chat Between Marc Benioff and Michael Arrington?

    Marc Benioff, the outspoken founder and CEO of Salesforce, will take the Disrupt stage with Michael Arrington again this year at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. Since last year, his company has seen solid growth, and it announced that it will be moving into what will be the tallest building in San Francisco, which will also bear the company’s name. Benioff himself has continued to be one of… Read More

  • Google Fit Warms Up

    Google Fit Warms Up

    Google Fit has risen as part of an prodigious, two-and-a-half-hour-long I/O keynote that included everything but the kitchen sink (and Google Glass and Google+). Today during its annual developer conference, Google announced a platform preview of Google Fit, a set of APIs that will allow developers to sync data across wearables and devices. Read More

  • CEO Late For Dinner

    CEO Late For Dinner

    Last week at the Cannes Lions advertising festival, sorry, “International Festival of Creativity”, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer had a bit of a tough time. First, she gave an on-stage presentation that some are saying was too ‘hard sell’ — telling the ad executives in attendance what they wanted to hear, without actually saying anything genuine. Okay. Read More

  • Survival Of The Digital Fittest

    Survival Of The Digital Fittest

    In just under two weeks from now at Google I/O, Google will announce wearable fitness functionality that Apple announced at WWDC. Next year at WWDC, Apple will announce wearable fitness functionality that Google announced at I/O. Jokes aside, Google and Apple’s competition to “own” wearable health has reached “Silicon Valley”-level proportions. After Apple… Read More

  • Lowercase Capital Is Raising A New $25M Fund, Led By Matt Mazzeo

    Lowercase Capital Is Raising A New $25M Fund, Led By Matt Mazzeo

    Lowercase Capital is raising another $25 million, we’re hearing. This is notable for a couple of reasons: Due to its Uber investment, Lowercase Capital’s very first fund — a modest $8.5 million raised in 2010 — has seen its value increase by more than 100x , which is perhaps historic in early-stage seed funds. Lowercase’s second fund, “Spur,” has also… Read More

  • MotionSavvy Is A Tablet App That Understands Sign Language

    MotionSavvy Is A Tablet App That Understands Sign Language

    There are plenty of things to take for granted in this life, and the ability to hear is one that most of the population does. But not the team at MotionSavvy. Motion Savvy, which emerged from the Leap Motion accelerator AXLR8R, is building a tablet case that leverages the power of Leap Motion in order to translate American Sign Language into English and vice versa. The entire 30-person team… Read More

  • Announcing Include, TechCrunch’s Diversity Partner Program

    Announcing Include, TechCrunch’s Diversity Partner Program

    While the tech industry has long aspired to be inclusive, the numbers are dismal. Hardly a week passes by without media outlets highlighting concerns about sexism, ageism or “founder profiling” in our industry. Read More

  • Apple Opens Up Touch ID To All Apps

    Apple Opens Up Touch ID To All Apps

    If you ever thought that the future creeps up on you slowly, and then all at once, behold Touch ID for all apps. Announced today as a side feature of iOS 8, the Touch ID recognition you’ve come to know and love in the 5s will now extend beyond helping you more quickly unlock your iPhone and download apps from iTunes to helping you more quickly log into apps like Mint (the demo). Read More

  • Watch The Finale Of HBO’s Silicon Valley With TechCrunch

    Watch The Finale Of HBO’s Silicon Valley With TechCrunch

    That HBO show about Silicon Valley is actually good, so good I binge-watched all 7 episodes last Friday. The last two episodes take place at TechCrunch Disrupt, replete with my former colleague Jason Kincaid as a host and a guest appearance by our founder Michael Arrington. Because there’s so much TechCrunch in the show, we thought it might be cool to host a viewing of the finale… Read More

  • Wavii Founder Leaves Google

    Wavii Founder Leaves Google

    Lots of Google executives are at the Re/Code Code conference in Rancho Palos Verdes this week. But at least one of them won’t be a Google executive for very much longer. Wavii founder Adrian Aoun is leaving the search company, a little more than a year after the $30 million acquisition of his content aggregation startup, in order to start a second company. It is unclear whether he left… Read More

  • The Fourth Internet

    The Fourth Internet

    Not very often do you read something online that gives you the chills. Today, I read two such things. The first came from former Gizmodo, Buzzfeed and now Awl writer John Herrman, who wrote about the brutality of the mobile social (or for sake of discussion ‘fourth’) Internet: “Metafilter came from two or three internets ago, when a website’s core… Read More

  • Kyle Russell, Sarah Buhr And Ron Miller Join TechCrunch

    Kyle Russell, Sarah Buhr And Ron Miller Join TechCrunch

    TechCrunch is incredibly happy to announce three new hires today including Kyle Russell, Sarah Buhr and, somewhat belatedly, our enterprise reporter Ron Miller. As a Business Insider reporter, Kyle Russell has impressed with his balanced coverage of being hassled for wearing Google Glass. He’s shown a passion for covering companies like Google and Apple, as well as emerging… Read More