Alex Wilhelm

Alex Wilhelm

Alex Wilhelm is a writer for TechCrunch. He lives in San Francisco.

Disclosure: I own a minor quantity of shares in AOL, the parent company of TechCrunch, that were purchased through the firm's employee share purchase program. My 401k and other accounts are invested into diversified global funds that include both equities and bonds. I own no other individual shares in companies, either private or public. I'm currently dating someone who works for a Google subsidiary.

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  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: The Number 8

    TCBTC, TechCrunch’s bitcoin podcast is back this week, on video, with a special guest, and no John Biggs. All that is fun, aside from the lack of Biggs. Jason Rowley, the person who actually got me into bitcoin originally was on hand, taking us through a meeting that he and I had with a member of the Chinese mining community about the future of bitcoin. All told, we had a fun time. If… Read More

  • CrunchWeek: Tech Stocks Fumble, Facebook Announces ‘M,’ And YouTube Takes On Twitch

    Welcome back to another episode of CrunchWeek. We’re very glad that you are here. This time ’round, our fearless Matthew Lynley headed the ship, while our own Josh Constine and your humble servant were on hand to help out along the way. We dug into the very turbulent global markets, and what that means for technology shares, along with a dive into the latest from Facebook, and… Read More

  • Mobile Gaming Live-Streaming Service Mobcrush Has Raised Around $10M

    Mobile Gaming Live-Streaming Service Mobcrush Has Raised Around $10M

    We’ve heard from sources that Mobcrush, a live-streaming service centered around mobile games much in the same way Twitch is known for streaming popular eSports desktop games, has raised around $10 million in new financing, though the number could have gone beyond that. Mobcrush’s bet is that mobile game streaming will be as big — if not bigger — than some of the… Read More

  • IBM’s Dr. John Kelly Is Bringing Watson To Disrupt SF

    IBM’s Dr. John Kelly Is Bringing Watson To Disrupt SF

    IBM’s Dr. John Kelly is joining the TechCrunch crew onstage at this year’s Disrupt SF. But he won’t be alone. Instead, Kelly is bringing Watson along with him. Watson is an IBM project that answers questions using artificial intelligence to accept and process natural language queries. It became known to the public for its exploits in the Jeopardy game show, if you recall. Read More

  • Say Hello To Windows 10 Build 10532

    Say Hello To Windows 10 Build 10532

    If you are part of the Windows Insider program, Microsoft’s tool to get new code into the hands of its hardcore users ahead of the general public, you get a treat today: Windows 10 build 10532. Yes, another Windows 10 build. So, what’s new? Core to the new build are improved menus, which should provide a bit more harmonic fit. Also up is the ability to share notes from the… Read More

  • Windows 10 Now Runs On 75 Million Devices

    Windows 10 Now Runs On 75 Million Devices

    Microsoft is 7.5 percent of the way to its goal of a flat billion devices running Windows 10 in the next few years. Today the software giant announced that its latest operating system, Windows 10, is now running on 75 million machines. Read More

  • Radical Transparency | Bullish

    This Week On Bullish: Radical Transparency

    Hello friends and welcome back to Bullish, a weekly show from TechCrunch designed to see how long I can sit under lights and not sweat through my makeup. Jokes aside, Bullish is our first talk show, and we’re glad that you are here. This week, I’m very happy to report that we brought Buffer co-founder and COO Leo Widrich back to headquarters for a chat about salary transparency… Read More

  • A Few Thoughts On Tech Stocks

    A Few Thoughts On Tech Stocks

    Shares in technology companies have recently come under intense pressure, similar to other equities, markets, commodities and more. How far tech shops have declined, however, is worth digging into. After all, if the value of public tech companies has declined sharply, it could impact the value of private startups like Uber or Dropbox. Read More

  • Hortonworks Acquires Onyara, Early Startup With Roots In NSA

    Hortonworks Acquires Onyara, Early Startup With Roots In NSA

    Hortonworks, the big data company built on Hadoop, bought early-stage startup Onyara today. The company, which launched at the end of last year, has its roots in the NSA — yes that NSA. The Onyara engineers worked at the NSA for 8 years helping to develop a technology that would later be known as Apache NiFi. The NSA released the technology to the open source community last year as… Read More

  • RIP Summer

    RIP Summer

     After a multi-year bull cycle that raised the prices of domestic equities to levels that made value-focused investors squirm, the U.S. markets are suffering from a stiff correction, dropping in partial step with international shares and other assets. It’s a global cold, and everyone is sneezing. Apple opened dramatically lower this morning, mirroring broad index declines. Twitter… Read More

  • Dropbox’s Wall Street Challenge

    Dropbox’s Wall Street Challenge

    Dropbox boasts a valuation in the $10 billion range. Last February the company hired a new CFO, which for many startups is a signal that their IPO moment is coming sooner rather than later. Nobody knows for sure of course, and Dropbox isn’t talking, but if the company does decide to move forward with a flotation, it could face several challenges in spite of its strong market… Read More

  • CrunchWeek: Amazon’s Soul, Ashley Madison, And Uber’s IPO

    Welcome back friends, we are here to cap off the week, taking a look at the biggest stories in the process. This time ’round, our coterie was helmed by none other than TechCrunch’s own Sarah Lane. Megan Rose Dickey and myself rounded out the quorum. On the docket today is Amazon’s controversial corporate culture, the massive Ashley Madison hacks, and news that Uber will… Read More

  • Twitter Collapses To Record Lows, Tests IPO Price As Tech Stocks Slump En Masse

    Twitter Collapses To Record Lows, Tests IPO Price As Tech Stocks Slump En Masse

    In the post-IPO market, Twitter is sucking air. At least it isn’t alone. Alibaba also set a record low today. After repeated quarterly reports detailing slowing, anemic user growth, shares in Twitter today reached a new nadir: the firm’s IPO price. Twitter went public at $26 per share. It skyrocketed from that dollar point, eventually managing a $39.93 billion market… Read More

  • This Week On Bullish: The Digital Divide

    Happy Wednesday, friends, and welcome back to another episode of Bullish, a new show from TechCrunch designed to force me to wear makeup at least once a week. This time ’round we’re talking about education, technology, and how they don’t always end up together. How much do we invest in technology in our school districts? How can we get more tech into our classrooms? And… Read More

  • Microsoft Launches New Windows 10 Build, Vows To Keep Its Early Access Program Alive

    Microsoft Launches New Windows 10 Build, Vows To Keep Its Early Access Program Alive

    Microsoft released a new Windows 10 build to its testing community today, noting in the process that the developers and fans in its ‘Insider’ program will continue to receive builds ahead of the general public. The gist is that after the formal launch of Windows 10 to the public — more on that here — Microsoft remains focused on placing new features and the like into… Read More

  • The 9 Worst Performing Tech IPOs Of The Last Year

    On the heels of our gallery looking into the best performing technology IPOs of the last twelve months, here is the other side of the spectrum, with help from CrunchBase data. Read More

  • Zulily’s Buyout Spike Leaves It Less Valuable Than When It Went Public

    Zulily’s Buyout Spike Leaves It Less Valuable Than When It Went Public

    For investors of Zulily, today is a good day. The company has agreed to be acquired by the parent company of QVC in a roughly $2.4 billion deal. The agreement values Zulily at $18.75 per share, up nearly 50 percent from its prior close. Temper your excitement. When Zulily went public, it sold 11 million shares at $22 apiece. As TechCrunch wrote at the time, the online deal shop had a massive… Read More

  • Microsoft Drops Another Windows 10 Update

    Microsoft Drops Another Windows 10 Update

    And then there were three. Earlier this week, Microsoft released a new set of updates for Windows 10 for the third time since the operating system formally debuted in late July. Windows 10 is Microsoft’s attempt to build a single operating system that can function on devices of any size, or input variety. As before, the update comes with minimal documentation and explanation. And… Read More

  • The 11 Best Performing Tech IPOs Of The Last Year

    What qualifies as a tech company? Everyone has their own definition. For this gallery, we’ve hewn closer to the Silicon Valley definition of tech with help from CrunchBase data. Every list has its biases. Those are our bends. Read More

  • You Can Now Run Windows 10 On Your Mac

    You Can Now Run Windows 10 On Your Mac

    Thanks to Apple updating Boot Camp, that is. If you have had a hankering to try out Microsoft’s latest operating system — and I can recommend at least taking it for a spin — now’s the time. Apple’s full directions here are worth your time, but the broad strokes are simple: If you have a Mac no older than ‘mid 2012,’ and are running the most recent build… Read More

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