Alex Wilhelm

Alex Wilhelm is the editor-in-chief of Crunchbase News and co-host of Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast.

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TechCrunch Minute: Tesla’s Cybertruck recall, layoffs set the stage for its Q1 earnings

Tesla is not having a good start to the week. In its defense, it didn’t have a very good end to last week, either. Today the news is that recent price cuts have irked Tesla investors, who sent i

Salesforce’s silly deal dies, Rubrik’s IPO, and venture capital in space

Equity discusses the latest market news, upcoming earnings, IPOs, and what impact — if any — the recent bitcoin halving had on its value.

Wall Street doesn’t seem too keen on a potential Salesforce-Informatica pairing

Amid rumors that Salesforce is interested in buying Informatica, investors aren't taking kindly to the potential pairing.

TechCrunch Minute: Meta’s new Llama 3 models give open source AI a boost

New AI models from Meta are making waves in technology circles. The two new models, part of the Facebook parent company’s Llama line of artificial intelligence tools, are both open source, helpi

Tesla’s newsy week, and is fintech having a moment?

It’s been more than a minute since Tesla went public, but the EV company was inescapable on TechCrunch this week. From layoffs to pricing changes and more, it was a week dyed deeply in Tesla col

Ibotta’s IPO opens sharply higher, hinting at warming public-market interest in tech shares

Ibotta began its path as a public company on Thursday by opening at $117 per share, a big increase from its IPO price of $88, itself an increase from its proposed range of $76 to $84 per share. Updat

TechCrunch Minute: NASA needs your help to bring rocks back from Mars

NASA’s decision to scrap its $11 billion, 15-year mission to Mars to bring back samples could create a startup feeding frenzy, TechCrunch reports. Describing its plans as too slow, and too expen

TechCrunch Minute: New Atlas robot stuns experts in first reveal from Boston Dynamics

This week Boston Dynamics retired its well-known Atlas robot that was powered by hydraulics. Then today it unveiled its new Atlas robot, which is powered by electricity. The change might not seem like

Andreessen Horowitz’s $7.2B new funds for a ‘new era’

What is worth $11 billion and wants to go to Mars to collect rocks? NASA’s mission to Mars to collect rocks that was expected to cost $11 billion and take ages. So, the U.S. space agency is thr

HR startup Rippling is in discussions to raise at a $13.4B valuation, up from $11.25B

Late-stage HR tech startup Rippling is raising new capital. The company’s new round, which has not yet closed, would inject $200 million into Rippling with another $670 million worth of shares being

TechCrunch Minute: Why Tesla’s big layoffs happened, and what comes next

Tesla’s layoffs and executive departures took a bite out of its share price this week. The well-known electric vehicle company shed around 10% of its staff, impacting an estimated 14,000 people

TechCrunch Minute: Where the Apple Vision Pro stands now that the launch day hype has dropped off

A few months after its launch, how is Apple’s Vision Pro faring? The company’s ambitious bet on computers that nestle on your face instead of sit on your desk made a huge splash when it wa

OpenAI plans new Tokyo office, Tesla lays offs thousands

Today on Equity, Tesla cuts staff, and OpenAI has plans for an office in Tokyo along with a new GPT-4 model for the Japanese language.

TechCrunch Minute: Apple’s stance on right to repair changes with new iPhone policy

Apple’s stance on the right to repair has now become more accommodative, with the company now supporting used parts for iPhone 15 repairs that can include the camera, display and battery. Compon

Beeper acquired by Automattic, fintech’s decline and YC’s lack of LatAm founders

When it comes to news items that we love at TechCrunch, IPOs rank pretty darn high. Another great newsy bit that comes along less frequently than we’d like is a startup buying another startup. T

TechCrunch Minute: TikTok and Meta’s latest moves signal a more commodified internet

The internet’s mega-platforms are slowly merging into a great blob of sameness, and even the hottest companies in the world are not immune from the trend. TikTok’s winning strategy to focu

A $60M venture fund with a twist, and more startup-on-startup acquisitions

Today on Equity we dig into Multiverse's acquisition of Searchlight, Guesty's massive Series F, Monad Labs and Cyera's mega-round.

TechCrunch Minute: Google’s Gemini Code Assist wants to use AI to help developers

Can AI eat the jobs of the developers who are busy building AI models? The short answer is no, but the longer answer is not yet settled.

TechCrunch Minute: Spotify rolls out an AI-powered playlist feature

Starting in just a few countries, the new AI playlist feature will roll out to more markets over time.

TechCrunch Minute: Quantum computing’s next era could be led by Microsoft and Quantinuum

The tech world is incredibly focused on AI and its applications today, but artificial intelligence is hardly the only place where progress is being made. If you want to get really into the weeds, pay
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