Alex Wilhelm

Alex Wilhelm

Alex Wilhelm is a writer for TechCrunch. In the past, he helped grow The Next Web into a leading publication. Alex also worked for midVentures in Chicago, where he attended school, and co-founded Contenture, a startup focused on micropayments and the monetization of digital content.

Alex lives in San Francisco.

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  • The Best Surface 3 Easter Egg

    The Best Surface 3 Easter Egg

    Today is Surface 3 review day for hardware kids — video incoming, I promise — meaning that the media is mostly getting its first full day with the new Microsoft tablet hybrid. The device is much as we expected it to be, a less expensive Surface Pro 3 in a smaller package. Most importantly, however, is the simple fact that you don’t to charge the Surface 3. Ever. Read More

  • With Tech, What’s Old Is New Again

    With Tech, What’s Old Is New Again

    Technology tends to run in cycles, and as it evolves some early failed attempts might be worth another look in the context of more modern infrastructure. In several instances lately, whether streaming video or meal delivery, everything old has become new again. Streaming Video? Been There, Done That Let’s start with video streaming darlings Meerkat and Periscope as a prime example… Read More

  • Wag Launches Its On-Demand Dog Walking App In San Francisco

    Wag Launches Its On-Demand Dog Walking App In San Francisco

    Wag, a startup that helps connect pet owners and dog walkers with a mobile app, has touched down in San Francisco. The company, formerly only in operation in Los Angeles, recently added the tip of the Bay Area as its second locale. Wag vets dog walkers using background checks, and then insures their activities. Dog owners can schedule walks for their dogs, and track their pooch… Read More

  • CrunchWeek: Shyp’s Fundraising, Microsoft’s Surface 3 And GoDaddy’s Massive IPO

    Welcome to another episode of CrunchWeek — a special one, as our brand-new reporter Matt Lynley joins us for the first time. We’re incredibly happy to have him on the team and the set. Aside from newkid and myself, Sarah Buhr were on hand to dig into the biggest stories of the week: Shyp’s massive capital raise, Microsoft’s new Surface device and… Read More

  • Microsoft Is Saying Exactly “Nothing” About The Surface Pro 4

    Microsoft Is Saying Exactly “Nothing” About The Surface Pro 4

    On the heels of announcing the Surface 3, Microsoft trotted over to Reddit for its now-traditional AMA dance with the folks. The Surface 3 is a smaller, less expensive iteration of the Surface Pro 3, which was released last year. The Pro 3’s commercial performance has been superior to its predecessors, making its successor all the more interesting as a potential. In the AMA, Microsoft… Read More

  • Freestyle Capital Locks Down $60M For Its Third Fund, Adds Jenny Lefcourt As Its Third Partner

    Freestyle Capital, a venture shop based in California, has locked down a $60 million third fund. The new infusion brings the firm’s total capital raised to $126 million. In addition to its new traunch, Freestyle has brought Jenny Lefcourt into its ranks as its third partner. The two founding Freestyle partners — Josh Felser and Dave Samuel — are regular judges at… Read More

  • Microsoft Brings Collaboration To New Office Tool Sway

    Microsoft Brings Collaboration To New Office Tool Sway

    Remember Sway? It’s a recent addition to Microsoft’s Office suite, blending together note taking, presenting, and now, collaboration. The software is notable in that it was launched first in-browser, a step away from the traditional, desktop-focused Office apps like Word and Excel. Sway was opened to the general public in December of 2014. At the time, Microsoft noted that it… Read More

  • This Is Why #Brands Should Not Make April Fools’ Jokes

    This Is Why #Brands Should Not Make April Fools’ Jokes

    Welcome to the stupidest week on technology’s religious calendar: April Fools’ week. This isn’t the worst week. That slot remains filled by the Vegas confab that shall not be named. But be prepared for the next bit to be bored by trivial jokes, written by committee, and then signed off on by PR teams to ensure that any soul that might have been present in the words has… Read More

  • Sinch Blasts To $60M Run Rate In 10 Months

    Sinch Blasts To $60M Run Rate In 10 Months

    The race to provide telecom services to developers of every stripe has a number of large, well-capitalized participants. New and quickly growing among the better-known names is Sinch, a company that was spun out of Rebtel just over 10 months ago. According to the firm, Sinch is now generating revenue at a $60 million run rate. Sinch started with certain advantages that are worth noting. It… Read More

  • Microsoft Announces Surface 3, A Cheaper, Thinner, Slower Surface Pro 3

    Microsoft Announces Surface 3, A Cheaper, Thinner, Slower Surface Pro 3

    Microsoft announced the Surface 3 today, a new edition to its Surface lineup of tablet-hybrids. The Surface 3 is best described as a  thinner, smaller, lighter, and less-powerful Surface Pro 3. The Surface 3 also costs less, starting at $499, sports a smaller, 10.8 inch screen, a claimed 10 hours of video playback on a single charge, and runs a full build of Windows that comes with a… Read More

  • Microsoft Releases Preview Of Its New Browser ‘Project Spartan’ In Fresh Windows 10 Build

    Microsoft Releases Preview Of Its New Browser ‘Project Spartan’ In Fresh Windows 10 Build

    Microsoft wasn’t kidding when it promised to ship Windows 10 builds more quickly. Today, less than two weeks after its last iteration, the company has kicked out a new build that contains an important new feature: Project Spartan. The new build’s number is 10047, up a total of 6 from the preceding release. Read More

  • Microsoft Jumps Into The Mobile Device Management Fray

    Microsoft Jumps Into The Mobile Device Management Fray

    Microsoft made good on its promise to add mobile device management (MDM) to its Office 365 productivity service, making the feature generally available today to commercial customers. Microsoft has added, in English, the ability for large companies to manage Office on the phones of their employees, regardless of whether the handset in use is a personal or corporate device. Read More

  • Chairman Wheeler Predicts FCC Will Beat Legal Challenge To Net Neutrality

    Chairman Wheeler Predicts FCC Will Beat Legal Challenge To Net Neutrality

    Now that the FCC is the subject of several lawsuits, and its leader, Chairman Tom Wheeler, was dragged in front of Congress repeatedly to answer the same battery of inanity, it’s worth checking in to see how the agency is feeling. Is it confident that its recent vote to reclassify broadband under Title II of the Telecommunications Act will hold? Yes, unsurprisingly. Recently, Wheeler gave… Read More

  • Google Blasts Media Implications That It Runs That Town

    Google Blasts Media Implications That It Runs That Town

    Google, a search company, fired back today at a string of reports published in the Wall Street Journal over the past few weeks that have brought the company and its business practices under scrutiny. The collection of pieces implied that Google has decision-tilting influence in the federal government, and that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) all but went against its own internal views… Read More

  • Join Ron Conway And Fred Wilson At Disrupt NY

    Join Ron Conway And Fred Wilson At Disrupt NY

    It’s no secret that the incredible wealth of the technology industry has attracted critics in recent years. In this country’s two capitols of capital, San Francisco and New York, influxes of tech workers are reshaping neighborhoods, and accelerating tech salaries are ramping rent prices in entire area codes. Technology promises change, but not all change is popular. Startup… Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Poker, BitPay And Growth

    This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Poker, BitPay And Growth

    Hello friends and welcome back to another episode of TCBTC, TechCrunch’s weekly podcast on all things bitcoin. This episode we were joined by Sonny Singh of BitPay, one of the largest bitcoin companies around, to talk about the state of bitcoin itself, as well as the firm’s recent deal with Neteller. Read More

  • FTC Pushes Back Against Criticism Of Its Inquiry Into Google’s Search Practices

    FTC Pushes Back Against Criticism Of Its Inquiry Into Google’s Search Practices

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published a comment today pushing against a rising media narrative that it may have gone too easy on Google during its multi-year antitrust probe on the search company’s ranking of results to benefit its own products. In the end, Google agreed to change some of its business practices, and the FTC closed its investigation. Read More

  • Tech Giants Call For “Clear, Strong And Effective End” To NSA’s Phone Metadata Surveillance

    Tech Giants Call For “Clear, Strong And Effective End” To NSA’s Phone Metadata Surveillance

    As expected, technology companies, tech trade groups and privacy organizations sent a letter today to the President Barack Obama, various members of Congress, and governmental security officials, urging reform of the U.S. government’s surveillance practices. Tech companies represented by groups that signed the letter include Microsoft, Dropbox, Facebook, Apple and Google. Other tech… Read More

  • Here Are The Companies That Presented At Y Combinator Demo Day 1

    Here Are The Companies That Presented At Y Combinator Demo Day 1

    It’s that time again! Today was Demo Day 1 (of 2) for Y Combinator’s Winter 2015 class — when investors and reporters get their first in-person look at many of the startups that YC has been incubating for the past few months. Want to see what debuted? We’ll have a list of our favorites soon — but if you want something more exhaustive, we’ve got the whole… Read More

  • Microsoft Signs 11 Agreements With OEMs To Bring Office To More Android Handsets And Tablets

    Microsoft Signs 11 Agreements With OEMs To Bring Office To More Android Handsets And Tablets

    Microsoft has broadened a previously announced agreement with Samsung to preinstall its software on the latter firm’s hardware it announced today, and landed nearly a dozen separate, similar arrangements with other OEMs including Dell. As a company, Microsoft is pursuing an increasingly cross-platform software strategy, one in which it is content to ensure that its applications are… Read More