Alex Wilhelm

Alex Wilhelm is Crunchbase’s Editor in Chief. He previously worked for The Next Web, TechCrunch, and Mattermark.

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  • Microsoft Releases New Windows 10 Mobile Build, Promises Free Upgrades For 8.1 Users In 2016

    Microsoft Releases New Windows 10 Mobile Build, Promises Free Upgrades For 8.1 Users In 2016

    Two quick hits from the world of Microsoft before you head off and plunge your upper body in eggnog: A new Windows 10 Mobile build is out for users on both the Fast and Slow rings of the Insider program, and, if you are a regular Windows Phone user running 8.1, you won’t get new code until the new year, a retread of prior timing promises. In sequence, I think. Out today is the… Read More

  • Microsoft Builds Android App Store For Its Own Android Apps Inside Of The Android App Store

    Microsoft Builds Android App Store For Its Own Android Apps Inside Of The Android App Store

    Microsoft has a new app out called ‘Microsoft Apps‘ on Android that contains a list of its Android apps that you can download on the Android app store. There are two parts to this development. The first is that Microsoft’s cross-platform work continues, and that the company has yet to let up an inch on its work to bring its software and services to users on every… Read More

  • Bitcoin Hits Highest Levels Since Late 2014

    Bitcoin Hits Highest Levels Since Late 2014

    After a mostly boring 2015, bitcoin is making waves as the year ends by reaching new price heights. Bitcoin is north of the $400 mark, once again, for the second time since 2014. This time, it has surpassed a prior boomlet, reaching price points not seen since late summer last year. Read More

  • Worst Year For Tech IPOs Since 2009

    Worst Year For Tech IPOs Since 2009

    With just 28 technology companies entering the U.S. public markets, 2015 was the worst year for IPOs since 2009, according to Dealogic. This compares to 62 last year and 48 the year before, with 131 “unicorns” opting to remain private longer. “We haven’t seen so few tech IPOs since the 2008-09 U.S. financial crisis,” notes Kathleen Smith, principal at IPO ETF… Read More

  • Microsoft Partially Takes Back Changes To OneDrive’s Storage Caps

    Microsoft Partially Takes Back Changes To OneDrive’s Storage Caps

    Microsoft announced changes today to OneDrive’s storage limits, partially undoing unpopular amendments it detailed this November. The new rules include refunds for unhappy customers, more storage for select free users, and in some cases, a free, one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal. Read More

  • Atlassian Closes Up 32%, Valuing The Company At $5.8B

    Atlassian Closes Up 32%, Valuing The Company At $5.8B

    Potentially the last tech IPO of the year ended its first day of trading with a bang. Atlassian, a maker of collaboration and software development tools, ended the day up about 32%. With that rise, Atlassian — which raised money at a $3.3 billion valuation before going public — is now worth nearly $6 billion, making it one of the strongest IPOs of the year. Atlassian’s… Read More

  • This Week On Bullish: Building An Empire On YouTube

    Hello and welcome to Bullish, TechCrunch’s first talk show. This is our first international report, taped at Disrupt London 2015 in the Copper Box Arena. This week we dug into YouTube, the video platform, and how people use the product for far more than cat videos. In fact, some popular channels on the service are businesses in and of themselve Read More

  • Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson Talks Platforms And Profits

    Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson Talks Platforms And Profits

    Today at TechCrunch Disrupt London, Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson sat down with our own Frederic Lardinois to talk platforms, carriers and money. Lawson, after making a pitch about what Twilio does, detailed the back history of the company. As you might have guessed, the idea for the unicorn was born of a personal need. Read More

  • EnergyElephant Wants To Help Every Business Save Money On Their Energy Bill

    Today at the TechCrunch Disrupt London Startup Battlefield, EnergyElephant presented its “energy analysis” service to a crowded hall of investors, developers and entrepreneurs. The startup, bootstrapped to date, takes in a company’s energy use information — a bill, in other words — and then provides analysis that it expects the customer to leverage into savings. Read More

  • Silicon Valley VCs Talk Europe’s Startup Scene And Big Money In London

    Silicon Valley VCs Talk Europe’s Startup Scene And Big Money In London

    Today at TechCrunch Disrupt London, our own Connie Loizos sat down with a cadre of Silicon Valley investors to dig into what is going down on the American side of the pond, and how the group viewed the European startup scene. Read More

  • Microsoft Surprises With New Windows 10 Mobile Build

    Microsoft Surprises With New Windows 10 Mobile Build

    Microsoft recently released an updated Windows 10 Mobile build, numbered 10586.29. Microsoft’s Gabe Aul calls the new edition of the company’s smartphone operating system a “Cumulative Update” for the preceding build, 10586. The build was a slight surprise to your humble servant, dropping in the early evening on a Friday Read More

  • IDC Predicts Sluggish Windows Phone Sales Growth

    IDC Predicts Sluggish Windows Phone Sales Growth

    According to IDC, sales growth of smartphones running Microsoft’s operating system will remain sluggish for the foreseeable future. New figures from the group, released yesterday, are stark. The group predicts that Microsoft will shift a total of 31.3 million phones in calendar 2015, giving the software giant an effective global market share of 2.2 percent. Read More

  • Driving The Wrong Way Down The Highway At 160 MPH

    A short while ago, TechCrunch piled into a car, and drove at moderate pace to San Jose, just so that we could drive much more quickly. Recently opened on the other end of the Bay is the Driver Simulation and Vehicle Systems Lab, or SimLab for short. The contraption is a complex driving simulation that puts the user inside an actual car that is wrapped, externally, by a 220-degree screen. Read More

  • Box Beats Estimates With $78.7M In FQ3 Revenue, Boosts Full-Year Guidance, Shares Fall 4% — Update: Shares Now Up!

    Box Beats Estimates With $78.7M In FQ3 Revenue, Boosts Full-Year Guidance, Shares Fall 4% — Update: Shares Now Up!

    Update: Shares in Box are now up a fraction in after-hours trading. Investors are such fickle things.  Box, an enterprise collaboration and file management shop, reported its fiscal third quarter financial results today. The company lost $0.31 per share, using adjusted metrics, on revenue of $78.7 million. Analysts had expected a $0.31 per-share loss, again using adjusted metrics, off… Read More

  • This Week On Bullish: Online.edu

    Hello friends, and welcome to Bullish. This week we take a look at online education, a large and diverse space that extends learning to those who might find it inaccessible and locks in some students with high debt loads and limited career prospects. Online colleges have a difficult reputation, but that fact is not slowing innovation inside the larger digital education space. Read More

  • Microsoft Tries To Declare A Christmas Truce With Apple

    Microsoft Tries To Declare A Christmas Truce With Apple

    Microsoft has put out a TV commercial for the holidays. In it, some things happen…mostly singing. There are employees, kids and other things going on in a New York City setting. Apple’s back yard on 5th Ave, to be specific. My colleague Alex and I hopped into Slack, watched it together and shared our thoughts. We think that Microsoft is trying to say that they’re friends, or… Read More

  • Taking Stock Of Tech’s Third Quarter

    Taking Stock Of Tech’s Third Quarter

    I trust that you are sated, smiley, and generally recharged by the recent Thanksgiving cycle. Earnings time. You may have thought that you were out of the non-GAAP woods. Not in the least. Certainly, Box still has yet report, but the majority of tech shops have dropped their digits, leaving it up to you and I to parse the mix. Read More

  • A Bitcoin Boomlet

    A Bitcoin Boomlet

    Bitcoin is currently enjoying what politicos call a boomlet — a small bump that, while perhaps not impressive on a historical scale, is certainly notable. For bitcoin at the moment, this means a price spike that has put the cryptocurrency into its highest territory in a year. That, combined with a small rise in global interest and what seems to be the highest transaction volume in… Read More

  • This Week On Bullish: Meeting Your Match Online

    Hello and welcome to Bullish, TechCrunch’s first talk show. This week we took a look at online dating, which was once a curiosity. It’s now just a bit more than that. In the wake of the recent Match Group public offering (the company owns Tinder, a popular dating app), eyes are back on the space. How much room is there in online dating? Is it better to go niche or big and enjoy… Read More

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