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 Said To Be Close To Purchasing Minecraft’s Parent Company For Around $2B

    Microsoft Said To Be Close To Purchasing Minecraft’s Parent Company For Around $2B

    It appears that Microsoft is prepping to follow Facebook into the YOLO territory of gaming acquisitions. The Wall Street Journal reported today that the software giant will buy the gaming company behind the mega-hit Minecraft for around $2 billion, perhaps as early as this week. The deal, which Microsoft can well afford with its nearly $86 billion in cash and equivalents, would bring a… Read More

  • Vinod Khosla Doesn’t Like Eggs, But He Loves Machine Learning

    Vinod Khosla Doesn’t Like Eggs, But He Loves Machine Learning

    Today at Disrupt SF, TechCrunch founder and alum Michael Arrington interviewed venture capitalist Vinod Khosla in a conversation that covered a number of topics including egg substitutes, animal cruelty, city design, Uber, the usefulness of most members of the professional investing community — and one of Khosla’s newest interests, machine learning. Read More

  • Self Lender Wants To Help People Build And Repair Their Credit

    Self Lender Wants To Help People Build And Repair Their Credit

    The credit system in America isn’t great. It’s hard for people to establish and rehabilitate their standing inside of it. Today at the Disrupt Startup Battlefield, Self Lender launched its consumer finance service to help people with limited credit history build credit, as well as assist people with weaker credit profiles boost their scores. Read More

  • Marc Benioff’s Plans — More Investing, More Donating, More Political Demands

    Marc Benioff’s Plans — More Investing, More Donating, More Political Demands

    This morning at Disrupt SF, TechCrunch alum Michael Arrington interviewed Salesforce.com’s Marc Benioff about his investments, his company’s growth rate, and his personal approach to politics. Salesforce recently announced a $100 million fund that it will invest across the technology industry. Arrington found the exercise minor enough to almost call it branding, noting that… Read More

  • Pure Storage CEO: “Acquisitions Always Suck… Worse Than You Think”

    Pure Storage CEO: “Acquisitions Always Suck… Worse Than You Think”

    This afternoon at Disrupt SF, Pure Storage’s Scott Dietzen and Mike Speiser, his investor from Sutter Hill Ventures, discussed building enterprise-facing technology with TechCrunch’s own Ron Miller. Pure Storage, a provider of flash-based storage products, has raised $475 million over the course of its life. Is it heading for an exit? According to Dietzen, perhaps not so soon. Read More

  • Inside Startup Alley, Day 1

    Inside Startup Alley, Day 1

    As we kick into gear here on Day 2 of Disrupt SF, let’s take a look back at the companies that took part in yesterday’s Startup Alley here at the venue. The TechCrunch staff walked the area with a roving mic and camera to see just who was around, and what they were building. The Alley always has a diverse group of startups, so the following set of clips is a fun mix. Our own… Read More

  • On The Record With Max Levchin

    On The Record With Max Levchin

    Earlier today I sat down with Max Levchin at Disrupt SF 2014 to talk about what he’s building at the moment, and to get his take on the current technology market. Max is best known for his work at PayPal and his second firm, a gaming company called Slide. PayPal sold to eBay, and Google picked up Slide. Now, Max is building something called Affirm, which hopes to change how people… Read More

  • Fantasy Bit League Presents | Disrupt SF 2014 Hackathon

    Fantasy Bit League Wants You To Bet Bitcoin On Football

    On stage this morning at the Disrupt SF 2014 hackathon, Fantasy Bit League pitched its creation: A way to wager bitcoin in your fantasy football league. As it turns out, betting on fantasy football is legal in every state in the U.S. Apparently it’s considered a game of skill, and not chance. Think of it as more like poker than blackjack, if you will. Read More

  • Turn Down For What, Hackathon Edition

    Turn Down For What, Hackathon Edition

    Last night around midnight, just before a few hundred beers, and a few dozen pizzas touched down, myself and TechCrunch’s Kyle Russell took a stroll through the Disrupt SF 2014 hackathon. Hackathons are odd things by the light of day, and even more so at night. Hackers were building everything from a rocket launching system — IFTTT for IRL projectiles, or some such —… Read More

  • CrunchWeek: Samsung’s Gadgets, iCloud Hacks, And Sarah Goes To Burning Man

    CrunchWeek: Samsung’s Gadgets, iCloud Hacks, And Sarah Goes To Burning Man

    Happy pre-Disrupt Friday, everyone, I hope you are well rested for next week’s fun. Today on CrunchWeek Sarah Buhr, Jordan Crook, and myself sat around the white table to dig into the biggest stories of the week: Samsung’s raft of new hardware, the issues with cloud security and iCloud itself, and, of course, Sarah’s recent expedition to the desert. Read More

  • FCC Chairman Calls For Stronger Broadband Competition, Especially For High-Speed Connections

    FCC Chairman Calls For Stronger Broadband Competition, Especially For High-Speed Connections

    In a speech this morning, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler discussed the state of American broadband, arguing that there is a lack of competition in the market, especially in terms of truly fast connections. Broadband, as it is currently defined by the FCC, is a connection of at least 4 Mbps. That’s too slow, according to Wheeler, who noted that his agency is looking to increase that metric to… Read More

  • Symphony Commerce Raises $21.5M To Build Out Its Commerce-As-A-Service Toolset

    Symphony Commerce Raises $21.5M To Build Out Its Commerce-As-A-Service Toolset

    Symphony Commerce has raised a $21.5 million Series B round of capital, led by CRV, and participated in by Bain Capital, and FirstMark Capital. Previously, Symphony raised a $12.2 million Series A round of funding. Both Bain and FirstMark took part in that prior funding event. Read More

  • Microsoft Will Mass-Produce Its Big-Ass Touchscreens

    Microsoft Will Mass-Produce Its Big-Ass Touchscreens

    Remember the Big-Ass Table? Microsoft isn’t done making huge slabs of touch-capable screen, it turns out. The company’s Stephen Elop announced this week that Microsoft intends to “mass-produce” its Perceptive Pixel (PPI) displays, which are touch-enabled and can stretch to up to 82 inches in size. Read More

  • Jared Leto Dishes On His Favorite Tech Investment

    Jared Leto Dishes On His Favorite Tech Investment

    TechCrunch caught up with actor and singer Jared Leto today backstage at BoxWorks, the annual confab focused on Box’s enterprise file storage service. Leto had just taken part in the event’s keynote, which stretched north of two hours. Read More

  • Box Pushes Its Office 365 Integration Into Beta

    Box Pushes Its Office 365 Integration Into Beta

    This morning at its BoxWorks event, cloud storage and file management company Box announced that its previously promised integration into Office 365 is now live in beta. The company also indicated that it is working to extend its integration into Office 365’s online tools, and, if possible, to Office for iPad. On stage at the conference, Box CEO Aaron Levie asked the audience to tweet… Read More

  • Less Than 1% Of Comments Sent To The FCC Opposed Net Neutrality

    Less Than 1% Of Comments Sent To The FCC Opposed Net Neutrality

    A newly released study executed by the Sunlight Foundation of hundreds of thousands of comments submitted to the FCC by the public found that the vast majority spoke in favor of net neutrality. The group estimates that “less than 1 percent of comments were clearly opposed to net neutrality.” There is wiggle room in the data, given that some people are not clear writers, and could… Read More

  • 9 Weird Ass Things Uber Has Done For Publicity

    Throughout a company history punctuated by cease and desist orders, consumer backlash to surge pricing and all sorts of regulatory issues, one thing is clear about Uber: It doesn’t like competition. Aggressive pricing, controversial recruiting, 10 figure fundraising, and yes, even some off-the-wall tactics have been Uber’s toolkit for growth. Given the number of things that… Read More

  • Microsoft Partners Said To Test Windows 9 Ahead Of Public Release

    Microsoft Partners Said To Test Windows 9 Ahead Of Public Release

    Microsoft is expected to release a technical preview of Windows 9 on September 30. So if you were looking forward to getting your paws on the code, you have only four weeks left to wait. That is, if you are not a key Microsoft partner. According to NeoWin’s Brad Sams, Microsoft is currently providing some partners with access to the operating system ahead of the public. That’s not… Read More

  • Google Doubles Down On Productivity With ‘Google For Work’ Rebrand

    Google Doubles Down On Productivity With ‘Google For Work’ Rebrand

    This morning at its San Francisco offices, Google announced a rebrand of its enterprise products, renaming the set of tools and productivity services ‘Google for Work.’ The new nomenclature will stretch across the company’s various business tools, with each service picking up a ‘for Work’ appendage — Google now vends Drive for Work, Search for Work, and… Read More

  • Windows XP’s Market Share Fell By Less Than 1% In August

    Windows XP’s Market Share Fell By Less Than 1% In August

    According to Net Applications, Windows XP’s global desktop market share fell from 24.82 percent in July, to 23.89 percent in August. That’s just under one percentage point in a full month. At that pace, it will take more than two years for Windows XP’s market share to fully dissipate. Read More