Alexia Tsotsis

Alexia Tsotsis is the former co-editor of TechCrunch. She attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA, majoring in Writing and Painting, and moved to New York City shortly after graduation to work in the media industry.

After four years of living in New York and attending courses at New York University, she returned to Los Angeles in order to continue her career in new media, first as LA Weekly’s Internet culture reporter, and then as SF Weekly’s web editor.

Before she joined TechCrunch in 2010, Alexia ran the SFweekly website from San Francisco, staying on top of the tech scene and human behavior in the digital age.

At TechCrunch, Alexia covered young companies, and has had the opportunity to interview everyone from Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom to Facebook investor Peter Thiel to fashion blogger Leandra Medine. In 2011, Alexia made the Forbes “30 Under 30: Rising Stars of Media List.” In 2012 she was promoted to Co-EIC of TechCrunch.

In 2015, she stepped down as co-editor to attend Stanford.

[**Disclosures**]( I own Aol stock, diversified investments via ETFs and Mutual Funds, and shares in Facebook, Yahoo and Twitter. I am a board member of MAS, a non-profit design lab in Los Angeles. I’m also in a relationship with a VC at General Catalyst Partners. Whenever there is the potential for real or perceived conflict in what I write about, I promise to bring it up, and link back here.

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  • IT Spending Grows 4% For Small To Medium-Sized Businesses

    According to a SpiceWorks report released today, IT related budgets at small and medium sized businesses are up over 4% vs. figures announced for January through June 2010. Notable high spending points points are in the areas of virtualization as well as optimistic staffing increases, especially in companies with under 20 employees. Over 3,011 IT professionals from over 117 countries were… Read More

  • Scribd Posts A Public Apology To Vocal Critic, Then Takes It Back

    A few days ago Law professor Eric Goldman wrote a vehement blog post entitled, “Scribd Puts My Old Uploads Behind a Paywall and Goes Onto My Shitlist” denouncing the recently enacted paywalls around documents older than two months on the popular document sharing site. “[Scribd’s] value proposition always has been open access to the documents–freely shared… Read More

  • Facebook Makes Games Less Noisy, But Only If You Aren't Playing Them

    Facebook product manager Jared Morgenstern is on stage at the Facebook Gaming event in Palo Alto and after describing the internal codename “Super Mario Party” as “Doing things with your close friends is better than doing things with strangers,” (yes, random) he finally got into what newsfeed changes Facebook will be making with regards to games in order to make the… Read More

  • 200 Million People Are Playing Facebook Games Monthly

    At a games event in Palo Alto today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that games are one of the primary reasons some people visit Facebook, confirming that 2/5 of its userbase is social gaming. But Zuckerberg says it’s complicated, “While they’re in the top five things that people like, they’re also in the top five things that people hate.”
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  • Entire Tech World Piles On Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz

    After an analyst reported that Yahoo, Inc stock was worth “less than nothing” today, Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz made an apparently unsuccessful case for her company’s value to Wall Street during a Q&A at the Goldman Sachs’ Communacopia Conference in New York. Paid Content’s Joseph Tartakoff outlined some of the highlights, including Bartz on hiring, “I… Read More

  • Marco Arment Leaves Tumblr To Devote Himself To Instapaper

    Tumblr CTO and notable blogger Marco Arment announced today that he would be leaving his position at Tumblr to focus on more independent projects. What many in the tech world are curious about is what this means for Instapaper, a service which allows you to “save” web pages in order for you to read them later. Thus far Instapaper has only been a side project for Arment. When asked… Read More

  • When Group Buying Met Check-In: SCVNGR Hooks Up With BuyWithMe On Local Deals

    In perhaps the most inevitable combination since peanut butter and chocolate, the addictiveness of both group buying and irrationally checking into places have finally come together as Groupon clone BuyWithMe partners with geolocational gaming app SCVNGR. The partnership launches today primarily as a collaboration in which local BuyWithMe affiliated businesses in New York, Philadelphia… Read More

  • Brave New World With Such Google Transparency In It

    In a further step in the direction of transcending all world government, Google has decided to post a Transparency Report or a map of where its services are blocked in different foreign countries, in an effort to discourage “censorship.” For those of you that haven’t been following along, Google has had some governmental run-ins lately. Most recently in the news were… Read More

  • VLC For iPad Heralds A New, Friendlier App Store Era

    Good news for people who think outside the iTunes box, multimedia player VLC hit the Apple store today, meaning you can now play AVI and Quicktime movies without having to convert them to iTunes first, and also meaning that the app will presumably be taking at least some eyeball traffic away from the iTunes store. Does this generous decision on behalf of Apple mean that the kinder gentle App… Read More

  • Joining Oracle Cost Hurd $13.6 Million. Losing Hurd Cost HP $15.7 Billion.

    Hewlett-Packard has just settled its dispute with former CEO Mark Hurd over his recent move to Oracle for undisclosed terms. By making the move to competitor Oracle, Hurd gave up options on 346K shares of HP stock which at today’s closing price of $39.39 means $13.6M in losses. HP is currently selling at $39.39 which marks a steep dip from the day Hurd was fired; On August 6th, 2010… Read More

  • Media Sells To United Internet Group

    We’ve just learned that Jay Penske, the man behind, has sold off the email portal side of the business ( to Germany’s United Internet Group, in order to focus on the company’s more content driven sites such as Nikki Finke’s, Bonnie Fuller’s, and Read More

  • Net Neutrality Watchdog Group Uses Google, Facebook Ads To Attack Google

    Consumer watchdogs Progressive Change Campaign Committee, one of the groups behind last month’s Net Neutrality protests in Mountain View (which produced the amazing and as of yet unverified statistic that 600 Google employees signed an anti-Google/Verizon petition) have now one-upped themselves by buying ads through Google’s own content network and on competitor Facebook in… Read More

  • Zuckerberg, 'The Social Network' And The Rise Of The Terror Nerd

    Zuckerberg, 'The Social Network' And The Rise Of The Terror Nerd

    The first thing you’ll do after watching Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher’s The Social Network is visit the “History” subsection of the Wikipedia article on Facebook, seeking details on how much in the film is actually true, but primarily looking for evidence as to whether or not Mark Zuckerberg was that much of an asshole between 2003 and 2005. Let me save you the trouble. Read More

  • Someone Finally Autotuned The Brooklyn Tornado Video

    If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting for the autotune remix of the “Brooklyn Tornado 9/16/10” YouTube clip all week. Well in case your Google alerts for “Brooklyn Tornado Autotune” did not go off, here you go. Now you can relive what some call the East Coast’s Double Rainbow dialogue classics in all their autotuned glory, but especially… Read More

  • RIAA Goes Offline, Joins MPAA As Latest Victim Of Successful DDoS Attacks

    In an offense called “Operation Payback,” members of the Internet collective Anonymous have organized what seems to be anti anti-piracy movement. Dubbed by Torrent Freak as the “protest of the future” the group has been pretty busy over the past 36 hours launching DDoS attacks on the MPAA, Indian anti-piracy site Aiplex Software and today both and Read More

  • Flickr Hits Its 5 Billionth Photo, And Here It Is

    According to Media Culpa a blog that apparently obsessively tracks these things, photo-sharing site Flickr has hit the 5 billionth photo milestone today with the above, uploaded  by Flickr  user yeoaaron. Media culpa blogger Hans Kullin also points out that Flickr has been growing at about 1 billion photos per year, over the past 3 years, eclipsed in market share by social giant Facebook… Read More

  • Syncronizer: A Chatroom Community With Twitter-Style Following

    Started as a way for University of Michigan students to gossip during class, founder Dan Rich says he was inspired by the simplicity of sites like Texts From Last Night and FML when he built Syncronizer, a community where you can follow chat conversations about anything from “Jersey Shore” to “Econ 503.” In fact Rich brings up stealth startup BNTER, started by Texts… Read More

  • Journalism Student Won't Leave Steve Jobs Alone

    Gawker just published some emails where Apple CEO Steve Jobs comes off as pretty rude to journalism student Chelsea Issacs. We here at TechCrunch we have a tradition of Peter Kafka-esque skepticism when it comes to emails from journalism students, but especially ones that seem to be at the center of some shady Internet/fame seeking business themselves. “In 1998, Isaacs was the most… Read More

  • Does Quid Have The Most Pretentious Website of Any Startup Ever?

    The overly ornate website copy of investment trends startup Quid (tagline: “Mapping the world’s technologies”) has now become a subject on Quora, and is therefore famous enough to warrant objective analysis. So here goes … First of all I literally spat out my morning coffee when I saw the header “Our Secondary Typeface.” Secondary typeface!? How about a… Read More

  • Facebook Places Goes Live In The UK

    Facebook Places Goes Live In The UK

    Facebook’s geo-locational service Facebook Places is now working in the United Kingdom. Want up to the minute proof? Check Twitter and TechCrunch Europe. The Next Web reports that a conference for the formal announcement of Facebook Places United Kingdom happened at 8am BST, where Facebook Places product manager Michael Sharon walked British press through the service. If you are in the… Read More