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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  • Old Books Vs. New Books

    In round #856 of the Print vs. Web saga, Newsweek has come up with the above infographic/artifact. At least they didn’t call it “Old Books Vs. New Books.” While Nicholas Negroponte earlier this month claimed that the physical book would be dead in five years, the more generous folks at Newsweek still think that the book has some fight left. Putting forth such vague… Read More

  • Confirmed: Google Tests Search Results That Update As You Type

    SEO consultant Rob Ousbey has noticed an interesting thing happening to his search results, live updates of results as he types in every letter. Google has confirmed to TechCrunch that the above video is in fact real. Is this capability imminent? Sources familiar with Google product developments could not say whether imminent productization in the cards. So basically this guy ran into a… Read More

  • Lady Java Video Marks Exact Point Where Geek Culture Jumped The Shark

    Lady Java, whose whiny drone is making me pretty nostalgic for the days when non-developers thought Java was a kind of coffee, is the creation of the supremely dorky folks over at JavaZone in Oslo, Norway. And while you might argue that the Java developer community is still small and tight knit, that thing is currently rounding out 100,000 views on the originally posted YouTube video and… Read More

  • Pingg Studio Lets Artists Create And Share Invite Designs

    Have the failures of Evite turned you off online invites entirely? Don’t despair, the other, prettier invite service Pingg has launched a Threadless-type Pingg Studio platform for artists and designers. And while the crowd-sourced content model is one of those that everyone is eager to copy, courting the design community is an interesting move for Pingg, which competes with Evite… Read More

  • Horror Film Finds Actual Business Use For Chatroulette

    Remember the Blair Witch Project? With its campaign for The Last Exorcism, Lionsgate Films has taken the amateur video horror film idea to the next level, proving that there’s a way to use Chatroulette as more than just a medium where you can see strangers get naked and watch Ben Fold’s covers. The ad (which has received 339, 743 views thus far), cleverly spoofs… Read More

  • Hey Verizon, Whoever Made This Is Going To Hell

    Verizon, Verizon, Verizon … So this is what you’re doing instead of going after the iPhone? You guys must think we’re so stupid. You’ve based your latest mcgarrybowen-produced “Rule The Air! campaign around the concept of your product being gender, race and age-blind all the while trying your best to tear down Net Neutrality in order to offer tiered access to… Read More

  • Teevox Turns Your iPhone Into A Computer TV Remote Control

    Founded by former MIT students Jung Moon-Kim and Andrew Sugaya, YCombinator funded Teevox is an iPhone app that allows you to remotely control watching Hulu and Netflix on your computer. While apps like PlayOn lets you watch Netflix and Hulu on your phone and Apple’s own Remote allows you to phone control movies on iTunes, whats novel about Teevox is its simple interface and the fact… Read More

  • Google Tries To Steal Facebook's Thunder, Plays Up Impressive Maps Userbase

    Google Tries To Steal Facebook's Thunder, Plays Up Impressive Maps Userbase

    Attention those who still remember their parents’ stacks of old Thomas Guides, Google Maps for Mobile has hit a user base milestone. More than 100 million people a month use the service across various mobile devices according to an interestingly-timed post on the Google Blog. With GPS killing Android-only features like Google Maps Navigation, as well the increasing Google Maps reliance… Read More

  • Facebook Places Vs. The Location-Based World

    Let’s just pretend for a second that Facebook Places aka Facesquare is a charitable attempt on Facebook’s part to quell check-in fatigue by making nice with Foursquare, Gowalla, Booyah and Yelp (and not another attempt by Facebook to turn the world into this). Because Booyah always throws people for a loop (“Who the hell uses MyTown?”) and Loopt’s 4 million… Read More

  • New Facebook Places Logo Is A "4." In A Square. Yeah.

    On the left is the logo for Facebook’s newly launched geolocational product Facebook Places, on the right is the logo for the current leader in the space Foursquare. Notice anything interesting? So Facebook, between the hoodie, the gong and this I’m starting to think you guys are just baiting me. And while I do not think this was intentional, I’m once again way too sober… Read More

  • There's No Success Like Failure: Google's Biggest Product Flops

    Here’s some infographic perspective on the eve of Facebook’s copycat Facebook Places launch, which has some ringing the death knell for location based startups Foursquare and Gowalla. A stroll through the Google graveyard is a lesson in how rarely it works out when successful companies stop focusing on their core competency to go after the little guys. Between Wave, Jaiku, and… Read More

  • Before They Were Coupon Stars: Groupon CEO In 'Monkey For A Week' Video

    In writing about Groupon expanding their dominion to Japan and Russia yesterday, I couldn’t help but notice one thing setting the company apart from the myriad clones, the “Groupon Says” feature, or the random humorous blurb underneath vaguely-related daily deals. “Groupon Says” is just one element of the quirky culture of stunts and pranks that seems to be… Read More

  • CauseOn, Like Groupon But Partially For Charity

    Causeon debuts today with a slight twist on the Groupon clone model. Similar in concept to LivingSocial Charities and Groupon’s The Point, not only does the Portland-based company offer up daily deals, but it contributes 20% of its revenue from those deals to a charitable cause. CEO Craig Barnes explains the pivotal charity element, “We see traditional group buying as a win-win… Read More

  • Swipely Launches, Lets You Share Your Buying Habits Sans Prices

    Providence, Rhode Island-based Swipely, like a Blippy without the prices, has made its transaction tracking service available to the public today, officially leaving private beta. Swipely, which aggregates social purchasing data, does not reveal pricing on transactions as it wants the actual “swipes” themselves to be the focus of attention. “With Swipely, we’ve created… Read More

  • Groupon Makes Leap Into Japan and Russia With Latest Acquisitions

    Our favorite digital coupon group buying site Groupon has cemented its foray into Japan and Russia today with the acquisitions of Japanese and Russian deals sites Qpod and Darberry respectively. Groupon has a tendency to acquire and rebrand its better outfitted clones, most recently buying the German startup Citydeal as an outpost of its European expansion. Groupon, which has the dubious… Read More

  • If German Homes Can Now Opt Out Of Google, Then How About People?

    Google made their “opt out of street view” service live in Germany today, giving select Germans until September 15th to exclude their properties from being mapped when the Street View service launches. The function will be available for a limited time in the 20 cities that are mentioned which includes Berlin, Dresden and Hamburg and then extend to all cities covered as Google… Read More

  • Bill Cosby, New Coke's Biggest Booster, Wants In On The New Digg

    Comedian Bill Cosby of New Coke and Jello Pudding Pop endorsing fame is totally excited for the new Digg 4, so much so that he can’t wait a few of weeks for its upcoming launch and needs an alpha invite like NOW. Cosby, who has been in the news recently for some interesting opinions on race, also could use the Digg founder’s help with his new iPhone app, Bill Cosby for the iPhone. Read More

  • Facebook, By The Numbers

    Dear Mark E. Zuckerberg Harvard ’06, It’s me Alexia, from the future. Just wanted you to know that you’ve come a long long way from The Harvard Crimson’s seminal piece “Hundreds Register for New Facebook Website” which you probably think is a really big deal right now. Just an FYI, in about six years or so you’ll be counting your accomplishments in… Read More

  • Precise Path Robotics, Purveyor Of Hat-Wearing Lawn Mowing Robots, Raises $4.5 Million

    The above video explains exactly why Precise Path Robotics just got $4.5 million in funding. Once you’ve seen the RG3 Robotic Greens Mower, or as I like to call it “Hat-Wearing Golf Course Roomba,” in action it’s pretty hard to imagine a golf course being mowed in any other way. Did you know there were 32,000 golf courses in the world? Neither did I, but the RG3 is… Read More

  • SafetyWeb's Free Online Tracking Helps Police Find Missing Kids

    Child safety monitoring service SafetyWeb is releasing a free version of its online tracking tool today, specifically for law enforcement agencies. The SWOT tool allows police to secure the social networking accounts of a missing child and access recent status updates. Basically it tracks recent activity across platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Myspace and any other social networking services… Read More