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Alexia Tsotsis is a journalist and the former editor of TechCrunch, the leading tech industry news publication. Prior to TechCrunch, Alexia worked at both LA Weekly and SF Weekly.
In this fireside chat, Alexia examines the role of both the tech media, and the press as a whole, exploring the ways in which journalists can both contribute to and rally against Silicon Valley’s prevailing trends and opinions. The editor of a disruptive publication during an era when journalism itself has been under threat, Alexia offers numerous insights into the future direction, and role, of the media.
MS&E 476 Course Description: We often discuss how technology is reinvented and disrupted, but there is also a good amount of change occurring within the venture capital industry. Within the past several decades there have been new entrants, from incubators to angels to different models of venture capital.
The course explores changes in the venture capital industry: from the rise of Sand Hill Road and investing in the dot-com bubble, to incubators and accelerators, equity crowdfunding platform, and different models of venture capital today. Through lectures, guest speakers and interviews, the course explores how companies are funded, grown, and scaled, hearing from individuals who have been at the forefront of the industry as investors, technologists and entrepreneurs.