Alexia Bonatsos (née Tsotsis), an advocate for women in cryptocurrency, is one of the first reporters to write about Uber, Instagram, Airbnb, Pinterest, and WhatsApp. She began her career as a writer at LA Weekly before moving to Village Voice Media and finally TechCrunch. Within two years, she had risen through the ranks from writer to senior editor and eventually to the position of co-editor-in-chief of the acclaimed technology publication.
“I’m most proud of TechCrunch’s efforts to highlight diversity in tech during and after my time — our $50k Include Diversity program was founded during [my] tenure,” she told Hunter Walk. “…I tried to emphasize having a point of view and taking a stand as [a writer]— I wouldn’t do anything differently, but would double down on this point if I were somehow given a do-over.”
She stepped down from her role in 2015 to attend an accelerated master’s degree in management at Stanford University.
“I’ve always wanted to go to business school, ever since I knew what it was, and I’ve always wanted to go to Stanford,” she explained. “I went back to school specifically when I did because I was hungry to learn the financial mechanics (the return modeling, etc) behind the startups I had been covering as a writer, in order to better understand them as an analyst and investor.”
In February 2018, Alexia founded Dream Machine, a venture capital fund with a focus on emerging technologies—AI, VR, AR, IoT, Voice and blockchain.
In 2011, she was listed in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 – Media.Tags: blockchain, journalism, VC, Women in Tech, Women in VC