Anthony Ha

Anthony Ha

Anthony Ha is a writer at TechCrunch, where he covers media and advertising. Previously, he worked as a tech writer at Adweek, a senior editor at the tech blog VentureBeat, and a local government reporter at the Hollister Free Lance, where he won awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association for breaking news coverage and writing. He attended Stanford University and now lives in Brooklyn.

Disclosure: I own shares in VentureBeat.

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  • Cisco Backs Video Ad Startup Innovid In New $10M Round

    Cisco Backs Video Ad Startup Innovid In New $10M Round

    Innovid, a startup that helps advertisers create, target, and measure video ad campaigns, is announcing that it has raised $10 million in new funding. As part the round, the startup is bringing on Cisco Investments as a new investor. (Previous backers such as Genesis Partners, Sequoia Capital, and T-Venture also participated.) Innovid and Cisco were already working together on the technology… Read More

  • Whipclip Launches So You Can Legally Share Your Favorite TV Moments

    Whipclip Launches So You Can Legally Share Your Favorite TV Moments

    There’s a lot of talk about how social media has become the new watercooler for discussing TV’s funny, crazy, or otherwise memorable moments. What’s been more hit-or-miss, however, is finding the actual footage that everyone’s talking about. Sure, networks are putting more and more clips online, but it’s still only a fraction of what’s actually broadcast. Read More

  • Kitchenbowl Raises $1M To Help Users Create Easy-To-Follow, GIF-Heavy Recipes

    Kitchenbowl Raises $1M To Help Users Create Easy-To-Follow, GIF-Heavy Recipes

    Okay, I’ll admit it: I don’t cook much, and when I do, it’s usually something simple like eggs or pasta. I’d like to be more adventurous, I swear, but every time I try to follow a fancy recipe, I always end up covered in sweat and/or tears. That’s why I’m eager to try out recipes from a startup called Kitchenbowl, which is announcing today that it has raised… Read More

  • With New Support For Mobile Ads, Facebook’s LiveRail Isn’t Just For Video Anymore

    With New Support For Mobile Ads, Facebook’s LiveRail Isn’t Just For Video Anymore

    Facebook is expanding LiveRail, the video ad platform that it acquired last year, with support for non-video mobile ads. Facebook’s Deb Liu announced the new features today while on-stage at the company’s F8 developer conference. Basically, it means that mobile publishers will be able to manage a variety of mobile ad types from within LiveRail and also improve the targeting… Read More

  • Now Dollar Shave Club Sells Hair Gel, Too

    Now Dollar Shave Club Sells Hair Gel, Too

    Dollar Shave Club started out as a subscription razor service (in fact, it’s how I get my razors), but over the past couple of years the startup’s been expanding its lineup with products like butt wipes and “post shave balm.” Today it’s moving into hairstyling with a range of products — gel, cream, paste, fiber, and even clay. (Seriously, I didn’t… Read More

  • Nanigans Raises $24M To Fuel Asian Growth And Expand Its Ad Tools Beyond Facebook

    Nanigans Raises $24M To Fuel Asian Growth And Expand Its Ad Tools Beyond Facebook

    Leading Facebook ad company Nanigans is announcing that it has raised $24 million in Series B funding. In this case, it’s is taking money from a big Asian investor — Chinese Internet company Cheetah Mobile. (Cheetah led the round, while Avalon Ventures and Wellington Management Company also participated.) Naturally, one of the goals is to accelerate Nanigans’ growth in… Read More

  • E-Book Startup Oyster Hires Jeannie Mun As Its First CFO

    E-Book Startup Oyster Hires Jeannie Mun As Its First CFO

    Oyster, a Netflix-style service for e-books, has brought on its first chief financial officer, Jeannie Mun. Before joining Oyster, Mun spent a lot of time in the ad world, having recently served as CFO at ad company MediaMath, and before that working as vice president of finance and strategy at ad software company Operative. Read More

  • Cotopaxi Raises $6.5M To Sell Socially Conscious Outdoor Gear

    Cotopaxi Raises $6.5M To Sell Socially Conscious Outdoor Gear

    Cotopaxi, an e-commerce startup that also emphasizes making the world a better place, has raised $6.5 million in Series A funding. While many startup founders want you to believe that they’re idealists in pursuit of a big mission, co-founder and CEO Davis Smith told me (via email) that Cotopaxi is helping humanitarian causes in concrete ways — not just because the products… Read More

  • Mobile Marketing Startup Localytics Raises $35M More

    Mobile Marketing Startup Localytics Raises $35M More

    Localytics, which offers analytics and marketing tools for mobile apps, is announcing that it has raised $35 million in Series D funding. The company started out with a focus on app analytics, but CEO Raj Aggarwal told me via email that customers wanted tools allowing them to act on that information, so it added things like push notifications, in-app messaging, email marketing, and… Read More

  • DogVacay's Yappy Hour | SXSW 2015

    DogVacay And Whistle Founders Talk Pet Tech Startups

    I’ve already posted one interview from last weekend’s Yappy Hour event at South by Southwest — my interview with Courtney Dasher, owner of Instagram star Tuna Melts My Heart. But I wasn’t just there to talk about dogs that are big on social media. I also spoke to Aaron Hirschhorn, co-founder and CEO of dog-sitting marketplace DogVacay, and Ben Jacobs, co-founder and CEO… Read More

  • YC-Backed HigherMe Promises A Smarter Approach To Applying For Retail Jobs And Other Hourly Work

    YC-Backed HigherMe Promises A Smarter Approach To Applying For Retail Jobs And Other Hourly Work

    When you’re trying to find the right person for a job, résumés don’t always cut it. I suspect that’s true for many jobs, but Rob Hunter, co-founder of HigherMe (part of the current batch of startups incubated at Y Combinator), told me that it’s particularly true in retail jobs and other hourly positions — location, availability, and personality can be more… Read More

  • Instagram Star @Tunameltsmyheart | SXSW 2015

    I Tried To Interview This Celebrity Dog At SXSW

    Well, okay, I didn’t actually try to interview a dog, because that would be silly. But while attending a pet adoption event at South by Southwest event, I did talk to Courtney Dasher, owner of Instagram star Tuna Melts My Heart. And yes, he’s a dog with an intense overbite. What I wanted to know was: What’s like to own a social media celebrity? (Seriously, Tuna’s got… Read More

  • Booze Delivery Startup Thirstie Raises $1.1M

    Booze Delivery Startup Thirstie Raises $1.1M

    On-demand alcohol startup Thirstie has raised a $1.1 million seed round. At this point, there are a bunch of startups that want to help bring booze to your doorstep. Just in the past few months, we’ve written about Minibar and Swill. Read More

  • Quid Raises $39M More To Visualize Complex Ideas

    Quid Raises $39M More To Visualize Complex Ideas

    Quid just announced that it has raised $39 million Series D. Quid describes itself as “the artificial intelligence company that accelerates research and insights to address the world’s most complex issues.” More specifically it points to its ability to process millions of documents and create a visual map of the results — for example helping a business visualize the… Read More

  • Joyable Launches Online Tools To Help You Overcome Social Anxiety

    Joyable Launches Online Tools To Help You Overcome Social Anxiety

    There are lots of startups promising to improve your physical health — and with the imminent release of the Apple Watch, not to mention the flood of other wearable devices, it’s a safe bet that they’re going to keep coming. Today, however, a startup called Joyable is launching to tackle the mental health side of things, starting with social anxiety. The company is also… Read More

  • Product TV Is A Video-Centric Mobile App For Finding Cool New Products

    Product TV Is A Video-Centric Mobile App For Finding Cool New Products

    One of the main things we try to do at TechCrunch is highlight new gadgets, apps, and other products that you might want to check out. We’re hardly the only site with that aim, but the success of Product Hunt (which recently won our Crunchie Award for Best New Startup) suggests that there’s an appetite for services that are all product discovery, all the time. Startup Tube Centrex… Read More

  • Hitting The Gym With Smart Apparel Startup Athos

    If you’re looking for exercises and workout routines, there are plenty of apps that can help (in fact, FitBit just acquired one of them). But what about making sure that you’re exercising properly? How do you know you’re not working the wrong part of the body, favoring one side over the other, or doing anything else that might lead to an ineffective workout or even injury? Read More

  • Now You Can Rent Movies From Gumroad

    Now You Can Rent Movies From Gumroad

    Gumroad, a startup that helps creators sell digital goods, now allows those creators to make items available for rent, too. It seems like an obvious addition — I’m used to renting movies from iTunes, and the Gumroad system is pretty similar (although it’s a little more generous, time-wise). But a lot of the platform’s early wins were in music and e-books, so… Read More

  • Ex Machina Director Alex Garland Talks Artificial Intelligence And His Unsettling Robot Ava

    Ex Machina Director Alex Garland Talks Artificial Intelligence And His Unsettling Robot Ava

    If you were looking for love in Austin this weekend, you might have run into Ava — a chatbot on Tinder created to promote the South by Southwest premiere of a new science fiction film called Ex Machina. Regardless of what you think about the campaign (I didn’t have a problem with it, but then I’ve always found Tinder chats to be awkward and slightly surreal), it certainly… Read More

  • Yik Yak Founders Defend Themselves Against Criticism Over Cyberbullying

    Yik Yak Founders Defend Themselves Against Criticism Over Cyberbullying

    Yik Yak co-founders Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington took the stage today at South by Southwest, where they addressed what they described as the biggest misconceptions about their anonymous, location-based chat app. As Yik Yak’s popularity has climbed, it has also faced growing concerns and criticism – a recent article in The New York Times provides a good overview, with accounts… Read More

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