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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  • Applause Connects Brands With Livestream Stars

    Applause Connects Brands With Livestream Stars

    We’ve seen startups helping brands tap influencers to promote themselves on social media platforms like Vine and Instagram, so it might be time for a new influencer marketing startup, Applause, that’s focused on live video — particularly Twitter’s Periscope app. It’s certainly a platform that CEO Jon Jacques is familiar with. In addition to working for a couple… Read More

  • Fast Dining Startup Allset Comes To New York City

    Fast Dining Startup Allset Comes To New York City

    Lunch breaks! They’re great, right? But they can also turn into a huge time sink — I’ve definitely had moments where I’m frantically flagging down a waiter because everything’s taken longer than expected, leaving me to try to pay the check and get to my next meeting in just a few minutes. One (sad) solution is to eat at your desk, but Allset is taking a… Read More

  • Geofeedia Raises $17M To Help Businesses Tap Into Social Location Data

    Geofeedia Raises $17M To Help Businesses Tap Into Social Location Data

    Geofeedia, a startup that pulls real-time, location-based data from social media, has raised $17 million in Series B funding. Co-founder and CEO Phil Harris said the company “invented a new way of organizing social data” — most other analytics tools allow businesses to look at the data based on things like keywords and hashtags, while Geofeedia is focused on location. The… Read More

  • Legacy Republic Unveils Studio, A Portable Scanner For Family Photo Albums

    Legacy Republic Unveils Studio, A Portable Scanner For Family Photo Albums

    Legacy Republic is removing a big hurdle in its photo digitizing process — putting albums in the mail. YesVideo launched its Legacy Republic initiative back in 2014. The idea is to recruit a freelance workforce of so-called Legacy Makers who help families digitize their photos. Through digitization, the company says it can preserve memories and make it easier to share those pictures… Read More

  • Yahoo Plans To Cut 15 Percent Of Workforce, Reports $4.5B Writedown On Tumblr, Americas And Europe

    Yahoo Plans To Cut 15 Percent Of Workforce, Reports $4.5B Writedown On Tumblr, Americas And Europe

    Yahoo confirmed plans today to lay off approximately 15 percent of its workforce. The company made the announcement in conjunction with its its fourth quarter earnings, where it reported revenue of $1.27 billion and earnings per share of 13 cents. That’s ahead of revenue estimates — had analysts had predicted revenue of $1.19 billion and EPS of 13 cents. The Wall Street… Read More

  • NYC Saw $291M In Seed Deals In 2015 (According To NextView Ventures)

    NYC Saw $291M In Seed Deals In 2015 (According To NextView Ventures)

    If you’re wondering about the seed-stage investment landscape in New York City, a new report from NextView Ventures could be a good place to start. Pulling data from a number of sources (including AngelList, CrunchBase and Mattermark), NextView principal Tim Devane found that there were 175 seed-stage deals (defined as rounds of less than $4.5 million) in New York City last year… Read More

  • Pager Expands Its On-Demand Doctor Service By Letting Users Chat With Nurses

    Pager Expands Its On-Demand Doctor Service By Letting Users Chat With Nurses

    Pager isn’t just a doctor-on-demand service anymore. We’ve mentioned the New York City-based company as part of a broader group of startups aiming to bring doctors to patients’ homes, and to be clear, you’ll still be able use the app to set up medical house calls. Now, however, that’s just one part of a broader experience. Read More

  • The League’s Amanda Bradford Is Not Impressed By Stanford Student’s Criticism

    The League’s Amanda Bradford Is Not Impressed By Stanford Student’s Criticism

    Well, that’s one way to respond when someone doesn’t like your startup. After a Stanford student spotted an internship opening at The League, they declared that they were “totally and utterly ashamed that this dating service came out of Stanford,” and asked, “Is it possible to get any more elitist than this? Does it even cross your mind that you are endorsing… Read More

  • Delivery Startup Doorman Adds Support For E-Commerce Returns

    Delivery Startup Doorman Adds Support For E-Commerce Returns

    Doorman can be a useful service for people who hate missing deliveries. Now it can help you get those products in the mail again, too. Rather than coming home from work to find a “missed delivery” slip, Doorman customers can set a delivery time between 6pm and midnight that’s convenient for them (packages get delivered to Doorman first, and then to the consumer). The… Read More

  • Lockscreen App Slidejoy Gets A Newsy New Feature

    Lockscreen App Slidejoy Gets A Newsy New Feature

    Slidejoy, a startup that rewards users for putting news and advertising on their Android lockscreens, has unveiled a more comprehensive newsreading experience. Co-founder Sanghoon Kwak led the development of the new Trends feature, and he said that previously, if you were reading news on Slidejoy, you saw one article at a time, and they came from about a dozen publishers. Read More

  • ScribbleLive Acquires Visually To Combine Their Content Marketing Tools

    ScribbleLive Acquires Visually To Combine Their Content Marketing Tools

    ScribbleLive has acquired Visually for an undisclosed price. Toronto-based ScribbleLive was founded in 2008, starting out as a liveblogging platform and eventually growing to a broader set of tools for content marketing — namely, helping businesses promote themselves with blog posts, videos and more. ScribbleLive’s products are pretty broad, covering everything from using data… Read More

  • AdStage Looks Beyond Advertising

    AdStage Looks Beyond Advertising

    AdStage launched a new product called Automate today — it’s supposed to bring more automation to AdStage advertisers, but CEO Sahil Jain said it also signals the company’s ambitions to become a broader marketing platform. As the name suggests, Automate allows advertisers to create rules that automatically adjust their ad campaigns across Google, Bing, Facebook, LinkedIn… Read More

  • Health Agency Says Theranos Lab Practices Pose “Immediate Jeopardy” To Patient Safety

    Health Agency Says Theranos Lab Practices Pose “Immediate Jeopardy” To Patient Safety

    More bad news for Theranos: A federal health agency has declared that the blood test company’s “deficient practices … pose immediate jeopardy to patient health and safety.” In a letter sent to Theranos on January 25, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said it identified deficiencies related to hematology and analytic systems, and with the… Read More

  • Social Investing Startup SprinkleBit Raises $10M

    Social Investing Startup SprinkleBit Raises $10M

    SprinkleBit, a startup that helps you invest with guidance from friends and experts, has raised $10 million in new funding from GTC. It’s not a new idea to tap into the wisdom of the crowd to do better on the stock market, but SprinkleBit offers a unique tool called the Value Prediction Index, or VPI — each stock gets scored based on whether the community thinks its price will… Read More

  • Big Viking Games Acquires Mobile Marketing Startup Gallop Labs

    Big Viking Games Acquires Mobile Marketing Startup Gallop Labs

    Gallop Labs, a startup that helps mobile publishers identify and make money from valuable users, has been acquired by one of its customers, Big Viking Games. In the press release announcing the acquisition, Big Viking CEO Albert Lai (previously co-founder of Kontagent and also an investor in Gallop) said the team’s “proven track record of turning data into actionable audience… Read More

  • Video Analytics Startup Vidyard Raises $35M

    Video Analytics Startup Vidyard Raises $35M

    Vidyard, a startup that says it can improve companies’ video marketing and sales, has raised $35 million in Series C funding. The round was led by Battery Ventures, with participation from Bessemer Venture Partners, Salesforce Ventures, OMERS Ventures, iNovia Capital and SoftTech VC. The Y Combinator-incubated startup has now raised more than $60 million total. Vidyard offers a number… Read More

  • Grovo Raises $40M To Deliver Employee Training With Quick, Digestible Content

    Grovo Raises $40M To Deliver Employee Training With Quick, Digestible Content

    Grovo, a company offering “micro-learning” content and related technology/services to help businesses train their employees, has raised $40 million in Series C funding. The round was led by Accel (which has been involved since Grovo’s seed round and led the Series B) with additional funding from previous backers Costanoa Venture Capital, SoftTech VC and Greg Waldorf… Read More

  • AOL Acquires AlephD To Be Part Of Its Newly Unified Publisher Platform

    AOL Acquires AlephD To Be Part Of Its Newly Unified Publisher Platform

    Last year, AOL launched One, a broader platform for its various programmatic ad technologies. Today it’s doing the same thing for its publisher tools, with the announcement of One by AOL: Publishers. The company (which owns TechCrunch and is in turn owned by Verizon) is also making a last-minute addition to the lineup with the acquisition of AlephD, a Paris-based startup that… Read More

  • Canvs Raises $5.6M To Help TV Networks Track Viewers’ Emotions

    Canvs Raises $5.6M To Help TV Networks Track Viewers’ Emotions

    Canvs is a startup measuring emotion on social media, but CEO Jared Feldman insisted that we shouldn’t think of it as a social sentiment company. He said that’s because existing tools for measuring sentiment have earned something of a bad reputation. Where those tools are usually limited to classifying social media posts as good, bad or neutral, Canvs can classify a statement into… Read More

  • Hyper Aims To Be Your New Chat-Based Travel Agent

    Hyper Aims To Be Your New Chat-Based Travel Agent

    Hyper is a new travel startup betting that the secret ingredient to a great travel booking experience is interacting with another human being. In other words, founders Minqi Jiang and Peter Zakin (who previously worked at Google and Venmo, respectively) are aiming to give users the experience of having a personal assistant who helps you book your flights and hotels, but via a chat interface. Read More

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