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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  • Mattress Startup Casper Plans To Open Pop-Up Stores In San Francisco, Austin and Washington, D.C.

    Mattress Startup Casper Plans To Open Pop-Up Stores In San Francisco, Austin and Washington, D.C.

    Casper is known for bringing the mattress buying experience online, but it’s also trying out new approaches to brick-and-mortar retail. In fact, co-founder and CEO Philip Krim said that over the next two months, the startup will be opening pop-up stores in San Francisco, Austin and Washington, D.C. Krim revealed his plans while on-stage our Disrupt NY conference — and yes, the… Read More

  • Fitbit Files For $100M IPO

    Fitbit Files For $100M IPO

    Fitbit just filed an S-1 declaring its plans to go public. The filing states that the fitness-tracking company aims to raise $100 million in its initial public offering (that number could be a placeholder that will change). It also says the company will list on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FIT”. Read More

  • Former ExactTarget Execs Back Millennial-Focused Media Startup The Odyssey

    Former ExactTarget Execs Back Millennial-Focused Media Startup The Odyssey

    The Odyssey, the site that popularized the idea of “The Dad Bod,” is announcing that it has raised $3 million in seed funding. A number of executives from ExactTarget (a marketing company acquired by Salesforce.com for $2.5 billion) participated in the round — investors include founder and former CEO Scott Dorsey, former CFO Traci Dolan and former CMO Tim Kopp. Read More

  • RockYou Buys Mobile Ad Network PlayHaven

    RockYou Buys Mobile Ad Network PlayHaven

    Gaming and advertising company RockYou has acquired mobile ad network PlayHaven from startup studio Science Inc. PlayHaven actually changed hands last fall, when Science bought it from Upsight, the company created from the merger of PlayHaven and Kontagent. By acquiring a mobile ad network, CEO Lisa Marino said RockYou can do a better job of making money from mobile games like Kitchen Scramble… Read More

  • IBM Announces Marketing Partnership With Facebook

    IBM Announces Marketing Partnership With Facebook

    IBM and Facebook are teaming up to offer marketers new integrations between the two platforms. IBM said customers will now be able to buy Facebook ads with combined data from Facebook and IBM’s Marketing Cloud (the latter includes things like weather, location and previous purchase history). It also said those customers can take campaigns that work on Facebook and replicate them elsewhere. Read More

  • Relevancy Data Improves Ad Targeting By Analyzing The Content Of Online Videos

    Relevancy Data Improves Ad Targeting By Analyzing The Content Of Online Videos

    I bet we’ve all had moments when we’ve stared at a random, irrelevant ad and wondered: “Why the heck am I being forced to watch this?” Well, a company called Relevancy Data is working to make those moments a thing of the past, and it’s taking the stage today as part of the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt NY. The mission, said founder and CEO Michal Hubschmann, is… Read More

  • RebelMouse CEO Paul Berry | Disrupt NY 2015

    RebelMouse CEO Paul Berry Talks Publishing Platforms And Content Startups

    RebelMouse founder and CEO Paul Berry joined us at Disrupt NY to talk about how the company has evolved from its early days as a social media aggregator. “The product was always headed where we are now,” Berry said. He added that the company has built “an enterprise class CMS that’s solving for media companies — like startups that are venture-backed and large… Read More

  • Vu Digital Translates Videos Into Structured Data

    Vu Digital Translates Videos Into Structured Data

    Vu Digital is launching new technology to help customers figure out what’s actually going on inside videos, online and otherwise. B. Wade Smith, the company’s vice president of operations and development, said that as more and more online content moves to video, it will become increasingly important to extract data about those videos in a form that’s easy to analyze… Read More

  • Drawbridge Adds Offline Purchases To Its Cross-Device Marketing Data

    Drawbridge Adds Offline Purchases To Its Cross-Device Marketing Data

    Drawbridge’s platform is getting smarter thanks to partnerships with Datalogix and Axciom-owned Liveramp. The company, backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Capital, already works to identify the multiple devices that are (probably) used by the same person, which in turn can be used to improve ad targeting and attribution. Read More

  • Built By 15-Year-Olds, FollowPlants Posts Social Media Updates From Plants

    Built By 15-Year-Olds, FollowPlants Posts Social Media Updates From Plants

    If plants could tweet, what would they tell us? Well, the FollowPlants team at the Disrupt NY Hackathon might help us find out. To be clear, the plants aren’t expected to share their thoughts and feelings. (That would be weird, right?) Instead, to use FollowPlants, a grower could install sensors near their plants, then data from those sensors would be automatically translated into… Read More

  • Apple And IBM Team With Japan Post To Address The Needs Of An Aging Population

    Apple And IBM Team With Japan Post To Address The Needs Of An Aging Population

    Japan Post CEO Taizo Nishimuro was on-stage with Apple CEO Tim Cook and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty this morning to announce a new joint initiative and highlight some of the fruits of the IBM/Apple enterprise partnership. Through that partnership (which was announced last summer), IBM is developing software and support for large businesses, as well as helping to provision Apple hardware to… Read More

  • Real Estate Startup Suitey Rebrands As TripleMint, Raises $1.65M

    Real Estate Startup Suitey Rebrands As TripleMint, Raises $1.65M

    TripleMint, a New York City startup aiming to take the pain out of buying, selling and renting an apartment, has raised $1.65 million in seed funding. Investors include Dominion Capital, Winklevoss Capital (yes, those Winklevoss twins), Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, Kima Ventures, Archangel Ventures, Fabrice Grinda, Tom Falus (former president of Cushman & Wakefield) and Mike… Read More

  • Author And YouTuber John Green Tells Advertisers To Stop Worrying About Eyeballs

    Author And YouTuber John Green Tells Advertisers To Stop Worrying About Eyeballs

    YouTube just held its annual Brandcast event in Madison Square Garden, where it trotted out online video stars to for an audience of advertisers. The big message was that YouTube stars are huge celebrities, attracting lots of passionate fans — so advertisers should spend their money on, you guessed it, YouTube. Tonight there was an emphasis on mobile, with YouTube’s head of content… Read More

  • Tandem Adds Two New Partners, Says It’s Not Exactly An Accelerator Anymore

    Tandem Adds Two New Partners, Says It’s Not Exactly An Accelerator Anymore

    Tandem, which recently raised a $100 million fund to back mobile startups, has added two new partners — Shashi Seth, formerly an executive at Google and Yahoo, and Couchsurfing co-founder Daniel Hoffer. The firm says it now has 15 team members working with its portfolio companies. It invests $200,000 initially and hosts those startups in Tandem’s Burlingame, Calif. office for… Read More

  • Sticky Raises $5M To Help Publishers And Advertisers Track Your Attention

    Sticky Raises $5M To Help Publishers And Advertisers Track Your Attention

    Eye-tracking company Sticky is announcing that it has raised $5 million in Series A funding. Previously known as EyeTrackShop, Sticky offers analytics tools that allow online advertisers and publishers to track where you’re looking. It spun out of Swedish company Tobii Technologies in 2009. Read More

  • Facebook Says There Are Now 40M Active Small Business Pages

    Facebook Says There Are Now 40M Active Small Business Pages

    Facebook is announcing some new programs today for small businesses, particularly the ones that advertise. At the same time, the company’s also arguing that plenty of businesses find out value on the social network without buying ads. Specifically, Facebook says the number of active small business Pages keeps growing — it’s up to 40 million, compared to 30 million last June. Read More

  • Falling TWTR Temporarily Halted After Results Published Early — On Twitter

    Falling TWTR Temporarily Halted After Results Published Early — On Twitter

    Twitter was supposed to be releasing its earning results after market close this afternoon, but financial intelligence firm Selerity published the numbers early. Where oh where could they have gotten that information? It appeared at first to be a leak, but as Selerity pointed out, the earnings release was already live on Twitter’s investor relations site. (We’re not totally clear… Read More

  • Contextly Builds A Button For Following Breaking News

    Contextly Builds A Button For Following Breaking News

    Contextly, the startup founded by former Wired editor Ryan Singel, is giving readers an easy way to stay up-to-date on the news that interests them. Specifically, the company has launched a new Follow This Story button that publishers can add to their stories. If a reader hits the button and enters their email address, Contextly will send them follow-up stories. It will also present them with… Read More

  • Mode Media Combines Its Websites Under A New Social News App

    Mode Media Combines Its Websites Under A New Social News App

    The digital media company formerly known as Glam is launching a new product today for finding curated stories in topics like entertainment, food and fashion. The website (namely, Mode.com) and the mobile app (called Mode Stories) will allow users to follow more than 10,000 “editors, critics journalists, video producers and experts” — based on the topics and users you follow… Read More

  • Marketing Startup Signpost Raises $20.5M More

    Marketing Startup Signpost Raises $20.5M More

    Signpost is announcing that it has raised $20.5 million in Series C funding. The company offers consumer marketing tools; it manages customers’ presence on sites like Yelp, and it uses data from things like credit card transactions and social media to send targeted marketing messages that drive sales, referrals and reviews. Read More