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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  • Twitter’s MoPub Sees Big Growth In Native Ads

    Twitter’s MoPub Sees Big Growth In Native Ads

    Twitter-owned mobile ad exchange MoPub is releasing some new numbers about the growth of native advertising. Native advertising is a fuzzy term, but it usually refers to ads that have been customized to resemble editorial or user content. MoPub allows publishers to create their own custom native ads, and although it’s been saying that the format is growing, it’s offered scant details. Read More

  • Engineering Firm HappyFunCorp Eyes More Acquisitions

    Engineering Firm HappyFunCorp Eyes More Acquisitions

    HappyFunCorp has been living up to its name, according to co-founder Ben Schippers — at least if you associate happiness and fun with profits, growth and acquisitions. Last year, I visited the design and engineering firm’s Brooklyn offices for the final episode of our Built in Brooklyn video series. Read More

  • CultureSphere Promises A “Bottoms Up” Approach To Employee-Driven Social Media Sharing

    CultureSphere Promises A “Bottoms Up” Approach To Employee-Driven Social Media Sharing

    While businesses have plenty of options if they want to push their employees to do more social media sharing, CultureSphere founder and CEO Danny Gordon said the existing tools all take a similar “top down approach” — senior marketing and social media executives decide what’s worth sharing, then everyone else just shares it, or doesn’t. Gordon said CultureSphere… Read More

  • Chaotic Moon Is Building A Fitness Tracker For Wheelchairs

    Chaotic Moon Is Building A Fitness Tracker For Wheelchairs

    Here’s a different kind of fitness tracker — Freewheel, a prototype developed by Chaotic Moon Studios. The Austin-based design and development studio was in the news recently because of its acquisition by Accenture. Freewheel was created by Chaotic Moon’s BASE innovation lab, but the idea came from one of the studio’s content strategists, Tyler Hively, who uses a… Read More

  • Group Commerce Startup Massdrop Raises $40M

    Group Commerce Startup Massdrop Raises $40M

    Massdrop is announcing that it has raised $40 million in Series B funding. The company focuses on what it calls “community-driven commerce.” It allows people who are interested in things like high-quality audio, men’s fashion and quilting (yes, those are all actual Massdrop communities) to connect with other enthusiasts, discuss products, make purchases with group discounts… Read More

  • Salesforce Adds E-Commerce To Its Community Cloud

    Salesforce Adds E-Commerce To Its Community Cloud

    Customers of Salesforce’s Community Cloud will soon be able to add their own buy buttons. The Community Cloud allows businesses to build sites where customers can interact with the company and with each other. By introducing the ability to make purchases directly from those communities, Mike Stone, the senior vice president of marketing for Salesforce Community Cloud, said the company… Read More

  • Intercom Helps Businesses Track Whether Their Messages Are Actually Working

    Intercom Helps Businesses Track Whether Their Messages Are Actually Working

    If you’re sending emails or other messages to your customers, there’s a standard way to measure your success — you look at whether they opened those messages, and whether the openers actually clicked. But that’s setting the bar kind of low isn’t it? I assume you’re usually trying to drive some sort of behavior, whether it’s making a purchase, trying out… Read More

  • Vox Media Raises $200M From NBCUniversal

    Vox Media Raises $200M From NBCUniversal

    NBCUniversal just announced that it has invested $200 million in Vox Media, which owns sites like Eater, SB Nation and the eponymous Vox.com, as well as tech news publications Re/code and The Verge. “Vox Media has a great portfolio of premium digital brands that deeply engage broad audiences,” NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said in the funding release. “Vox Media has strong… Read More

  • Startups.co Will Restart Virtual Assistant Service Zirtual

    Startups.co Will Restart Virtual Assistant Service Zirtual

    Following the “pause” in operations of Zirtual, founder and CEO Maren Donovan published a blog post last night offering a few more details about what went wrong. She also announced that she’s made a deal to sell Zirtual to startup launch platform Startups.co Apparently Wil Schroter, Startups.co’s founder and CEO, was a Zirtual customer himself, and the company says… Read More

  • The L3D Cube Starts the 3D Display Revolution

    Looking Glass Founders See Their L3D Cube As A New Type Of Display

    Earlier this year, Looking Glass successfully raised $252,000 on Kickstarter for its 3D LED cube, dubbed the L3D Cube. Now the startup actually is shipping cubes — or, rather, kits for assembling your cube — and co-founders Alex Hornstein and Shawn Frayne are getting settled into a new office in Brooklyn. (Frayne is splitting his time between Brooklyn and Hong Kong.) So we stopped… Read More

  • FindTheBest Becomes Graphiq, Launches New Visualization Tools For Publishers

    FindTheBest Becomes Graphiq, Launches New Visualization Tools For Publishers

    Over the past six years, FindTheBest has been rolling out search and comparison shopping tools (18 in all) to cover everything from companies to schools to gadgets to real estate. At this point, founder and CEO Kevin O’Connor said that calling the company FindTheBest no longer makes sense — and so it’s rebranding as Graphiq. O’Connor, who… Read More

  • Zeetings Adds Interactivity And Analytics To Your Presentations

    Zeetings Adds Interactivity And Analytics To Your Presentations

    Tired of making (or watching) the same old PowerPoint presentations? An Australian startup called Zeetings gives you new tools to interact with your audience and track their engagement. “Despite the fact that we’ve got completely new capabilities in our hands in terms of technology, presentations haven’t really changed,” said Zeetings co-founder and CEO Robert Kawalsky. Read More

  • Virtual Assistant Startup Zirtual Is “Pausing All Operations”

    Virtual Assistant Startup Zirtual Is “Pausing All Operations”

    Zirtual is hitting the pause button. The personal assistant startup sent an email to customers saying that it’s “pausing all operations” starting today: “Due to a combination of market circumstances and financial constraints we must re-organize our current structure if we are to successfully serve you in the future.” Read More

  • Rubicon Global Wants To Help Collect The Healthcare Industry’s Trash

    Rubicon Global Wants To Help Collect The Healthcare Industry’s Trash

    Rubicon Global, a company helping businesses save money on trash and recycling, is expanding into the healthcare industry. Rubicon connects businesses with local garbage haulers through an online bidding process and and helps them find opportunities to save money, for example by doing more recycling. Read More

  • Ad Tech Startup C1X Raises $5.1M

    Ad Tech Startup C1X Raises $5.1M

    C1X is announcing that it has raised $5.1 million in Series A funding. Founder and CEO Mukundu Kumaran spent seven years as an engineering director at Yahoo. He said that during that time, he saw the complexity of the ad-tech industry, and now his vision at C1X is “to simplify how the basic advertising transaction works.” Read More

  • Social Publishing Service Wattpad Hacked, “Some” Passwords May Have Been Exposed

    Social Publishing Service Wattpad Hacked, “Some” Passwords May Have Been Exposed

    It looks like Wattpad, a site where authors can share their writing and interact with readers, was hacked a couple of months ago. The company has been sending out emails to some users alerting them that their information may have been compromised. (I have a Wattpad account, but I didn’t get anything). Read More

  • Femsplain Rolls Out A Community Platform For Feminists

    Femsplain Rolls Out A Community Platform For Feminists

    Femsplain bills itself as a “community-driven publisher,” and it’s looking to build that community with a new initiative called Femsplain Beta. The feminist site was launched last year, raised more than $30,000 via Kickstarter (I was a backer) and has already published personal articles from more than 250 female contributors. Those stories cover topics like cancer, kids (or… Read More

  • Good Eggs Will Shut Down All Operations Outside San Francisco, Lay Off Nearly 140 Employees

    Good Eggs Will Shut Down All Operations Outside San Francisco, Lay Off Nearly 140 Employees

    Organic food delivery startup Good Eggs just announced that it will be closing its operations in Los Angeles, New York City and New Orleans — every city where it has a presence, except for San Francisco. As a result, the company is also laying off nearly 140 employees, including some in its SF headquarters. Read More

  • Amplitude Raises $9M For A New Approach To Analytics And Pricing

    Amplitude Raises $9M For A New Approach To Analytics And Pricing

    Mobile analytics startup Amplitude has raised $9 million in Series A funding. When we wrote about Amplitude last year, we noted that it’s trying to undercut competitors like Mixpanel with lower prices and a freemium product. Today it’s going even further in that direction with a new plan that offers Amplitude’s basic features for free, as long as you’re tracking fewer… Read More

  • Disconnect CEO Explains That New Do Not Track Policy

    Disconnect CEO Explains That New Do Not Track Policy

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation released what it called a “stronger” Do Not Track setting yesterday. But what does that actually mean for your day-to-day privacy on the web? To understand it (or at least try), I got on the phone with Casey Oppenheim, co-founder and CEO of privacy startup Disconnect, who worked with the EFF to develop the new standard. Oppenheim explained that… Read More