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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  • 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

  • Honest Company CEO Brian Lee Celebrates His Birthday By Talking IPO Possibilities At SXSW

    Honest Company CEO Brian Lee Celebrates His Birthday By Talking IPO Possibilities At SXSW

    When Brian Lee and Jessica Alba (yes, that Jessica Alba), co-founders of eco-friendly e-commerce startup The Honest Company, spoke this afternoon at the South by Southwest, they didn’t make any big announcements or drop any (metaphorical) bombs. Nonetheless, Alba kicked things off with one surprise — she mentioned that today is Lee’s birthday. (She didn’t say how old… Read More

  • Audvisor Raises $1.4M To Deliver Expert Advice In Three-Minute Audio Clips

    Audvisor Raises $1.4M To Deliver Expert Advice In Three-Minute Audio Clips

    If you’re the kind of person who’s got a pile of business books on your desk, books that make you think, “God, when am I going to have the time to read these?” — well, you might want to check a new smartphone app called Audvisor. The startup offers advice in the form of three-minute audio clip from more than 100 contributors like author/blogger Seth Godin… Read More

  • Personality Test App Knozen Asks You Seemingly Random Questions About Your Friends

    Personality Test App Knozen Asks You Seemingly Random Questions About Your Friends

    Knozen has been described as an app for rating your coworkers, but the startup has been moving beyond that, into becoming a broader social game and personality test. In fact, if you visit the Knozen website now, you’d be hard-pressed to figure out that there’s anything job-related. Instead, it describes the app as “a new kind of game where your opinions matter.” Read More

  • Nuzzel Adds Custom Feeds To Help You Follow News About Tech, Beer, And Other Topics

    Nuzzel Adds Custom Feeds To Help You Follow News About Tech, Beer, And Other Topics

    News app Nuzzel is giving users a more topic-based approach to reading the news, through a new feature called Custom Feeds. Created by Friendster founder Jonathan Abrams, Nuzzel’s big selling point is simplicity — it shows you a feed of the most-shared stories among the people you follow on Twitter (or your friends on Facebook). There’s no complicated setup and no… Read More

  • The Guardian Publishes A Pretty Amazing Whisper “Clarification”

    The Guardian Publishes A Pretty Amazing Whisper “Clarification”

    The Guardian, the British newspaper that published a series of articles last fall (starting with this one) about anonymous social media app Whisper, issued a “clarification” today about those stories. The Guardian post gets pretty nitpicky and specific, to the extent that it’s tough to parse if (like me) you haven’t read those stories recently. But here’s the… Read More

  • Meetings Are Usually Terrible, But YC-Backed WorkLife Aims To Change That

    Meetings Are Usually Terrible, But YC-Backed WorkLife Aims To Change That

    I’m guessing you have been in a meeting that made you hate your life. You know, where one or two people drone on and on, half of the attendees seem to be talking past each other, and at the end no one’s sure what’s been decided or who’s responsible for doing what. Well, a startup called WorkLife has built tools designed to make meetings better. Read More

  • Hearsay Social Hires Its First CFO

    Hearsay Social Hires Its First CFO

    Hearsay Social, a Sequoia-backed startup helping finance and insurance companies grow sales through social media, announced today that it has hired its first chief financial officer — William Salisbury (pictured above), who was previously CFO at AVAST Software. It’s been just a couple of weeks since Hearsay rolled out an expanded product suite for financial advisors. CEO Clara… Read More

  • IAC Hires David Siegel As CEO Of Finance Website Investopedia

    IAC Hires David Siegel As CEO Of Finance Website Investopedia

    Finance education website Investopedia has a new CEO — David Siegel, who was previously president at stock market news and opinion site Seeking Alpha. Investopedia was founded back in 1999 and acquired by IAC as part of its purchase of ValueClick’s websites at the end of 2013. Now operated by IAC-owned Ask.com, Investopedia says it sees 15 million unique visitors and 45 million… Read More

  • Apple Pay Now Accepted In Nearly 700K Locations

    Apple Pay Now Accepted In Nearly 700K Locations

    Apple CEO Tim Cook offered a quick update this morning on the rapid growth of Apple Pay. Apparently the company’s mobile payment technology is now supported by 2,500 card-issuing banks (up from only six when the product was announced in September), while the number of locations accepting Apple Pay has tripled to nearly 700,000. Read More

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