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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  • Don’t Read The Comments — Let Diffbot Analyze Them Instead

    Don’t Read The Comments — Let Diffbot Analyze Them Instead

    Diffbot’s mission, according to CEO Mike Tung, involves “teaching a robot how to read and understand web pages.” Today it expanded that understanding to include forums, comments, reviews, and other online discussions. When Tung talks about understanding web pages, he means turning the content into structured data — say, looking at an article and identifying the… Read More

  • Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock Says AOL’s Connected Delivers On The Promise Of Reality TV

    “Reality TV” is one of those phrases that inevitably begs for scare quotes — with its staged scenes and melodramatic confessions, a reality TV show’s relationship with reality can be … complicated. But Morgan Spurlock, director of documentaries like Super Size Me, suggested that the new online video series Connected might live up to “the promise of… Read More

  • Social Media Management Company Sprinklr Raises $46M, Now Valued At More Than $1B

    Social Media Management Company Sprinklr Raises $46M, Now Valued At More Than $1B

    Sprinklr just announced that it has raised $46 million in new funding, at what it says is a valuation of more than $1 billion. The round was led by existing investors Battery Ventures, Intel Capital, and Iconiq Capital and brings the company’s total funding to $123.5 million. (Sprinklr’s last funding of $40 million was announced just under a year ago.) Read More

  • MoPub Founder Jim Payne Joins Board Of Ad Analytics Company Metamarkets

    MoPub Founder Jim Payne Joins Board Of Ad Analytics Company Metamarkets

    Following last month’s announcement of $15 million in new funding, analytics company Metamarkets is bringing someone new onto its board of directors — Jim Payne, founder and former CEO of MoPub, the mobile ad company acquired by Twitter. Payne left his full-time role at Twitter last fall, and since then, it sounds like he’s been focused on making angel investments and… Read More

  • XO Group CEO Michael Steib Talks About Reinventing A 20-Year Old Media Company

    XO Group CEO Michael Steib Talks About Reinventing A 20-Year Old Media Company

    XO Group isn’t a company where you’d expect big, dramatic changes — after all, it was founded nearly two decades ago (with seed financing from AOL, which now owns TechCrunch), its flagship wedding planning site The Knot launched in 1997, and it went public in 1999. But CEO Michael Steib told me that the company (which also owns pregnancy site The Bump and home decorating site… Read More

  • 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

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