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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  • Yahoo Will Acquire Fashion Startup Polyvore

    Yahoo Will Acquire Fashion Startup Polyvore

    Yahoo just announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire style-focused community Polyvore. In a blog post about the deal, Yahoo’s senior vice president of publisher products Simon Khalaf highlighted “Polyvore’s expertise on community-driven experiences and retailer-supported commerce” and wrote that the deal “will accelerate Yahoo’s digital… Read More

  • YC-Backed GrowSumo Helps Businesses Grow Sales Through Partner Programs

    YC-Backed GrowSumo Helps Businesses Grow Sales Through Partner Programs

    Partner programs can be a big source of revenue — for example, channel sales account for 80 percent of Cisco’s revenue. Now a startup called GrowSumo is working to make those programs easier to manage, particularly for businesses that don’t have Cisco’s resources. GrowSumo is part of the current batch of startups at incubator Y Combinator. Co-founder Bryn Jones told me… Read More

  • YC-Backed PersistIQ Raises $1.7M To Create Smarter Automation For Salespeople

    YC-Backed PersistIQ Raises $1.7M To Create Smarter Automation For Salespeople

    Sales workflow startup PersistIQ has raised $1.7 million in seed funding. This is one of those stories where the startup says it raised the money months ago, got busy and only decided to announce the news now. Investors in the seed round include Point Nine, Salesforce Ventures, Y Combinator and undisclosed angels. (PersistIQ was incubated last year at Y Combinator.) Read More

  • GoButler Takes Its SMS Personal Assistant Out Of Beta, Raises $8M

    GoButler Takes Its SMS Personal Assistant Out Of Beta, Raises $8M

    GoButler has a straightforward premise — you should be able to send a text message and one of its “Heroes” will help you get whatever you need, whether you want to order dinner or make a flight reservation. Today, the startup is announcing that it has moved out of beta testing and is available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Read More

  • Video Ad Company Jun Group Raises $28M In Its First Venture Round

    Video Ad Company Jun Group Raises $28M In Its First Venture Round

    Jun Group was founded back in 2005, but according to founder and CEO Mitchell Reichgut, the video ad company has never accepted any venture funding — until now. “We really have been independent since day one,” Reichgut said. (Jun Group has taken money from Western Technology Investment, but it was debt, not equity financing.) Read More

  • Yahoo Shows Off Its New Livetext Messaging App

    Yahoo unveiled a new app today called Livetext, where users can send each other video and text — but no sound. To get a sense of how it works, we spoke to Yahoo’s Arjun Sethi (formerly co-founder and CEO of MessageMe), and we had a short little livetext session. He also explained the opportunity he sees in taking the audio out of video messaging: Read More

  • Yahoo Unveils Its Audio-Free Video Messaging App, Livetext

    Yahoo Unveils Its Audio-Free Video Messaging App, Livetext

    Yahoo has officially announced Livetext, an app where users chat with friends by sharing video and text — but no sound. A couple of weeks ago, we spotted the Livetext app in the Apple App Store in Hong Kong. At the time, Yahoo declined to comment, except to say that it’s “always experimenting with new product experiences.” Read More

  • Legacy Republic Acquires Yarly To Build Up Its Workforce For Digitizing Family Photos

    Legacy Republic Acquires Yarly To Build Up Its Workforce For Digitizing Family Photos

    Legacy Republic, which is building a freelance workforce to help families digitize their photos and videos, just acquired competitor Yarly. Digitization company YesVideo launched its Legacy Republic initiative last fall. Yarly, meanwhile, has a similar mission of digitizing photos or, as Legacy Republic Brian Knapp put it, of “preserving family memories.” Read More

  • Vero Launches A “Relationship-First” Social Network

    Vero Launches A “Relationship-First” Social Network

    The creators of Vero are betting that there’s room for a new kind of social network — one that’s a bit more attuned to the nuances of real-world relationships. Like other social media services, Vero allows users to share movies, music, photos and so on. Where it gets a little different is in the privacy around that sharing. Read More

  • Mixpanel Announces Codeless Mobile Analytics

    Mixpanel Announces Codeless Mobile Analytics

    Mixpanel recently unveiled a new feature that should make it easier for mobile businesses to customize the company’s analytics tools without writing any additional code. A number of optimization and testing teams talk about being used by marketers and other team members without having to ask for help from their developers, but co-founder and CEO Suhail Doshi told me that it’s… Read More

  • Expensify Announces New Travel Integrations With Uber, Priceline, NexTravel And More

    Expensify Announces New Travel Integrations With Uber, Priceline, NexTravel And More

    Expensify is taking another step toward making expense reports easier by announcing integrations with a bunch of travel-related services. So instead of forwarding travel receipts to receipts@expensify.com, users can just make their bookings in the partner service of their choice, and the information will automatically be sent to Expensify for reporting. Read More

  • Instagram Marketing Startup Popular Pays Raises $2M

    Instagram Marketing Startup Popular Pays Raises $2M

    Popular Pays, a Y Combinator-backed startup connecting Instagram users with marketers, has raised $2 million in funding. Under the Popular Pays model, businesses describe the kind of campaign they’re looking to create, then Instagrammers can apply and list how much money they’d want to participate. The marketer chooses the users they want to work with, those users start posting… Read More

  • Twitter Makes It Easier To Target Ads Around Big Events

    Twitter Makes It Easier To Target Ads Around Big Events

    Twitter is announcing a straightforward way for advertisers to join conversations around major events. Not that the service has lacked ads around, say, the Super Bowl. But Ameet Ranadive, the company’s senior director of revenue products, said that until now, buying those ads has been a “very manual” process, with advertisers piecing together the right keywords, Twitter… Read More

  • Centro Acquires Facebook Ad Startup GraphScience

    Centro Acquires Facebook Ad Startup GraphScience

    Ad tech company Centro is announcing that it has acquired social ad startup GraphScience. Founded in 2001, Centro has built a platform for digital marketers to manage their campaigns — in fact, it says it will manage $400 million in ad spend this year. GraphScience, meanwhile, allows advertisers to create and optimize personalized Facebook ads. With the acquisition, Centro can… Read More

  • Victorious Says Its Video Apps Have Gotten 250M Views

    Victorious Says Its Video Apps Have Gotten 250M Views

    Victorious, a startup building mobile apps where YouTube stars can interact with their “superfans,” says the strategy seems to be paying off. Specifically, since the first apps launched in April, they’ve seen a total of 250 million views and 300 million engagements, with fans creating 1 million pieces of user-generated content. Read More

  • Strike Social Says It Can Predict The Results Of YouTube Ad Campaigns

    Strike Social Says It Can Predict The Results Of YouTube Ad Campaigns

    YouTube advertising and analytics startup Strike Social is launching a new feature today called Strike Predict. The company already helps advertisers track the performance of their videos on YouTube and on social networks. CEO Patrick McKenna said that with Strike Predict, marketers can take a video to their boss, propose an ad campaign to promote the video, and answer the key questions… Read More

  • De Blasio Administration Reaches Deal With Uber

    De Blasio Administration Reaches Deal With Uber

    The administration of New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio is dropping plans to cap the number of new drivers added by Uber and similar services. Under a new agreement, the city will conduct a four-month study on how these services affect traffic congestion in New York. The deal, which does not preclude the possibility of driver caps in the future, was first reported in The New York Times and… Read More

  • Consulting Firm Prophet Acquires Altimeter Group

    Consulting Firm Prophet Acquires Altimeter Group

    Altimeter Group, which is known for its research in areas like social media, the Internet of Things and data privacy, has been acquired by Prophet. Altimeter was founded in 2008 by CEO Charlene Li, previously an analyst at Forrester. (She recruited some other big names from Forrester to join her, though they’ve since departed.) Prophet, meanwhile, is a consulting firm focused on… Read More

  • Besomebody Raises Another $1M To Expand Its Experience Marketplace

    Besomebody Raises Another $1M To Expand Its Experience Marketplace

    Besomebody announced yesterday that it has raised another $1 million, doubling its total funding. As founder and CEO Kash Shaikh explained a year ago, he’s trying to build a company around his previous “#besomebody” social media efforts. The idea is to help people tap into their passions, creating an app where they can find content related to their interests and either book… Read More

  • IAB Releases A New Overview Of In-Feed Ads

    IAB Releases A New Overview Of In-Feed Ads

    The Interactive Advertising Bureau just released its “deep dive” into the world in-feed ads — namely, the ads that show up in the middle of the stream as you scroll through your favorite news site or social network. The report is meant to supplement the IAB’s Native Advertising playbook, which the trade group released at the end of 2013. Prepared by task force groups… Read More

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