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. CrunchBase profile →

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  • AdClarity Tells Advertisers Exactly What The Competition Is Up To

    AdClarity Tells Advertisers Exactly What The Competition Is Up To

    Israeli company BIScience has a launched a new product called AdClarity, which it says will give advertisers more data than they’ve ever had about their competitors’ advertising plans. CEO Orey Gilliam notes that the online advertising landscape has evolved to the point where there’s rarely a direct link between advertiser and publisher but rather “a complex… Read More

  • Yes, Hipster Is (Almost) Sending Someone Into Space

    Yes, Hipster Is (Almost) Sending Someone Into Space

    Ah, Hipster, the startup whose promotional ideas are either brilliant, obnoxious, or brilliantly obnoxious. This time the company, which allows you to share digital postcards, has outdone itself — it’s promising to send one of its users into space. Technically, Hipster is offering a ticket on a Zero G flight in a modified Boeing 727 — so it’s a space… Read More

  • With Clik, Your Smartphone Can Control Screens Everywhere

    With Clik, Your Smartphone Can Control Screens Everywhere

    You’ve probably heard of Kik Messenger, a phone messaging app with the backing of Union Sqaure Ventures and RRE. It turns out Kik was just the beginning of the company’s plans — today it’s launching Clik, which is even more impressive. Put simply, Clik can turn your phone into a remote control for any screen with a browser. CEO Ted Livingston demonstrated the app for… Read More

  • Podio Plugs Google Docs Into Its Collaboration Tools

    Podio Plugs Google Docs Into Its Collaboration Tools

    Startup Podio says it just addressed one of the top feature requests from the 40,000 companies that use its collaboration tools — it now integrates with Google Docs. When TechCrunch’s Alexia Tsotsis wrote about Podio a year ago, she called it “Yammer with its own app store and app builder.” Judging from the demo I saw earlier this week, many aspects of the basic… Read More

  • StockTwits Gets More Interactive With Conversations

    StockTwits Gets More Interactive With Conversations

    StockTwits is unveiling a new feature called Conversations, which should make it easier to not just track the online discussion about a stock, but to join in, too. Co-founder and CEO Howard Lindzon says that StockTwits has “always been about context,” trying to show users all the Twitter discussion about a certain stock ticker symbol in one place. However, that discussion can… Read More

  • Valentine’s Day Procrastination Fuels Mobile Usage On Google

    Valentine’s Day Procrastination Fuels Mobile Usage On Google

    Not surprisingly, Valentine’s Day spurred lots of last-minute Web searches and phone calls — and the Google mobile ads team just published a blog post highlighting how much of that activity happened on smartphones and tablets. For one thing, last-minute searches for national restaurant chains grew across-the-board, but they grew the most on smartphones — between February 7… Read More

  • Frank & Oak Helps Twentysomething Men Dress Themselves

    Frank & Oak Helps Twentysomething Men Dress Themselves

    A new site called Frank & Oak wants to take the headache out of clothes shopping for men between 20 and 35. The site is a new product from men’s clothing company ModaSuite (a startup based in Canada and backed by Real Ventures). With Frank & Oak, CEO Ethan Song says the company is aiming at a younger audience (ModaSuite’s customer base is more in the 30-45 range), so… Read More

  • India’s Times Internet Launches Tablet App With Genwi

    India’s Times Internet Launches Tablet App With Genwi

    PJ Gurumohan, CEO of tablet publishing startup Genwi, likes to talk about creating unique experiences tablet, rather than just porting over an existing website. A good example of what he has in mind: Tweek, a new app that Genwi (pronounced “Gen Y”) has created with Times Internet Limited. TIL is the Internet and mobile arm of Times Group, which publishes the Times of India. It… Read More

  • MTV Takes The Beta Label Off Its Music Meter App For Finding New Artists

    MTV Takes The Beta Label Off Its Music Meter App For Finding New Artists

    MTV is unveiling an update to its Music Meter mobile app today. This is version 2.0, and also the first version to abandon the “beta testing” label, suggesting that MTV has worked out any early kinks — and is ready to make money. The app first launched in March 2011 as the mobile equivalent of MTV’s Music Meter website. The goal is to track the online buzz for… Read More

  • Bleacher Report Announces YouTube Lineup

    Bleacher Report Announces YouTube Lineup

    Popular sports startup Bleacher Report was announced as of YouTube’s new content partners late last year. Now it’s actually ready to debut its new channel and announce the initial slate of shows. Bleacher Report allows regular sports fans to offer commentary on teams and games, an approach that leads to much more content than a traditional sports site — the company says it… Read More

  • Lab42 Taps Social Networks For Market Research, Raises (Almost) $1M

    Lab42 Taps Social Networks For Market Research, Raises (Almost) $1M

    Lab42, a startup that helps agencies and other businesses conduct market research, says it has raised “just under” $1 million in funding. President Gauri Sharma pitches Lab42′s services (which involve targeted surveys conducted over social networks) as new way to conduct research. One big difference: It’s faster and cheaper than hiring most market research firms, while… Read More

  • OptimalKeyword Chooses All The Right Words For Your Social Advertising Campaign

    OptimalKeyword Chooses All The Right Words For Your Social Advertising Campaign

    Startup XA.net has been offering its technology to Facebook advertisers for several years, but this week, with the launch of optimalKeyWord, it’s trying to reach new customers who need help finding the right keywords for their campaigns. CEO Rob Leathern demonstrated the service for me last week. He said XA’s current clients are big social network advertisers, normally spending… Read More

  • 500 Startups Alum LaunchBit Launches Its Email Ad Network

    500 Startups Alum LaunchBit Launches Its Email Ad Network

    Advertising in email newsletters is an old idea, but the founders of LaunchBit, a startup that’s leaving closed beta testing today, say things haven’t changed since the ’90s. The biggest problem? When you advertise in newsletters, you blindly send the same ad to everyone on the list. Read More

  • Delivery App Postmates Offers A Last-Minute Valentine’s Gift

    Delivery App Postmates Offers A Last-Minute Valentine’s Gift

    Yes, there are going to be a lot of startups trying to capitalize on Valentine’s Day. Postmates, however, has the advantage of doing something cool — something that involves free chocolate. When the app launched last year at TechCrunch Disrupt, the coverage described it as the “Uber of packages.” On its face, the comparison might sound a little silly (at least, it did… Read More

  • Pearltrees Raises $6.7M For Its “Collaborative Interest Graph”

    Pearltrees Raises $6.7M For Its “Collaborative Interest Graph”

    Pearltrees, a company offering a novel interface for sharing and finding content, has raised 5 million euros ($6.7 million US) in new funding. The basic unit of the Pearltrees service is the pearl, which is basically a bookmark. Users can assemble these pearls into trees based around a topic. Meanwhile, Pearltrees is using that data to determine how different topics and bookmarks are related… Read More

  • How Google Created Its Epic(-ish) Valentine’s Day Doodle

    How Google Created Its Epic(-ish) Valentine’s Day Doodle

    For Valentine’s Day, Google has created one of its most ambitious Doodles yet. When you click on the Google logo today, you get to watch a one-minute animation showing the highs and lows of young love — and illustrating that Google can’t solve everything. I’ve embedded a video of the Doodle below, and if you like it, much of the credit goes to Michael Lipman, an… Read More

  • Marin Software Raises $30M, Aims (Eventually) For IPO

    Marin Software Raises $30M, Aims (Eventually) For IPO

    Marin Software, a company that helps advertisers manage large online ad campaigns, has raised $30 million in a new round of funding. Founded in 2006, Marin initially offered tools to manage search advertising campaigns, but it has expanded into display, mobile, and social media campaigns, and the company now bills itself as “the world’s leading online advertising management… Read More

  • Minority-Focused NewME Accelerator Announces Second Class of Startups

    Minority-Focused NewME Accelerator Announces Second Class of Startups

    NewME Accelerator, the incubator launched last year to support minority entrepreneurs, just announced its latest group of startups. In her blog post about the new class (NewME’s second), founder and CEO Angel Benton also offers also talks about the success rate of the first group of NewME alums — 60 percent of them have raised money, adding up to a little more than $500,000 in… Read More

  • Big Cuts at Airy Labs, Ex-Employees Blame Management

    Big Cuts at Airy Labs, Ex-Employees Blame Management

    Airy Labs, an educational gaming startup backed by Google Ventures and others, has eliminated the vast majority of its 20-person staff, leaving only a skeleton crew to keep the company going. That’s what I’ve been told by former employees, and when you bring up the “team” page of the Airy Labs website, you now get a 404 error message. (There’s still a link from… Read More

  • A Whole Lot Of Reading: Social Publisher Wattpad Hits 1B User Minutes Per Month

    A Whole Lot Of Reading: Social Publisher Wattpad Hits 1B User Minutes Per Month

    Wattpad, a Union Square Ventures-backed platform for sharing stories and interacting with writers, has been growing steadily, and it hit a nice milestone in January — during that month, users spent more than 1 billion minutes on the service. Co-founder and CEO Allen Lau tells me via email that the growth comes from a combination of attracting new users and convincing each of those users… Read More