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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  • Self-Improvement Marketplace Betterfly Raises $1.5M, Gets A New CEO

    Self-Improvement Marketplace Betterfly Raises $1.5M, Gets A New CEO

    Looks like it’s self-improvement time for Betterfly, a startup that, as the name suggests, allows users to “better themselves” by signing up for classes on everything from belly dancing to web design. The company just announced that it has raised a $1.5 million Series A from previous investor Lightbank, the Chicago firm created by Groupon co-founders Brad Keywell and Eric… Read More

  • Liveblogging Facebook’s Marketing Keynote

    Liveblogging Facebook’s Marketing Keynote

    Facebook is holding a big event for advertisers today in New York, which it’s calling the fMC (Facebook Marketing Conference). Executives Sheryl Sandberg, Chris Cox, David Fischer, and Mike Hoefflinger are all scheduled to take the stage during the keynote address starting at 1pm Eastern — I’ll be liveblogging it here, while Josh Constine covers the big announcements in… Read More

  • NimbleCommerce Revamps Daily Deals For MediaNews Group

    NimbleCommerce Revamps Daily Deals For MediaNews Group

    Startup NimbleCommerce wants to become the daily deal platform for media companies (often the traditional ones that are struggling to make money online), and today it’s announcing a big customer — Digital First Media, which manages the MediaNews Group (the second largest newspaper chain in the United States) and the Journal Register Company. Altogether, Digital First says it reaches… Read More

  • Groupon Acqhires Uptake To Build Out Palo Alto Office

    Groupon Acqhires Uptake To Build Out Palo Alto Office

    Groupon is acquiring travel startup Uptake. Liz Gannes at AllThingsD broke the news. We spoke to a source with knowledge of the deal who confirmed the details of the AllThingsD report. The purchase price was apparently between $10 and $20 million. Read More

  • Ad.ly Founder Sean Rad Developing Location Product At Hatch Labs

    Ad.ly Founder Sean Rad Developing Location Product At Hatch Labs

    Mobile technology incubator Hatch Labs is announcing two new additions — Ad.ly founder Sean Rad (pictured) and former Apple employee Alan Tran. Describing itself as a “technology sandbox,” Hatch Labs was announced last year as a joint venture between IAC and Xtreme Labs. It has already launched several startups, including app monetization service Blu Trumpet. Read More

  • Millennial Media Aims For Smaller Advertisers with Self-Service Launch

    Millennial Media Aims For Smaller Advertisers with Self-Service Launch

    Mobile ad network Millennial Media says that it’s now making its self-service advertising product mMedia available to the general public. The company filed for an IPO last month with documents stating that it reached 200 million unique users in December 2011, and that it was nearly profitable (losing $417,000) in the first nine months of the year. Adding a self-serve option should expand… Read More

  • GraphScience Promises To Turn Facebook Commerce Into A Moneymaker

    GraphScience Promises To Turn Facebook Commerce Into A Moneymaker

    Whenever I hear brands talking about advertising on social networks, one of the most common questions is, “Well, what’s the actual return?” Now a startup called GraphScience says it has turned measuring and optimizing that return into, well, a science. The company is officially launching today, but it’s one of those startups that has been in stealth mode for a… Read More

  • Pinweel Launches Group Photo App, Wants Caterina Fake To Cut It Out With “Pinwheel”

    Pinweel Launches Group Photo App, Wants Caterina Fake To Cut It Out With “Pinwheel”

    Do you really need another photo-sharing app on your iPhone? The founders of a startup called Pinweel think you do — specifically, one that’s focused on group albums. I’ve been playing with Pinweel this morning, and I have to admit that it’s a good-looking app. There’s a simple, colorful interface, with nice touches like the fact that the photographer’s… Read More

  • YC-Backed Coderwall Wants To Be The Reputation System for Developers

    YC-Backed Coderwall Wants To Be The Reputation System for Developers

    If coders want to demonstrate their prowess, they can share code on GitHub, answer programming questions on sites like Stack Overflow and Quora, or just blog their thoughts and advice. What’s missing, however, is a site that aggregates all this activity — at least according Coderwall, which is part of the current batch of startups incubated at Y Combinator. Naturally, Coderwall… Read More

  • Google’s Mobile Sales Head: US Smartphone Ownership Grew 7% Last Year — Plus, Predictions

    Google’s Mobile Sales Head: US Smartphone Ownership Grew 7% Last Year — Plus, Predictions

    Jason Spero, Google’s head of mobile sales and strategy, will be taking the stage at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later today, where he’ll be revealing new research about smartphone growth and making some predictions about what we’ll be seeing in the mobile world over the next year. In advance of Spero’s talk, Google is publishing a blog post that previews some… Read More

  • OpenX Acquires Supply Side Platform LiftDNA

    OpenX Acquires Supply Side Platform LiftDNA

    Ad tech company OpenX just announced that it’s acquiring startup LiftDNA. The startup offers a supply side platform, which publishers use to automate and optimize the sale of their ad inventory. Combined with OpenX’s ad server and ad exchange technology, CEO Tim Cadogan tells me that the company will be able to offer “the first complete full revenue stack,” allowing… Read More

  • uberVU Declares The Help Winner of the “Social Oscars”

    uberVU Declares The Help Winner of the “Social Oscars”

    In the run-up to the Oscars tomorrow, social intelligence startup uberVU conducted a study of how and where people were talking about the Best Picture nominees. The data was collected during the week between Feb. 19 and today. The company wasn’t just looking at the number of times a movie was mentioned — it also rated the sentiment of each comment, giving the movies an overall… Read More

  • Clik: Google’s Broken App Search Means We’re Invisible On Android

    Clik: Google’s Broken App Search Means We’re Invisible On Android

    A little more than a week ago, the Clik smartphone app launched, resulting plenty of press coverage and more than 100,000 downloads on iOS (at least according to Clik). But there was one area where the launch fizzled — in the Android Market, where the Clik app is apparently invisible to searches. “Over the weekend, as we get all this hype, nobody could find our app,” says CEO… Read More

  • Velti is Working on a Mobile “Do Not Track” List

    Velti is Working on a Mobile “Do Not Track” List

    Velti plans to announce two new initiatives aimed at helping mobile advertisers get ahead of data collection and privacy concerns, according to a source who has been briefed by the company. My source says Velti, a publicly traded mobile ad company, is working on the first “Do Not Track” list built for mobile. Consumers should be able to direct their smartphone browsers at a specific… Read More

  • Stock Chart Site TradingView Adds European Stocks and a Watch List

    Stock Chart Site TradingView Adds European Stocks and a Watch List

    TradingView, a social finance site that launched last September, has just been upgraded with some new features, including data on European stocks and US stock futures. The site was created by trading software company MultiCharts. Charts, after all, are often at the heart of stock discussions, so TradingView is a place where those charts are front-and-center. Users can create and share charts… Read More

  • Washington Post Tests Personalized News Program

    Washington Post Tests Personalized News Program

    If you’re tired of seeing the same news as everyone else, The Washington Post is now experimenting with personalized headlines. That experiment is called Personal Post, and it’s available at personal.washingtonpost.com, where you’ll see a river of content that you can customize. If you’re already a member at WashingtonPost.com, you can log in and the site will offer… Read More

  • Want A Job? Interview Street Is Holding CodeSprints Every Week

    Want A Job? Interview Street Is Holding CodeSprints Every Week

    Y Combinator-backed Interview Street is accelerating the pace of its CodeSprints, where programmers prove their worth to potential employers by completing coding problems in a limited period of time. The startup held its second big CodeSprint last month. The event seems like a success — 5,221 people participated, 665 of them actually applied to companies, and co-founder Vivek… Read More

  • Swoop Gives Food Websites An Injection Of Local Deals

    Swoop Gives Food Websites An Injection Of Local Deals

    Swoop, a startup that’s launching today, says it’s giving food websites a new way to convince readers to stick around, and to make some money in the process. CEO Ron Elwell says Swoop’s technology can look at the text of a food website and automatically inject links to local deals when they’re relevant. So, for example, if a site includes a recipe that calls for… Read More

  • AdRoll Hires Google Sales Director Suresh Khanna

    AdRoll Hires Google Sales Director Suresh Khanna

    Aiming to become one of the giants of online advertising, ad retargeting startup AdRoll has hired Googler Suresh Khanna as its vice president of sales. In nearly six years at Google, Khanna held a number of roles. Most recently, he was director of new advertiser sales, where he says he led the North American team for acquiring mid-market and larger advertisers. Until now, Khanna says… Read More

  • Rapportive Announces Acquisition By LinkedIn, (Basically) Confirms $15M Price

    Rapportive Announces Acquisition By LinkedIn, (Basically) Confirms $15M Price

    After reports earlier this month that LinkedIn was buying contact management service Rapportive, the startup just published a blog post confirming that yes, it has been acquired. For those of you who don’t use it, Rapportive is a Gmail plugin that shows you the latest social network updates from whoever you’re corresponding with. (I’ve gotten so used to seeing the… Read More