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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  • OMGPOP Hits 1M Downloads For Draw Something App, “Locked Down” On Mobile Strategy

    OMGPOP Hits 1M Downloads For Draw Something App, “Locked Down” On Mobile Strategy

    OMGPOP, the social game-maker formerly known as iminlikewithyou, says it has another mobile hit — its app Draw Something has been downloaded more than 1 million times in 10 days. Draw Something is based on OMGPOP’s online game Draw My Thing. Described by CEO Dan Porter as a turn-based version of Pictionary, players are assigned things to draw, which can be simple (like a smile)… Read More

  • Ad Startup Rocket Fuel Just Had Its First Profitable Quarter

    Ad Startup Rocket Fuel Just Had Its First Profitable Quarter

    Startup Rocket Fuel claims to apply “rocket science” to ad campaigns, and it sounds like that science is turning into real revenue. The company says it made $44.5 million in revenue last year, compared to $16.6 million in 2010 and $2.4 million in 2009. In fact, CEO George John tells me that in the fourth quarter of 2011, the company was profitable for the first time. Not that he… Read More

  • India’s Times Internet Embraces Real-Time Finance With ET Speed

    India’s Times Internet Embraces Real-Time Finance With ET Speed

    A few years ago, we saw a wave of startups (such as Cake Financial and Covestor) that tried to reinvent the way people made financial decisions, usually by adding social features or more data and analytics. Now elements of that approach are coming to India with the launch of ET Speed. The site was created by Times Internet Limited, the online arm of India’s Times Group. As the name… Read More

  • Looks Like Freelance Marketplace Solvate is Shutting Down

    Looks Like Freelance Marketplace Solvate is Shutting Down

    We’ve gotten a tip that Solvate, a venture-backed marketplace for hiring freelance work, is shutting down. Apparently, the freelancers who do work through Solvate have been told that the service will end effective March 1. I’ve emailed and called Solvate, and haven’t gotten a response yet. (I will update this post if hear back.) I also tried to sign-up for a new client account… Read More

  • Mexico City Boards The StartupBus — But It Still Needs Sponsors

    Mexico City Boards The StartupBus — But It Still Needs Sponsors

    A combined hackathon and road trip to South by Southwest, the StartupBus is in its third year and becoming a bit of a tradition — and this time, it won’t be limited to the United States. That’s because, after doubling the number of buses, the organizers decided to choose participating cities a little differently this year. To make sure it wasn’t overlooking any cities… Read More

  • Twitter Begins Self-Serve Ad Sign-Ups, Offers $100 In Free Advertising

    Twitter Begins Self-Serve Ad Sign-Ups, Offers $100 In Free Advertising

    Twitter is now accepting sign-ups from small businesses that want to participant in its self-serve ad program. The self-serve rollout was reported this afternoon by Ad Age and others, and the sign-up page is now live. In a promotion with American Express, Twitter offering a $100 credit for free advertising to the first 10,000 businesses that register — you just have to accept… Read More

  • Google+ Sees 1400% Growth In Brand Followers Since December — BrightEdge

    Google+ Sees 1400% Growth In Brand Followers Since December — BrightEdge

    Brands on Google+ are seeing tremendous growth in followers, according to a new report from SEO and digital marketing startup BrightEdge. Google+ was famously closed to brands when it launched, something that changed with the launch of Google+ Pages in November. Now, the number of users following the top 100 brands on Google+ has increased 1400 percent, from 220,000 in December to 3.1 million… Read More

  • 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