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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  • 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

  • Conduit Joins Billion-Dollar Club As Yozma Sells Stake

    Conduit Joins Billion-Dollar Club As Yozma Sells Stake

    Yozma Venture Capital is selling its stake in startup Conduit for a massive return. The story was reported in the Israeli publication Globes, but I’ve confirmed the details with a source who has knowledge of the deal, and who also identified the buyer (described by Globes only as “a large foreign investment firm that has tens of billions of dollars under management”) as… Read More

  • LinkedIn Will Introduce Ads To Mobile Apps

    LinkedIn Will Introduce Ads To Mobile Apps

    Facebook isn’t the only social network getting ready to monetize its mobile app with advertising. During today’s analyst call to discuss its fourth quarter earnings, LinkedIn executives said they will be introducing advertising to their mobile apps. There weren’t many details offered — LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner said only that the company has been putting the… Read More

  • AT&T, Google Among The Biggest Online Advertisers — comScore

    AT&T, Google Among The Biggest Online Advertisers — comScore

    As part of its 2012 US Digital Future in Focus whitepaper, comScore looked at the online ad landscape and found a mix of old and new names. The report includes a list of the top 10 display advertisers in the United States (all of this data is US-only), as measured by impressions. As in previous years, AT&T topped the list, but there’s a newcomer — Google, which delivered… Read More

  • YouTube’s Latest Original Programming: Olympic-Style Lightsaber Relays

    YouTube’s Latest Original Programming: Olympic-Style Lightsaber Relays

    Here’s a fun example of the original programming that YouTube is supposed to be investing in these days — a relay from Santa Monica to San Diego. With lightsabers. Geek celebrity Chris Hardwick is announcing the event, dubbed Course of the Force, on the YouTube blog. Hardwick hosts the popular Nerdist podcast, and he plans to launch a Nerdist YouTube channel in April,which he says… Read More

  • Trion Worlds Brings Rift To China

    Trion Worlds Brings Rift To China

    Game-maker Trion Worlds is revealing its global ambitions — it just announced a partnership with Chinese Internet company Shanda to release Trion’s online roleplaying game Rift in China. The game had a successful launch in the United States and Europe last year, supposedly bringing in $100 million in revenue. Trion CEO Lars Buttler says he sees Asia as the company’s… Read More

  • Waze Lets You Report Traffic With A Wave Of Your Hand

    Waze Lets You Report Traffic With A Wave Of Your Hand

    If you’re one of the 12 million drivers who use real-time traffic data from Waze, there’s a drawback — the smartphone app depends on users to collect traffic data, but if a driver is stuck in traffic or spots an accident, that’s exactly when they shouldn’t be fiddling with their phone. That’s why the Kleiner Perkins-backed startup developed a new voice… Read More

  • Groupon Misses Earnings Estimates (Liveblog)

    Groupon Misses Earnings Estimates (Liveblog)

    Groupon just announced its first earnings since its IPO in November. For the fourth quarter of 2011, it reported revenue of $506.5 million, beating analyst estimates of $473 million. It’s also profitable, with net income of $15 million. However, Groupon came up short on earnings per share, coming in at negative $0.02, rather than the positive $0.03 EPS that analysts were expecting. Read More

  • Path: We’ve Deleted All Address Book Data

    Path: We’ve Deleted All Address Book Data

    It looks like Path has heeded the words of investor Michael Arrington. Yesterday, the startup faced a major privacy backlash when it was revealed that the social app was uploading user’s address book data without actually telling the user. Co-founder and CEO Dave Morin was apologetic, and there was a lot of argument about how big a deal this was (especially since the practice was… Read More

  • Yep, People Research Movies On Their Phones — Especially On Apps

    Yep, People Research Movies On Their Phones — Especially On Apps

    Adding to the stream of reports about how people do more and more on their mobile devices, mobile ad network Greystripe just released the results of a survey about the movie research process. The network says it recruited participants through, yes, a mobile ad in its network, ultimately surveying 248 smartphone users (including iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android) and 298 iPad users in November… Read More

  • Crunchie-Winner Fotopedia Launches New App With World Bank

    Crunchie-Winner Fotopedia Launches New App With World Bank

    Just a week after winning Best Tablet Application at the Crunchies, Fotopedia is launching its latest iPad and iPhone app. The app lives up to its title Women of the World, showcasing photos of women in more than 75 countries. It was developed in partnership with the World Bank. All of Fotopedia’s apps employ a similar design, creating a beautiful, color-rich interface for browsing… Read More