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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  • The New York Daily News Is Incubating An Ad-Tech Startup Called Optimera

    The New York Daily News Is Incubating An Ad-Tech Startup Called Optimera

    The second startup participating in the New York Daily News’ Innovation Lab began at the Daily News itself. Optimera was founded by Keith Candiotti (pictured above), the ad operations manager at the Daily News.  Candiotti joined the newspaper last year, where his team has been working to implement new ad technologies like real-time bidding and programmatic buying. Read More

  • Reserve Acquires Set For Service, A Startup Offering Guest Management Tools For Restaurants

    Reserve Acquires Set For Service, A Startup Offering Guest Management Tools For Restaurants

    Reserve, a “dining concierge” startup that helps users with restaurant reservations and payments, has acquired bootstrapped New York City company Set for Service. Set for Service offers a web and iPhone app (pictured below) that serves as a CRM system for restaurants like Eleven Madison Park, Brooklyn Fare and dell’anima, allowing them to track details and feedback from… Read More

  • LawDingo Adds Accountants, Doctors And Therapists To Its Platform For Remote Consultations

    LawDingo Adds Accountants, Doctors And Therapists To Its Platform For Remote Consultations

    LawDingo users, meet DocDingo, CashDingo and PsychDingo. As I’ve written in the past, the Y Combinator-incubated startup promises to connect you with a lawyer instantly, usually over the phone. The idea is to help users get legal advice quickly and affordably, and to help lawyers reach new customers, even if they’re on the other side of the state. Read More

  • Twitter Expands Its Program For Ads Outside Twitter

    Twitter Expands Its Program For Ads Outside Twitter

    Twitter is unveiling several new features for advertisers who want their campaigns to go beyond Twitter itself. And it’s giving the program a new name, the Twitter Audience Platform. Last year, the company launched something called the Twitter Publisher Network, giving advertisers one interface for buying campaigns that ran not just on Twitter’s websites and apps, but also… Read More

  • Spredfast Acquires Shoutlet For A Social Marketing Team-Up

    Spredfast Acquires Shoutlet For A Social Marketing Team-Up

    Spredfast has acquired another social marketing company, Shoutlet. While the two companies are in the same industry, Spredfast CEO Rod Favaron (pictured above) said that when he looks at their products, he sees “a lot more complements than overlaps.” In particular, he said Spredfast has focused on helping companies find and create content for social media, while… Read More

  • FanDuel Acquires Sports Analytics Company NumberFire

    FanDuel Acquires Sports Analytics Company NumberFire

    Fantasy sports company FanDuel is acquiring numberFire in a deal that co-founder and CEO Nigel Eccles told me will help FanDuel pursue a vision that goes beyond fantasy sports. “Our ambitions have really broadened,” Eccles said. “We’ve started to think of ourselves less as a fantasy sports business — we want to make sports more exciting.” Read More

  • Anova Acquires Hardware Marketing Startup Get Fresh For $9.2M

    Anova Acquires Hardware Marketing Startup Get Fresh For $9.2M

    Okay, this one’s a little surprising: Anova, maker of an automated sous vide cooker, has acquired startup Get Fresh, with Get Fresh CEO Stephen Svajian becoming CEO of Anova. I wrote about Get Fresh back in 2013 when it was trying to help hardware makers promote their products by connecting them with reviewers. Looking back, Svajian told me that Get Fresh’s approach might have… Read More

  • BuzzFeed Confirms $200M Investment From NBCUniversal

    BuzzFeed Confirms $200M Investment From NBCUniversal

    BuzzFeed just announced that it has raised $200 million from NBCUniversal. If the news sounds a little familiar, that’s because Vox Media announced a similar deal with NBCUniversal last week. At the time, Re/code (now owned by Vox) reported that BuzzFeed had received an investment of the same size, at a valuation of $1.5 billion. Read More

  • Whim Is A Dating App Focused On Actual Dates

    Whim Is A Dating App Focused On Actual Dates

    There’s a new service called Whim for people who are tired of all the chatting in the current batch of dating apps. To be sure, there are other online dating services that purport to focus on making real-world connections (rather than hosting awkward, back-and-forth messaging sessions that may or may not lead to actual dates or hookups) — that’s basically the… Read More

  • Custom Analytics Company Keen IO Goes Open Source With Its Data Explorer

    Custom Analytics Company Keen IO Goes Open Source With Its Data Explorer

    Keen IO announced today that it’s open-sourcing one of its key features. The company allows customers to create their own analytics tools without having to develop the infrastructure from scratch. As you’d probably guess, it’s a fairly developer-centric product. The last time I spoke to co-founder and CEO Kyle Wild, he told me, “Our customers get to write code, so… Read More

  • Twitter’s MoPub Sees Big Growth In Native Ads

    Twitter’s MoPub Sees Big Growth In Native Ads

    Twitter-owned mobile ad exchange MoPub is releasing some new numbers about the growth of native advertising. Native advertising is a fuzzy term, but it usually refers to ads that have been customized to resemble editorial or user content. MoPub allows publishers to create their own custom native ads, and although it’s been saying that the format is growing, it’s offered scant details. Read More

  • Engineering Firm HappyFunCorp Eyes More Acquisitions

    Engineering Firm HappyFunCorp Eyes More Acquisitions

    HappyFunCorp has been living up to its name, according to co-founder Ben Schippers — at least if you associate happiness and fun with profits, growth and acquisitions. Last year, I visited the design and engineering firm’s Brooklyn offices for the final episode of our Built in Brooklyn video series. Read More

  • CultureSphere Promises A “Bottoms Up” Approach To Employee-Driven Social Media Sharing

    CultureSphere Promises A “Bottoms Up” Approach To Employee-Driven Social Media Sharing

    While businesses have plenty of options if they want to push their employees to do more social media sharing, CultureSphere founder and CEO Danny Gordon said the existing tools all take a similar “top down approach” — senior marketing and social media executives decide what’s worth sharing, then everyone else just shares it, or doesn’t. Gordon said CultureSphere… Read More

  • Chaotic Moon Is Building A Fitness Tracker For Wheelchairs

    Chaotic Moon Is Building A Fitness Tracker For Wheelchairs

    Here’s a different kind of fitness tracker — Freewheel, a prototype developed by Chaotic Moon Studios. The Austin-based design and development studio was in the news recently because of its acquisition by Accenture. Freewheel was created by Chaotic Moon’s BASE innovation lab, but the idea came from one of the studio’s content strategists, Tyler Hively, who uses a… Read More

  • Group Commerce Startup Massdrop Raises $40M

    Group Commerce Startup Massdrop Raises $40M

    Massdrop is announcing that it has raised $40 million in Series B funding. The company focuses on what it calls “community-driven commerce.” It allows people who are interested in things like high-quality audio, men’s fashion and quilting (yes, those are all actual Massdrop communities) to connect with other enthusiasts, discuss products, make purchases with group discounts… Read More

  • Salesforce Adds E-Commerce To Its Community Cloud

    Salesforce Adds E-Commerce To Its Community Cloud

    Customers of Salesforce’s Community Cloud will soon be able to add their own buy buttons. The Community Cloud allows businesses to build sites where customers can interact with the company and with each other. By introducing the ability to make purchases directly from those communities, Mike Stone, the senior vice president of marketing for Salesforce Community Cloud, said the company… Read More

  • Intercom Helps Businesses Track Whether Their Messages Are Actually Working

    Intercom Helps Businesses Track Whether Their Messages Are Actually Working

    If you’re sending emails or other messages to your customers, there’s a standard way to measure your success — you look at whether they opened those messages, and whether the openers actually clicked. But that’s setting the bar kind of low isn’t it? I assume you’re usually trying to drive some sort of behavior, whether it’s making a purchase, trying out… Read More

  • Vox Media Raises $200M From NBCUniversal

    Vox Media Raises $200M From NBCUniversal

    NBCUniversal just announced that it has invested $200 million in Vox Media, which owns sites like Eater, SB Nation and the eponymous Vox.com, as well as tech news publications Re/code and The Verge. “Vox Media has a great portfolio of premium digital brands that deeply engage broad audiences,” NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said in the funding release. “Vox Media has strong… Read More

  • Startups.co Will Restart Virtual Assistant Service Zirtual

    Startups.co Will Restart Virtual Assistant Service Zirtual

    Following the “pause” in operations of Zirtual, founder and CEO Maren Donovan published a blog post last night offering a few more details about what went wrong. She also announced that she’s made a deal to sell Zirtual to startup launch platform Startups.co Apparently Wil Schroter, Startups.co’s founder and CEO, was a Zirtual customer himself, and the company says… Read More

  • Looking Glass Founders See Their L3D Cube As A New Type Of Display

    Looking Glass Founders See Their L3D Cube As A New Type Of Display

    Earlier this year, Looking Glass successfully raised $252,000 on Kickstarter for its 3D LED cube, dubbed the L3D Cube. Now the startup actually is shipping cubes — or, rather, kits for assembling your cube — and co-founders Alex Hornstein and Shawn Frayne are getting settled into a new office in Brooklyn. (Frayne is splitting his time between Brooklyn and Hong Kong.) So we stopped… Read More