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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  • With Brave Software, JavaScript’s Creator Is Building A Browser For The Ad-Blocked Future

    With Brave Software, JavaScript’s Creator Is Building A Browser For The Ad-Blocked Future

    Brendan Eich, creator of JavaScript programming language and former CEO of Mozilla, is working on something new — a web browser that will block ads (particularly the kinds that slow performance and use personal data) while still potentially making money for publishers. Eich’s startup Brave Software isn’t making the browser available for general usage today, but it’s… Read More

  • Health Website Greatist Raises $4.5M

    Health Website Greatist Raises $4.5M

    Greatist, a website promising “real facts and doable steps for your happiest life,” has raised $4.5 million in Series A funding. I wrote about the startup in 2012, when I said it was focused on “non-sucky health content.” In other words, it offered health and wellness advice targeted at millennial readers, presented with a distinctive editorial voice and based on… Read More

  • Spotify Buys Cord Project And Soundwave To Expand Messaging And Social Features

    Spotify Buys Cord Project And Soundwave To Expand Messaging And Social Features

    On the same day that streaming rival Deezer announced a new cash injection of €100 million, Spotify has confirmed two new acquisitions, Cord Project and Soundwave. The startups are based respectively in New York and Dublin and focus on social and messaging. The acquisitions point to Spotify possibly ramping up its social features — specifically in areas like messaging. But that will… Read More

  • Gawker Is Raising Money To Fund Its Legal Battle With Hulk Hogan

    Gawker Is Raising Money To Fund Its Legal Battle With Hulk Hogan

    Gawker Media is raising outside funding, and for a specific purpose — it says it’s getting ready for its legal battle with Hulk Hogan. As first reported in the International Business Times, the company has called for an “extraordinary general meeting” of shareholders on Thursday, where it will discuss changing its capital structure to accommodate new… Read More

  • Digital Magazine Startup Magzter Puts The Focus On Individual Articles

    Digital Magazine Startup Magzter Puts The Focus On Individual Articles

    With its latest update, Magzter is unveiling a more article-centric way to browse its library of digital magazines. Seems like a pretty obvious move, right? Sure, there are people who still read magazines cover to cover (says the guy whose apartment is filled with back issues of Wired and The New Yorker), but as Magzter co-founder and President Vijay Radhakrishnan put it, most of us… Read More

  • Netflix Stock Surges After Beating Q4 Earnings And Global Growth Estimates

    Netflix Stock Surges After Beating Q4 Earnings And Global Growth Estimates

    Netflix just released its fourth quarter earnings report, sending the stock up more than 8 percent (as of 4:35 p.m. Eastern) in after-hours trading. The company reported revenue of $1.82 billion, up from $1.48 billion during the same quarter last year, and earnings per share of 10 cents. Analysts had been predicting revenue of $1.83 billion and EPS of 2 cents. So that’s a very slight miss… Read More

  • Ad-Tech Company OpenX Saw $140M In Net Revenue Last Year

    Ad-Tech Company OpenX Saw $140M In Net Revenue Last Year

    Private companies get to be selective about the numbers they share with the public — on the ad-tech side, you usually end up with vague announcements about percentage growth, run rates and so on. OpenX, however, is releasing numbers that are a little more concrete. Specifically, it says it saw $140 million in net revenue (basically, revenue after ad payments have been distributed… Read More

  • AdSemble Will Give One Startup Some Billboard Space Near The Super Bowl

    AdSemble Will Give One Startup Some Billboard Space Near The Super Bowl

    When people talk about ads at the Super Bowl, they usually mean those TV campaigns that big brands (including tech companies) pay millions of dollars for. But AdSemble is giving startups an opportunity for free Super Bowl advertising of a different kind — on a digital billboard near the event itself. AdSemble aims to simplify the process of advertising on digital billboards and for… Read More

  • Notify Nearby Launches To Help Fashion Brands Share Deals And Content

    Notify Nearby Launches To Help Fashion Brands Share Deals And Content

    At this point, we’ve probably all heard (or experienced!) the scenario where you’re walking past a store and your phone buzzes to alert you about nearby deals. The challenge, though, is sending a message that’s actually interesting, useful and maybe even exciting, rather than annoying. Nevin Jethmalani, co-founder and CEO of Notify Nearby, said he’s had that… Read More

  • KeyMe Raises $20M For Its Key Copying Service

    KeyMe Raises $20M For Its Key Copying Service

    KeyMe, a startup that could ensure you never get locked out again, has raised $20 million in Series B funding. The company allows you to scan your key, either via mobile app or at an in-store kiosk, creating a digital copy. It can then ship you a key when you want a copy, or you can have one printed instantly at a kiosk — pretty handy if you get locked out. KeyMe doesn’t just… Read More

  • Startups.co Acquires Zana, A Site For Educating Entrepreneurs

    Startups.co Acquires Zana, A Site For Educating Entrepreneurs

    Startups.co has been busy buying services like like Zirtual and Clarity.fm to build a network of connected products for entrepreneurs. Next up: Zana, a site that says it’s “democratizing entrepreneurship.” The acquisition was reported last week by Columbus Business First. Startups.co CEO Wil Schroter told me today that the deal was a mix of cash and stock, with a price in… Read More

  • Online Ad Company MediaMath Launches New Unit Focused On Customer Data

    Online Ad Company MediaMath Launches New Unit Focused On Customer Data

    There’s a lot of talk about using data to power programmatic advertising, but according to MediaMath CEO Joe Zawadzki, the reality hasn’t lived up to “all the hopes and dreams.” That’s something he’s hoping to change, partly through today’s launch of MediaMath’s new Helix business unit. Well, not entirely new. It’s built on top of… Read More

  • mParticle Raises $15M To Help Mobile Marketers Manage Their Data

    mParticle Raises $15M To Help Mobile Marketers Manage Their Data

    At first glance, mParticle might seem to be focused on a pretty specific niche — helping mobile app-makers consolidate their data. But the New York City startup counts companies like Airbnb, SeatGeek, Soulcycle and Spotify among its customers, and it recently raised a $15 million Series A. The funding was first revealed in a regulatory filing last month and officially announced… Read More

  • The Endless Mini Is A $79 Desktop CPU

    Endless Has Built A $79 PC For The Offline World

    There are affordable computers, there are cheap computers and then there’s the Endless Mini, which is available for as little as $79. “Everybody in the world deserves the option to have a computer,” said Endless CEO and Chief of Product Matt Dalio. In other words, Endless is building Linux-based computers for people who have never owned a computer, particularly those in… Read More

  • Analytics Startup Mixpanel Lays Off 18 Employees

    Analytics Startup Mixpanel Lays Off 18 Employees

    Mixpanel laid off 18 people yesterday, representing less than 10 percent of its 230-plus person team. “This is obviously a deeply tough decision,” said CEO Suhail Doshi. “By no means do we intend to hire people only to let them go … We’re very sorry that it happened.” Many other startups are also cutting costs by cutting their headcount. The news was… Read More

  • RNTS Media Completes $45M Acquisition Of Mobile Ad Company Heyzap

    RNTS Media Completes $45M Acquisition Of Mobile Ad Company Heyzap

    The deal is done — Germany company RNTS Media says it has completed its acquisition of Heyzap. The acquisition is worth up to $45 million, specifically $20 million in cash upfront, with cash and stock earn outs of $25 million. It was first announced in December and represents a team up between two mobile ad companies, namely Heyzap and RNTS subsidiary Fyber. RNTS CEO Andreas Bodczek… Read More

  • Ily Aims To Be The New Home Phone That Keeps Your Family Connected

    Ily Aims To Be The New Home Phone That Keeps Your Family Connected

    If you’re a parent who’d like to do a better job keeping in touch with your kids when you’re not a home, then a forthcoming product called Ily might be the answer. Ilan Abehassera, founder and CEO of Ily-maker Insensi, has talked about his vision before, but today he’s demonstrating Ily onstage at TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield the Consumer Electronics Show. Read More

  • Facebook’s LiveRail Is Pulling Out Of The Ad Serving Business

    Facebook’s LiveRail Is Pulling Out Of The Ad Serving Business

    Facebook is narrowing the focus of the LiveRail ad platform that it acquired in 2014 — the company says it will no longer be accepting new customers to LiveRail’s ad serving business. Facebook’s head of advertising technology David Jakubowski said that’s not actually a dramatic change, since the LiveRail ad server represents a small part of the business (“tens… Read More

  • Use the Force (Literally) with Sphero

    Sphero’s New Wristband Will Let You Control BB-8 With Gestures — And Also The Force

    “We’re giving every Star Wars fan the power of the Force,” said Sphero CEO Paul Berberian. He stopped by the TechCrunch stage at the Consumer Electronics Show today to show off the company’s Force Band, which will allow people to control the company’s BB-8 robotic toy with gestures. When pressed on how it worked, Berberian first said that “the Force works… Read More

  • MyFitnessPal Makes It Easier To Order Healthily At Restaurants

    MyFitnessPal Makes It Easier To Order Healthily At Restaurants

    I’m in Las Vegas for this whole week, which means two things. One, I hate myself. Two, I’m constantly out at restaurants, which makes it even harder than usual to eat healthily. MyFitnessPal, the popular nutrition and fitness app that was acquired by Under Armour last year, is unveiling a new feature today that should help. The app already allows you to log your meals at… Read More