Anthony Ha

Anthony Ha is a senior 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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  • Drawbridge raises $25M as it takes its cross-device tech beyond advertising

    Drawbridge raises $25M as it takes its cross-device tech beyond advertising

    Drawbridge, a startup that helps businesses identify when a single person is using multiple devices, has raised $25 million in Series C funding. Every time I write about Drawbridge, I’m contractually obligated to mention that the company is backed by two of the best-known venture capital firms, Sequoia Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. For this round, Drawbridge went back… Read More

  • MetaProp NYC kicks off the second class of its real estate accelerator with lease marketplace Flip

    MetaProp NYC kicks off the second class of its real estate accelerator with lease marketplace Flip

    If you need (or just want) to get out of the lease on your apartment, a startup called Flip can help you do it — and you might even make money in the process. The company launched back in December, and now it’s joining as the “anchor startup” for the second class at MetaProp NYC, an accelerator for real estate startups. Flip co-founder and CEO Susannah Vila told me… Read More

  • AdBlock Plus teams up with Flattr to help readers pay publishers

    AdBlock Plus teams up with Flattr to help readers pay publishers

    Ad blockers are often painted as the enemy of online publishers, but sometimes things are more complicated. AdBlock Plus, for example, just announced that they’re working with startup Flattr on a new product that allows readers to pay the publishers who produce the content they read, listen to and watch. As a result of the partnership, AdBlock Plus said it has also made a small investment… Read More

  • Evan Hansen departs Medium to become editor in chief at Periscope

    Evan Hansen departs Medium to become editor in chief at Periscope

    More changes at publishing platform Medium: Evan Hansen, who’s been overseeing the company’s editorial strategy, is departing. Hansen joined Medium three years ago. (He was previously editor in chief at Wired.com.) His role has been described variously as senior editor, editorial director and head of content labs. Looks like he’s sticking with the theme of leading editorial at… Read More

  • Tastemates helps you find people who like what you like

    Tastemates helps you find people who like what you like

    If you’ve ever forged a connection with someone because you had the same favorite movie or TV show or book, a new startup called Tastemates has built a social network around that experience. Or as CEO Jon Vlassopulos put it, “We’re trying to codify serendipity” — those surprising moments of, “Oh my God, I can’t believe anyone else likes that as much as… Read More

  • Digital magazine company Issuu is now a collaboration platform, too

    Digital magazine company Issuu is now a collaboration platform, too

    Digital media company Issuu has been trying to offer a better way to present content online. Now it’s a promising a better way for teams to work together on creating that content too, with the launch of a new product called Collaborate. Issuu, for those of you who don’t know, allows publishers to create digital publications. They may resemble glossy magazines, except freed from… Read More

  • Home Chef raises $10M for meal kits and “taste algorithms”

    Home Chef raises $10M for meal kits and “taste algorithms”

    Home Chef, one of several startups delivering recipes and ingredients to take some of the hassle out of home cooking, is announcing that it has raised $10 million in Series A funding. Founder and CEO Pat Vihtelic told me that Home Chef stands out from similar-sounding companies in a couple of ways. The big one is flexibility — customers get to choose their meals from 10 13 overall… Read More

  • Epic Foundation’s new app helps donors understand where their money is going

    Epic Foundation’s new app helps donors understand where their money is going

    Epic Foundation is a nonprofit aiming to improve charitable giving — an approach that encompasses the way people select, monitor and “experience” their donations. Founded by serial entrepreneur Alexandre Mars (among other roles, he was CEO at Phonevalley, a mobile marketing agency acquired by Publicis Groupe, where Mars became head of mobile), Epic is trying to bring a more… Read More

  • The League launches a rebuilt, event-centric dating app

    The League launches a rebuilt, event-centric dating app

    The League, the dating startup that’s maybe-maybe-not elitist, is launching version 2.0 in a new city — Los Angeles. Founder and CEO Amanda Bradford said The League has already rolled out the updated app to users in its existing markets, New York and San Francisco, without much fanfare. Today, however, marks the official launch, as well as the addition of its first city in nearly… Read More

  • Samsung backs Mast Mobile, the startup that helps you manage multiple numbers on one phone

    Samsung backs Mast Mobile, the startup that helps you manage multiple numbers on one phone

    Communication startup Mast Mobile is launching on Android — specifically the Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. The news is part of a broader partnership with Samsung, which has made a minority investment of undisclosed size in the company. In addition, Mast said it’s launching the first commercial integration with the Samsung Knox Cloud SDK… Read More

  • Furbo is a dog camera that lets you share treats remotely

    Furbo is a dog camera that lets you share treats remotely

    Furbo, created by startup Tomofun, gives owners a new way to interact with their dogs while away from home. The camera allows you to keep an eye on your dog, with two-way audio so that you can also talk to them and make them feel a little less alone. There are even push notifications that tell you when your dog is barking. Other startups also make pet cameras, so what really sets Furbo and… Read More

  • Wattpad sets its sights on brands, publishers and Hollywood with Wattpad Studios

    Wattpad sets its sights on brands, publishers and Hollywood with Wattpad Studios

    Wattpad, a popular site where authors can share stories with readers, is announcing its broader ambitions with the launch of a new division called Wattpad Studios. The company describes Studios as a way for Wattpad to partner with the entertainment industry, and it said the new division will operate like the multi-channel networks that work with online video creators. Wattpad Studios builds… Read More

  • YouTube introduces six-second Bumper ads

    YouTube introduces six-second Bumper ads

    YouTube announced a new ad format today that’s all about brevity. In a blog post, Product Manager Zach Lupei said YouTube has been exploring formats that are better-suited for smartphone video watchers. Hence the creation of Bumper ads — video ads that are only six seconds long. The idea of a really short ad isn’t new — the name suggests that the inspiration comes… Read More

  • Unlockd raises $12M to offer ad-funded discounts on your cell phone bill

    Unlockd raises $12M to offer ad-funded discounts on your cell phone bill

    Unlockd, an ad startup that helps you get discounts on your phone bill, has raised $12 million in Series A funding. We’ve written about other startups that show advertising on your smartphone lockscreen, but the Unlockd model is different in a couple of key ways. First of all, as the name implies, the ads only appear (briefly) after you’ve unlocked your phone. Read More

  • Tribeca's Storyscapes event explores interactive filmmaking

    Tribeca’s Storyscapes projects used technology to explore blindness, solitary confinement and more

    As the Tribeca Film Festival winds down in New York City, we’re highlighting one of the most tech-driven parts of the event — Storyscapes, which showcased 10 works of virtual reality and interactive storytelling. Read More

  • Two years after launching, Casper prepares for European expansion

    Two years after launching, Casper prepares for European expansion

    It’s been exactly two years since Casper started selling mattresses, and CEO Philip Krim said it’s already turned into a big business, with $100 million in revenue (not to mention a $550 million valuation) in 2015. Next up is international expansion, with the New York City-headquartered startup opening an office in Berlin. That office currently has four employees, but Krim said… Read More

  • mNectar introduces force touch to its playable ads

    mNectar introduces force touch to its playable ads

    mNectar allows mobile game developers to promote their games with ads that people can actually play before downloading. That means its technology needs to evolve with the games, so now it’s announcing support for force touch interactions. Also known as 3D touch, the term refers to touch interfaces that are affected by the amount of pressure applied by the user. mNectar CEO Wally Nguyen… Read More

  • Chameleon raises $1.9M for smarter product tutorials

    Chameleon raises $1.9M for smarter product tutorials

    Chameleon is a startup that wants to help other startups and online businesses do a better job of explaining their products to users. It announced today that it has raised $1.9 million in seed funding led by True Ventures. Co-founder and CEO Pulkit Agrawal said that for many companies “user on-boarding is really painful” — they can work really hard and spend lots of… Read More

  • Medium raises another $50M

    Medium raises another $50M

    Medium, the online publishing platform led by Twitter co-founder Ev Williams, just announced that it has raised $50 million in Series C funding. It’s been less than a year since Medium raised a $57 million Series B, but Williams wrote that the company decided to raise additional funding “to bolster our resources now given the demand we’ve seen for the vision we are… Read More

  • US Internet ad revenue was up 20 percent in 2015

    US Internet ad revenue was up 20 percent in 2015

    The online advertising industry continued a six-year streak of double-digit growth, according to a new report prepared by PwC US for the Interactive Advertising Bureau. The report found that digital ad revenue in the United States reached $59.6 billion in 2015, a 20 percent increase from the previous year and an all-time high. Sherrill Mane, the IAB’s senior vice president of… Read More