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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  • Etsy launches Pattern, a website builder for its sellers

    Etsy launches Pattern, a website builder for its sellers

    With the launch of a new service called Pattern, Etsy is making it easier for people to sell custom goods on their own websites. Apparently, more than one-third of Etsy’s 1.6 million active sellers have said they’re interested in setting up their own site, but they found the process of registering a domain, creating a site, maintaining it and managing the inventory too… Read More

  • Google’s head of ads and commerce is coming to Disrupt NY

    Google’s head of ads and commerce is coming to Disrupt NY

    Yep, ads are going to be a big topic at Disrupt New York. We’ve already announced speakers from the Interactive Advertising Bureau and AdBlock Plus, but we’ll also be joined by Sridhar Ramaswamy, Google’s vice president of ads and commerce. Despite the transition to mobile, Google remains the big name in online advertising — in fact, a strong earnings report in… Read More

  • Virool raises $12M for native video ads

    Virool raises $12M for native video ads

    Video ad startup Virool has raised $12 million in Series A funding. The company works with publishers including Mashable, Adweek and The Onion. It offers what it calls an Inline video ad unit, which has already been served across more than 2,000 online properties and which creates new ad inventory by launching video ads in the middle of articles and other editorial content. Does that sound… Read More

  • Disney to “broaden the scope” of succession planning as its COO departs

    Disney to “broaden the scope” of succession planning as its COO departs

    Thomas Staggs, chief operating officer at The Walt Disney Corporation, is stepping down. Staggs is widely seen as the successor to CEO Bob Iger, so this makes the entertainment giant’s plans after Iger’s departure seem a lot less certain. Staggs has been at Disney for 26 years, and he was recently promoted from leading the company’s theme park division to COO, a move… Read More

  • Samir Arora is stepping down as CEO of Mode Media

    Samir Arora is stepping down as CEO of Mode Media

    Samir Arora, the longtime CEO of Mode Media, is stepping down, replaced by interim CEO Jack Rotolo. Rotolo has spent more than a decade serving in a number of roles at the company, most recently president of global sales and business operations. “Mode Media is poised to redefine social content for brands thanks in large part to Samir Arora’s dedication and vision,” Rotolo said… Read More

  • AOL expands its TV ad-buying tools

    AOL expands its TV ad-buying tools

    AOL is expanding its television efforts with the launch of self-serve TV ad-buying as part of its One by AOL platform. AOL (which owns TechCrunch, and in turn is owned by Verizon) first announced its programmatic TV offering in 2014, allowing marketers to buy TV ads through AOL’s online system. As explained to me by Dan Ackerman, the company’s senior vice president of programmatic… Read More

  • Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, gets some upgrades

    TechCrunch went out to the ballpark this week — specifically Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. Granted, it wasn’t the most tech-centric event, but the stadium has seen some changes between seasons — including the addition of a big LED Coca-Cola sign, which looms over the new Coca-Cola Corner in right field. Apparently, the sign is the second largest “freeform… Read More

  • Reserve acquires mobile payments startup Dash

    Reserve acquires mobile payments startup Dash

    Restaurant reservation startup Reserve announced today that it has acquired Dash. When you make a reservation through Reserve, the app already handles payment (including splitting the bill), but by acquiring Dash, it will be able to integrate with point-of-sale systems like Micros and Aloha. The company wasn’t just attracted by Dash’s payment technology. In a blog post, Reserve… Read More

  • Beatie Wolfe shows off her NFC-powered musical jacket

    The days of CDs and vinyl might be (mostly) over, but singer-songerwriter Beatie Wolfe is making music physical again, in a very literal way. Wolfe stopped by the TechCrunch New York office to show off her jacket designed by Mr. Fish, who also created designs for legends like David Bowie and Mick Jagger. Not only does the jacket look pretty spectacular — it also uses NFC technology… Read More

  • Streaming movie service Tribeca Shortlist comes to Apple TV

    Streaming movie service Tribeca Shortlist comes to Apple TV

    Tribeca Shortlist, the streaming movie service from Lionsgate and Tribeca Enterprises (the organization behind the Tribeca Film Festival), is releasing its Apple TV app today. Why does anyone need another movie subscription, even if it only costs $4.99 a month? Tribeca Shortlist President Jeff Bronikowski emphasized his service’s focus on “quality and curation.” “I… Read More

  • Slice Labs raises $3.9M to insure on-demand workers when they’re on the job

    Slice Labs raises $3.9M to insure on-demand workers when they’re on the job

    Tim Attia, co-founder and CEO of Slice Labs, said there’s “a ticking time bomb” threatening the on-demand economy — namely, insurance and liability. Attia’s tackling that problem with Slice, which will offer insurance for on-demand workers and providers, starting with rideshare drivers and then homeshare hosts. The startup is announcing today that it has raised… Read More

  • Tru Optik aims to improve ad measurement for Internet-connected TVs

    Tru Optik aims to improve ad measurement for Internet-connected TVs

    Andre Swanston, CEO of Tru Optik, argued that there’s been one big obstacle to advertising on Internet-connected TVs — measurement. Naturally, Swanston is pitching Tru Optik’s technology as the solution. The company started out by measuring how video content gets shared through peer-to-peer file sharing, but has since expanded into a broader measurement solution, with… Read More

  • Apple plans unscripted, app-focused show for its first original TV content

    Apple plans unscripted, app-focused show for its first original TV content

    Apple’s plans for its first original TV show don’t make it sound like a swing-for-the-fences, House of Cards-style project. Instead, it’s working on an unscripted TV series about apps and app developers. There are some big names attached, though, including musician Will.i.am and TV executives Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens. (Silverman was previously co-chairman at NBC… Read More

  • Marketing startup Olapic acquires Pinterest-focused Piqora

    Marketing startup Olapic acquires Pinterest-focused Piqora

    Two visual marketing startups are teaming up — Olapic is announcing that it has acquired Piqora. Both companies promise to help businesses promote themselves through user-generated photos, but Olapic co-founder and CEO Pau Sabria said his company’s strength has been on Instagram (which was its initial focus), while Piqora’s has been on Pinterest (ditto). So he sees the… Read More

  • Redesigned DoorDash app helps you choose restaurants based on delivery quality and speed

    Redesigned DoorDash app helps you choose restaurants based on delivery quality and speed

    DoorDash is unveiling new versions of its website and app today, putting each restaurant’s delivery experience front-and-center. That’s happening through a new “Delight” score, which Head of Design Josh Abrams described as an “industry-first” rating — one that doesn’t just reflect the general quality of the meal, or the experience of dining in… Read More

  • Degreed acquires European education startup Gibbon

    Degreed acquires European education startup Gibbon

    Degreed, a startup promising to “jailbreak the college degree,” announced today that it has acquired Gibbon. Degreed offers tools for tracking lifelong learning and earning additional credentials. Gibbon, meanwhile, is supposed to help you learn by curating and sharing playlists of learning-related content. “Hands down, Gibbon has built the most elegant tool for curating… Read More

  • Pay-per-story news service Blendle comes to the US

    Pay-per-story news service Blendle comes to the US

    European news startup Blendle has already attracted funding from two of the biggest names in the media business — The New York Times and German publisher Axel Springer. Today it’s launching in the United States. Blendle is betting that people are still willing to pay for journalism, but instead of charging them on a subscription basis, it’s charging per article. On… Read More

  • Truebill raises seed funding to help you cancel unwanted subscriptions

    Truebill raises seed funding to help you cancel unwanted subscriptions

    Truebill, a startup that helps people track and cancel their subscriptions, announced it has raised a small round of seed funding. The round includes $120,000 from Y Combinator, with additional funding from angel investors like David Marcus (formerly a PayPal executive and now vice president of messaging products at Facebook), KISSmetrics co-founder Hiten Shah and Saba founder Bobby… Read More

  • Adobe announces new data-sharing effort for cross-device ad targeting

    Adobe announces new data-sharing effort for cross-device ad targeting

    Adobe unveiled a new push for cross-device targeting today at its Adobe Summit. Amit Ahuja, the general manager of data management for Adobe Marketing, explained the product to me beforehand, and he laid out the problem in a pretty straightforward manner: “If you don’t know who the user is across different devices, clearly that’s broken.” So at a basic level, the aim… Read More

  • AdSemble launches self-serve tools for digital billboard advertising

    AdSemble launches self-serve tools for digital billboard advertising

    “We’re not a media company, we’re a tech company” — that’s a common refrain in the advertising and media business, but it looks like AdSemble has been particularly patient in making that transition. The company was founded back in 2008, and as described by founder and CEO Matthew Olivieri, in its early days it served as “a media buying service that… Read More

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