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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  • InboxVudu And The Uber That Got Away

    InboxVudu And The Uber That Got Away

    We hear a lot of startup origin stories here at TechCrunch, and sometimes they can blur together. But this one’s a little different. It’s about Ramesh Haridas, an entrepreneur and angel investor. He’s backed some successful startups, including Rapportive, which was acquired by LinkedIn. What Haridas told me about, however, was the one that got away — namely, Uber. Read More

  • Fresco News Aims To Build A Crowdsourced Network For Breaking News

    Fresco News Aims To Build A Crowdsourced Network For Breaking News

    If you’ve ever wanted to contribute photos or videos to your local newscast, you might get your chance soon, thanks to a new startup called Fresco News. There have been lots of other experiments in crowdsourced journalism, but CEO John Meyer (pictured above) said Fresco has some key differences. Read More

  • NowThis Media Sees A Big Appetite For Short News Videos, With 200M Views In May

    NowThis Media Sees A Big Appetite For Short News Videos, With 200M Views In May

    Online video news company NowThis Mediasays it has seen dramatic growth, going from 1 million video views a year ago, to 50 million earlier this year, to 200 million in May. That’s a lot of eyeballs, especially for a startup that’s less than three years old and has a team of 35 people. In fact, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Products Athan Stephanopoulos (who joined through… Read More

  • iHeartRadio Has Grown To 70M Registered Users

    iHeartRadio Has Grown To 70M Registered Users

    Services like Pandora, Spotify and whatever Apple is working on tend to get most of the headlines, but iHeartRadio says it has been building a big audience of its own — specifically 70 million registered users. The streaming music service was created by radio giant Clear Channel, which rebranded as iHeartMedia last year. iHeartRadio allows users to listen to live radio stations, as well… Read More

  • MoPub Report Points To Growth In Video Ads And Super Bowl Spending

    MoPub Report Points To Growth In Video Ads And Super Bowl Spending

    The buzz around native and video advertising isn’t just hype — they’re bringing in more dollars for publishers, according to a new report from Twitter-owned MoPub. MoPub offers ad management tools for mobile publishers, and it releases a quarterly report showing trends across those publishers. The latest report covers the first three months of 2015 and includes data from… Read More

  • Gawker Staff Votes To Unionize

    Gawker Staff Votes To Unionize

    Gawker Media’s editorial staff will be joining the Writers Guild of America, East. The efforts to bring the company into the WGAE (a union best known for representing film and television writers) have drawn broader attention because Gawker is now the first online-only media organization to unionize. Back in April, when the attempt to join a union became public, Gawker’s… Read More

  • LawnStarter Raises $6M To Become Your “Lawn Care Concierge”

    LawnStarter Raises $6M To Become Your “Lawn Care Concierge”

    Lawn care startup LawnStarter is announcing that it has raised $6 million in Series A funding. The company describes itself as “your personal lawn care concierge” — the idea, said co-founder Steven Corcoran, is to express LawnStarter’s “focus on customer experience.” Similar to the way that startups like Handy and Homejoy (soon to be one and the same?)… Read More

  • Millennial-Focused Media Startup Mic Raises $17M, Hires Executive Editor From NPR

    Millennial-Focused Media Startup Mic Raises $17M, Hires Executive Editor From NPR

    It was a big morning for Mic — the company announced that it has raised $17 million in new funding, and that it’s hired Madhulika Sikka, previously executive editor at NPR News, to take on the same title at Mic. As is contractually required for any digital media company raising a big round of funding, Mic is aiming for an audience of millennials. At the same time, the tone’s… Read More

  • Instagram Beefs Up Ads With App Install And Buy Buttons, Interest Targeting, API

    Instagram Beefs Up Ads With App Install And Buy Buttons, Interest Targeting, API

    Instagram continues to expand its ad program, today announcing three broad changes — new ad formats, new ad targeting and new ad-buying tools. For Instagram users, the most obvious change will be the new formats. They’re called “action-oriented” formats, and they’ll appear as buttons below an image. As you can see in the mock-ups above, they’ll give you… Read More

  • SoundHound Challenges Siri With New Hound Voice Search App And Developer Platform

    SoundHound Challenges Siri With New Hound Voice Search App And Developer Platform

    Most of you know about SoundHound, right? It’s a popular music recognition app that never quite captured the public imagination the way Shazam did. Well, according to founder and CEO Keyvan Mohajer said there’s a lot more to it — in fact, he described the SoundHound story as “one of the best-kept secrets in Silicon Valley.” Read More

  • AOL.com Unveils A Mobile- And Video-Centric Redesign

    AOL.com Unveils A Mobile- And Video-Centric Redesign

    AOL.com is getting a new look. Unless you’re a regular visitor, the changes might not seem all that dramatic, but Maureen Sullivan, President of AOL.com and the company’s lifestyle brands, told me that the site has been revamped to optimize for the mobile experience, and to put video front-and-center. Read More

  • FitBit Plans To Raise Up To $358M In Its IPO

    FitBit Plans To Raise Up To $358M In Its IPO

    Fitness tracker FitBit has updated the filing for its initial public offering with new pricing details. The company plans to sell just under 22.4 million shares priced between $14 to $16. At the high end, that would bring the total amount raised in its IPO to $358 million. The filing also states that FitBit stockholders plan to sell 7.5 million shares. Read More

  • AdStage Raises $1.5M In Debt Funding

    AdStage Raises $1.5M In Debt Funding

    AdStage, a startup that helps businesses run ad campaigns across platforms like Google and Facebook, announced today that it has raised an additional $1.5 million in debt funding. The funding comes from Silicon Valley Bank and follows a $6.25 million equity round last year. Co-founder and CEO Sahil Jain said the “vast majority” of that money is still in the bank, but he said the… Read More

  • TodayTix Brings Its Last-Minute Ticketing Service To London’s West End

    TodayTix Brings Its Last-Minute Ticketing Service To London’s West End

    We’ve written about how TodayTix has been working to help the theater industry adapt to the world of on-demand, mobile-centric commerce — today it’s crossing the Atlantic, to London’s West End. The New York City-based startup launched its mobile app at the end of 2013 and says it’s now selling an average of one ticket every minute to its 425,000 users. Read More

  • Meet Musio, A Robot That Talks Back

    Natural language and machine learning company AKA says it’s taking the next step toward the creation of a robot that you really, truly talk to with a new project called Musio. Members of the AKA team demonstrated a prototype for me last week. As you can see in the video, Musio should be able to carry on a normal conversation, complete with bad jokes and (thanks to Bluetooth connections… Read More

  • Salesforce Acquires Smart Calendar Startup Tempo, App Will Shut Down On June 30

    Salesforce Acquires Smart Calendar Startup Tempo, App Will Shut Down On June 30

    My favorite calendar app, Tempo, just announced that it has been acquired by Salesforce.com. The company was incubated by SRI International, the birthplace of the voice-powered (and Apple-acquired) assistant Siri. When Tempo launched two years ago, founder and CEO Raj Singh pitched it as another type of assistant that automatically brings up relevant information for your meetings Read More

  • HBO NOW Is Coming To Google Play, Will Support Chromecast

    HBO NOW Is Coming To Google Play, Will Support Chromecast

    Android-loving cord-cutters who want to catch up on Game of Thrones will get their chance soon — Google just announced that the HBO NOW app will be coming to Google Play. The HBO NOW app (distinct from HBO GO, which is for existing subscribers) launched earlier this year. It was exclusive to Apple, but only for a limited period of time. Read More

  • In-Image Ad Company GumGum Raises $26M

    In-Image Ad Company GumGum Raises $26M

    GumGum announced this morning that it has raised $26 million in a Series C round led by Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital. Founded in 2007, the company offers technology to identify the content of an image, then place ads to match the picture — for example, here’s a GumGum-powered Coke ad that appears in an image of “healthy” pizza. The company also… Read More

  • SumoMe Is An App Store For Tools To Grow Your Online Traffic

    SumoMe Is An App Store For Tools To Grow Your Online Traffic

    “The first app store for websites” — that’s how AppSumo co-founder Noah Kagan describes the company’s new-ish product SumoMe. What does that actually mean? Basically, Kagan aims to create a one-stop shop (yes, it’s a cliché, but one I feel justified using since it’s a literal store) where people can find tools to improve their websites. Just add just… Read More

  • Chef’d Raises $5.25M To Help You Prepare Meals From Your Favorite Chefs

    Chef’d Raises $5.25M To Help You Prepare Meals From Your Favorite Chefs

    Recipe-and-ingredient delivery service Chef’d ran an Indiegogo campaign last year, but that’s not the only way the team is funding its growth. The company is also announcing that it has just raised a new round of $5.25 million. Founder and CEO Kyle Ransford has said that the point of the crowdfunding campaign was to recruit early users, not raise an enormous sum of money. Read More

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