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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  • SocialRank Helps You Understand Your Followers — And Now It’s Getting Collaborative

    SocialRank Helps You Understand Your Followers — And Now It’s Getting Collaborative

    Hey, it’s great that you’re trying to get more followers, but what about understanding the followers you already have? That’s what New York City startup SocialRank aims to provide, and today it launched a new feature called SocialRank for Teams. If you haven’t used it, SocialRank analyzes your Twitter and Instagram accounts to help you identify things like your most… Read More

  • Adobe Survey Lays Out Marketing’s New “Multiscreen Reality”

    Adobe Survey Lays Out Marketing’s New “Multiscreen Reality”

    Adobe is releasing a new “State of Content” survey that outlines five broad rules for marketers in 2016. Loni Stark, a senior director of strategy and product marketing at Adobe, told me that the goal was to help creative professionals answer the question, “What’s the best content for my customers and for my audience?” While the focus was on the content marketers… Read More

  • DataScience Raises $22M To Predict Customer Value, Reduce Traffic Deaths And More

    DataScience Raises $22M To Predict Customer Value, Reduce Traffic Deaths And More

    DataScience, the data science startup with the name (and URL) that every other data science startup wants, announced today that it has raised $22 million in Series A. The company says that it uses a combination of in-house data scientists, proprietary technology and custom data models to help businesses do things like predict a customer’s lifetime value and analyze the common features… Read More

  • CultureIQ Raises $3M To Help Companies Improve Their Culture

    CultureIQ Raises $3M To Help Companies Improve Their Culture

    CultureIQ announced today that it has raised $3 million in seed funding. Founded by former SecondMarket CFO Greg Besner, the New York City-based startup offers what it calls “culture management software.” That includes tools for surveying employees and analyzing the results in real-time, as well as a “culture strategy group” that helps customers explore programs… Read More

  • Esper Helps Assistants Manage Their Bosses’ Time

    Esper Helps Assistants Manage Their Bosses’ Time

    We’ve seen startups try to replace or automate the work of executive assistants, but Esper is trying to do something different — it aims to help those assistants make smarter decisions. Esper CEO Andrew Lee was previously founder at JamLegend and then, post-acquisition, a product manager at Zynga. The company has raised $2 million from Joe Lonsdale (a founder at Palantir… Read More

  • Scribd Adds Sheet Music And Sesame Street To Its Subscription E-Book Service

    Scribd Adds Sheet Music And Sesame Street To Its Subscription E-Book Service

    Scribd continues to expand its selection — it’s adding sheet music for the first time, and also announcing deals to bring in Sesame Street children’s books and grow its selection of textbooks. Scribd already offers unlimited access to a library of e-books and other content for $8.99 a month. Even though the company has been moving into areas like audiobooks and comics… Read More

  • Facebook Pages Can Tell You How Quickly Their Owners Respond

    Facebook Pages Can Tell You How Quickly Their Owners Respond

    Facebook is rolling out a number of new features for Pages designed to make it easier for businesses to communicate with customers. The biggest change, or at least the one consumers will see, is an expansion on an existing feature, where businesses add a badges to their Pages declaring that they’re “very responsive to messages” — but only if they respond to 90 percent… Read More

  • Custom Suit Maker Indochino Hires Shop.ca’s Drew Green As Its New CEO

    Custom Suit Maker Indochino Hires Shop.ca’s Drew Green As Its New CEO

    There’s a new boss at Indochino — Drew Green, who was previously founding CEO at online retailer Shop.ca. For those of you who haven’t used it, Vancouver-headquartered Indochino allows men to upload their measurements to its website (you can order a tape measure if you need it), then purchase custom tailored suits and other attire. In fact, I used Indochino to order the… Read More

  • Video News Startup NowThis Raises $16.2M Led By Axel Springer

    Video News Startup NowThis Raises $16.2M Led By Axel Springer

    NowThis just announced that it has raised $16.2 million in Series D funding. The round was led by German media company Axel Springer — which, in addition to previously investing in the startup’s $6 million Series C, recently bought Business Insider and invested in Thrillist. Previous backers Oak Investments, NBC News Group and Softbank also participated. Read More

  • Lystable Helps Companies Manage Their Freelancers, Vendors And More

    “Supplier management” might not sound like the most exciting problem for a startup to solve, but Lystable might actually be doing something crucial for its customers. As businesses find themselves relying on more freelancers and vendors, Lystable helps them manage those relationships. Read More

  • Staying Up Late At The Disrupt London Hackathon

    Dropping by the Disrupt London hackathon at around midnight, we expected to see many participants losing energy or flat-out asleep — and understandably so. Instead, almost everyone remained appallingly friendly, enthusiastic and eager to talk about their projects. They may have gotten a boost from the traditional midnight offerings of beer and pizza, not to mention a mysterious… Read More

  • The Disrupt Hackathon Takes Over London’s Copper Box Arena

    Our Disrupt London hackathon is officially underway. More than 1,000 people have registered to compete — by this time tomorrow, they’ll form teams, build new products and present them on-stage. We’re in a new venue this year, the Copper Box Arena, originally built for the 2012 Summer Olympics. The doors opened at 12:30pm, but before then, the most dedicated hackers braved… Read More

  • TalentSky Is Building A Professional Network With A Focus On Verified Skills

    TalentSky Is Building A Professional Network With A Focus On Verified Skills

    Rick Devine has spent more than a decade as an executive recruiter, and even introduced Steve Jobs to his eventual successor Tim Cook back in 1998. Now he’s working on a startup called TalentSky, aiming to address some of the big problems he sees in the hiring landscape — specifically, the “skills gap,” where employers can’t find job applicants with the skills… Read More

  • BrightFunnel Raises $6M To Connect Marketing And Revenue

    BrightFunnel Raises $6M To Connect Marketing And Revenue

    BrightFunnel announced today that it has raised $6 million in Series A funding. The startup offers attribution tools to track the sales impact of customers’ marketing efforts, and it also predicts the future impact of upcoming campaigns. CEO Nadim Hossain said this data is particularly important as “marketing is eating sales.” In other words, marketing was traditionally the… Read More

  • Perion Acquires Digital Ad Company Undertone For $180M

    Perion Acquires Digital Ad Company Undertone For $180M

    Israeli marketing company Perion Networks announced today that it has acquired Undertone, a New York City-based digital ad company in a $180 million cash deal. According to the release, $91 million will be paid once the acquisition closes, with the rest paid out over the next few years. Read More

  • Stringr Raises $1.5M To Build A News Footage Marketplace

    Stringr Raises $1.5M To Build A News Footage Marketplace

    News startup Stringr is announcing that it has raised $1.5 million in funding. Co-founder and CEO Lindsay Stewart previously worked as a TV news producer for ABC, Bloomberg and Fox News, and she said the service was “really born out of this newsroom need of getting footage quickly, in a transparent way.” For example, if there’s a big tornado, TV stations are going to… Read More

  • The Huffington Post Editorial Staff Moves Forward With Union Plans

    The Huffington Post Editorial Staff Moves Forward With Union Plans

    The editorial team at the Huffington Post has officially asked management to recognize the Writers Guild of America, East as its union. In recent months, the newsrooms of several digital media organizations (including Gawker, Salon and ThinkProgress) have unionized with the Writers Guild. A similar effort has been underway at The Huffington Post — which, like TechCrunch, is owned by… Read More

  • Food Delivery Startup Good Eggs Has A New CEO

    Food Delivery Startup Good Eggs Has A New CEO

    Good Eggs, an online service that allows you to order food from local farms, has brought on a new CEO — Bentley Hall, who previously held senior roles at Plum Organics, Clif Bar and Johnson & Johnson. The company’s existing CEO Rob Spiro (pictured above with Hall) will become chairman. He said he’ll remain “very active” in the company, and suggested… Read More

  • Ad Exec Bob Lord To Leave AOL

    Ad Exec Bob Lord To Leave AOL

    Bob Lord will soon leave his role as president of AOL. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong said he’d seen Lord as his eventual successor, but that plan was sidetracked by Verizon’s acquisition of the company (which owns TechCrunch). As part of the deal, Armstrong committed to remain on-board for several more years. Lord joined AOL two years ago… Read More

  • Say Kids Will Help Parents Dress Their Young Children, With A Membership Model And No Markups

    Say Kids Will Help Parents Dress Their Young Children, With A Membership Model And No Markups

    Say Kids is a new online service aimed at millennial parents, offering a membership model for buying young children’s clothing. The company was founded by husband-and-wife team Carl Ng and Jennifer Hong. The basic model is to charge a $5 monthly fee, which gives parents access to products designed by Say Kids — the price tag should only cover the cost of producing and… Read More

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