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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  • Thom Yorke’s New Album Is The First “Paygated” Bundle From BitTorrent

    Thom Yorke’s New Album Is The First “Paygated” Bundle From BitTorrent

    BitTorrent says it’s ready to help musicians and other creators start selling digital content. Today the company is announcing a new “paygate” feature for Bundles, which are promotional packages of content shared through BitTorrent by publishers or the artists themselves. Even before officially launching the Bundle platform a year ago, BitTorrent was talking about the… Read More

  • Sendwithus Raises $2.3M To Help Marketers Optimize Their Emails

    Sendwithus Raises $2.3M To Help Marketers Optimize Their Emails

    Email marketing startup Sendwithus is announcing that it has raised $2.3 million in additional seed funding. This is one of those funding announcements that comes months after the deal itself. Co-founder Matt Harris told me that the company, which was incubated by Y Combinator, raised its initial seed funding “right before Y Combinator started”, then raised additional funding on… Read More

  • Massdrop Raises $6.5M To Turn Group Buying Into A Broader Community Platform

    Massdrop Raises $6.5M To Turn Group Buying Into A Broader Community Platform

    Massdrop, a startup offering what it calls “community-driven commerce,” is announcing that it has raised $6.5 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Mayfield Fund, with additional investment from previous backers Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, First Round Capital, and Cowboy Ventures. Massdrop has now raised a total of $8 million. Read More

  • Science Inc. Acquires Mobile Ad Network PlayHaven From Upsight

    Science Inc. Acquires Mobile Ad Network PlayHaven From Upsight

    Science Inc. just announced that it has acquired mobile ad network PlayHaven from mobile analytics and marketing company Upsight. Science CEO Mike Jones (pictured above) told me that the PlayHaven team will join Science, merge with its Chirp Ads unit and, under the firm’s “startup studio” model, become an independently operating company based in San Francisco. (In fact, it… Read More

  • Gobble Promises To Help Customers Make Delicious Meals In 10 Minutes Or Less

    Gobble Promises To Help Customers Make Delicious Meals In 10 Minutes Or Less

    If you like the idea of cooking, but not, y’know, the actual work (or the fact that the food might turn out pretty badly), then Gobble may be the startup for you. And I don’t mean that in a condescending way. When I try to cook, I do a decent job of frying an egg or boiling spaghetti, but anything more than that and I start to get nervous. So I feel like I’m on… Read More

  • Mobile Invoicing App Invoice2go Raises $35M, Former eHarmony Exec Greg Waldorf Joins As CEO

    Mobile Invoicing App Invoice2go Raises $35M, Former eHarmony Exec Greg Waldorf Joins As CEO

    More than a decade after it was founded, Invoice2go is announcing that it has raised $35 million in its first round of external funding. The round, a Series A, was led by Accel Partners and Ribbit Capital, with Accel partner Ryan Sweeney joining Invoice2go’s board of directors. In addition, Accel CEO-in-Residence Greg Waldorf has joined Invoice2go as, yes, its new CEO. Read More

  • AppNexus Raises $25M From Ad Giant WPP

    AppNexus Raises $25M From Ad Giant WPP

    Ad tech company AppNexus announced early today that it has raised an additional $25 million in funding from ad holding company WPP. As part of the deal, AppNexus is also acquiring Open AdStream, the ad-serving technology from WPP’s Xaxis. “Open AdStream has been one of the most effective and trusted ad serving platforms in the world for years,” said AppNexus CEO Brian… Read More

  • Mobile Rewards Startup Lootsie Hires Steve Cho As Its First COO

    Mobile Rewards Startup Lootsie Hires Steve Cho As Its First COO

    Lootsie, a startup that allows advertisers to present mobile app users with special rewards, announced today that it has hired its first chief operating officer, Steve Cho. Cho previously worked in sales at IBM, and he was most recently vice president of business development at Kiip — which is pretty much in the same business as Lootsie. He said it was “a difficult decision”… Read More

  • Adobe Acquires Photo-Editing Platform Aviary

    Adobe Acquires Photo-Editing Platform Aviary

    Aviary just announced that it has been acquired by Adobe. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, Aviary offers a software development kit to developers who want to add photo-editing capabilities to their apps. (Aviary has also created apps of its own, which it says have been downloaded 100 million times, as well as options for advertisers to turn filters and stickers into ads.) At… Read More

  • Realty Mogul Gets A $73M Capital Commitment From Direct Lending Investments

    Realty Mogul Gets A $73M Capital Commitment From Direct Lending Investments

    Realty Mogul, a startup that allows accredited investors to back real estate projects, is announcing a new agreement with Direct Lending Investments — the investment firm has committed to invest $73 million in Realty Mogul projects. This is the startup’s first partnership of this kind with an institutional investor, but founder and CEO Jilliene Helman said she’s interested… Read More

  • Alibaba Is the Biggest American IPO Ever

    NYSE Traders Weigh In On Alibaba’s IPO

    We were on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange this morning for Alibaba’s debut. The Chinese e-commerce company had the biggest initial public offering ever for a US-listed company, and its share price jumped another 36 percent when it opened at $92.70. (After approaching $100, the stock closed at $93.89.) Read More

  • Alibaba Opens Trading At $92.70, Up 36 Percent From Its IPO Price

    Alibaba Opens Trading At $92.70, Up 36 Percent From Its IPO Price

    Alibaba just opened trading on the New York Stock Exchange at $92.70 per share, up 36 percent from the $68 share price of its initial public offering. The Chinese e-commerce giant raised $21.8 billion in its IPO, making it the biggest US public offering ever. Read More

  • SAP To Acquire Expense Software-Maker Concur For $129 Per Share

    SAP To Acquire Expense Software-Maker Concur For $129 Per Share

    Enterprise software company SAP just announced that has agreed to acquire Concur Technologies, maker of expense and travel management tools that are used by 23,000 businesses (including TechCrunch and its parent company AOL). The deal is for $129 per share, which is 20 percent higher than Concur’s closing price on Sept. 17 (yesterday). That gives Concur an enterprise value of $8.3 billion. Read More

  • Sharethrough Acquires UK’s VAN As A Springboard For International Growth

    Sharethrough Acquires UK’s VAN As A Springboard For International Growth

    Advertising company Sharethrough announced today that it’s moving into Europe with the acquisition of a London-based company called VAN. The financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed. Sharethrough’s head of communications Thomas Channick told me via email that the VAN team will form “the core” of European operations, although the company plans to double… Read More

  • BuySellAds Acquires Ad Startup LaunchBit

    BuySellAds Acquires Ad Startup LaunchBit

    LaunchBit, an ad startup focused on helping software-as-a-service businesses find new customers, is announcing that it has been acquired by ad platform BuySellAds.com. The financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed. LaunchBit co-founder and CEO Elizabeth Yin told me via email that the LaunchBit ad network will continue to operate, “business as usual,” while it’s… Read More

  • JW Player Raises $20M To Help Video Publishers Look Beyond YouTube

    JW Player Raises $20M To Help Video Publishers Look Beyond YouTube

    JW Player, the company behind the video player of the same name, is announcing that it has raised $20 million in Series C funding. Even if you haven’t heard of the company, you’ve probably watched videos delivered through its player, as its customers include TripAdvisor, IMDB, The Guardian, and EA, among many others. JW Player says it’s used on 2 million sites, and its videos… Read More

  • Auth0 Raises $2.4M To Help Developers Plug Into Identity Platforms Like Facebook

    Auth0 Raises $2.4M To Help Developers Plug Into Identity Platforms Like Facebook

    Auth0, a startup offering what it calls “identity-as-a-service”, is announcing that it has raised $2.4 million in seed funding. CEO Jon Gelsey told me that Auth0 (for those of you who have the same question I did: It’s pronounced “auth-zero”) is trying to solve a problem that team members faced themselves when they worked as developers, namely that it’s… Read More

  • YouNoodle Holds Its First Virtual Demo Day, YouNoodle Live

    YouNoodle Holds Its First Virtual Demo Day, YouNoodle Live

    When YouNoodle raised additional funding earlier this year, the company’s CEO Torsten Kolind told me the company was trying to build a data business on top of its startup competition platform. That approach, it seems, has led in a roundabout way to YouNoodle hosting a virtual demo day of its own, dubbed YouNoodle Live. Here’s how you get from startup competitions to data and… Read More

  • Business Analytics Company RJMetrics Raises $16.5M Round Led By August Capital

    Business Analytics Company RJMetrics Raises $16.5M Round Led By August Capital

    RJMetrics, a company saying it provides sophisticated data tools to businesses of all sizes, is announcing that it has raised $16.5 million in Series B funding. The round was led by August Capital (which, in addition to being a big-deal venture capital firm, also hosts TechCrunch’s annual summer party), with August partner Eric Carlborg joining the RJMetrics board of directors. Read More

  • Sailo Is A Marketplace Connecting Boats, Captains And Renters

    Sailo Is A Marketplace Connecting Boats, Captains And Renters

    If you think boating sounds vaguely appealing but you’ve never actually made it out on the water, a New York City startup called Sailo aims to help. It’s not the first company to allow you to rent boats from their owners. Early last year, for example, we wrote about Boatbound, a self-described Airbnb for boats. However, Boatbound and similar services are really focused on getting… Read More

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