Anthony Ha is a writer at TechCrunch, where he covers media, advertising, and other startups. Previously, he worked as a staff 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 San Francisco.
Disclosure: I own shares in VentureBeat, as well as diversified investments through my 401(k) and Roth IRA.
Last month, a startup called Joyride came out of stealth mode and announced that it has raised $1 million in funding. Since the company is building a platform for creating entertaining drivetime experiences, we decided that the best place to see the Joyride app in action was on the road.
Co-founder and CEO Jeff Chen described Joyride as an attempt to “make drive times more fun and more… → Read More
Vibrant Media, which powers in-text ads and other contextual ad products, is going cross-platform today with the launch of a number of new units.
Some of those ad units are entirely new to Vibrant’s lineup, while others take the company’s desktop ads and optimize them for touch interactions. CEO Cella Irvine told me that there’s growing interest from ad agencies in campaigns that span desktops… → Read More
LightSpeed, the retail software company that raised $30 million from Accel Partners last year, is launching a new Mac application today that it calls the StoreMaster — it’s supposed to serve as a “command center,” offering a real-time, customizable view of the latest sales and inventory data.
The StoreMaster is the big piece of LightSpeed’s version 3.8 upgrade. Founder and CEO Dax Dasilva… → Read More