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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  • Realty Mogul Raises $35M For Its Real Estate Investment Marketplace

    Realty Mogul Raises $35M For Its Real Estate Investment Marketplace

    Realty Mogul, a startup that connects investors with real estate projects, announced today that it has raised $35 million in Series B funding. The company launched its online marketplace more than two years ago with a focus on equity deals funded by individual, accredited investors. (So it was offering a kind of real estate crowdfunding, but one where most people couldn’t invest.) Read More

  • Convo Follows Its Desktop Revamp With New Mobile Apps

    Convo Follows Its Desktop Revamp With New Mobile Apps

    A week after launching new web and Mac desktop applications, collaboration is releasing new versions of its mobile apps, too. CEO Faizan Buzdar has said that the relaunches reflect an attempt to rebuild Convo “from the ground up,” and that the company would be bringing these changes to all its platforms. (The redesign hasn’t been a huge hit with the TechCrunch team, though… Read More

  • MasterCard Goes Global With Its “Masters Of Code” Hackathon

    MasterCard Goes Global With Its “Masters Of Code” Hackathon

    Okay, so the fact that MasterCard is hosting a series of hackathons might not seem terribly exciting — even if we grant that the name Masters of Code is kind clever, it seems like every big company is going after the startup/developer crowd with a hackathon of its own. What is impressive, however, is the scale of MasterCard’s efforts. Throughout the course of the year, the… Read More

  • Facebook’s Chris Gomersall Departs For His Marketing Startup Atomized

    Facebook’s Chris Gomersall Departs For His Marketing Startup Atomized

    Chris Gomersall has spent the past three years working with brands and agencies at Facebook, where he was the first creative strategy leader. Now he’s leaving to run his own startup, Atomized. Gomersall told me that he’s trying to solve a problem that he saw again and again in meetings with marketers — when they needed to bring out the creative assets for a campaign… Read More

  • Backed By Tim Draper, DataWallet Pays Users To Share Their Online Data With Businesses

    Backed By Tim Draper, DataWallet Pays Users To Share Their Online Data With Businesses

    Consciously or not, there’s a kind of deal we make when we use many online services — in exchange for free access, we accept ads and give up some of our personal data. Now a startup called DataWallet is planning to make that exchange a little more rewarding, with real cash. Brands often want access to this kind of personal data, and DataWallet founder and CEO Serafin Lion Engel… Read More

  • Cups Offers Prepaid And Subscription Plans For NYC’s Independent Coffee Shops

    The Cups coffee app launched about a year ago, promising members an unlimited supply of coffee from local shops in exchange for a monthly fee. Since then, the app has added prepaid plans (starting with five cups of coffee for $11) and expanded to more than 170 locations throughout New York — making it, in the words of co-founder Gilad Rotem, this makes it “the second largest… Read More

  • Marketing Startup Influitive Raises $30.5M

    Marketing Startup Influitive Raises $30.5M

    Influitive, a Toronto-based company focused on advocate marketing, announced this morning that it has raised $30.5 million in Series B funding. Advocate marketing means turning customers into advocates for your company, encouraging them to make positive reviews and referrals. Read More

  • Twitter Celebrates 1 Year Of Mobile App Promotion Ads With New Video Units And Bidding Options

    Twitter Celebrates 1 Year Of Mobile App Promotion Ads With New Video Units And Bidding Options

    It was just over a year ago that Twitter started a broad rollout of its mobile app promotion ads. It’s marking the occasion with a blog post discussing how the program is going and announcing some new features. App install ads have been a notable success for Facebook, and they’re turning into a broader battle between the big digital ad companies. Read More

  • Apester Raises $5M To Bring Its Polling Tools To More US Publishers

    Apester Raises $5M To Bring Its Polling Tools To More US Publishers

    Apester is announcing that it has raised $8 million in Series A funding. We wrote about the company back when it was a social game startup called Qmerce. Now it offers tools for online publishers to create polls, surveys, personality tests and video quizzes, then embed them in their articles. Read More

  • ClipMine Improves Videos With Crowdsourced Tagging And Annotations

    ClipMine Improves Videos With Crowdsourced Tagging And Annotations

    So this happens to pretty often: I pull up an online video that I want to watch, only to be taken aback when I realize that it’s 10 or 20 or 30 minutes long. It’s particularly frustrating when there’s just one section or just one quote that I’m looking for. I end up skipping around trying to find that one bit — not exactly a great experience. A new startup is… Read More

  • Collaboration Service Convo Revamps Web Interface For More Speed, More Integrations

    Collaboration Service Convo Revamps Web Interface For More Speed, More Integrations

    Real-time collaboration service Convo is unveiling what CEO Faizan Buzdar called “the biggest, most massive update” since it launched. While Slack has been hogging the collaboration spotlight (and raising a big funding round), it seemed like Convo was standing still, without much in the way of updates or improvements. Buzdar said that’s because his team has been working… Read More

  • NYC.TV Hopes To Bring The Spirit Of Public Access TV To The Web

    NYC.TV Hopes To Bring The Spirit Of Public Access TV To The Web

    Hey, remember public access? Those local, non-commercial channels where you’d find weird stuff (and, sure, city council meetings) that made you think, “Wait, how is this even on TV?” Well, public access hasn’t gone away (heck, it’s become Stephen Colbert’s temporary home), but Kareem Ahmed, co-founder and CEO of a new video startup called NYC.TV argued… Read More

  • Trash-Focused Rubicon Global Hires Its First CTO

    Trash-Focused Rubicon Global Hires Its First CTO

    Rubicon Global, a startup helping customers find money-saving, environmentally-friendly ways to handle their waste and recycling, is announcing the hire of its first chief technology officer — Phil Rodoni, previously vice president of software at Esurance. Atlanta-based Rubicon doesn’t haul trash itself, but instead connects businesses with waste hauling and recycling companies… Read More

  • OneGo Will Offer Unlimited West Coast Flights For $1,500 A Month

    OneGo Will Offer Unlimited West Coast Flights For $1,500 A Month

    Here’s an unusual pricing plan for air travel — instead of paying for each trip, hand over a $1,500 monthly fee and fly as much as you want. That’s what startup OneGo is promising. Founder Paulius Grigas told me the idea came from his own needs as a business traveler. The service is aimed at small and medium businesses, particularly the ones where team members have to do a… Read More

  • Twitter Gets More Shoppable With Product Pages And Collections

    Twitter Gets More Shoppable With Product Pages And Collections

    Twitter just announced new capabilities that it says “make it easier to discover products and places.” The company has been moving into e-commerce and rolled out a Buy button last fall. However, a single tweet may not be the best way to sell a product, especially if you don’t know much about it, so Twitter says it’s starting to create pages around some products to… Read More

  • Spot Taps Experts And Friends To Recommend The Best Restaurants, Shops And More

    Spot Taps Experts And Friends To Recommend The Best Restaurants, Shops And More

    Startup studio Expa is unveiling its newest company today — Spot, which promises to help users to find “the best places in the world.” In other words, Spot will deliver personalized recommendations for things like restaurants, bars, stores, hotels and more. You can use it as a guide when you’re traveling, or to explore your home city. Read More

  • Fitbit’s First Day On Wall Street

    Fitbit’s First Day On Wall Street

    Signs outside the New York Stock Exchange declared that “Wall Street Is Getting Fit.” Activity tracking company Fitbit began public trading today, initially surging to more than 50 percent above its IPO price and holding steady for most of the day. We were at the floor of stock exchange to capture the start of trading (sadly, we couldn’t stick around for the celebrity workout… Read More

  • Routific’s Route Optimization Tools Help Local Businesses Offer On-Demand Delivery

    Routific’s Route Optimization Tools Help Local Businesses Offer On-Demand Delivery

    Routific is the latest startup hoping to take advantage of growing interest in on-demand services. It’s not trying to build the next Uber or Instacart, but instead giving small businesses the technology to run a delivery business of their own. After all, managing a fleet of multiple drivers who need to make multiple stops can get pretty complicated, and if you manage it badly, it can add… Read More

  • BuzzFeed Showcases Its Serious Side With A News App And Customizable Alerts

    BuzzFeed Showcases Its Serious Side With A News App And Customizable Alerts

    Are you the kind of person who says, “I read BuzzFeed for the news”? Do you secretly wish you didn’t have to wade through all those listsicles and quizzes to get to the serious reporting? Well, BuzzFeed’s releasing an app just for you. The company is launching a mobile app called BuzzFeed News, and at first glance, it’s pretty much what you’d expect. Unlike… Read More

  • So, About That Uber Ruling

    So, About That Uber Ruling

    Some bad news broke for Uber today — the California Labor Commission ruled that one of the company’s drivers was an employee. Uber has long insisted that those drivers are independent contractors, not employees, and that’s a key part of the business model. However, Uber’s situation isn’t nearly as dire as it first seemed. Read More

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