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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  • Nuzzel Adds Custom Feeds To Help You Follow News About Tech, Beer, And Other Topics

    Nuzzel Adds Custom Feeds To Help You Follow News About Tech, Beer, And Other Topics

    News app Nuzzel is giving users a more topic-based approach to reading the news, through a new feature called Custom Feeds. Created by Friendster founder Jonathan Abrams, Nuzzel’s big selling point is simplicity — it shows you a feed of the most-shared stories among the people you follow on Twitter (or your friends on Facebook). There’s no complicated setup and no… Read More

  • The Guardian Publishes A Pretty Amazing Whisper “Clarification”

    The Guardian Publishes A Pretty Amazing Whisper “Clarification”

    The Guardian, the British newspaper that published a series of articles last fall (starting with this one) about anonymous social media app Whisper, issued a “clarification” today about those stories. The Guardian post gets pretty nitpicky and specific, to the extent that it’s tough to parse if (like me) you haven’t read those stories recently. But here’s the… Read More

  • Meetings Are Usually Terrible, But YC-Backed WorkLife Aims To Change That

    Meetings Are Usually Terrible, But YC-Backed WorkLife Aims To Change That

    I’m guessing you have been in a meeting that made you hate your life. You know, where one or two people drone on and on, half of the attendees seem to be talking past each other, and at the end no one’s sure what’s been decided or who’s responsible for doing what. Well, a startup called WorkLife has built tools designed to make meetings better. Read More

  • Hearsay Social Hires Its First CFO

    Hearsay Social Hires Its First CFO

    Hearsay Social, a Sequoia-backed startup helping finance and insurance companies grow sales through social media, announced today that it has hired its first chief financial officer — William Salisbury (pictured above), who was previously CFO at AVAST Software. It’s been just a couple of weeks since Hearsay rolled out an expanded product suite for financial advisors. CEO Clara… Read More

  • IAC Hires David Siegel As CEO Of Finance Website Investopedia

    IAC Hires David Siegel As CEO Of Finance Website Investopedia

    Finance education website Investopedia has a new CEO — David Siegel, who was previously president at stock market news and opinion site Seeking Alpha. Investopedia was founded back in 1999 and acquired by IAC as part of its purchase of ValueClick’s websites at the end of 2013. Now operated by IAC-owned Ask.com, Investopedia says it sees 15 million unique visitors and 45 million… Read More

  • Apple Pay Now Accepted In Nearly 700K Locations

    Apple Pay Now Accepted In Nearly 700K Locations

    Apple CEO Tim Cook offered a quick update this morning on the rapid growth of Apple Pay. Apparently the company’s mobile payment technology is now supported by 2,500 card-issuing banks (up from only six when the product was announced in September), while the number of locations accepting Apple Pay has tripled to nearly 700,000. Read More

  • Smule CEO Jeff Smith Is Weirdly Optimistic About The Music Industry

    Smule CEO Jeff Smith Is Weirdly Optimistic About The Music Industry

    “I think this is one of the most exciting times to be in the music business.” That’s not a sentiment I hear very often, but it’s what Smule CEO Jeff Smith told me this week. You could, I suppose, classify this as typical startup bluster — After all, Smith and I were talking about the success that Smule has been seeing with social music apps like Sing! Karaoke. Read More

  • Canopy Labs Relaunches To Help Businesses Understand Their “Fuzzy” Customer Funnels

    Canopy Labs Relaunches To Help Businesses Understand Their “Fuzzy” Customer Funnels

    Y Combinator-backed Canopy Labs has relaunched with the aim of giving businesses a detailed understanding of customer journey, i.e. where a customer is in the buying process. I last wrote about the startup back in 2012, when it raised $1.5 million in venture funding. For someone who doesn’t spend a lot of time looking at customer data (like me!), the vision from back then may not sound… Read More

  • HotelTonight CEO Sam Shank Will Join Us At Disrupt NY

    HotelTonight CEO Sam Shank Will Join Us At Disrupt NY

    For those of you who haven’t used it yet, HotelTonight allows users to book same-day hotel rooms from their smartphones, at discounted rates. Or, if you’re not quite as comfortable with waiting until the last minute, the company launched a seven-day reservation system last fall. Read More

  • Springleap Aims To Rethink Marketing Research With New Backing From Cross Border Angels

    Springleap Aims To Rethink Marketing Research With New Backing From Cross Border Angels

    Startup Springleap says it can help marketers improve their ad campaigns by tapping into a community of 180,000 creative professionals. To pursue that vision, the company is announcing that it has raised an additional $650,000 in seed funding, bringing its total backing to around $1.1 million. I got on the phone with founder Eran Eyal partly to discuss the funding, but more to discuss the… Read More

  • Twitter Taps Partner Data To Help Marketers Target Their Ads

    Twitter Taps Partner Data To Help Marketers Target Their Ads

    Twitter announced a new ad targeting feature today called partner audiences, allowing Twitter advertisers to aim their ads at audiences like “coffee buyers” and “cereal buyers.” The various social media platforms have done a lot of work to expand their ad programs beyond their core sites and apps, but of course it’s useful for data to flow in the direction too… Read More

  • Swiftype Raises $13M More For Its Smarter Site And App Search

    Swiftype Raises $13M More For Its Smarter Site And App Search

    Y Combinator-incubated search startup Swiftype has raised $13 million in Series B funding. When I first covered the company back in 2012, the pitch was pretty straightforward — it provided customizable search tools that didn’t suck to sites like TechCrunch. On the other hand, online publishers might not be the most lucrative customer base, so while co-founders Matt Riley and Quin… Read More

  • Visually Raises $3.3M As Its Content Marketplace Expands Beyond Infographics

    Visually Raises $3.3M As Its Content Marketplace Expands Beyond Infographics

    Visual.ly, a startup that helps companies create infographics, videos, and more, has raised $3.3 million in additional funding. The company launched with an infographic-building tool before switching to more of a marketplace model — by the time it raised its $8.1 million Series A last year, Visual.ly was billing itself a marketplace for “visual content,” a category that… Read More

  • Etsy Officially Files To Go Public, Aims To Raise $100M

    Etsy Officially Files To Go Public, Aims To Raise $100M

    Word started going around back in January that Etsy, the online market for handmade goods, was planning to go public. Sure enough, they’ve just filed the forms to get the ball rolling. Read More

  • CrowdFlower Launches Open Data Project Covering Everything From Climate Change To #ThatDress

    CrowdFlower Launches Open Data Project Covering Everything From Climate Change To #ThatDress

    Crowdsourcing company CrowdFlower allows businesses to tap into a distributed workforce of 5 million contributors for basic tasks like sentiment analysis. Today it’s releasing some of that data to the public through its new Data for Everyone initiative. Founder and CEO Lukas Biewald (a friend of mine from college) told me that last year, the company quietly began asking some of its… Read More

  • Cylindo Raises $1M To Create 3D Furniture Models And Expand In The US

    Cylindo Raises $1M To Create 3D Furniture Models And Expand In The US

    Product visualization startup Cylindo has raised $1 million in new funding. CEO Janus Jagd told me the company emerged from his own struggles moving into a new apartment, where he and his girlfriend wanted to visualize how their living room would look with a bunch of new furniture. To do that, Jagd said he built a 3D room model on his own and gave it to furniture merchants. Read More

  • ToutApp Raises $15M To Build Email Tools For Salespeople

    ToutApp Raises $15M To Build Email Tools For Salespeople

    Email-focused startup ToutApp has raised a $15 million Series B led by Andreessen Horowitz. The company started out as an email-tracking tool, but founder and CEO Tawheed Kader told me that his team discovered that salespeople “used the product the most, complained the least, and stuck around the longest.” So ToutApp decided to do a “zoom-in pivot” and focus on that… Read More

  • Livestream Revamps Its Hardware Lineup With Smaller, Cheaper Broadcaster Mini

    Livestream Revamps Its Hardware Lineup With Smaller, Cheaper Broadcaster Mini

    Livestream is planning to make it even easier and more affordable to (you guessed it) livestream video with the launch of a new product called the Broadcaster Mini. The Mini is part of a two-pronged refresh of the Broadcaster, which launched about three years ago and allows customers to livestream from any camera. Co-founder and CEO Max Haot told me the Broadcaster is a good entry point… Read More

  • Overdressed

    Overdressed

    If you were offline between, say, 7pm and 10pm Eastern last night, boy, things must have seemed real weird when you logged back onto Twitter. Despite what you might have heard, BuzzFeed did not invent the optical illusion. “The Dress,” as it immediately became known, is but one in a long line of images that trick the eye and the brain. Read More

  • Kochava Acquires InferSystems For Mobile Ad Optimization

    Kochava Acquires InferSystems For Mobile Ad Optimization

    Mobile analytics provider Kochava is announcing it has acquired Toronto-based ad tech company InferSystems and will use its technology to build a product called the Kochava Optimization Beacon. As explained to me by Kochava CEO Charles Manning, the new product allows the company to move beyond mobile measurement into optimization. In other words, an advertiser using Kochava currently has to… Read More

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