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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  • AdStage Raises $1.5M In Debt Funding

    AdStage Raises $1.5M In Debt Funding

    AdStage, a startup that helps businesses run ad campaigns across platforms like Google and Facebook, announced today that it has raised an additional $1.5 million in debt funding. The funding comes from Silicon Valley Bank and follows a $6.25 million equity round last year. Co-founder and CEO Sahil Jain said the “vast majority” of that money is still in the bank, but he said the… Read More

  • TodayTix Brings Its Last-Minute Ticketing Service To London’s West End

    TodayTix Brings Its Last-Minute Ticketing Service To London’s West End

    We’ve written about how TodayTix has been working to help the theater industry adapt to the world of on-demand, mobile-centric commerce — today it’s crossing the Atlantic, to London’s West End. The New York City-based startup launched its mobile app at the end of 2013 and says it’s now selling an average of one ticket every minute to its 425,000 users. Read More

  • Meet Musio, A Robot That Talks Back

    Natural language and machine learning company AKA says it’s taking the next step toward the creation of a robot that you really, truly talk to with a new project called Musio. Members of the AKA team demonstrated a prototype for me last week. As you can see in the video, Musio should be able to carry on a normal conversation, complete with bad jokes and (thanks to Bluetooth connections… Read More

  • Salesforce Acquires Smart Calendar Startup Tempo, App Will Shut Down On June 30

    Salesforce Acquires Smart Calendar Startup Tempo, App Will Shut Down On June 30

    My favorite calendar app, Tempo, just announced that it has been acquired by Salesforce.com. The company was incubated by SRI International, the birthplace of the voice-powered (and Apple-acquired) assistant Siri. When Tempo launched two years ago, founder and CEO Raj Singh pitched it as another type of assistant that automatically brings up relevant information for your meetings Read More

  • HBO NOW Is Coming To Google Play, Will Support Chromecast

    HBO NOW Is Coming To Google Play, Will Support Chromecast

    Android-loving cord-cutters who want to catch up on Game of Thrones will get their chance soon — Google just announced that the HBO NOW app will be coming to Google Play. The HBO NOW app (distinct from HBO GO, which is for existing subscribers) launched earlier this year. It was exclusive to Apple, but only for a limited period of time. Read More

  • In-Image Ad Company GumGum Raises $26M

    In-Image Ad Company GumGum Raises $26M

    GumGum announced this morning that it has raised $26 million in a Series C round led by Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital. Founded in 2007, the company offers technology to identify the content of an image, then place ads to match the picture — for example, here’s a GumGum-powered Coke ad that appears in an image of “healthy” pizza. The company also… Read More

  • SumoMe Is An App Store For Tools To Grow Your Online Traffic

    SumoMe Is An App Store For Tools To Grow Your Online Traffic

    “The first app store for websites” — that’s how AppSumo co-founder Noah Kagan describes the company’s new-ish product SumoMe. What does that actually mean? Basically, Kagan aims to create a one-stop shop (yes, it’s a cliché, but one I feel justified using since it’s a literal store) where people can find tools to improve their websites. Just add just… Read More

  • Chef’d Raises $5.25M To Help You Prepare Meals From Your Favorite Chefs

    Chef’d Raises $5.25M To Help You Prepare Meals From Your Favorite Chefs

    Recipe-and-ingredient delivery service Chef’d ran an Indiegogo campaign last year, but that’s not the only way the team is funding its growth. The company is also announcing that it has just raised a new round of $5.25 million. Founder and CEO Kyle Ransford has said that the point of the crowdfunding campaign was to recruit early users, not raise an enormous sum of money. Read More

  • Some Spider Adds Salon’s Blake Zeff To Its High-Profile Hires

    Some Spider Adds Salon’s Blake Zeff To Its High-Profile Hires

    Some Spider, the digital media startup created by Quidsi co-founder Vinit Bharara, has been bringing on some big names from the media world, including The New York Times’ chief technology officer Rajiv Pant and its digital head Paul Smurl. Yesterday it announced that it has hired Blake Zeff, former political editor at Salon.com, to be the editor in chief of Cafe.com. Read More

  • Gobble Says It Has Delivered 230K Easy-To-Cook Meals Since Launching Last Year

    Gobble Says It Has Delivered 230K Easy-To-Cook Meals Since Launching Last Year

    Back in September, Gobble unveiled a new kind of food delivery. It doesn’t offer a fully prepared meal or a box of ingredients and recipes — instead, it delivers “dinner kits” where much of the prep work is already done, and the cooking can be finished in just 10 minutes. But is that what people are really looking for? Well, it’s still fairly early (and Gobble… Read More

  • Mode Media Raises Another $30M

    Mode Media Raises Another $30M

    Mode Media is announcing that it has raised $30 million in new funding. Previously known as Glam Media, the company ran the fashion site of the same name, as well as other online properties including Brash and Foodie. Last month, it brought all those sites together as Mode.com (although the individual brands still exist under the broader Mode umbrella) and launched a mobile app called Mode… Read More

  • With Its First Startup Awards, Cornell Tech Turns Class Projects Into Companies

    With Its First Startup Awards, Cornell Tech Turns Class Projects Into Companies

    Cornell Tech is introducing a new way for its master’s students to transform their ideas into real companies — those students can now compete in the Startup Awards, with winners receiving $40,000 in seed funding, as well as a year of free co-working space in The New York Times building. At a campus event last week, Dean and Vice Provost Daniel Huttenlocher said that the aim of… Read More

  • Spotify Shows Off Its New Video Clips And Features For Runners

    Spotify announced the addition of video clips, adaptable songs for runners and other new features at an event earlier today. Afterwards, I met with Vice President of Product Charlie Hellman, who gave me a quick demo. The video above should give you at least a glimpse of how the new features will work. Hellman also discussed why it made sense to add new content types to Spotify. It might seem… Read More

  • Spotify Unveils New Features For Runners, Including Songs That Change Based On Your Tempo

    Spotify Unveils New Features For Runners, Including Songs That Change Based On Your Tempo

    Spotify’s press event today wasn’t just about adding video and other content types. The company also revealed that it’s adding new features to improve the experience for anyone who listens to Spotify during their runs. To do that, Chief Product Officer Gustav Söderström said Spotify will now use the sensors on your phone to detect the pace of you run. Then, when you hit… Read More

  • Mobile Optimization Startup Taplytics Has Raised $2.4M In Seed Funding

    Mobile Optimization Startup Taplytics Has Raised $2.4M In Seed Funding

    Y Combinator-incubated Taplytics is announcing that it has raised $2.4 million in seed funding. The startup launched last year as an A/B testing service for mobile apps, and since then it’s added features around mobile analytics and push notifications. CEO Aaron Glazer said the additions are turning Taplytics into “a full-blown mobile optimization solution.” Read More

  • iSpot.tv Raises $21.9M To Track The Online Impact Of TV Advertising

    iSpot.tv Raises $21.9M To Track The Online Impact Of TV Advertising

    Ad measurement startup iSpot.tv announced this morning that it has raised $21.9 million in Series B funding. The company says it knows exactly where and when national TV ads are running, and can therefore determine when those ads drive consumers to respond via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and search. It has also created a library of more than 100,000 ads. Read More

  • The First Trailer For Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs Movie Feels Pretty Social Network-y

    The First Trailer For Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs Movie Feels Pretty Social Network-y

    Aaron Sorkin has been talking about his screenplay about Steve Jobs’ life for several years now, and it’s had a bumpy path to production — but now we’ve finally got some official footage, with Universal Studios has releasing the first trailer. Read More

  • Decorist Raises $4.5M To Bring Customers Affordable Design Advice And Room Makeovers

    Decorist Raises $4.5M To Bring Customers Affordable Design Advice And Room Makeovers

    Design startup Decorist has raised $4.5 million in seed funding from home improve giant Lowe’s Companies, the Women’s Venture Capital Fund and undisclosed angel investors. The big player in the market is probably Houzz, which allows users to find home design ideas and hire architects, designers and others who can actually make those ideas a reality. The Decorist approach is a… Read More

  • TheLadders Announces A New Salary Database And A Returning CEO

    TheLadders Announces A New Salary Database And A Returning CEO

    TheLadders is simultaneously announcing a new boss and unveiling a new product, namely a database of company and salary information. Let’s start with the boss. Co-founder Marc Cenedella served as CEO of TheLadders from 2003 to 2012, when he left to focus on his new startup Knozen. He’s remained involved as chairman of the board of directors, and the company says he was reappointed… Read More

  • Brand Networks Acquires Social Ad Platform Shift For $50M

    Brand Networks Acquires Social Ad Platform Shift For $50M

    Social marketing company Brand Networks continues to gobble up the competition — it just announced that it’s acquiring Shift in a $50 million cash-and-stock deal. Back in 2013, it acquired Optimal, another social media advertising company. Brand Networks founder and CEO Jamie Tedford (pictured above) said “the success of our own business on-boarding Optimal” made… Read More

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