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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  • Shopify’s New App Sello Allows Anyone To Create An Online Store From Their Phone

    Shopify’s New App Sello Allows Anyone To Create An Online Store From Their Phone

    E-commerce company Shopify is launching a new app called Sello. Sello product director Christopher Lobay said that even though Shopify has made it easier for businesses to build online stores, it now wants to go further by “democratizing” the selling process and “removing all the intimidation” that might prevent someone from selling products online. Read More

  • Pypestream Offers Consumers A New Way To Chat With Businesses

    Pypestream Offers Consumers A New Way To Chat With Businesses

    A few weeks ago I wrote about Pypestream, a startup promising to be an alternative to the often frustrating customer service experience. At the time, founder and CEO Richard Smullen was being a little coy about what the company was actually doing, but now he’s ready to share more details. Basically, Pypestream is a messaging app where businesses create accounts to connect with consumers. Read More

  • Group Social App Heaps Comes To The US

    Group Social App Heaps Comes To The US

    Heaps, an app that helps friend groups connect with other groups and find parties, is expanding beyond its home country of Denmark by launching in Los Angeles. The startup is also announcing that it has raised an undisclosed amount of seed funding from investors including billionaire Ron Burkle, musician and producer Steve Aoki, Vine star Logan Paul, Gary Vaynerchuk’s Vayner/RSE and… Read More

  • iHeartMedia Launches A New, Kid-Focused Radio App

    iHeartMedia Launches A New, Kid-Focused Radio App

    iHeartMedia, maker of the iHeartRadio streaming music app, is launching a new app called iHeartRadio Family. The app includes music and radio stations selected specifically for kids ages four to eleven, and it was created in partnership with children’s retailer Build-A-Bear Workshop — there will be a Build-A-Bear Workshop Radio station, along with stations like tied to popular… Read More

  • HotelTonight Cuts 20 Percent Of Its Workforce

    HotelTonight Cuts 20 Percent Of Its Workforce

    HotelTonight CEO Sam Shank (pictured above) said the hotel booking startup laid off 37 employees today, 20 percent of its total workforce. Shank described the cuts as “a strategic movement that will enable us to reach our growth and revenue targets” and said they will result in “a more streamlined and focused company.” At the same time, he was quick to add, “This… Read More

  • Adobe Expands Ad Platform With New Marketplace For Buying And Selling Data

    Adobe Expands Ad Platform With New Marketplace For Buying And Selling Data

    Adobe is giving customers access to more data with the launch of a new offering, the Audience Marketplace. The company already offers the similarly named Audience Manager, where customers can bring together audience data to use across Adobe’s marketing products. (It is, in ad tech parlance, a data management platform, or DMP.) But Ali Bohra, director of product marketing for Audience… Read More

  • Airbnb Safety Practices Challenged By Story Of A Father’s Death

    Airbnb Safety Practices Challenged By Story Of A Father’s Death

    Journalist Zak Stone recently published a gripping, thought-provoking account of his father’s death while staying at an Airbnb rental in Texas. As told by Stone, his family was staying together for Thanksgiving when his father decided to try the rope swing in the yard. The tree trunk that the swing was tied to snapped in half, “immediately ending most of his brain… Read More

  • Deliv Acquires Zipments To Grow Its Same-Day Delivery Service In NYC

    Deliv Acquires Zipments To Grow Its Same-Day Delivery Service In NYC

    Deliv is announcing the acquisition of another same-day delivery service, Zipments. Headquartered in Menlo Park, Calif., Deliv works with retailers like Best Buy and Macy’s, as well as startups like BloomThat and Laundry Locker, to offer delivery through a network of independent contractors. Founder and CEO Daphne Carmeli said this allows retailers to move into same-day delivery and… Read More

  • inMarket Says It Can Predict The Best Time To Show Someone An Ad

    inMarket Says It Can Predict The Best Time To Show Someone An Ad

    Beacon marketing company inMarket is unveiling a new technology that it calls Quantum Receptivity, which it says can help marketers figure out when they should show an ad to a shopper and have the biggest impact. “It’s really about cherry picking marketing times — not just things like days of week, but based on  each individual’s unique… Read More

  • Doodle Partners With Paperless Post To Bring Easy Scheduling To Your Event Invitations

    Doodle Partners With Paperless Post To Bring Easy Scheduling To Your Event Invitations

    Doodle makes it easy to schedule things with friends, coworkers, whoever — but scheduling isn’t the only thing that you need to organize an event. So the company has also connected its tools to the invitation process, by rolling out an integration with Paperless Post. Doodle CEO Michael Brecht said this is the Zurich-headquartered company’s first big US partnership, and… Read More

  • Facebook’s Local Ad Targeting Gets Smarter

    Facebook’s Local Ad Targeting Gets Smarter

    It’s been a little more than a year since Facebook launched its Local Awareness ads, which allow businesses to target ads at nearby users — the ones who either live within a given distance of their store or were recently nearby. Now it’s improving those ads, particularly for businesses with multiple locations. Read More

  • Totem’s Press Page Builder Gets Automated Updates Thanks To Its New Concierge Model

    Totem’s Press Page Builder Gets Automated Updates Thanks To Its New Concierge Model

    Here’s a product built for a very specific need: Totem creates press pages where reporters (and anyone who’s curious) can learn more about a company, find images and reach out for further information. Does this seem like an awfully narrow product? Well, as a tech journalist, I can tell you that many of the companies I write about have press pages, and I do visit those pages when I… Read More

  • SnapApp Raises $12M To Help Marketers Build Interactive Content

    SnapApp Raises $12M To Help Marketers Build Interactive Content

    Content marketing startup SnapApp has raised $12 million in Series A funding. The Boston-based company offers online tools for building calculators, quizzes, infographics, interactive videos and other types of interactive content. Marketers, particularly marketers trying to sell to other business, can then use that content to connect with potential customers. “Interactive content is… Read More

  • Netflix CEO: Actually, There’s “Not Nearly Enough” TV

    Netflix CEO: Actually, There’s “Not Nearly Enough” TV

    Are there just too many TV shows right now? You may remember that’s what FX Networks CEO John Landgraf told reporters and critics over the summer — that there’s “simply too much television.” Well, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings doesn’t agree. In fact, when he was asked about Landgraf’s comments today while on-stage at The New York Times’ DealBook… Read More

  • Livefyre Launches New Platform To Help Marketers Harness User Content

    Livefyre Launches New Platform To Help Marketers Harness User Content

    There’s been a big push from startups promising to help marketers and publishers take advantage of all the user-generated content that’s posted to social media, but Livefyre CEO Jordan Kretchmer suggested that one area has been relatively neglected — pushing UGC to a brand’s own website. Read More

  • Thrillist Expands Its Coverage With Three New Verticals

    Thrillist Expands Its Coverage With Three New Verticals

    Here’s one way that Thrillist Media Group is spending the $54 million that it raised earlier this year: It’s adding three new sections to its website, one for entertainment, one for health and one for sex and dating. Naturally, the company is supporting this expansion with some new hires. John Sellers, former senior editor at New York Magazine’s Vulture, will run the… Read More

  • Sprinklr Acquires Booshaka For Smarter Audience Targeting

    Sprinklr Acquires Booshaka For Smarter Audience Targeting

    Social media company Sprinklr has acquired Booshaka, a company aiming to give businesses a better understanding of their audience. Specifically, Booshaka has built “one-click connectors” to pull customer data from services like Marketo, Shopify and Stripe, then use that data to build audience segments for ad campaigns on Facebook and Twitter. Simon Mansell, Sprinklr’s… Read More

  • Monclarity Raises $5M And Launches Its Brain-Training App Brainwell

    Monclarity Raises $5M And Launches Its Brain-Training App Brainwell

    Startup Monclarity announced today that it has raised $5 million in seed funding from Access Industries. And it recently unveiled Brainwell, a brain-training app available on iOS, Android, Kindle and the web. Now, there’s been a lot of skepticism around brain-training games like Lumosity, particularly after a recent study of the existing research found that these games may improve… Read More

  • The Financial Times Partners With Google To Guide Readers Through Europe’s “Hidden Cities”

    The Financial Times Partners With Google To Guide Readers Through Europe’s “Hidden Cities”

    Here’s a fun example of how news publishers can take advantage of technology — the Financial Times just launched a collaboration with Google called Hidden Cities. Brussels is the first city to get the spotlight, with the FT highlighting the city’s “best-kept secrets,” with recommendations for bars, restaurants and other cultural attractions from its correspondents. Read More

  • Legion Analytics Offers A Pandora-Style Interface For Finding Sales Leads

    Legion Analytics Offers A Pandora-Style Interface For Finding Sales Leads

    The founders of Legion Analytics say they’re offering a better way for salespeople to find new customers. The startup is part of Y Combinator’s new fellowship system, an eight-week program for “very, very early” stage companies who receive a $12,000 grant and fly in for office hours and mentorship. Read More

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