Anthony Ha

Anthony Ha is a senior 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 Looks Beyond Advertising

    AdStage Looks Beyond Advertising

    AdStage launched a new product called Automate today — it’s supposed to bring more automation to AdStage advertisers, but CEO Sahil Jain said it also signals the company’s ambitions to become a broader marketing platform. As the name suggests, Automate allows advertisers to create rules that automatically adjust their ad campaigns across Google, Bing, Facebook, LinkedIn… Read More

  • Health Agency Says Theranos Lab Practices Pose “Immediate Jeopardy” To Patient Safety

    Health Agency Says Theranos Lab Practices Pose “Immediate Jeopardy” To Patient Safety

    More bad news for Theranos: A federal health agency has declared that the blood test company’s “deficient practices … pose immediate jeopardy to patient health and safety.” In a letter sent to Theranos on January 25, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said it identified deficiencies related to hematology and analytic systems, and with the… Read More

  • Social Investing Startup SprinkleBit Raises $10M

    Social Investing Startup SprinkleBit Raises $10M

    SprinkleBit, a startup that helps you invest with guidance from friends and experts, has raised $10 million in new funding from GTC. It’s not a new idea to tap into the wisdom of the crowd to do better on the stock market, but SprinkleBit offers a unique tool called the Value Prediction Index, or VPI — each stock gets scored based on whether the community thinks its price will… Read More

  • Big Viking Games Acquires Mobile Marketing Startup Gallop Labs

    Big Viking Games Acquires Mobile Marketing Startup Gallop Labs

    Gallop Labs, a startup that helps mobile publishers identify and make money from valuable users, has been acquired by one of its customers, Big Viking Games. In the press release announcing the acquisition, Big Viking CEO Albert Lai (previously co-founder of Kontagent and also an investor in Gallop) said the team’s “proven track record of turning data into actionable audience… Read More

  • Video Analytics Startup Vidyard Raises $35M

    Video Analytics Startup Vidyard Raises $35M

    Vidyard, a startup that says it can improve companies’ video marketing and sales, has raised $35 million in Series C funding. The round was led by Battery Ventures, with participation from Bessemer Venture Partners, Salesforce Ventures, OMERS Ventures, iNovia Capital and SoftTech VC. The Y Combinator-incubated startup has now raised more than $60 million total. Vidyard offers a number… Read More

  • Grovo Raises $40M To Deliver Employee Training With Quick, Digestible Content

    Grovo Raises $40M To Deliver Employee Training With Quick, Digestible Content

    Grovo, a company offering “micro-learning” content and related technology/services to help businesses train their employees, has raised $40 million in Series C funding. The round was led by Accel (which has been involved since Grovo’s seed round and led the Series B) with additional funding from previous backers Costanoa Venture Capital, SoftTech VC and Greg Waldorf… Read More

  • AOL Acquires AlephD To Be Part Of Its Newly Unified Publisher Platform

    AOL Acquires AlephD To Be Part Of Its Newly Unified Publisher Platform

    Last year, AOL launched One, a broader platform for its various programmatic ad technologies. Today it’s doing the same thing for its publisher tools, with the announcement of One by AOL: Publishers. The company (which owns TechCrunch and is in turn owned by Verizon) is also making a last-minute addition to the lineup with the acquisition of AlephD, a Paris-based startup that… Read More

  • Canvs Raises $5.6M To Help TV Networks Track Viewers’ Emotions

    Canvs Raises $5.6M To Help TV Networks Track Viewers’ Emotions

    Canvs is a startup measuring emotion on social media, but CEO Jared Feldman insisted that we shouldn’t think of it as a social sentiment company. He said that’s because existing tools for measuring sentiment have earned something of a bad reputation. Where those tools are usually limited to classifying social media posts as good, bad or neutral, Canvs can classify a statement into… Read More

  • Hyper Aims To Be Your New Chat-Based Travel Agent

    Hyper Aims To Be Your New Chat-Based Travel Agent

    Hyper is a new travel startup betting that the secret ingredient to a great travel booking experience is interacting with another human being. In other words, founders Minqi Jiang and Peter Zakin (who previously worked at Google and Venmo, respectively) are aiming to give users the experience of having a personal assistant who helps you book your flights and hotels, but via a chat interface. Read More

  • With Brave Software, JavaScript’s Creator Is Building A Browser For The Ad-Blocked Future

    With Brave Software, JavaScript’s Creator Is Building A Browser For The Ad-Blocked Future

    Brendan Eich, creator of JavaScript programming language and former CEO of Mozilla, is working on something new — a web browser that will block ads (particularly the kinds that slow performance and use personal data) while still potentially making money for publishers. Eich’s startup Brave Software isn’t making the browser available for general usage today, but it’s… Read More

  • Health Website Greatist Raises $4.5M

    Health Website Greatist Raises $4.5M

    Greatist, a website promising “real facts and doable steps for your happiest life,” has raised $4.5 million in Series A funding. I wrote about the startup in 2012, when I said it was focused on “non-sucky health content.” In other words, it offered health and wellness advice targeted at millennial readers, presented with a distinctive editorial voice and based on… Read More

  • Spotify Buys Cord Project And Soundwave To Expand Messaging And Social Features

    Spotify Buys Cord Project And Soundwave To Expand Messaging And Social Features

    On the same day that streaming rival Deezer announced a new cash injection of €100 million, Spotify has confirmed two new acquisitions, Cord Project and Soundwave. The startups are based respectively in New York and Dublin and focus on social and messaging. The acquisitions point to Spotify possibly ramping up its social features — specifically in areas like messaging. But that will… Read More

  • Gawker Is Raising Money To Fund Its Legal Battle With Hulk Hogan

    Gawker Is Raising Money To Fund Its Legal Battle With Hulk Hogan

    Gawker Media is raising outside funding, and for a specific purpose — it says it’s getting ready for its legal battle with Hulk Hogan. As first reported in the International Business Times, the company has called for an “extraordinary general meeting” of shareholders on Thursday, where it will discuss changing its capital structure to accommodate new… Read More

  • Digital Magazine Startup Magzter Puts The Focus On Individual Articles

    Digital Magazine Startup Magzter Puts The Focus On Individual Articles

    With its latest update, Magzter is unveiling a more article-centric way to browse its library of digital magazines. Seems like a pretty obvious move, right? Sure, there are people who still read magazines cover to cover (says the guy whose apartment is filled with back issues of Wired and The New Yorker), but as Magzter co-founder and President Vijay Radhakrishnan put it, most of us… Read More

  • Netflix Stock Surges After Beating Q4 Earnings And Global Growth Estimates

    Netflix Stock Surges After Beating Q4 Earnings And Global Growth Estimates

    Netflix just released its fourth quarter earnings report, sending the stock up more than 8 percent (as of 4:35 p.m. Eastern) in after-hours trading. The company reported revenue of $1.82 billion, up from $1.48 billion during the same quarter last year, and earnings per share of 10 cents. Analysts had been predicting revenue of $1.83 billion and EPS of 2 cents. So that’s a very slight miss… Read More

  • Ad-Tech Company OpenX Saw $140M In Net Revenue Last Year

    Ad-Tech Company OpenX Saw $140M In Net Revenue Last Year

    Private companies get to be selective about the numbers they share with the public — on the ad-tech side, you usually end up with vague announcements about percentage growth, run rates and so on. OpenX, however, is releasing numbers that are a little more concrete. Specifically, it says it saw $140 million in net revenue (basically, revenue after ad payments have been distributed… Read More

  • AdSemble Will Give One Startup Some Billboard Space Near The Super Bowl

    AdSemble Will Give One Startup Some Billboard Space Near The Super Bowl

    When people talk about ads at the Super Bowl, they usually mean those TV campaigns that big brands (including tech companies) pay millions of dollars for. But AdSemble is giving startups an opportunity for free Super Bowl advertising of a different kind — on a digital billboard near the event itself. AdSemble aims to simplify the process of advertising on digital billboards and for… Read More

  • Notify Nearby Launches To Help Fashion Brands Share Deals And Content

    Notify Nearby Launches To Help Fashion Brands Share Deals And Content

    At this point, we’ve probably all heard (or experienced!) the scenario where you’re walking past a store and your phone buzzes to alert you about nearby deals. The challenge, though, is sending a message that’s actually interesting, useful and maybe even exciting, rather than annoying. Nevin Jethmalani, co-founder and CEO of Notify Nearby, said he’s had that… Read More

  • KeyMe Raises $20M For Its Key Copying Service

    KeyMe Raises $20M For Its Key Copying Service

    KeyMe, a startup that could ensure you never get locked out again, has raised $20 million in Series B funding. The company allows you to scan your key, either via mobile app or at an in-store kiosk, creating a digital copy. It can then ship you a key when you want a copy, or you can have one printed instantly at a kiosk — pretty handy if you get locked out. KeyMe doesn’t just… Read More

  • Startups.co Acquires Zana, A Site For Educating Entrepreneurs

    Startups.co Acquires Zana, A Site For Educating Entrepreneurs

    Startups.co has been busy buying services like like Zirtual and Clarity.fm to build a network of connected products for entrepreneurs. Next up: Zana, a site that says it’s “democratizing entrepreneurship.” The acquisition was reported last week by Columbus Business First. Startups.co CEO Wil Schroter told me today that the deal was a mix of cash and stock, with a price in… Read More

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