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. CrunchBase profile →

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  • In ‘Bittersweet’ Deal, Digital Ad Company AppNexus Acqui-Hires Fantuition

    In ‘Bittersweet’ Deal, Digital Ad Company AppNexus Acqui-Hires Fantuition

    Just as the tech press was busy talking about the first academic paper on acqui-hires, another acqui-hire deal closed, with online ad company AppNexus acquiring fantasy sports startup Fantuition. Co-founder and CEO Pat McCarty announced the deal in a blog post that also recounts some of Fantuition’s history and discusses McCarty’s feelings about being acqui-hired (or, as he spells… Read More

  • DMD Panorama Opens API To Power Panoramic Photos In Any App

    DMD Panorama Opens API To Power Panoramic Photos In Any App

    It’s a strange thing to hear from the co-founder and CEO of a photo startup, but DMD Panorama‘s Elie-Gregoire Khoury tells me that panoramic photos will become “a commodity at the end of the day.” That doesn’t mean it’s time to get out of the photo business — instead, Khoury wants to see panoramas become a standard feature in a wide range of websites… Read More

  • Zuberance Turns Your Workforce Into An Army Of Company Advocates

    Zuberance Turns Your Workforce Into An Army Of Company Advocates

    For the past few years, Zuberance has focused on helping companies turn their customers and fans into advocates for their brand and products. (In fact, founder and CEO Rob Fuggetta has written a book on the topic.) Today, Zuberance is turning its attention to a new group of potential advocates — a company’s employees. With its new Employee Advocate product, Fuggetta says Zuberance… Read More

  • GoalHawk Helps You Get Fit And Learn To Code, With A Little Help From Your Friends

    GoalHawk Helps You Get Fit And Learn To Code, With A Little Help From Your Friends

    If you’re having trouble achieving your goals, what you need might be a little social pressure. That’s the idea behind GoalHawk, a new startup in the current Teens in Tech incubator. Right now, GoalHawk is focused on fitness and programming. Granted, there are already plenty of social tools in these areas — that’s particularly true with fitness, but even on the… Read More

  • EVE Online Maker CCP Games Raises $20M

    EVE Online Maker CCP Games Raises $20M

    CCP Games, the Iceland-headquartered company behind the massively multiplayer online roleplaying game EVE Online, says it has raised $20 million in new funding. The funding comes in the form of convertible bonds raised from Icelandic institutional investors, according to Chief Financial Officer Joe Gallo. Founded in 1997, CCP previously raised $20 million in equity financing. Read More

  • Facebook Courts Small Business Dollars With Easy Social Ad Campaign Creation

    Facebook Courts Small Business Dollars With Easy Social Ad Campaign Creation

    Facebook says it’s testing a redesign of its ad creator tool that will give more guidance to advertisers as they create their campaigns — specifically by helping them find the right mix of Facebook ads and Sponsored Stories to achieve their stated objectives. You can see a screenshot of the new workflow below. (Yes, it’s a looooong screenshot, but that means you can see the… Read More

  • Use It Better Helps Developers Understand How Their Games Are Being Played

    Use It Better Helps Developers Understand How Their Games Are Being Played

    There are a bunch of companies promising to help businesses get a better understanding of user activity by recording visitor sessions (most recently we’ve covered services like userVOD and Delight.io, which are trying to bring this technology to mobile). Now a Polish startup called Use It Better has launched a user recording and analytics service that’s focused on… Read More

  • Following Reorg That Stripped Him Of Responsibility, COO John Schappert Leaves Zynga

    Following Reorg That Stripped Him Of Responsibility, COO John Schappert Leaves Zynga

    Zynga just announced that chief operating officer John Schappert is leaving the social gaming giant and its board of directors. “We can confirm that John Schappert has left Zynga and its Board of Directors effective immediately,” said CEO Mark Pincus in a statement. “John has made significant contributions to the games industry  throughout his career and we appreciate all… Read More

  • Google Tests Adding Gmail To Your Search Results In Field Trial of 1M Users

    Google Tests Adding Gmail To Your Search Results In Field Trial of 1M Users

    Hey, here are some personalized search results that I might actually like. Google has been expanding its Universal Search feature for a while, adding images, news stories, and more to its search results. Today it announced that it’s starting a field trial that will experiment with adding your personal Gmail results as well. Read More

  • Google Knowledge Graph Going Global For English Speakers, Will Appear In Auto-Complete Results

    Google Knowledge Graph Going Global For English Speakers, Will Appear In Auto-Complete Results

    Google just announced two updates coming tomorrow to the Knowledge Graph feature that it launched in May. The Knowledge Graph is the summary that now appears to the right of the results for US searchers. This allows users to see factual summaries related to their search queries (biographies of notable figures, tour dates for musicians, the cast of movies, etc.) and disambiguate their… Read More

  • Music Startup Smule Promises To Get More Social, Starting With Its New Karaoke App Sing

    Music Startup Smule Promises To Get More Social, Starting With Its New Karaoke App Sing

    Executives at Smule, the startup that turns mobile devices into musical instruments with apps like Ocarina and Magic Piano, say the company’s apps are about to get social in a big way. Sharing has always been a key part of Smule’s products, but Prerna Gupta (who joined the company through the acquisition of another music app-maker called Khush, where she was CEO) says Smule… Read More

  • Former Google Executive Dave Girouard Launches Crowdfunding Service Upstart, Raises $1.75M

    Former Google Executive Dave Girouard Launches Crowdfunding Service Upstart, Raises $1.75M

    Dave Girouard, the former president of Google Enterprise, has struck out on his own with a new startup called Upstart, which offers crowdfunding and mentorship tools to help college graduates pursue, in his words, “a more entrepreneurial path.” Girouard argues that there’s currently a “misallocation of capital in our economy” — the fact that large… Read More

  • Zillow Q2 Earnings Beat Analyst Estimates (Slightly) With $27.8M In Revenue, $1.3M Net Income

    Zillow Q2 Earnings Beat Analyst Estimates (Slightly) With $27.8M In Revenue, $1.3M Net Income

    Online real estate site Zillow came out slightly ahead of analyst predictions in its second quarter earnings results, reporting $27.8 million in revenue and earnings of 5 cents per share. Wall Street estimates had put revenue at $27.1 million and  earnings at 4 cents per share. Net income was $1.3 million, down from $1.6 million during the same period last year. Read More

  • Y Combinator-Backed Canopy Labs Unveils A Self-Serve Approach To Customer Modeling

    Y Combinator-Backed Canopy Labs Unveils A Self-Serve Approach To Customer Modeling

    Canopy Labs, a company in the current class of startups incubated by Y Combinator, aims to help mid-sized businesses prioritize their sales leads and identify high-value customers. Co-founder and CEO Wojciech Gryc says that large enterprises usually hire outside consultants to build these kinds of lead optimization tools and customer models. Slightly smaller companies (namely, those that… Read More

  • Google Ventures Joins DocuSign’s New Funding, Round Grows To $55.7M

    Google Ventures Joins DocuSign’s New Funding, Round Grows To $55.7M

    Looks like electronic signature company DocuSign wasn’t quite finished with its fundraising when its Series D was revealed last month — today it’s announcing a new investor. The funding was first disclosed through a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, with the company then confirming that it had raised $47.5 million in a round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield… Read More

  • Apple Touts Success Of Its Land Rover iAd Campaign In New Video

    Apple Touts Success Of Its Land Rover iAd Campaign In New Video

    Apple is famous for its slick ads highlighting its latest gadgets (though it does have occasional misfires). Now the company has released its first iAd customer video, essentially selling its mobile advertising program to brands and advertisers. Since its launch, much of the publicity around iAd has been mixed or negative, with reports that pricing continues to fall and articles wondering… Read More

  • Email Ad Network LaunchBit Raises $960K, Plans Move To Las Vegas

    Email Ad Network LaunchBit Raises $960K, Plans Move To Las Vegas

    LaunchBit, a startup aiming to bring a smarter approach to email advertising, has raised a $960,000 seed round of funding. Co-founder Elizabeth Yin is a former Googler, and she has compared LaunchBit to Google AdWords — it’s a self-serve model that allows advertisers to identify their target demographic and bid on ad impressions in email newsletters. Read More

  • Hearst Interactive Invests $5M In Mobile Ad Startup Nexage

    Hearst Interactive Invests $5M In Mobile Ad Startup Nexage

    Nexage, a startup offering a real-time bidding platform for mobile ads, just announced that it has raised an additional $5 million from Hearst Interactive Media. Nexage CEO Ernie Cormier says this is a last-minute addition to the the $10 million Series B that the company announced in June, bringing the round’s total size to $15 million. The funding should help Nexage build its connections… Read More

  • Analytics Company Crazy Egg Acquires The Hello Bar

    Analytics Company Crazy Egg Acquires The Hello Bar

    Crazy Egg, a company that helps website owners to visualize visitor activity, has acquired the web toolbar product Hello Bar. The Hello Bar is a customizable, relatively unobtrusive bar that sits at the top of a website and directs visitors with a call to action. For example, the bar on Gary Vaynerchuk’s website prompts visitors to “Circle me up on Google+!”, while the one… Read More

  • AKQA Chairman Tom Bedecarre Says Advertisers Want More ‘Elbow Room’ On Facebook

    AKQA Chairman Tom Bedecarre Says Advertisers Want More ‘Elbow Room’ On Facebook

    In the final discussion of our Facebook ecosystem CrunchUp today, AKQA Chairman Tom Bedecarre and Facebook VP Greg Badros took the stage to address Facebook’s advertising strategy. Bedecarré wasn’t as skeptical as his new boss Martin Sorrell (whose advertising conglomerate WPP just announced that it’s acquiring agency AKQA, and who has said that Facebook is “not… Read More