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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  • Ustream’s Broadcast For Friends App Brings Live iPhone Video To Facebook

    Ustream’s Broadcast For Friends App Brings Live iPhone Video To Facebook

    Livestreaming service Ustream is throwing a big party tonight, and like so many Silicon Valley parties, it’s doubling as a product launch, where executives are demonstrating the company’s Broadcast For Friends app for iOS. (It stands for BFF, which is, okay, actually kind of clever.) Senior Vice President of Marketing David Thompson took a break from party-planning to give me a… Read More

  • Twitter Handcuffs Client Apps With New API Changes

    Twitter Handcuffs Client Apps With New API Changes

    Twitter’s Michael Sippey announced a bunch of upcoming changes to the company’s API in a blog post today. We’ve already summarized the post, but here’s the big picture: Things are about to get tougher for developers of traditional client apps. A lot of the new restrictions come under the category of “Developer Rules of the Road.” For example, developers will… Read More

  • 15Five Helps CEOs Stay In The Loop, Leaves Beta Testing

    15Five Helps CEOs Stay In The Loop, Leaves Beta Testing

    When it comes to helping CEOs and other executives stay on top of the big issues at their company, a startup called 15Five has taken inspiration from Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard. Even though Chouinard is supposedly out of the office on outdoor adventures for several months of the year, he developed “5-15 reports” (weekly employee memos that should take no more than 15 minutes… Read More

  • Y Combinator-Backed MicroEval Aims To Take The Pain Out Of Performance Reviews

    Y Combinator-Backed MicroEval Aims To Take The Pain Out Of Performance Reviews

    MicroEval, a startup in the current class of startups incubated by Y Combinator, is taking a new approach to the often painful process of employee performance reviews. The basic idea: Instead of having a single review every six or 12 months, break it up into quick bits of feedback that can be collected every week or so. Co-founder Ryan Jackson says the idea came, in part, from a friend of… Read More

  • Condé Nast Releases Fashion Hazard, Its First Game For iOS

    Condé Nast Releases Fashion Hazard, Its First Game For iOS

    Condé Nast has just released its first game for iOS — a Temple Run-style “endless runner” game called Fashion Hazard. Why is the publisher of GQ, The New Yorker, and Vogue (among others) developing mobile games? Well, Fashion Hazard comes from the company’s Interactive Product Group, which builds experimental products, like idea-sharing application Idea Flight and… Read More

  • Hope For Flickr? Marissa Mayer Joins Photo-Sharing Site, Reportedly Doubles Team [Update: It Wasn't Her]

    Hope For Flickr? Marissa Mayer Joins Photo-Sharing Site, Reportedly Doubles Team [Update: It Wasn't Her]

    It looks like Flickr may be getting some much-needed love from its corporate parent Yahoo — Yahoo’s new CEO Marissa Mayer just created an account on the photo-sharing site. That may not seem like a big deal, but neither Carol Bartz nor Scott Thompson, Yahoo’s past two CEOs, had a publicly visible Flickr account, as noted by early Flickr evangelist Thomas Hawk. Symbolically… Read More

  • Artists.MTV, Where Musicians Claim Their MTV Profiles, Enters Public Beta

    Artists.MTV, Where Musicians Claim Their MTV Profiles, Enters Public Beta

    MTV is opening its new Artists.MTV website in public beta today. The site was first announced at South by Southwest as a “pro-artist initiative” that allows musicians to “take control of their MTV presence.” It’s basically a collection of 1.8 million profile pages, which MTV wants to turn into the center of a musician’s presence, both on MTV and on the Web. Read More

  • Y Combinator-Backed Financial Decision Making Startup SmartAsset Raises $900K

    Y Combinator-Backed Financial Decision Making Startup SmartAsset Raises $900K

    SmartAsset, a startup that offers interactive tools to help with the homebuying process, with plans to expand to expand to other big financial decisions, has raised $900,000 in seed funding. The company is part is of the current class of startups being incubated at Y Combinator. It launched last month, and co-founder and CEO Michael Carvin says that more than 14,000 people who have already… Read More

  • JiWire Aims To Improve Mobile Ad Targeting With Its New Location Graph

    JiWire Aims To Improve Mobile Ad Targeting With Its New Location Graph

    Location-based ad company JiWire is announcing a new service today that’s supposed to connect user behavior and location — perhaps inevitably, given the trendiness of building an this that graph, it’s called the Location Graph. Even prior to the Location Graph, interim CEO David Staas says JiWire had already created more than 3 billion location tags. The new initiative… Read More

  • Social Video Company Unruly Triples Annual Revenue To £17.6M And Opens New US Offices

    Social Video Company Unruly Triples Annual Revenue To £17.6M And Opens New US Offices

    Unruly, a social video distribution platform whose technology helped power viral campaigns like Evian’s Roller Babies and Old Spice’s “Man Your Man Could Smell Like”, just released its results for the fiscal year ending on March 31. The company says it tripled revenue from £6.0 million to £17.6 million (at current conversion rates, that’s about $27… Read More

  • Bad News For Bieber? Klout Unveils Redesign And A Scoring System That Looks At Real World Influence

    Bad News For Bieber? Klout Unveils Redesign And A Scoring System That Looks At Real World Influence

    Klout, the site that aims to measure your online influence, has made some big changes to its scoring system, and it has a new look to match the new algorithm. Founder and CEO Joe Fernandez says that the old Klout score looked at less than 100 “signals”, while the new one looks at more than 400. Put another way, he says the amount of data points that the company analyzes daily… Read More

  • Visible Measures Raises $21.5M For Its Data-Driven Video Ad Platform

    Visible Measures Raises $21.5M For Its Data-Driven Video Ad Platform

    Video analytics and advertising company Visible Measures just announced that it has raised $21.5 million in new funding. Founder and CEO Brian Shin describes the company was a combination of Google Analytics and Google AdSense for video. When it started in 2005, the Visible Measures was focused on analytics, then the company launched its Viewable Media ad platform last year. Viewable Media… Read More

  • CakeStyle Raises $1M To Bring Handpicked Women’s Fashion To Your Doorstep

    CakeStyle Raises $1M To Bring Handpicked Women’s Fashion To Your Doorstep

    CakeStyle, a startup that delivers stylist-curated shipments of women’s fashion, announced that it has raised $1 million in seed funding. Yes, CakeStyle is yet part of the growing wave of “subscribe to Box X” businesses, but with a personal touch. The company asks customers to provide “some basic information about what you currently wear, what you’d like to wear… Read More

  • Social Publishing Startup Scribd Gets A Facelift: New Website, New Logo, New iPhone App

    Social Publishing Startup Scribd Gets A Facelift: New Website, New Logo, New iPhone App

    Social publishing site Scribd has given itself a new look over the past month or so, with a new logo, a redesigned website, and an update to its iPhone app. CEO Trip Adler and his team gave me a quick tour of the new features last week. The website was previously dominated by your social feed, showing you the documents uploaded and read by other users that you’re following. Now the… Read More

  • Reading Is Alive And Well At Social Reading Site Goodreads, Which Just Hit 10M Members

    Reading Is Alive And Well At Social Reading Site Goodreads, Which Just Hit 10M Members

    Goodreads,the site that lets you share the books you’ve read, are reading, and want to read, says it has just hit the 10 million member mark. That means the company has doubled its registered user base in a little more than a year — 15 months, to be more precise. It took Goodreads four and a half years to reach 5 million members back in May 2011. Read More

  • 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