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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  • Shirley Hornstein Apologizes, Promises Change

    Shirley Hornstein Apologizes, Promises Change

    Five months after we wrote about Shirley Hornstein and how she fooled a number of startups, Hornstein has responded in a blog post apologizing for her behavior and declaring that she has “made the decision to stop.” My initial post included a legal complaint by Founders Fund against Hornstein alleging that she had been falsely claiming a connection to the venture capital firm and… Read More

  • Mixpanel Launches Revenue Analytics To Track The Lifetime Value Of Your Customers

    Mixpanel Launches Revenue Analytics To Track The Lifetime Value Of Your Customers

    Back in December, analytics startup Mixpanel made a splash when its co-founder Suhail Doshi and its investor Marc Andreessen called for an end to “bullshit metrics”. What is and isn’t a vanity metric (to put it more politely) can be debatable, but today it’s launching analytics for something that’s squarely in the “not B.S.” bucket — a… Read More

  • Ad Exchange adBrite To Shut Down On Feb. 1

    Ad Exchange adBrite To Shut Down On Feb. 1

    Ad exchange adBrite told partners today that it will be shutting down on Feb. 1. A couple of TechCrunch readers sent us copies of the emails that went out to adBrite publishers and advertisers. Here’s the advertiser version: Dear adBrite Advertiser, Over the last few weeks, adBrite and its management have been evaluating the go-forward plan for the business. Given market conditions… Read More

  • PlayerScale Says Its Gaming Infrastructure Is Being Used By 100M People

    PlayerScale Says Its Gaming Infrastructure Is Being Used By 100M People

    PlayerScale, which provides a range of backend services for game developers, is announcing today that its platform now has more than 100 million players. Since PlayerScale is building the infrastructure rather than the games themselves, it’s unlikely that many of those 100 million actually think of themselves as “PlayerScale users,” or are necessarily aware of the platform… Read More

  • Mobile Ad Platform Aarki Acquires Mobspire To Improve Rich Media Ad Creation

    Mobile Ad Platform Aarki Acquires Mobspire To Improve Rich Media Ad Creation

    Aarki, which offers a platform for creating and delivering mobile ads, just announced that it has acquired another mobile ad startup called Mobspire. The financial terms of the deal aren’t being disclosed. Aarki raised a Series A (its size was also undisclosed) led by Walden Venture Capital last year, while Mobspire was entirely self-funded. Read More

  • Cheezburger Creator’s Startup SimpleHoney Shifts Focus From Travel To ‘I Want Wish List’ App

    Cheezburger Creator’s Startup SimpleHoney Shifts Focus From Travel To ‘I Want Wish List’ App

    SimpleHoney, the startup co-founded by Joyce Kim (former CEO of Korean pop site Soompi.com and former co-host of the GigaOm show) and Eric Nakagawa (creator of the I Can Has Cheezburger blog), is pursuing a new goal — creating the perfect app for “wish list commerce.” When SimpleHoney launched in May of last year, its goal was to connect travelers with the right hotel based… Read More

  • Indian Music App Dhingana Has Been Downloaded 3.5M Times, Launches On The Mobile Web

    Indian Music App Dhingana Has Been Downloaded 3.5M Times, Launches On The Mobile Web

    Dhingana, which offers a free service for streaming Bollywood and other Indian music, said today that its mobile apps have been downloaded 3.5 million times. And the company is hoping to reach an even broader audience with the launch of its mobile website. Through the mobile site, Dhingana said users will be able to listen to its library of more than 500,000 songs in 38 Indian languages, and… Read More

  • Order Mapper Raises $550K Led By Vegas Tech Fund, So You Can Order Pizza (And Eventually More) From Anywhere

    Order Mapper Raises $550K Led By Vegas Tech Fund, So You Can Order Pizza (And Eventually More) From Anywhere

    Order Mapper, which makes apps for ordering a variety of goods (starting with pizza) from any business, just announced that it has raised a $550,000 round led by Vegas Tech Fund. The company’s flagship product is Order Pizza, an app that allows users to order pizza from any pizzeria that you choose. The app submits orders automatically, via phone call, email, fax, or website (depending… Read More

  • 140 Proof Brings Its Interest-Targeted Ads To Tumblr And Other Blogging Platforms

    140 Proof Brings Its Interest-Targeted Ads To Tumblr And Other Blogging Platforms

    140 Proof is expanding its social ad technology today with the launch of a new format called Native Ads for Social Sites, which allows 140 Proof advertisers to run campaigns on blogging platforms like WordPress and Tumblr. The company started out by using social data to determine user interests and then use those interests to target ads in social networking apps. The new native ad units also… Read More

  • Extole Raises $7.5M To Build Brands’ Word-Of-Mouth On Social Media

    Extole Raises $7.5M To Build Brands’ Word-Of-Mouth On Social Media

    Extole, a startup offering tools for brands to manage their “social advocacy” programs, has raised $7.5 million in new funding. The round is a follow-on to the $10 million Series C that Extole raised about a year ago, and it comes from existing investors, including Shasta Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Redpoint Ventures, and Trident Capital. The company has now raised a total… Read More

  • Apple’s iCloud Has Grown To 250M Users

    Apple’s iCloud Has Grown To 250M Users

    Apple announced today that there are now 250 million users on its iCloud service. That’s a big increase from the 190 million users that it reported back in October, which itself was up from 150 million in July. The numbers were revealed during this afternoon’s conference call discussing Apple’s earnings for the first quarter of the fiscal year. Read More

  • E-Commerce Platform Gumroad Adds New Publishing Features, Says Some Authors Have Made $100K+

    E-Commerce Platform Gumroad Adds New Publishing Features, Says Some Authors Have Made $100K+

    Gumroad, the Kleiner Perkins-backed startup that allows you to sell anything through a simple link, is announcing some additions to its publishing program today, while also sharing some of its early success stories. Ryan Delk, who leads the company’s growth and partnership efforts, said traditional publishing is “still operating on economics and strategies that were invented 20… Read More

  • ‘Kimora: House Of Fab’ Brings TV Audiences Behind The Scenes At Fashion Startup JustFab

    ‘Kimora: House Of Fab’ Brings TV Audiences Behind The Scenes At Fashion Startup JustFab

    Starting tonight, online fashion service JustFab is going to be starring in its very own reality TV show on the Style Network. Given the hostile reception and dismal ratings of Bravo’s Start-Ups: Silicon Valley (as well as tepid numbers for Cheezburger Network-set LOLWork), another startup-focused show might seem like a really bad idea. But Kimora: House of Fab isn’t about a group… Read More

  • Wordnik Looks Beyond Its Online Dictionary With The Launch Of New Company Reverb

    Wordnik Looks Beyond Its Online Dictionary With The Launch Of New Company Reverb

    Wordnik launched its first big non-dictionary product last month, a tool allowing online publishers to recommend related content to their readers. Now it’s signaling even broader ambitions by launching a new company, which it’s calling Reverb. The new company will have the same team and structure, but CEO and technical co-founder Tony Tam told me it will be “working… Read More

  • LaunchBit Is Ready To Grade Your Email Newsletters

    LaunchBit Is Ready To Grade Your Email Newsletters

    Elizabeth Yin, co-founder of email ad network LaunchBit, said she’s hoping that email newsletters get better this year — and to make that happen, LaunchBit is launching a new service called the 2012 Email Newsletter Report Card. “Email marketing has gotten out of control,” Yin told me via email. “My inbox is so cluttered with too many boring email newsletters… Read More

  • Optimal Raises $7M For Social Media Ads And Analytics

    Optimal Raises $7M For Social Media Ads And Analytics

    Optimal, a startup offering technology and data for social media marketers, just announced that it raised $7 million in Series B funding. The company was previously known XA.net, but it changed names back in April, embracing the term that it was already using for its optim.al social ad campaign manager. The company is part of Facebook’s Preferred Marketing Director program, and it… Read More

  • Pew Study Suggests Libraries (And Print) Still Have A Future In An E-Book World

    Pew Study Suggests Libraries (And Print) Still Have A Future In An E-Book World

    A new study from the Pew Internet and American Life Project looks at the future of libraries. The study, titled “Library services in the digital age,” doesn’t include anything particularly shocking or revelatory, but it suggests that many people still value the role of libraries, and that librarians are thinking about how their services can evolve. Read More

  • Read-Me-The-News App Umano Launches On Android

    Read-Me-The-News App Umano Launches On Android

    Umano, an app that provides commuters (and others) a curated selection of articles read by voice actors, launched a few months ago on the iPhone. Now it’s available to Android users too. It seems pretty inevitable for a mobile app to go cross-platform, especially since it was created by former Googlers. But Ian Mendiola, co-founder and CEO at Umano-maker SoThree, said he realized… Read More

  • Listia Partners With Best Buy To Let You Trade Old Stuff For New Electronics

    Listia Partners With Best Buy To Let You Trade Old Stuff For New Electronics

    It’s getting more tempting to give away used goods on Listia, the marketplace startup backed by Y Combinator and Andreessen Horowitz (among others), thanks to a new partnership with Best Buy. When you give away “old stuff” on Listia, you earn points, which can be redeemed for items that other users are giving away, as well as new goods offered through the company’s… Read More

  • Social Network Fandalism Adds A Cheap Way For Musicians To Upload Songs To iTunes And More

    Social Network Fandalism Adds A Cheap Way For Musicians To Upload Songs To iTunes And More

    Fandalism, a social network for musicians, is adding a new feature that should undercut the market for “aggregators” like CD Baby and Tunecore (which allow independent artists to sell their music on iTunes and other digital stores). To do that, founder Philip Kaplan (who also founded the FuckedCompany blog and ad network AdBrite, as well as co-founding social shopping startup… Read More