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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  • HackerRank: A Social Site For Hackers, Complete With Challenging Launch Page

    HackerRank: A Social Site For Hackers, Complete With Challenging Launch Page

    If you’re a startup aficionado, you may be getting tired of the same old launch pages. You know, the ones with a big, splashy image, a message about how something awesome is coming soon, and a box where you can enter your email address. If that’s the case, then you’ll probably get a kick out of the sign-up process at HackerRank. The team behind the site plans to start sending… Read More

  • Unmetric Scores The Virality Of Brands’ YouTube Campaigns

    Unmetric Scores The Virality Of Brands’ YouTube Campaigns

    Social benchmarking startup Unmetric just expanded its tools to include YouTube, giving brands a new way to measure the effectiveness of their video campaigns. Of course, companies can already see plenty of stats about their videos — views, likes, and more. But Unmetric tries to synthesize all that data into a single score, and then shows how that score stacks up against competitors. Read More

  • Fashion-Focused Blog Aggregator Bloglovin Raises $1M From Betaworks And Others

    Fashion-Focused Blog Aggregator Bloglovin Raises $1M From Betaworks And Others

    Bloglovin, a startup that has been compared to Tumblr and RSS, has just raised a $1 million Series A. The company bills itself as a fun, simple way to follow all the fashion blogs that interest you. Like RSS, you can sign up to read updates from any blog (not just the ones on a single platform or content management system), and like Tumblr, there’s an emphasis on high-quality visuals… Read More

  • AdMob Founder Omar Hamoui Has A New Polling Startup, Calls It ‘Maybe’

    AdMob Founder Omar Hamoui Has A New Polling Startup, Calls It ‘Maybe’

    Can’t decide what shoes to buy? Or what book to read next? AdMob founder and former CEO Omar Hamoui is launching a new startup called Maybe to help with your decision. Last month, Hamoui told me that he was leaving (and shutting down) Churn Labs, the startup generator that he founded with AdMob engineer Mike Rowehl, because he’d been lured away by one of the Churn startups. At… Read More

  • Google Analytics Goes Mobile With App Analytics And An Android App

    Google Analytics Goes Mobile With App Analytics And An Android App

    Google is announcing a big addition to Google Analytics today — Mobile App Analytics. As with the social media-focused reports launched earlier this year, the interest in mobile analytics is obvious — if anything, it may seem that Google is a little late in chasing these trends. In this case, Product Manager JiaJing Wang says the goal was to create a “holistic app… Read More

  • Peel Announces AllPlay TV, A Remote Control For Netflix, DVR, And (Eventually) More

    Peel Announces AllPlay TV, A Remote Control For Netflix, DVR, And (Eventually) More

    Social TV startup Peel is at the Google I/O developers conference today, showing off an upcoming Google TV integration called AllPlay TV. VP of Marketing Scott Ellis demonstrated AllPlay TV for me earlier this week. He says it’s fulfilling “the vision that we’ve been aspiring to for a long time —
    live TV, DVR, and web-based content, multiple sources all brought together… Read More

  • Live Blog: Google I/O Keynote Day Two

    Live Blog: Google I/O Keynote Day Two

    We’re in the second day of the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco, and I’ll be liveblogging today’s keynote. Yesterday we saw an amazing (if mostly for non-technical reasons) demo of Google Glass, the unveiling of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the new Nexus 7 tablet, and more. Read More

  • Extole Revamps Its Marketing Tools With Open Graph ‘Social Expressions’

    Extole Revamps Its Marketing Tools With Open Graph ‘Social Expressions’

    Extole is announcing a new version of its marketing platform today. The big new feature: “Social expressions” that integrate with the Facebook Open Graph. Founder and CEO Brad Klaus says that the new stuff, in particular, taps into a larger marketing trend, where brands are finding new ways to communicate with consumers: “The landscape is shifting from brand-to-consumer… Read More

  • Infographics That Don’t Suck: FindTheBest’s Comparison Charts Are Now Embeddable

    Infographics That Don’t Suck: FindTheBest’s Comparison Charts Are Now Embeddable

    FindTheBest, the startup led by DoubleClick founder Kevin O’Connor, has built charts comparing everything from financial advisors to dog breeds to smartphones. And now that those charts can be embedded in blog posts, you might start seeing them a lot more often. O’Connor’s aim, as he’s explained to me in the past, is to create the site where you can find the data you… Read More

  • OrangeScape Launches Kissflow, A Workflow-Builder For Google Apps

    OrangeScape Launches Kissflow, A Workflow-Builder For Google Apps

    Businesses using Google Apps should have an easier time managing complex tasks starting today with the launch of Kissflow from startup OrangeScape — it’s supposedly the first workflow-creator that’s “deeply integrated” with Apps. OrangeScape is pitching this as an alternative to using email and spreadsheets to track approvals and other tasks, which can turn into… Read More

  • Google Now: Contextual Results With Real-Time Reminders And Data

    Google Now: Contextual Results With Real-Time Reminders And Data

    Android users are about to get access to real-time notifications and data through a cool-looking new feature called Google Now. It’s one of the new features in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean unveiled this morning at Google I/O. To explain how it works, Googlers demonstrated how Google Now might assist them in the course of a regular day. First of all, Google Now will remind you about… Read More

  • Software Is Feeding The World: Agriculture Startup Solum Raises $17M Led by Andreessen Horowitz

    Software Is Feeding The World: Agriculture Startup Solum Raises $17M Led by Andreessen Horowitz

    Solum, a startup building tools for a more data-driven approach to agriculture, has raised $17 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Andreessen Horowitz, and partner John O’Farrell will be joining the Solum board. The company’s PR team sent me a copy of the blog post that O’Farrell has written about the funding, where he reveals that his team’s nickname for… Read More

  • Former DailyCandy CEO Launches Link Management Startup LinkSmart, Raises $4.7M

    Former DailyCandy CEO Launches Link Management Startup LinkSmart, Raises $4.7M

    You may not think much about the links that punctuate nearly every piece of online content (including this one), but Pete Sheinbaum, the founder and CEO of a new startup called LinkSmart, says they present an untapped opportunity. “The text link is this little innocuous thing that’s been on the Internet since the beginning of time, with all this latent potential,” Sheinbaum says. Read More

  • The Latest Project From Siri-Creator SRI: Lola, An Intelligent Banking Assistant

    The Latest Project From Siri-Creator SRI: Lola, An Intelligent Banking Assistant

    I just got out of a meeting at SRI International, where representatives from both SRI and international banking group BBVA showed off something they’ve been working on for the past couple of years. Currently, SRI is best known as the research institute where Siri was developed before spinning out into a separate company and eventually being acquired by Apple, where it powers the Siri… Read More

  • Celtra Revamps Its Mobile AdCreator With 70+ New Features

    Celtra Revamps Its Mobile AdCreator With 70+ New Features

    Celtra, which offers tools for creating rich media mobile ads, is launching version 3 of its AdCreator today. Co-founder and Chief Product Officer Matevz Klanjsek claims this isn’t just an incremental improvement, but rather a “totally different” version of the product, with more than 70 new features and new architecture. Klanjsek and his co-founder/CEO Mihael Mikek gave me… Read More

  • Chartbeat’s New Heads Up Display Shows Stats Right On A Publisher’s Website

    Chartbeat’s New Heads Up Display Shows Stats Right On A Publisher’s Website

    Following a big redesign of Chartbeat’s real-time analytics service, CEO Tony Haile says the company has returned its attention to providing features that are specifically useful for online publishers. And it’s launching a big one today. With the new Heads Up Display, Chartbeat is making its data directly visible on websites — as Haile puts it, publishers no longer have… Read More

  • Nook Tablets And Nook Color Get Graphic Novels From DC, New Zoom View Feature

    Nook Tablets And Nook Color Get Graphic Novels From DC, New Zoom View Feature

    Owners of the Nook Tablet and Nook Color (plus Android tablets with the Nook app) will now be able to catch up on the adventures of Superman, Batman, Sandman, and other characters published by DC Entertainment. Barnes & Noble announced today that more than 100 of DC’s graphic novels are available through Nook Comics. To facilitate the reading experience, Barnes & Noble also… Read More

  • Google Ventures-Backed Cliqr Brings Old-School Business Apps To The Cloud

    Google Ventures-Backed Cliqr Brings Old-School Business Apps To The Cloud

    In all the talk of cloud computing, Cliqr Technologies CEO Gaurav Manglik says there’s one area of enterprise technology that’s been sitting out the transition — business applications. The cloud has led to an explosion of new apps, but (to pick two random examples) chip design and medical imaging apps are still running on old-fashioned servers. Read More

  • Zendesk Brings Customer Support To 20K Businesses, Gets Localized In 11 Languages

    Zendesk Brings Customer Support To 20K Businesses, Gets Localized In 11 Languages

    Online customer service company Zendesk is announcing a new feature that could help its customers achieve their global ambitions. Specifically, Zendesk is announcing 11 fully localized versions of its product, in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian-Portuguese, Spanish, and both simplified and traditional Chinese. To be clear, Zendesk customers could already… Read More

  • Mobile Ad Startup StrikeAd Raises Another $500K From SoftTech And Others

    Mobile Ad Startup StrikeAd Raises Another $500K From SoftTech And Others

    StrikeAd, a startup that helps advertisers and agencies manage their mobile campaigns, has raised another $500,000 in funding. The round is an addition to the $3 million Series A led by DFJ Esprit that the startup announced in January. More impressive than the amount of funding is who it’s coming from — Jeff Clavier’s firm SoftTech VC, Siemer Ventures, and Applied… Read More