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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  • Organizer Builds Smartphone Apps To Manage Field Work, Starting With Political Canvassing

    Organizer Builds Smartphone Apps To Manage Field Work, Starting With Political Canvassing

    Organizer, a startup that just took the stage at Disrupt, aims to bring political campaigns a smarter, faster way to manage their field work through smartphone apps — and eventually to do the same thing for businesses. Since we’re less than two months away from the November elections, Organizer wouldn’t have much time to get its product into the hands of its biggest customers… Read More

  • FashionPlaytes Raises $5M To Help Tweens Design Their Own Clothes

    FashionPlaytes Raises $5M To Help Tweens Design Their Own Clothes

    FashionPlaytes, which runs a fashion website for “tween” girls called FPGirl.com, has raised $5 million in Series B funding. The site is aimed at girls between 5 and 12 years old. Users can design clothing on the website, then actually purchase the clothes (which include dresses, t-shirts, tops, and doll clothing) at prices starting under $20. Girls can also dress a custom avatar… Read More

  • Social Travel Startup WeHostels Embraces Mobile With New iPhone App

    Social Travel Startup WeHostels Embraces Mobile With New iPhone App

    We wrote about WeHostels (under its old name InBed.me) back in March when it offered a social booking website for hostels and was planning to launch on mobile. Now, the company has released an iPhone app. In fact, CEO Diego Saez-Gil tells me that the team decided, “We have to go all in on mobile,” so it shut down its website. Why the shift? Apparently, even before the app… Read More

  • Stock Market Prediction Startup Estimize Raises $1.2M Series A

    Stock Market Prediction Startup Estimize Raises $1.2M Series A

    Estimize, a site where users try to beat Wall Street analysts by accurately predicting public company earnings, has raised $1.2 million in Series A funding. The company was founded by Leigh Drogen, formerly of StockTwits. Drogen has described Estimize as the quantitative flip side to StockTwits: Instead of aggregating general commentary and conversation about stocks, Estimize asks users… Read More

  • Livefyre Goes Beyond Comments with StreamHub — Liveblogging, Live Chatting, Social Widgets, And More

    Livefyre Goes Beyond Comments with StreamHub — Liveblogging, Live Chatting, Social Widgets, And More

    Livefyre is best known as a commenting system, but it’s launching a new product today for large brands and publishers called StreamHub — comments are part of StreamHub, but just one part. There are two big pieces to the new system. First, there’s the Core product, which allows publishers and brands to engage their audience directly. The tools to make that happen include… Read More

  • BrightContext Aims To Democratize Real-Time Data Processing And Visualization

    BrightContext Aims To Democratize Real-Time Data Processing And Visualization

    “Real time.” “Big Data.” I’m hearing those phrases a lot these days, but a startup called BrightContext, which is launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt, wants to deliver on the promise of those buzzwords for a broad group of developers. Or, to quote co-founder and CEO John Funge, “What Twilio is to telephony, BrightContext is to real-time data streams.”… Read More

  • Another Management Shake-Up At Zynga: Chief Marketing And Revenue Officer Jeff Karp Departs

    Another Management Shake-Up At Zynga: Chief Marketing And Revenue Officer Jeff Karp Departs

    Zynga just announced another big change in its management team: The departure of Chief Marketing Officer And Revenue Officer Jeff Karp, who joined a little more than a year ago. Read More

  • Dave Morin Says China Is Path’s Second Biggest Country

    Dave Morin Says China Is Path’s Second Biggest Country

    Path CEO Dave Morin offered some updates on the company’s growth while on-stagetoday at TechCrunch Disrupt. Version 2.0 of the journaling/personal networking app launched back in November, and Morin said the momentum from that launch has continued in recent months. A lot of the early growth with Path 2.0 was in Japan and Korea, he said, and Path’s second largest user base is in China. Read More

  • Cory Booker Opens Video Service #Waywire In A Public Alpha

    Cory Booker Opens Video Service #Waywire In A Public Alpha

    #Waywire (yes, the name comes in hashtag format), the video news-sharing service co-created by Newark Mayor Cory Booker, just opened to everyone in a public alpha. Booker made the announcement on-stage at TechCrunch Disrupt, where he pitched #waywire as a way to democratize the news and upend the “oligarchy” running the media. One of his money quotes: “The power of the people… Read More

  • FuzeBox’s FuzeFund: Free Video Conferencing For Up To 500 Startups

    FuzeBox’s FuzeFund: Free Video Conferencing For Up To 500 Startups

    FuzeBox is trying to entice startups to use its video conferencing and online meeting tools with its new FuzeFund, which offers FuzeBox Pro accounts at an appealing price point — free. CEO Jeff Cavins says the current FuzeBox customer base includes both large enterprises and startups, but with the FuzeFund, he’s trying to expand the startup side of things significantly. As… Read More

  • Amobee Launches Its 3D Mobile Ad Builder PULSE Create

    Amobee Launches Its 3D Mobile Ad Builder PULSE Create

    Amobee, the mobile ad serving company recently acquired by Asian carrier SingTel, is launching a new ad building product called PULSE Create. Amobee CEO Trevor Healy says the PULSE Create technology comes from the acquisition of AdJitsu. I remember being impressed by the quality and immersiveness of the AdJitsu ads back when the platform was being developed by Cooliris, and with PULSE… Read More

  • Ad Tech Team Up: Clever On Demand Acquires AudienceFUEL And Will Use Its Name

    Ad Tech Team Up: Clever On Demand Acquires AudienceFUEL And Will Use Its Name

    Clever On Demand, a company whose technology allows publishers to manage multiple ad networks, has acquired AudienceFUEL, a publisher-to-publisher marketing platform (more on what that means in a second). The price of the acquisition wasn’t disclosed, but the combined company will do business as AudienceFUEL (which does seem like the better name). Clever On Demand founder and CEO… Read More

  • Plympton Is A Studio For Serialized Fiction, And Yes, It’s Collaborating With Amazon

    Plympton Is A Studio For Serialized Fiction, And Yes, It’s Collaborating With Amazon

    So Amazon launched a new publishing program called Kindle Serials yesterday, but it’s not the only company with serialized fiction on its mind. In fact, three of the eight Kindle Serials launch titles were created in collaboration with a new startup called Plympton. The company was founded by Jennifer 8 Lee (former New York Times reporter, author of The Fortune Cookie Chronicles) and… Read More

  • Facebook’s Sponsored Results Are Taking Off (According To Social Ad Startup Optimal)

    Facebook’s Sponsored Results Are Taking Off (According To Social Ad Startup Optimal)

    Just a couple of weeks ago, Facebook officially launched its Sponsored Results program, which allows advertisers to place sponsored links in the social network’s search results — and the early results are impressive, according to social advertising and analytics startup Optimal. Optimal has been running Sponsored Results campaigns for its own customers, but it also tracks brand… Read More

  • Zazzle Instant Brings Custom Product Creation To Your iPhone

    Zazzle Instant Brings Custom Product Creation To Your iPhone

    Custom product website Zazzle is making its first big move into mobile today with the launch of an iPhone app called Zazzle Instant. Apparently, the app started out as a side project by one of Zazzle’s engineers, but then it grew into something bigger and cooler. Basically, you can choose any of the photos on your phone, then apply it to one of the 15 products currently being offered in… Read More

  • The First Third-Party Games Go Live On Zynga.com

    The First Third-Party Games Go Live On Zynga.com

    Zynga first announced its Zynga Platform for social games back in March. Since then, Zynga’s own games have gone live at Zynga.com, and the company has been revealing more details and partners. What seems to have been missing until now, however, were actual games, built by companies other than Zynga and live on the platform,. So today, at a press event highlighting Zynga’s… Read More

  • Amazon Confirms The Launch Of New, Episodic Publishing Format — Kindle Serials

    Amazon Confirms The Launch Of New, Episodic Publishing Format — Kindle Serials

    Confirming the reports that TechCrunch’s Peter Ha was hearing yesterday, Amazon just announced the launch of a new publishing format: Kindle Serials, where a book-length story is delivered over several episodes. Of course, serialized novels are actually an old idea — most famously, it’s how Charles Dickens published most of his books. In the literary world (as opposed to TV… Read More

  • Rocket Fuel’s Audience Accelerator Helps Publishers Deliver More Ad Impressions

    Rocket Fuel’s Audience Accelerator Helps Publishers Deliver More Ad Impressions

    Rocket Fuel, a startup that optimizes ad campaigns using artificial intelligence, is announcing a new product for publishers (and vertical ad networks) called Audience Accelerator. Vice President of Business Development Paul Wenz, who’s leading the Audience Accelerator team, says the goal is to help publishers offer a bigger audience to advertisers without sacrificing the quality of… Read More

  • LinkedIn Unveils Redesigned Company Pages: Simpler, More Visual, And More Relevant

    LinkedIn Unveils Redesigned Company Pages: Simpler, More Visual, And More Relevant

    LinkedIn plans to roll out a new version of its company pages today, part of a broader attempt to redesign and simplify its core products, including its homepage. I went down to the LinkedIn office yesterday to get a preview of the new design. As Senior Product Manager Mike Grishaver jumped back-and-forth between the old company page and the new one, there were some clear differences. The old… Read More

  • Adobe Social Launches To Create And Monitor Social Ads

    Adobe Social Launches To Create And Monitor Social Ads

    After several months in beta testing, Adobe is launching Adobe Social, which it’s pitching as a way to connect social marketing campaigns with real business results. That was the big emphasis when the company first announced the product back in April, and when I got a demo of the current version a couple of days ago, it was the central theme again: In Adobe Social, you can track… Read More