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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  • Zetrip Finds Travel Photos And Recommendations From Your Facebook Friends, Raises Seed Funding

    Zetrip Finds Travel Photos And Recommendations From Your Facebook Friends, Raises Seed Funding

    Zetrip, a new startup offering to help users find “travel inspiration” based on the activity of their Facebook friends, just raised an undisclosed amount of seed funding from Inspiration Ventures. Co-founder and CEO Edouard Tabet said he came up with the idea last year when he was planning a trip to the Galapagos and wanted to see which of his Facebook friends had also been there. Read More

  • Bob Iger Says Disney Will Focus On Mobile And Social (Not Console) Star Wars Games

    Bob Iger Says Disney Will Focus On Mobile And Social (Not Console) Star Wars Games

    The big emphasis during Disney’s conference call discussing its acquisition of Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion was, not surprisingly, the enormous earnings potential of the Star Wars franchise. And that includes gaming — so one of the analysts on the call asked for more details about Disney’s interactive strategy. CEO Bob Iger responded that the company is “likely to focus… Read More

  • Yelp Launching Visual Menus With User-Contributed Photos

    Yelp Launching Visual Menus With User-Contributed Photos

    Yelp is announcing a new feature today that allows users to browse restaurant menus (with accompanying food porn) directly from the Yelp website and mobile app. Last year, the company added the ability for businesses to include menu links in their Yelp profiles, but until now there hasn’t been any menu functionality on Yelp itself. A spokesperson sent me an early copy of the company… Read More

  • Conductor Raises $20M Series C To Improve Customers’ Search Rankings, Outlines Ambitions Beyond SEO

    Conductor Raises $20M Series C To Improve Customers’ Search Rankings, Outlines Ambitions Beyond SEO

    SEO company Conductor has just raised a $20 million Series C. The round was led by Investor Growth Capital, with participation from previous investors FirstMark Capital and Matrix Partners. Conductor’s Searchlight product helps companies understand where they sit in relevant search results, where their competitors sit, and how they can improve their rankings. Customers include FedEx… Read More

  • SmartAsset Raises $1.5M To Help You With The Big Financial Decisions

    SmartAsset Raises $1.5M To Help You With The Big Financial Decisions

    SmartAsset, a Y Combinator-backed startup offering interactive tools to help homebuyers understand the financial ramifications of their decisions, has raised $1.5 million in new funding. The round was led by Javelin Venture Partners and North Bridge Venture Partners, with participation from YC, Peterson Ventures, Quotidian Ventures, and Identified CEO Brendan Wallace. SmartAsset actually… Read More

  • Ticketing Startup SeatGeek Just Turned Profitable, Saw $2.5M In Ticket Sales Last Month

    Ticketing Startup SeatGeek Just Turned Profitable, Saw $2.5M In Ticket Sales Last Month

    SeatGeek, the ticketing startup that launched at the TechCrunch50 conference back in 2009, tells that it had its first profitable month in August. That wasn’t just a temporary blip either, said co-founder Russell D’Souza. September was profitable too, and he expects to the company maintain its profitability into the future: “Revenue drivers are just growing so much faster… Read More

  • ShopperTrak Aims To Improve Its In-Store Analytics By Acquiring TechStars Alum ReTel

    ShopperTrak Aims To Improve Its In-Store Analytics By Acquiring TechStars Alum ReTel

    ShopperTrak, a company analyzing foot traffic data for retailers, just announced that it has acquired surveillance analytics startup ReTel Technologies. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. In the press release announcing the deal, ShopperTrak Chief Marketing Officer Ed Marcheselli described ReTel as “an ideal complement” to the company’s existing services. Read More

  • Russian Firm IMI.VC Raises $75M From Mail.ru Founder Michael Vinchel

    Russian Firm IMI.VC Raises $75M From Mail.ru Founder Michael Vinchel

    IMI.VC, a startup investment firm based in Moscow, just announced that it has raised $75 million in funding. The money comes from Michael Vinchel, who co-founded Mail.ru Group (the popular Russian email service that’s probably best-known to international readers for its association with Facebook investor Digital Sky Technologies, although the two companies are now independent of each other). Read More

  • Is FastPay A Real Alternative To VC Funding? Two Digital Media Startups Say Yes

    Is FastPay A Real Alternative To VC Funding? Two Digital Media Startups Say Yes

    Back in June, I wrote about a startup called FastPay, which offers credit lines to digital media companies. At the time, CEO and founder Jed Simon pitched the service as an alternative to venture capital. Well, a couple of months later I asked: Are there really companies that used FastPay instead of raising venture funding? In response, the FastPay team put me in touch with two customers… Read More

  • In-Text Commerce Startup Cemmerce Raises Another $500K

    In-Text Commerce Startup Cemmerce Raises Another $500K

    Cemmerce, an Israeli startup helping publishers monetize through affiliate linking, has raised $500,000 in new funding. The round comes from digital holding company Navitrio. The firm, which also offers its portfolio companies office space and administrative services, previously invested $500,000 in Cemmerce last year. Navitrio co-founder Dror Liwer is also co-founder and CEO at Cemmerce. Read More

  • Shufflr Aims To Fill The Social Video Void On Windows 8

    Shufflr Aims To Fill The Social Video Void On Windows 8

    Althea Systems, the startup behind social video app Shufflr, is launching the Windows 8 version of Shufflr today. Of course, it’s hardly alone in releasing a Windows app this week, since the Windows Store itself just launched, with a reported 3,500 apps. However, Shufflr co-founder Rajnish (he goes by one name) pointed out that in the video category, most of the big names like YouTube… Read More

  • Amazon CFO Kinda, Sorta Defends The Company’s Disappearing Profits

    Amazon CFO Kinda, Sorta Defends The Company’s Disappearing Profits

    What’s going on with Amazon.com’s profits? That’s what a few of the analysts on today’s earnings conference call seemed to be asking, albeit with some convoluted, finance-focused questions. The context is a disappointing third quarter earnings report. While sales continue to grow, profits have not been doing the same, with Amazon only bringing in $7 million of net… Read More

  • Amazon Shares Fall After Reporting Sales Of $13.81B For Q3, Loss Of 60 Cents Per Share

    Amazon Shares Fall After Reporting Sales Of $13.81B For Q3, Loss Of 60 Cents Per Share

    Amazon.com just released its third-quarter earnings report. Analysts had been predicted growth in sales along with a net loss, and that’s what happened — but the numbers still fell a bit short. Net sales grew to $13.81 billion, up 27 percent from the same period last year. The company saw a net loss $274 million, or 60 cents per diluted share, compared to operating income of… Read More

  • MoPub Drops Its Price For Ad Network Mediation To Zero

    MoPub Drops Its Price For Ad Network Mediation To Zero

    It’s the one-year anniversary of MoPub‘s marketplace for real-time bidding on mobile ads, and the company is celebrating by eliminating the cost for publishers to participate. CEO Jim Payne told me that the company wants to encourage as many publishers to use the MoPub Marketplace as possible. After all, he said real-time bidding is “a better way of doing things,”… Read More

  • Here Are The Results Of My Test Campaign With Perfect Audience’s Facebook Retargeting

    Here Are The Results Of My Test Campaign With Perfect Audience’s Facebook Retargeting

    When I wrote about the launch of Y Combinator-backed Perfect Audience earlier this month, co-founder and President Brad Flora suggested that I test out the service for myself, so I could see how easy it is to use Perfect Audience’s tools to run retargeting ads in Facebook. It was indeed quite simple, and now Flora has sent over the results. The campaign actually used a tag embedded in… Read More

  • Dhingana Raises $7M For Free, Streaming Indian Music

    Dhingana Raises $7M For Free, Streaming Indian Music

    Dhingana, a startup with a free service for streaming Indian and Bollywood music, has raised $7 million in Series B funding. The company’s catalog includes 500,000 songs in 35 languages, which it makes available on its website and through smartphone apps. Dhingana says it has built an audience of 15 million monthly active visitors, making it the most popular service of its kind. And… Read More

  • Zillow Adds 1.2M Foreclosed And Pre-Foreclosure Homes To Its Real Estate Listings

    Zillow Adds 1.2M Foreclosed And Pre-Foreclosure Homes To Its Real Estate Listings

    Online real estate service Zillow is expanding its real estate listings today by adding “pre-market inventory” — specifically, homes that have either been foreclosed or are in the foreclosure process. Increasing the selection of available homes is particularly important now, Zillow says, because the inventory of for-sale homes listed on the site has fallen by 20 percent over… Read More

  • Mark Pincus: Zynga Didn’t Meet Growth Goals Because “We Didn’t Create Enough New Heat” — Also, Mobile

    Mark Pincus: Zynga Didn’t Meet Growth Goals Because “We Didn’t Create Enough New Heat” — Also, Mobile

    In the conference call discussing Zynga’s latest earnings report, CEO Mark Pincus acknowledged that the company has not met its own goals for growth, something he blamed on two things — “game execution” and the growth of mobile. On execution, Pincus said Zynga had struggled to “maintain the historical level of engagement” in its Ville franchise of games… Read More

  • And Here’s The Apple Video Where Jony Ive Shows Off The iPad Mini

    And Here’s The Apple Video Where Jony Ive Shows Off The iPad Mini

    Do you want watch the by-now-obligatory product videos that Apple has created to promote its new iPad Mini, as well as the new smart covers? Sure you do. More than the product shots, the real staple of these videos is Apple design SVP Jony Ive, who can be counted on to offer some smart-sounding thoughts on why the company’s latest gadget is so awesome — though in this case, I have… Read More

  • Netflix Blames Trash-Talking Partners For Content Worries, Says Per Member Viewing Up 30 Percent

    Netflix Blames Trash-Talking Partners For Content Worries, Says Per Member Viewing Up 30 Percent

    In its latest earnings report, Netflix addresses the seemingly constant concerns that it’s losing out on valuable streaming content as its partners start pushing for more money. For example, the company recently cut about 800 hours of programming from A&E and History, and its deal with Epix is no longer exclusive. However, Netflix points out that among the top 10 TV shows, six… Read More