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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  • More Money For Seattle Startups: Madrona Raises $300M Fund

    More Money For Seattle Startups: Madrona Raises $300M Fund

    Seattle-based Madrona Venture Group just announced that it has raised a $300 million fifth fund. This is the firm’s fifth fund, and its largest yet. The firm says it had planned to raise $250 million, but the fund was oversubscribed, with most of the money coming from existing investors. Read More

  • SeeWhy Creates A Hub For Shopping Cart Recovery Tools With SeeWhy CORE

    SeeWhy Creates A Hub For Shopping Cart Recovery Tools With SeeWhy CORE

    There are plenty of products out there promising to help online merchants reach out to visitors who leave without making a purchase. However, SeeWhy founder and Chief Strategy Officer Charles Nicholls says they’re all too narrow — he describes everything currently on the market as “point solutions” that don’t fix the whole problem. That’s why the company… Read More

  • App Devs, Grab Your Credit Cards: You Can Now Buy Mobile-Only Ads On Facebook

    App Devs, Grab Your Credit Cards: You Can Now Buy Mobile-Only Ads On Facebook

    Facebook just made several changes to its self-serve ad options. The big one: That advertisers can now buy mobile-only news feed Sponsored Stories — potentially huge for app developers looking to buy installs. This could be a key step for Facebook to monetize its massive mobile audience in a significant way — a constant topic among skeptics in the run-up to the company’s IPO. Read More

  • Quepasa, MyYearbook Complete Rebranding As MeetMe, Will Start Trading Today As MEET

    Quepasa, MyYearbook Complete Rebranding As MeetMe, Will Start Trading Today As MEET

    Quepasa, the Latin American social networking company that merged with myYearbook, announced in April that it was rebranding as MeetMe. Now the company says the rebranding is complete, capped off with the fact that Quepasa (which is publicly traded on NYSE Amex), will now trade under the MEET ticker symbol, starting today. At the time of the rebranding, COO Geoff Cook told me that the new name… Read More

  • Clarizen Raises Another $12M For Project Management

    Clarizen Raises Another $12M For Project Management

    Clarizen, a company offering online project management tools, has raised $12 million in Series E funding. The round was led by Vintage Partners, with past backers Benchmark Capital, Carmel Ventures, DAG Ventures, and Opus Capital also investing. Clarizen has now been raised a total of $49 million, most recently announcing a $12 million round about a year ago. Read More

  • Ongage Wants to Help Marketing Emails Make It Into The Inbox

    Ongage Wants to Help Marketing Emails Make It Into The Inbox

    If a company needs to send marketing emails, it choose from a range of email service providers, such as iContact and Exact Target. But a startup called Ongage says that if you want your emails to make it into everyone’s inbox there’s a better approach — instead of choosing one ESP, why not use different providers for different recipients? Read More

  • Facebook Bringing Its Mobile News Feed Redesign To the Web, With Larger Photos And Text

    Facebook Bringing Its Mobile News Feed Redesign To the Web, With Larger Photos And Text

    If you liked the larger photos that Facebook introduced to its mobile news feed last month, here’s some good news: It’s bringing a similar redesign to its Web interface. Specifically, Facebook says photos in the news feed will now be enlarged to up to 2x their previous size, and displayed in a new layout that can bring┬ámore photos from an album into the feed. Text in news feed… Read More

  • Disney Teams Up With Imangi For Movie Tie-In ‘Temple Run: Brave’

    Disney Teams Up With Imangi For Movie Tie-In ‘Temple Run: Brave’

    For the mobile game version of Pixar’s new movie Brave, Disney looked for help from the developers behind a big iOS hit — Imangi Studios, the creators of Temple Run. Bart Decrem, the former Tapulous CEO who now runs Disney’s mobile division, says the company has already done its share of movie tie-in games on mobile, and they all followed a similar pattern — big… Read More

  • Pocket God’s Other Success: Digital Comics

    Pocket God’s Other Success: Digital Comics

    Pocket God is best-known as a hit game for iOS and other smartphone platforms, but Dave Castelnuovo, head of developer Bolt Creative, says the story and characters have been embraced in another medium, too — namely, comic books. Ape Entertainment started publishing the Pocket God comic series (both in print and on iOS) in August 2010, with a total of 16 issues so far, plus a… Read More

  • Emotion Measurement Platform Affectiva Wins $500K NSF Grant

    Emotion Measurement Platform Affectiva Wins $500K NSF Grant

    Affectiva, a startup that tries to measure the emotional response people have to ads and brands, just announced that it has a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The company spun out of MIT’s Media Lab. This is its second NSF grant — in January 2011, it won another grant┬áto help launch its Affdex service, which uses webcams to track consumers’ responses as… Read More

  • HoozTrippin Helps You Find Travel Buddies

    HoozTrippin Helps You Find Travel Buddies

    If you’ve got a vacation coming up, a startup called HoozTrippin is aiming to make it more fun by connecting you with other travelers. Co-founder and CEO Steven Oh (who was formerly the head of product at Rotten Tomatoes and Movielink), describes the site as “Match.com for travelers,” except broader: “We don’t limit ourselves to just singles.” In some ways… Read More

  • SeatGeek Signs Its First Big Music Partners, Including AOL Music

    SeatGeek Signs Its First Big Music Partners, Including AOL Music

    Ticket search engine SeatGeek is best known as the place to find good deals on sports tickets, but it’s working to dominate ticketing for any live events, including concerts. It just announced its first partnership deals on the music side, with AOL Music (which is, yes, owned by the same parent company as TechCrunch), Pollstar, and Emusic. Now, if you go to AOL Music, for example… Read More

  • AdMob Founder’s Churn Labs To Shut Down, Team Members Lured Away By Their New Startups

    AdMob Founder’s Churn Labs To Shut Down, Team Members Lured Away By Their New Startups

    The end is in sight for Churn Labs, the startup generator created by AdMob founder Omar Hamoui and AdMob’s first engineer Mike Rowehl. Two new companies will be spinning out in mid-July, Hamoui tells me, and they’ll be taking the Churn team with them. Read More

  • Business-Focused Ad Startup Bizo Launches Self-Serve Retargeting

    Business-Focused Ad Startup Bizo Launches Self-Serve Retargeting

    Startup Bizo tries to help advertisers reach a business audience using methods like retargeting. Now it’s making those retargeting capabilities available in a self-serve product. For anyone who needs a refresher on the nomenclature, if you visit a website but failed to sign up or buy anything, then see ads for that company following you around the Web — well, you can thank retargeting. Read More

  • Salesforce Adds Multilingual Features To Customer Support Service Desk.com

    Salesforce Adds Multilingual Features To Customer Support Service Desk.com

    Salesforce.com is working to make Desk.com, the customer service platform for small and medium businesses that it launched in January, more useful for global companies by announcing support for multiple languages. To be clear, Desk.com isn’t doing the translation for its customers. Instead, it’s adding features that take some of the headache and confusion out of the process. Read More

  • Here Are The Five Startups In i/o Ventures’ Spring 2012 Class

    Here Are The Five Startups In i/o Ventures’ Spring 2012 Class

    i/o Ventures, the incubator and co-working space located in San Francisco’s Mission District, just held the demo day for its latest batch of startups. All of them have been working out of the i/o offices for the past three months, and have also received a $25,000 investment. It’s pretty hard to judge someone based on a short presentation, but if nothing else, all of the ideas… Read More

  • A/B Tester Optimizely Raises Funding From Battery And Google Ventures, Plans Mobile Launch

    A/B Tester Optimizely Raises Funding From Battery And Google Ventures, Plans Mobile Launch

    Optimizely, the Y Combinator-incubated startup that helps companies A/B test their websites, just announced that it has raised new funding from Battery Ventures, Google Ventures, and InterWest Partners. The startup previously raised $1.2 million from angels including Ron Conway, Chris Sacca, and Ashton Kutcher, but this is its first venture round. Co-founder and CEO Dan Siroker (who was… Read More

  • Larry Ellison Has Learned To Embrace Cloud Computing, Not Convinced It’s An “Incredible New Thing”

    Larry Ellison Has Learned To Embrace Cloud Computing, Not Convinced It’s An “Incredible New Thing”

    Oracle’s Larry Ellison has acquired a reputation as a cloud computing opponent — after all, he famously called the term “complete gibberish” a few years ago. Today, however, he said, “I’m no longer resisting the name. Call it what you want.” In fact, Ellison made it sound like he doesn’t get enough credit for starting the trend: “NetSuite… Read More

  • Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs Movie Probably Won’t Be “Cradle To Grave” Biography

    Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs Movie Probably Won’t Be “Cradle To Grave” Biography

    Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin offered some early thoughts today on the movie adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s biography Steve Jobs, which he has signed on to write. Sorkin was speaking at the D10 conference, and it sounds like he hasn’t actually written any of the screenplay yet — he said the initial stages of the process will look at lot more “like watching ESPN.” Read More

  • Wrike Releases A Free Version Of Its Project Management App

    Wrike Releases A Free Version Of Its Project Management App

    Wrike is hoping to expand its audience today with the launch of a free version of its project management tool. Wrike says it already has 2,000 customers including Accenture, Stanford, and Ticketmaster, but until now, the cheapest pricing level was $49 per month. Even though releasing a free version is an obvious way to get more people to try the product, CEO Andrew Filev says he approached… Read More