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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  • Gamification Startup SessionM Brings On Hires From Apple And Google

    Gamification Startup SessionM Brings On Hires From Apple And Google

    SessionM CEO and co-founder Lars Albright says the company has been recruiting aggressively since it raised a $20 million Series B a few months ago. Today, he’s announcing three big hires from Apple and Google: Gerald Hewes, who led the analytics, optimization, and insights team for Apple’s iAd program, and who’s now SessionM’s vice president of engineering. Amy… Read More

  • VoiceBunny Launches “CrowdVoicing” Service, Aims To Be The Amazon Mechanical Turk of Voiceovers

    VoiceBunny Launches “CrowdVoicing” Service, Aims To Be The Amazon Mechanical Turk of Voiceovers

    VoiceBunny, a startyup coming out of beta today, aims to make it easier and cheaper to get a professional-quality voiceover. Co-founder and CEO Alexander Torrenegra says that using the traditional process, recording a 60-second voiceover would take four weeks and thousands of dollars, largely because you need to recruit the talent through casting directors and talent agencies. Things are… Read More

  • Ad Retargeter Criteo: People Who Click On Ads Totally Aren’t Losers

    Ad Retargeter Criteo: People Who Click On Ads Totally Aren’t Losers

    What kind of person clicks ads? When I talk to ad companies, there’s a lot of discussion about how ads are supposed to be relevant, targeted based on user intent, and so on, but I’ve never entirely shaken the suspicion that the real answer is: Suckers. A company called Criteo just released some research saying that’s pretty much a myth. Keep in mind that Criteo offers ad… Read More

  • UserVOD Helps Mobile Developers (Virtually) Look Over Users’ Shoulders

    UserVOD Helps Mobile Developers (Virtually) Look Over Users’ Shoulders

    It must be something in the air. A few weeks ago, ClickTale released a version of its visitor recording and activity heatmap product for the mobile web. On Thursday, we wrote about Delight.io’s service for recording user sessions in mobile apps. And now a startup called UserVODĀ is announcing the public beta of, yes, a product for recording user sessions in mobile apps. Co-founders… Read More

  • Facebook Might Be Working On A Job Board, But Don’t Get Too Excited

    Facebook Might Be Working On A Job Board, But Don’t Get Too Excited

    Stop the presses! Facebook and LinkedIn are going to become archrivals in the recruiting market! At least, that’s the subtext of a new article in the Wall Street Journal which reports that Facebook plans to launch a job posting board later this summer. It’s a nice scoop if true (the Journal cites “people familiar with the matter”), but reading the story is a strange… Read More

  • Addvocate: Salesforce’s Former Head Of Social Marcus Nelson Preps A New Social Enterprise Startup

    Addvocate: Salesforce’s Former Head Of Social Marcus Nelson Preps A New Social Enterprise Startup

    Marcus Nelson, co-founder of customer service startup UserVoice, left his role as head of social media at Salesforce.com back in April to start a company called Addvocate — and now he’s starting to talk about what he’s up to. When I met with Nelson yesterday, he gave me a quick demo of the initial product (currently in private alpha testing) and talked about his broader vision. Read More

  • Vevo Brings ‘Call Me Maybe’ (And 50,000 Other Music Videos) To The Mobile Web

    Vevo Brings ‘Call Me Maybe’ (And 50,000 Other Music Videos) To The Mobile Web

    If you get a sudden hankering to watch Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” (who hasn’t?), and the only device handy is your iPhone, starting today there’s even less standing between you and instant gratification. Vevo (the joint venture music video site from Sony Music, Universal Music, and Abu Dhabi Media) already has a strong mobile presence, with apps for… Read More

  • 500Friends Predicts And Rewards Big Retailers’ Most Valuable Customers

    500Friends Predicts And Rewards Big Retailers’ Most Valuable Customers

    Not all customers are created equal — that’s the idea behind a new product from Y Combinator-backed loyalty startup 500Friends. The company already allowed businesses to reward customers for activity like referring friends, writing reviews, checking in on Foursquare, and so on. Recently, however, it released an enterprise product that does a lot more. Read More

  • Tapjoy Looks Beyond Gaming, Brings Virtual Rewards To Popcornflix

    Tapjoy Looks Beyond Gaming, Brings Virtual Rewards To Popcornflix

    Tapjoy is best known as a monetization service for mobile games, but the company is working to expand into other industries. Case in point — a just-announced partnership with movie-streaming site Popcornflix. Owned by Screen Media Ventures, Popcornflix allows its website visitors to watch movies (mostly independent titles that I haven’t heard of) for free. With the planned launch pf… Read More

  • Y Combinator-Backed LeanMarket Aims To Bring Real-Time Bidding To The Masses

    Y Combinator-Backed LeanMarket Aims To Bring Real-Time Bidding To The Masses

    “Real-time bidding” (where advertisers automatically bid on each ad impression) is a phrase that you hear more and more in the online ad world, but LeanMarket founder Cyrus Lohrasbpour says it’s still out-of-reach for smaller companies. Most RTB products are really built for large advertisers — they come with long-term commitments and high minimum ad buys, and to use… Read More

  • Dick Figures: Funding A Full-Length Animated Movie On Kickstarter

    Dick Figures: Funding A Full-Length Animated Movie On Kickstarter

    These days, it almost seems like a foregone conclusion. If you’ve got a popular web series and want to do something more ambitious (i.e., costly), but you’re probably not going to get funding from the Hollywood studios, where do you turn? Kickstarter, of course. The series in question is Dick Figures, which has received a total of 125 million views across 40 episodes since launching… Read More

  • FunnyJunk Attorney Charles Carreon Drops Lawsuit Against Oatmeal Creator

    FunnyJunk Attorney Charles Carreon Drops Lawsuit Against Oatmeal Creator

    Charles Carreon, the attorney with theĀ the infamous lawsuit against The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman, has withdrawn the suit. The news was announced by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which also posted Inman’s “notice of voluntary dismissal“. (I would embed the document below, but there’s basically no text, aside from “plaintiff dismisses the action.”)… Read More

  • Cofounderly Is A Couples App For Founders. Yes, Really.

    Cofounderly Is A Couples App For Founders. Yes, Really.

    You’ve probably heard plenty of comparisons between founding a startup with someone and being in a relationship (heck, there’s even a service called FounderDating). Well, TheIceBreak has taken those comparisons to heart with a new iPhone app called Cofounderly. When I describe this as a couples app for co-founders, I mean that pretty literally. TheIceBreak previously launched an… Read More

  • Lynx2Games Lets You Pass Along Used Games For Fun And Profit. Mostly Profit.

    Lynx2Games Lets You Pass Along Used Games For Fun And Profit. Mostly Profit.

    A website called Lynx2Games.com has a new approach to buying and sharing that could help consumers avoid paying full price for video games. When people buy a game on the site, they’re buying them in pairs — there’s a “borrower” and a “buyer” (friends can make a purchase together, or Lynx2Games can match up consumers interested in the same product). Read More

  • WeForPresident: Myspace’s Former Political Director Brings Social Media, Gamification To Politics

    WeForPresident: Myspace’s Former Political Director Brings Social Media, Gamification To Politics

    During the 2008 campaign (probably the first election where social media played a significant role in getting a president into office) Lee Brenner handled political programming at Myspace. This time around, he’s part of team launching a new a site of its own, called WeForPresident — aiming, in his words, to “build a platform that can democratize the debate.” The site… Read More

  • Nielsen Acquires Vizu To Measure Online Ad Effectiveness

    Nielsen Acquires Vizu To Measure Online Ad Effectiveness

    Nielsen announced today that it’s acquiring ad tech company Vizu. This isn’t the kind of deal where you have to wait months for something to happen. Executive Vice President for Ad Effectiveness Scott McKinley says it’s a “plug and play acquisition,” and in fact, Vizu’s Ad Catalyst will be available immediately as part of Nielsen’s online ad… Read More

  • Mixpanel Is Tracking More Than Actions Now, Introduces User Analytics

    Mixpanel Is Tracking More Than Actions Now, Introduces User Analytics

    Every time I talk to Mixpanel co-founder Suhail Doshi, he likes to update me on how many actions his analytics startup is tracking for its customers every month. (In case you’re wondering: The latest number is more than 6 billion.) But Mixpanel isn’t just tracking actions anymore — starting today, it’s tracking people, too and providing a more… Read More

  • 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