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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  • 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    Charles Carreon, the attorney with the┬áthe infamous lawsuit against The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman, has withdrawn the suit.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

  • 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