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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  • Social Aggregator RebelMouse’s First Week: 12K Sign-Ups, 8K Active Websites

    Social Aggregator RebelMouse’s First Week: 12K Sign-Ups, 8K Active Websites

    RebelMouse, the social media aggregator founded by former Huffington Post CTO Paul Berry, launched a little more than a week ago. We missed out on covering it (apparently because Berry’s email got lost in a vacationing reporter‘s inbox), but there was still a bunch of articles — and more importantly, plenty of user sign-ups. Read More

  • New Memolane Features Help You Share (Online) Memories With Facebook Friends

    New Memolane Features Help You Share (Online) Memories With Facebook Friends

    Founder Eric Lagier is hoping to make his Internet time machine service Memolane more social today by allowing users to create shared “lanes” with their Facebook friends. The idea behind Memolane: People are usually sharing content on multiple sites, but it’s not always easy to browse old content, or to look at content from multiple sites in one place. So for example, after… Read More

  • Akkadian Ventures Raises $22M For Secondary Stock Purchases

    Akkadian Ventures Raises $22M For Secondary Stock Purchases

    Akkadian Ventures has raised a $22 million fund for purchasing stock in private companies from entrepreneurs, early employees, and angel investors. Secondary sales have had a higher profile recently as a way for investors to get into hot tech companies like Facebook, Zynga, and Twitter before they went public, often through secondary market sites like SecondMarket. Co-founder and chief… Read More

  • FuzeBox Launches A Powerful Video Conferencing App For The iPhone

    FuzeBox Launches A Powerful Video Conferencing App For The iPhone

    FuzeBox has squeezed its online meeting experience into a new iPhone app called Fuze Join for iPhone. The company already has an iPad app that Apple named one of the best business apps for 2011. In fact, it even had an earlier iPhone app, but CEO Jeff Cavins says the company realized that it wasn’t as good as it needed to be, so the team took the app down last year and started working on… Read More

  • TastemakerX Opens Its Music Stock Market To Everyone

    TastemakerX Opens Its Music Stock Market To Everyone

    TastemakerX, the startup that lets music fans get credit for discovering popular bands before they become cool, is opening to the public today. If this sounds like an app where your annoying music hipster friends can be their annoying music hipster selves, well, that’s kind of the idea — but, less annoyingly, it’s a place to discover new music and get recognized for those… Read More

  • RockYou Acquires Social Games Developer Ryzing, Moves to San Francisco

    RockYou Acquires Social Games Developer Ryzing, Moves to San Francisco

    Social games company RockYou just announced that it has acquired developer Ryzing. The two companies had already worked together on the game Bingo by Ryzing — the game has been available since early 2011, but RockYou took over as publisher through its Studio Partners program in January of this year. Read More

  • Klout For Conferences: SponsorHub Starts Scoring Events’ Sponsorship Value

    Klout For Conferences: SponsorHub Starts Scoring Events’ Sponsorship Value

    SponsorHub, an online marketplace for event sponsorships, is unveiling a new feature today that it’s calling the SponsorHub Score. The company says the score is, yes, “like Klout for events” — every event selling sponsorships on the site gets a rating between 0 and 100 that’s supposed to show the value it will provide to brand marketers. Founder and CEO Robert… Read More

  • Disqus Revamps Its Commenting Tools: Faster, More Social, And Now With Article Discovery

    Disqus Revamps Its Commenting Tools: Faster, More Social, And Now With Article Discovery

    Disqus is making Disqus 2012, the new version of its platform for managing comments and community, available to all of its publishers today. CEO and co-founder Daniel Ha (no relation to me) gave me a quick demo of the new features. He says one of the most important additions is a new Discovery module, which is basically a box recommending other articles on the site that readers might like. Read More

  • Constant Contact Acquires Business Listings Startup SinglePlatform, Deal Worth Up To $100M

    Constant Contact Acquires Business Listings Startup SinglePlatform, Deal Worth Up To $100M

    Email marketing company Constant Contact has acquired SinglePlatform, a startup that helps local businesses manage their online presence. The deal is for $65 million cash, plus a $5 million cash and equity earn out for employee retention, as well as another $30 million tied to revenue targets. Constant Contact CEO Gail Goodman says that to get the full revenue earn out, the SinglePlatform… Read More

  • Placecast’s ShopAlerts Platform For Geofenced Offers Hits 10M Active Users

    Placecast’s ShopAlerts Platform For Geofenced Offers Hits 10M Active Users

    Mobile advertising company Placecast says that there are now 10 million active users on its ShopAlerts platform. To be clear, many of those people probably don’t think of themselves as ShopAlerts users, because it’s a white label product — mobile operators and other customers can use the technology to power their own mobile offers programs, which use geofencing technology… Read More

  • Velti Mobile Ad Report: iOS Pulls Way Ahead of Android, iPod Touch Beating iPad

    Velti Mobile Ad Report: iOS Pulls Way Ahead of Android, iPod Touch Beating iPad

    After spending last year engaged in a “tug-of-war” with Android over mobile ad impressions, iOS has been building a big lead in the past few months, according to a new report from mobile marketing company Velti. Velti’s past reports pegged iOS share of mobile ad impressions at 53 percent in March, which increased to 55 percent in April, and now to 59 percent in May. The… Read More

  • Hipmunk Raises $15M Series B, Promises Big Product Improvements

    Hipmunk Raises $15M Series B, Promises Big Product Improvements

    My favorite travel site Hipmunk just announced that it has raised $15 million in a Series B round of funding. The round was led by Institutional Venture Partners, and IVP parter Todd Chaffee will be joining the Hipmunk board. Previous investor Ignition Partners also invested. Read More

  • Bing Adds Qwiki’s Multimedia Presentations To Its Search Results

    Bing Adds Qwiki’s Multimedia Presentations To Its Search Results

    Qwiki seems to be spreading. Last month, it announced a new Creator platform for publishers and bloggers that’s already being used by ABC News and others. Now it’s announcing a partnership with Bing. The companies say that Qwikis, which are essentially multimedia presentations, complete with narration, will now be embedded into Bing results, and they can be played directly inside… Read More

  • Yext Raises $27M More At A $270M Valuation

    Yext Raises $27M More At A $270M Valuation

    Yext, a company that helps local businesses synchronize their listings across 50 different sites, just announced that it has raised $27 million in Series E funding. Yext did not provide a valuation, but a source close to the company tells me that it was $270 million. The round was led Marker, a new fund launched by Rick Scanlon, founder of Crescent Point Capital Group. CrunchFund (whose… Read More

  • InfoArmy: Jigsaw Founder’s New Startup Tackles Competitive Intelligence

    InfoArmy: Jigsaw Founder’s New Startup Tackles Competitive Intelligence

    Jim Fowler has already disrupted one industry by launching Jigsaw, the crowdsourced contact database that was acquired by Salesforce.com for $175 million (higher than initially reported thanks to earnouts). Now he’s hoping to do it again with a company called InfoArmy. This time, Fowler’s looking at the competitive intelligence industry dominated by companies like Dun &… Read More

  • LightSpeed Raises $30M From Accel To Help Retailers Serve Tech-Savvy Shoppers

    LightSpeed Raises $30M From Accel To Help Retailers Serve Tech-Savvy Shoppers

    LightSpeed, a company promising to help physical retailers adapt to the digital age, has raised $30 million in Series A funding from Accel Partners. This is one of those investments where Accel finds an already-successful company that has been bootstrapping for several years, if not longer. (The most recent announcement was Qualtrics, a 10-year-old data collection and analysis company.)… Read More

  • Beyond The Press Release: PR Newswire Launches Agility Dashboard

    Beyond The Press Release: PR Newswire Launches Agility Dashboard

    PR isn’t dead (as some pundits like to claim), but it is changing. PR Newswire (a.k.a. “the site that I use to search for press releases”) is responding to those changes by launching a new product called Agility. Nicole Guillot, PR Newswire’s senior vice president of global product management, says that Agility is largely built around things that the company already… Read More

  • Apple Announces New Passbook App To Store Movie Tickets, Retail Cards, And Boarding Passes

    Apple Announces New Passbook App To Store Movie Tickets, Retail Cards, And Boarding Passes

    Apple just announced a new iOS app on-stage at WWDC called Passbook that aims to store all of your “passes” — a category that includes boarding passes, store cards, and movie tickets. The idea is to create one app that replaces a lot of the clutter in your wallet (or, if you’re an early-adopter, unifies an experience that was spread across multiple mobile apps). So you… Read More

  • AMC And Bertelsmann Back Asian Video Startup DramaFever

    AMC And Bertelsmann Back Asian Video Startup DramaFever

    Back in March, video startup DramaFever announced that it had raised a $4.5 million Series B from MK Capital and YouTube co-founder Steve Chen, among others. Now the company has added some big media companies to the round, including AMC Networks and Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (part of German media giant Bertelsmann AG). The extra money brings the Series B to $6 million and… Read More

  • NetShelter Hires A Raft Of Senior VPs To Help Build Its InPowered Ad Platform

    NetShelter Hires A Raft Of Senior VPs To Help Build Its InPowered Ad Platform

    Tech-focused blog network NetShelter is announcing four new executive hires today, part of what co-founder and CEO Peyman Nilforoush says is a larger company shift to focus on its InPowered Platform. NetShelter first announced InPowered back in December, saying the platform was conceived with advertisers like Samsung. The basic idea is that expert opinion has a much bigger impact than… Read More