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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  • 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

  • Atlassian Launches A Marketplace For Project Management Add-Ons

    Atlassian Launches A Marketplace For Project Management Add-Ons

    Atlassian, the Australian company that makes popular software project management tools JIRA and Confluence, has opened a marketplace where customers can download and buy add-ons for the company’s apps. Usually, the launch of a marketplace or app store signals a company’s broader platform ambitions, but Atlassian President Jay Simons says the platform approach has been “part… Read More

  • Interactive Outdoor Ad Startup smartDIGITAL Raises $2.7M

    Interactive Outdoor Ad Startup smartDIGITAL Raises $2.7M

    smartDIGITAL, a startup that makes interactive ad displays, has raised $2.7 million in a Series A round of funding. smartDIGITAL displays are already available in Chicago and Miami, says co-founder and CEO George Burciaga, with plans to roll them out to 10 markets over the next 36 months. They’re essentially large kiosks with multi-touch screens that allow consumers to interact with an… Read More

  • Tim Cook On Apple TV: “We’re Going To Keep Pulling The String”

    Tim Cook On Apple TV: “We’re Going To Keep Pulling The String”

    Apple CEO Tim Cook talked about the company’s TV plans tonight at the D10 conference. His comments were all pretty vague, but if nothing else, he hinted strongly that Apple does in fact have plans for future TV products. When interviewers Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher pressed Cook on whether he thinks the current Apple TV product is good enough, he said, “We’re going to… Read More

  • An $800M Buddy Media Acquisition Would Be Worth 8X Its Current Revenue

    An $800M Buddy Media Acquisition Would Be Worth 8X Its Current Revenue

    Salesforce.com may be close to acquiring Buddy Media in the largest social media marketing acquisition to date, according to sources close to the company. AllThingsD reported earlier today that Salesforce is getting close to a deal for more than $800 million, and we’d heard acquisition rumors earlier this week too, though Buddy Media declined to comment. Now our sources say the price… Read More

  • Lockerz Acquires Fashion Community ‘Chick Approved’

    Lockerz Acquires Fashion Community ‘Chick Approved’

    Social commerce startup Lockerz just announced that it has acquired online fashion community Chick Approved. Lockerz allows its members to earn “PTZ” by sharing content and other activity on the site, which are then redeemed for discounts in the Lockerz store. Fashion, style, and beauty are the company’s fastest growing categories, says founder and CEO Kathy Savitt, and… Read More

  • Ace Metrix Raises $8M For Smarter TV Ad Testing

    Ace Metrix Raises $8M For Smarter TV Ad Testing

    Ace Metrix, a startup promising brands and agencies a smarter, faster approach to testing their TV ads, has raised $8 million in new funding. CEO Peter Daboll, whose resume includes time as Chief of Insights at Yahoo and CEO of comScore Media Metrix, says the idea behind Ace Metrix is to “apply what we’ve learned in digital targeting and evaluation to television, which is the… Read More

  • Y Combinator: Work at a Startup

    Work At A Startup: Weebly, Codecademy, And Stripe On Startup Recruiting [TCTV]

    Earlier this month, Y Combinator held its Work At A Startup Event, where many of its alumni took the stage — not to pitch investors (as is the case at the incubator’s enormous demo day), but instead engineers who might be lured to work at the startups in question. After the presentations, I grabbed some one-on-one time with a few of the presenters (Weebly‘s David Rusenko… Read More

  • MoPub Launches A “Buy It Now” Private Marketplace For Mobile Advertisers

    MoPub Launches A “Buy It Now” Private Marketplace For Mobile Advertisers

    MoPub, an ad serving startup for smartphone apps, is announcing a new way for its publishers to offer their inventory to advertisers — a private marketplace limited to select publishers and advertisers. Basically, the market creates a more direct relationship, where publishers get more control and predictable pricing, while advertisers get early access. Advertisers will get first look… Read More

  • Manpacks Launches Its Startup Perks Program With Free Condoms

    Manpacks Launches Its Startup Perks Program With Free Condoms

    Well, that’s one way to get some attention for your product launch. Manpacks is announcing a new Startup Perks program, and to promote it, the company mailed boxes of free condoms to more than 100 startups, including Path, Udemy, Scribd, and GetAround. Supposedly, the boxes started arriving today — includes a custom URL where workers at that specific company can sign up for the… Read More

  • Office Perks Startup BetterWorks Will Shut Down On May 31

    Office Perks Startup BetterWorks Will Shut Down On May 31

    BetterWorks, the employee perks startup led by Los Angeles entrepreneur and investor Paige Craig, has told its customers that it will be shutting down May 31. The company offered tools to help businesses manage discounts and rewards programs for employees. In the past few months, BetterWorks still seemed to be rolling out a steady stream of new features like catering and groups and permissions. Read More

  • Bazaarvoice To Acquire PowerReviews For $151M

    Bazaarvoice To Acquire PowerReviews For $151M

    Two big customer review platforms are teaming up: Bazaarvoice just announced that it has agreed to acquire PowerReviews. The agreement is for up to $31 million in cash, plus stock, bringing the total estimated value to be $151 million. Bazaarvoice says the acquisition should close before the end of July. Read More

  • Predictive Startup Recorded Future Raises $12M From Balderton And Google Ventures

    Predictive Startup Recorded Future Raises $12M From Balderton And Google Ventures

    There’s a lot of talk these days about what you can do with “big data.” Here’s one of the more eye-catching uses: A startup called Recorded Future pulls data from around the Web to give customers a better handle on — that’s right — the future. The company just announced that it has raised $12 million in Series C funding from Balderton and Google Ventures. Read More

  • Social Ad Network 140 Proof Launches Partner Platform, Signs Up Jumptap

    Social Ad Network 140 Proof Launches Partner Platform, Signs Up Jumptap

    Ad startup 140 Proof is opening up a partner platform for companies that want to take advantage of its social ad targeting. The company currently delivers ads to 50 social apps, including Echofon, TweetCaster, and Plume. Underlying the network is something that 140 Proof calls “Interest Graph Targeting,” where users are assigned different “personas” based on what they… Read More

  • Box Aims For Bigger Deployments With New Features Like Enterprise-Wide Search

    Box Aims For Bigger Deployments With New Features Like Enterprise-Wide Search

    Box is releasing a number of new features today, with the broad theme of addressing “the needs of our largest enterprise customers in deploying this kind of technology,” according to CEO Aaron Levie. Those features include the ability to search files across an entire company, a new dashboard offering more granular controls for company administrators, mobile security options… Read More