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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  • ClarityRay Battles Ad Blockers With $500K In Funding

    ClarityRay Battles Ad Blockers With $500K In Funding

    Some of you are probably reading this post with ad blocker right now — and to be honest, I don’t blame you. Sure, there’s the occasional amusing or genuinely useful ad, but not terribly often, so why not install a plugin and avoid the whole mess? Of course, those ads make money, so if ad blockers become widespread enough, it could be a real problem for online publishers (who… Read More

  • The Underwhelming Scene Outside Facebook HQ

    The Underwhelming Scene Outside Facebook HQ

    Well, they warned us. Yesterday, Facebook PR was telling reporters that when the company went public this morning, there wouldn’t be much to see at the Menlo Park headquarters. Nonetheless, I made the drive down from San Francisco, and I wasn’t alone. When I arrived at around 6:30am Pacific, the small parking lot set aside for reporters and news vans was already full. Facebook… Read More

  • Everyme Adds Android, A Web App, and Instagram Integration

    Everyme Adds Android, A Web App, and Instagram Integration

    Everyme, the Y Combinator-backed mobile startup that helps users create groups for private sharing, is launching a whole bunch of new stuff today. For starters, it’s releasing apps for both Android and the Web. Co-founder Vibhu Norby says both products have the same features as the iPhone app. On the Android side, Norby says “worked really hard” to create an app that was… Read More

  • Weotta Go: An iPhone App That Suggests Activities For Right Now

    Weotta Go: An iPhone App That Suggests Activities For Right Now

    Here’s an iPhone app for those moments when you’re wondering, “Okay, I’ve got some free time right now — what should I do?” Weotta Go is actually the latest product from Weotta, a startup that launched at TechCrunch Disrupt last year. At the time, the company had built a website that helped people make plans, such as figuring out where to eat dinner tonight. Read More

  • Tiger Pistol Raises $1M+ For Easy Social Media Marketing, Leaves Beta

    Tiger Pistol Raises $1M+ For Easy Social Media Marketing, Leaves Beta

    Tiger Pistol, an Australian startup offering social media marketing tools that it describes as both “small business friendly” and “enterprise powerful”, is coming out of its closed beta test today and launching to the public. It’s also announcing that it has raised $1 million in angel funding. Co-founder and CEO Stephen Hibber says that the goal was to create… Read More

  • Bitly Kinda Says It’s Not Raising $20M, But Sorta Hints That It Is

    Bitly Kinda Says It’s Not Raising $20M, But Sorta Hints That It Is

    Is link shortener Bitly raising $20 million in new funding? The Verge says it is. In response to my email, a company spokesperson denied The Verge’s story, but in vague enough terms that it could probably turn around and announce a new round in the next few weeks or months. Here’s what the spokesperson told me: Read More

  • News Discovery Site Prismatic Gets More Social With User Profiles

    News Discovery Site Prismatic Gets More Social With User Profiles

    Startup Prismatic claims to show you news related to “what you’re actually interested in.” Starting today, users can to reveal those interests to others with newly launched profiles. When I first heard about Prismatic, my kneejerk reaction was, “Oh God, another Flipboard competitor.” Making matters worse, the company is building a website first and doesn’t… Read More

  • Social Syndication Startup Mass Relevance Raises $3.3M

    Social Syndication Startup Mass Relevance Raises $3.3M

    Mass Relevance, a startup that helps media companies and brands tap into this crazy Twitter thing, has raised $3.3 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Austin Ventures, with money from Battery Ventures, Floodgate, Allegro Venture Partners, and Metamorphic Ventures. The startup previously raised $2.2 million in seed funding from most of the same backers — Battery is the… Read More

  • Workplace Social Network Convo Adds An Android App And Group Chat

    Workplace Social Network Convo Adds An Android App And Group Chat

    When it comes to business social networking products, Convo, created by Scrybe Labs, probably doesn’t have the name recognition (or the funding) of Yammer. But judging from the demonstration I saw recently, it has a compelling product, and it’s announcing some nice additions today. CEO Faizan Buzdar came by the TechCrunch office last week to demonstrate Convo and its new features. Read More

  • Ultra-Targeted Advertising: Man Uses Pandora For Marriage Proposal

    Ultra-Targeted Advertising: Man Uses Pandora For Marriage Proposal

    When I was younger, my parents liked to listen to the big soft rock stations in Los Angeles. Once in a while, the sappy love songs would be interrupted by an emotional song dedication from a boy/girlfriend to their significant other. It was awkward, but also kind of beautiful. But mostly awkward. Now it sounds like Pandora has made an impressive gesture toward keeping that tradition alive… Read More

  • GM Halting Facebook Ads: Did The Auto Maker Just “Not Get Social”?

    GM Halting Facebook Ads: Did The Auto Maker Just “Not Get Social”?

    General Motors plans to stop advertising on Facebook, says The Wall Street Journal according to “people familiar with the matter.” But I spoke to a source close to Facebook that characterize GM’s efforts as “taking one swing and deciding to quit.” My source says GM’s efforts weren’t social enough, focusing on building apps rather than launching social… Read More

  • Teens In Tech Launches A Job Board For High Schoolers

    Teens In Tech Launches A Job Board For High Schoolers

    I always hear that startups are competing for young talent, especially on the tech side — but usually that means college students and recent grads. What about high schoolers? Read More

  • Qualtrics Raises $70M From Accel And Sequoia: “The Biggest Software Company You Haven’t Heard Of”?

    Qualtrics Raises $70M From Accel And Sequoia: “The Biggest Software Company You Haven’t Heard Of”?

    Two of the top venture capital firms have written a big check for Qualtrics, a 10-year-old company offering online data collection and analysis. The $70 million round is Qualtrics’ first institutional investment — the company says it has been profitable since it was founded in 2002. The money comes from Accel Partners and Sequoia Capital, which both have growth funds targeting… Read More

  • Engagio Brings Its Social Inbox To Your Gmail Inbox

    Engagio Brings Its Social Inbox To Your Gmail Inbox

    What’s the best way to manage our conversations across all the websites and social networks we’re visiting? William Mougayar, founder and CEO of Engagio, says that it’s through a Gmail-style social inbox — after all, that’s the interface we use to manage most of our communication already (not that everyone’s happy about it), and heck, it’s the way many… Read More

  • Honestly.com Becomes A Talent Search Engine, Renames Itself TalentBin

    Honestly.com Becomes A Talent Search Engine, Renames Itself TalentBin

    Honestly.com, a startup that allowed professionals to submit anonymous reviews of their coworkers, has been pretty quiet for the past couple of years. Turns out that’s because
    the company has been busy reinventing itself. Today it’s unveiling a new product and a new name — TalentBin. Co-founder Peter Kazanjy says TalentBin addresses one of the big problems with Honestly… Read More

  • Velti: In Mobile Ads, iOS Widens Its Lead Over Android

    Velti: In Mobile Ads, iOS Widens Its Lead Over Android

    Last month, mobile marketing company Velti reported that iOS had pulled slightly ahead of Android in mobile ad impressions, after being tied at the end of last year. Now, apparently, iOS has taken widened that lead, if not by much — it accounted for 55 percent of mobile ad impressions in April, compared to 45 percent for Android. The data is based on data from Velti’s Mobclix… Read More

  • Freshdesk Adds Support For Private Customer Service Messages On Facebook

    Freshdesk Adds Support For Private Customer Service Messages On Facebook

    It looks like customer support via Facebook is about to get more useful, thanks to a new feature from startup Freshdesk. Freshdesk helps businesses manage their customer service through traditional channels like email and phone, as well as social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Now it’s integrating with the messaging feature that was part of the new Brand Pages that Facebook launched… Read More

  • Market Research Startup EyeTrackShop Raises $3M

    Market Research Startup EyeTrackShop Raises $3M

    EyeTrackShop, a startup that develops eye-tracking technology for measuring ad effectiveness, has raised $3 million from Northzone. The company says its technology works through a regular webcam, allowing market researchers to gather data quickly and affordably. You can run the test before you spend money on a campaign, or test how well the advertising works once it’s live, and how… Read More

  • Techies: Got Questions For SF Mayor Ed Lee? Join Him (And Me) On Google+

    Techies: Got Questions For SF Mayor Ed Lee? Join Him (And Me) On Google+

    Over the past few months, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has become a familiar face at local startup events — whether it’s at the Crunchie Awards, the opening of Dropbox’s new office, or the NewMe Accelerator Demo Day, where he was interviewed by Colleen Taylor (to name a few). Now he’s offering the tech community a chance to weigh in on the city budget. Mayor Lee has… Read More

  • Dropbox Kicks Off Its Bigger, More Difficult “Dropquest” Scavenger Hunt Today

    Dropbox Kicks Off Its Bigger, More Difficult “Dropquest” Scavenger Hunt Today

    Last year, nearly half a million completed Dropbox‘s very first “Dropquest.” This time, designer Jon Ying and engineer Rajeev Nayak say they “honestly don’t know” how many people will participate, but with the company’s rapid growth, it’s a safe bet that the number will be bigger. Nayak describes Dropquest as “a gift to our users.”… Read More