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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  • On The Heels Of Its Funding, Yext Gets A New Interface And Review Monitoring

    On The Heels Of Its Funding, Yext Gets A New Interface And Review Monitoring

    Last week Yext, a service that helps businesses synchronize their listings across the Web, announced a $27 million round of funding. (We heard it was at a $270 million valuation.) Today, it’s launching a new version of that service, aptly dubbed “The Next Yext.” Co-founder and CEO Howard Lerman says there are three main additions to the new version of Yext. First, there’s… Read More

  • Onefinestay Is Like A Super-Fancy Airbnb, And It Just Raised $12M

    Onefinestay Is Like A Super-Fancy Airbnb, And It Just Raised $12M

    Onefinestay, a startup describing itself as “the world’s first unhotel,” just announced that it has raised $12 million in a Series B round of funding. The service allows people who are going out-of-town to rent out their homes to travelers. It may sound a bit like Airbnb, but onefinestay is trying to create a more high-end experience, with a curated list of luxury houses… Read More

  • Bright Unveils A Data-Driven Approach To The Job Search, Raises $6M

    Bright Unveils A Data-Driven Approach To The Job Search, Raises $6M

    Startup Bright has already built a popular job board. CEO Steve Goodman says that over the past 18 months, Bright.com has attracted 8.6 million job seekers who have posted 2.8 million resumes. However, that was just stage one of the company’s plans — in Goodman’s words, it was “the largest scientific resume trial in the history of the industry.” Now Bright has… Read More

  • Klout: We’ve Delivered 700K Perks Across 350 Campaigns

    Klout: We’ve Delivered 700K Perks Across 350 Campaigns

    Do Klout Perks — where brands can offer special goods and services to users with the right Klout scores — work? Well, Klout is releasing some numbers suggesting that the program has considerable momentum. The company says it has been about two years since it launched the Klout Perks program in July 2010. Since then, it has delivered 700,000 perks in more than 350 campaigns. More… Read More

  • WordPress Plugin SlideDeck Adds Multiple Content Sources And Custom HTML

    WordPress Plugin SlideDeck Adds Multiple Content Sources And Custom HTML

    SlideDeck is a WordPress plugin that’s supposed to make it easy for publishers to add “content sliders” (basically a gallery/slideshow interface for browsing content) to their sites, and it’s already attracting some positive notice from tech bloggers. Today Digital Telepathy, which which makes the plugin (as well as the Hello Bar), is releasing a preview version of… Read More

  • YC-Backed Submittable Makes It Easy For Publishers To Manage Submissions

    YC-Backed Submittable Makes It Easy For Publishers To Manage Submissions

    If you’re a publisher looking for submissions (whether they’re stories, essays, videos, or whatever), what’s the best way to manage the process? It sounds relatively straightforward, but once those submissions start piling up, trying to track and sort them can turn into a headache. It’s a problem that Submittable, part of the latest class of startups incubated by Y… Read More

  • ClickTale Brings Its Visitor Tracking Tools To The Mobile Web

    ClickTale Brings Its Visitor Tracking Tools To The Mobile Web

    Israeli company ClickTale promises customers a better understanding of what visitors are actually doing on their websites, through tools like visitor recordings and heatmaps showing mouse movements and clicks. Today, it’s launching a mobile product in private beta. ClickTale’s senior technology evangelist Shmuli Goldberg says that on a conceptual level, the company is trying to… Read More

  • On Ubokia, Buyers Post What They’re Looking For — And Now It’s Embeddable On Partner Sites

    On Ubokia, Buyers Post What They’re Looking For — And Now It’s Embeddable On Partner Sites

    Looking for a cool new bike? Or a dress of a specific color and style? Instead of making you search for it, a startup called Ubokia lets you post what you’re looking for, then wait for the sellers to come to you. The site has been making progress recently, crossing the 100,000 user mark (the company says via email that it’s now “well on our way to 200K users and over 400K… Read More

  • Yahoo Mobile Sales Head Paul Cushman Joins Ad Targeting Startup Drawbridge

    Yahoo Mobile Sales Head Paul Cushman Joins Ad Targeting Startup Drawbridge

    Drawbridge, a cross-device ad targeting startup backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Capital, announced today it has hired Yahoo’s former mobile sales head as its new vice president of sales and business development. The hire in question is Paul Cushman, whose official title at Yahoo was senior director of mobile sales strategy. Despite the turmoil at the top of… Read More

  • Hearsay Social Offers Fresh Content For Brands In New Content Exchange

    Hearsay Social Offers Fresh Content For Brands In New Content Exchange

    Hearsay Social, a startup backed by New Enterprise Associates and Sequoia Capital, has tried to solve many of the challenges facing large brands that need to manage the social media presence of local branches or franchises. Its latest step: Launching a “Content Exchange” where brands can find and share articles. “Content is the currency of social media,” says VP of… Read More

  • 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