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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  • 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

  • BetaTeamup: BetaBait Acquires BetaNoodle

    BetaTeamup: BetaBait Acquires BetaNoodle

    The names, at least, sound like a match made in heaven — BetaBait says it has acquired BetaNoodle. And actually, the products sound like a good fit, too. BetaBait connects startups with early users through its website and email newsletter. BetaNoodle hasn’t launched yet, but it’s supposed to be an app doing something similar, but for Android developers and users. The… Read More

  • Thumbtack Revamp Makes It Even Easier To Find A Service Provider

    Thumbtack Revamp Makes It Even Easier To Find A Service Provider

    Thumbtack.com, a site that helps people find local service providers (from house cleaners to DJs to math tutors, to use the three examples on the company homepage), unveiled a big redesign earlier this week. Co-founder Sander Daniels says the original version of Thumbtack tried to make finding a service provider easier by avoiding the standard search interface — people posted what job… Read More

  • LegalZoom Files For $120M IPO, Saw $156M In Revenue Last Year

    LegalZoom Files For $120M IPO, Saw $156M In Revenue Last Year

    Online legal services company LegalZoom filed an S-1 form this morning declaring its intention to raise up to $120 million in an IPO. LegalZoom offers documents and subscription services to make it easier for individuals and businesses to accomplish basic legal tasks. As evidence of the company’s traction and impact, the S-1 says LegalZoom has served about 2 million customers in the past… Read More

  • Happy Mother’s Day: Punchbowl Partners With Amazon For Digital Gift Cards

    Happy Mother’s Day: Punchbowl Partners With Amazon For Digital Gift Cards

    When party-planning service Punchbowl expanded into digital greeting cards last fall, it emphasized creating a beautiful experience, just as it did with its party invitations. But CEO Matt Douglas says that for some users, a key piece was still missing — you often don’t just want to send a card, but a gift too. That’s where the company’s new integration with… Read More

  • Uber Is Testing In San Diego, Gives A Lift To Tony Hawk

    Uber Is Testing In San Diego, Gives A Lift To Tony Hawk

    Uber, the mobile car service that’s becoming indispensable (I think I spend more money on Uber than on food), is continuing its geographic expansion by entering “super secret stealth test mode” in San Diego. “Super secret” means something different for Uber than it does for most people — apparently it involves posting about it on the company blog and… Read More

  • Image Monetization Startup Stipple Raises $5M Led By Floodgate And Relevance

    Image Monetization Startup Stipple Raises $5M Led By Floodgate And Relevance

    Stipple, the advertising startup that helps Web publishers monetize their images, just announced that it has raised $5 million in a Series A round of funding. The company already raised a $2 million seed round from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Mike Maples’ Floodgate, Justin Timberlake, and others. Floodgate and Relevance Capital led the new round, and there’s a long list… Read More

  • Kleiner Perkins And Sequoia Fund $6.5M Round For Cross-Device Ad Targeter Drawbridge

    Kleiner Perkins And Sequoia Fund $6.5M Round For Cross-Device Ad Targeter Drawbridge

    When two of the biggest names in venture capital (arguably still the biggest) both invest in a startup, you know it’s probably time to take notice. So yes, take notice: A cross-device ad targeting startup called Drawbridge has raised a $6.5 million Series A from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Capital. The company was founded in November 2010 by Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan… Read More

  • Mixpanel Raises $10.25M Led By Andreessen Horowitz, Now Provides Analytics For Viddy And Path

    Mixpanel Raises $10.25M Led By Andreessen Horowitz, Now Provides Analytics For Viddy And Path

    Y Combinator-backed analytics startup Mixpanel can now add Andreessen Horowitz to an already-impressive list of investors. Mixpanel had already raised $1.75 million from Sequoia Capital, Square COO Keith Rabois, PayPal co-founder Max Levchin, and Bebo co-founder Michael Birch. Now Andreessen Horowitz has led a $10.25 million Series A, with participation from Levchin, Salesforce.com CEO… Read More