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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  • 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

  • HelloFax: With 51K Installs, We’re The Top Google Drive App

    HelloFax: With 51K Installs, We’re The Top Google Drive App

    When Google Drive launched at the end of April, a wave of partner apps launched too. Now Y Combinator-backed HelloFax, the startup behind one of those apps, says its Google Drive app has seen rapid uptake, with 51,000 installs in about two weeks. In fact, the company says that number makes it the most-installed of the Google Drive apps. The claim seems a little odd at first, since there are… Read More

  • Cheezburger Creator Launches SimpleHoney To Find Hotels You’ll Love

    Cheezburger Creator Launches SimpleHoney To Find Hotels You’ll Love

    People deal with the pain of online hotel search is different ways. For many, it means spending hours and hours of research spread across dozens of browsers tabs. In my case, I usually throw up your hands and say, “Screw it, I give up, I’m just going to pick an affordable hotel that doesn’t look completely terrible.” Either way, there’s something broken here… Read More

  • Klout In The Airport: A High Score Gets You Into Cathay Pacific’s SFO Lounge

    Klout In The Airport: A High Score Gets You Into Cathay Pacific’s SFO Lounge

    Last month, Klout launched its iPhone app. Today, it’s announcing its first big mobile partnership, one that should make app pretty appealing to any air travelers in San Francisco. So Klout is launching a Perk with Hong Kong-headquartered Cathay Pacific Airways. Anyone in the international terminal at San Francisco International Airport with a Klout score of 40 or higher will be allowed… Read More

  • RewardLoop Raises $1M For QR Code-Enabled Loyalty Programs

    RewardLoop Raises $1M For QR Code-Enabled Loyalty Programs

    RewardLoop, a startup offering a nifty new approach to customer reward programs, has raised $1 million in Series A funding. To get started with RewardLoop, businesses need to install an adapter that connects to their point-of-sale system (namely, the technology that handles the checkout and payment process). Then, whenever someone makes a purchase, a QR code is printed at the end of their… Read More

  • AngelHack Plans A Bicoastal Hackathon, With Funding For the Winners

    AngelHack Plans A Bicoastal Hackathon, With Funding For the Winners

    Covering the tech scene in San Francisco, it sometimes seems like there’s a hackathon every weekend. But the folks behind AngelHack are thinking a little bigger for their summer event. They’re calling it the first hackathon “to unite startup communities nationwide.” On the weekend of June 23-24, AngelHack will be hosting four simultaneous hackathons in the New York… Read More

  • Social Ad Startup Adaptly Raises $10.5M From Valhalla And Time Warner

    Social Ad Startup Adaptly Raises $10.5M From Valhalla And Time Warner

    Adaptly, a startup that manages ad campaigns across multiple social networks, just announced that it has raised $10.5 million in a Series B round of funding. At the same time, it’s launching a new product called Evergreen to help advertisers promote their social network content. The round was led by Valhalla Partners, with participation from Time Warner Investments and Vivi Nevo —… Read More

  • Garrett Camp Steps Down As StumbleUpon CEO, Will Serve As Chairman

    Garrett Camp Steps Down As StumbleUpon CEO, Will Serve As Chairman

    StumbleUpon co-founder Garrett Camp just announced that he’s stepping down as CEO and becoming chairman of the company’s board. The change is effective immediately, Camp says. He’ll be leading a search for the company’s new CEO, someone who has more experience with international growth and running a large organization, while the current executive team handles… Read More

  • Virurl Raises $1.2M To Reward Users For Spreading Viral Content

    Virurl Raises $1.2M To Reward Users For Spreading Viral Content

    Virurl, a startup that helps advertisers promote their content virally, is launching its public beta test today. It’s also announcing that it has raised $1.2 million in seed funding. Here’s how the Virurl model works: Advertisers upload the content that they want to promote, then set a campaign budget and a cost-per-click rate that they’re willing to pay. Then users can… Read More

  • NYC Real Estate Startup RealDirect Adds Map Search And Compatibility Rankings

    NYC Real Estate Startup RealDirect Adds Map Search And Compatibility Rankings

    RealDirect.com was built around a compelling proposition for home sellers — instead of paying the 6 percent broker fee, let RealDirect handle the listings and offer advice from agents, while only paying a 1 or 2 percent commission. Now, however, the site is also trying to be useful for home buyers. Specifically, instead of expecting buyers to find the listings through various real… Read More

  • Y Combinator-Backed Swiftype Builds Site Search That Doesn’t Suck

    Y Combinator-Backed Swiftype Builds Site Search That Doesn’t Suck

    In my four-plus years covering tech, I don’t think I’ve ever met another blogger who was happy with the search feature on their website. The options range from terrible to, uh, functional, but it’s never good, and I’ve always found that it’s easier to just search via Google. Apparently Matt Riley and Quin Hoxie saw the same problem when they were working at Scribd. Read More

  • Gamification Startup SessionM Raises $20M Led By Charles River Ventures

    Gamification Startup SessionM Raises $20M Led By Charles River Ventures

    SessionM, a startup led by Quattro Wireless co-founder Lars Albright, just announced that it has raised $20 million in a Series B round of funding. The round was led by Charles River Ventures, with participation from past investors Highland Capital Partners and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. CRV partner Jon Auerbach is joining the SessionM board. The company declined to comment on… Read More

  • Greatist Wants To Build A Brand Around Non-Sucky Health Content

    Greatist Wants To Build A Brand Around Non-Sucky Health Content

    When it comes to health and fitness, content farms rule the Internet. Try to search for something like “how to lose weight” and you’ll get a long list of anonymously-written, poorly-sourced articles. So Derek Flanzraich is trying to build something better with Greatist, where he’s founder and CEO. If you go the site, the differences may be too subtle to notice at first. Read More

  • The Avengers Sets New Mobile Sales Record For Fandango

    The Avengers Sets New Mobile Sales Record For Fandango

    The Avengers can add another record to its tally — it represents the most opening weekend tickets sold in Fandango history, and a new record for mobile ticket sales. Fandango didn’t share the exact number of sales, but it did say that The Avengers beat the previous record holder, The Hunger Games, and that it also set a new record for hourly sales, with 68,000 tickets sold between… Read More

  • Eventbrite And SponsorHub Team Up For Easy Event Sponsorship Integration

    Eventbrite And SponsorHub Team Up For Easy Event Sponsorship Integration

    If you’re an event organizer selling tickets through Eventbrite, it’s about to get easier to find sponsors, thanks to integration with a startup called SponsorHub. SponsorHub founder and CEO Robert Johnston compares the event sponsorship industry to online advertising 12 or 15 years ago — largely unchanged and ripe for disruption by digital technology. That’s where… Read More

  • Alau.me Wants To Fix iOS Marketing With Bit.ly-Like Links And More

    Alau.me Wants To Fix iOS Marketing With Bit.ly-Like Links And More

    People are always complaining about the difficulty of getting found in the Apple App Store. A new startup called Alau.me (pronounced “allow me”) is trying to tackle the problem through a app referral tracking. Co-founder Brian Sabino says the team has built iOS apps itself, and it found that the current app advertising and promotional system is broken for most developers, with the… Read More

  • Unified Hires Googler Brian Murphy To Run Sales

    Unified Hires Googler Brian Murphy To Run Sales

    Unified, a company offering tools to help agencies and brands manage their social advertising campaigns, has lured someone from Google to run it sales team. Specifically, it’s announcing the hiring of Brian Murphy as its new vice president of sales. His past experience includes leading Google’s advertising sales to the financial industry, overseeing AdMob’s East Coast… Read More

  • DJ Platform Dubset Becomes Thefuture.fm, Doubles User Base To 100K

    DJ Platform Dubset Becomes Thefuture.fm, Doubles User Base To 100K

    Naming your company Thefuture.fm is kind of a bold move. Sure, it’s fun at first, but if things go badly, you’re setting yourself up for lots of bad puns (“No future for Thefuture.fm,” etc.). Luckily, the site seems to be off to a good start. Founder and CEO David Stein says the service first launched about eight months ago as Dubset, which he now describes as a beta test. Read More

  • Want A Free Desk In SF? i/o Ventures Is Offering Space For Three Startups

    Want A Free Desk In SF? i/o Ventures Is Offering Space For Three Startups

    I don’t want to become the publicity arm for every tech organization throwing a contest or giveaway, but once in a while, something comes along that seems like a perfect fit for a big chunk of TechCrunch readers. For example: i/o Ventures, the co-working space and startup incubator based in the Mission District (that’s San Francisco’s best neighborhood, for those of you not… Read More