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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  • Tumblr President John Maloney Steps Down, Promises “Awesome New Stuff”

    Tumblr President John Maloney Steps Down, Promises “Awesome New Stuff”

    Tumblr President John Maloney just posted (on his Tumblr, natch) that he’s stepping down from a day-to-day operational role at the company. “It’s the right time for me and a good time for Tumblr,” Maloney writes. “We’re in great hands with David and the excellent leadership team we’ve built.” Read More

  • Spanning Stats Has Scanned 25,000+ Google Drives

    Spanning Stats Has Scanned 25,000+ Google Drives

    Spanning, which already offers a backup service for Google Apps, is now riding the coattails of Google Drive. Two days after the Drive announcement, Spanning released a new, free tool called Spanning Stats that helps users understand what’s in their Google Drive. The company says its report gives you data including the percentage documents in your Google Drive by type, the 10 newest… Read More

  • Klouchebag, Finally Something More Douchey Than Klout

    Klouchebag, Finally Something More Douchey Than Klout

    Today my Twitter friends are going nuts about Klouchebag, the service that takes social media parody (and Klout puns) to the next level, with algorithms and stuff. As with Klout, you enter your Twitter handle and are given a score between 1 and 100. But instead of measuring social media influence, Klouchebag tells you “how much of an asshat you are on Twitter.” Apparently… Read More

  • Amazon CFO Dodges Questions On Antitrust, Patents, Kindle Plans

    Amazon CFO Dodges Questions On Antitrust, Patents, Kindle Plans

    Amazon just wrapped up its earnings call for the first quarter fo the year, and the most common phrase may have been, “I probably can’t help you.” To be fair, earnings calls are always a dance, where analysts try to pry more financial details and future plans out of executives, while executives don’t want to give anything away. But today’s call felt like a… Read More

  • StumbleUpon Reaches 25M Registered Users, Plans For Global Expansion And API

    StumbleUpon Reaches 25M Registered Users, Plans For Global Expansion And API

    CEO Garrett Camp tells me that content discovery service StumbleUpon hit 25 million registered users earlier this week, and that those users are pretty damn active — the service is now seeing 1.2 billion Stumbles a month. For someone like me, who sees the impressive traffic that StumbleUpon can drive to an article, the growth isn’t a big surprise, but it’s worth remembering… Read More

  • Last-Minute Booking App HotelTonight Goes International With Toronto And Vancouver

    Last-Minute Booking App HotelTonight Goes International With Toronto And Vancouver

    HotelTonight, the smartphone app that lets you book same-day hotel rooms, is moving into international markets for the first time. It now supports bookings in Toronto and Vancouver, and it plans to add other Canadian and international cities this year. The app is built for this moments when you suddenly realize that it would be nice to have a hotel — say if you’re visiting San… Read More

  • ShopLocket Promises Customers They Can Sell Anything, Anywhere

    ShopLocket Promises Customers They Can Sell Anything, Anywhere

    A new startup called ShopLocket says it’s ready to serve people who want to sell things online, but don’t need to create a full-blown storefront. Supposedly, co-founder and CEO Katherine Hague was part of that group herself. She wanted to sell some T-shirts on her blog and website, but she didn’t need to create a full-blown Shopify store, nor did it make sense to pay the… Read More

  • Dropbox’s Drew Houston Weighs In (Briefly) On Google Drive

    Dropbox’s Drew Houston Weighs In (Briefly) On Google Drive

    At the end of Dropbox’s “Hey, we have a huge new office!” event today in San Francisco, some reporters cornered CEO Drew Houston and asked him about the big cloud news of the week — the launch of Dropbox competitor Google Drive. Initially, Houston said he didn’t have time to really comment, because he had to catch a flight (which almost sounds like an excuse to… Read More

  • TubeMogul: We’re Totally The Biggest In Real-Time Video Ads, Delivered 6.6B Streams In A Year

    TubeMogul: We’re Totally The Biggest In Real-Time Video Ads, Delivered 6.6B Streams In A Year

    TubeMogul is releasing some statistics today about the success of its video ad buying platform. The big message: That when real-time video ads, TubeMogul is the biggest buyer. The company initially offered tools to help publishers syndicate and analyze their videos, but it relaunched last year with its current focus on video ads. In the 12 months since, the company says it has delivered… Read More

  • Google Releases A Playbook For “Winning With Mobile”

    Google Releases A Playbook For “Winning With Mobile”

    As Google continues to push businesses to embrace mobile advertising, it’s trying to make that process a little less intimidating with a new publication titled “The Mobile Playbook: The Busy Executive’s Guide to Winning with Mobile.” The playbook is co-written by Jason Spero, Google’s head of mobile sales and strategy (he joined through the acquisition of AdMob)… Read More

  • Incubator Lemnos Labs Is Looking For Its Next Class Of Hardware Startups

    Incubator Lemnos Labs Is Looking For Its Next Class Of Hardware Startups

    It seems like everyone’s worried about an incubator bubble, but seriously — Lemnos Labs is doing something different. It’s not just incubating for the latest social network or iPhone app. Instead, it’s looking for startups that build hardware. At first, hardware and incubators sounds like an odd match, since the incubator boom is driven, at least in part, by the way… Read More

  • Workout Spots Wants To Be The OpenTable For Fitness

    Workout Spots Wants To Be The OpenTable For Fitness

    Workout Spots is hoping to bring the oh-so-popular “OpenTable for X” approach to the world of fitness. The goal, as the name implies, is to help people find nearby gyms, and to register for classes at those gyms. The interface is pretty straightforward — you just enter your zip code, how far you’re willing to travel, whether you’re looking for a “spot”… Read More

  • Here Are The Winners Of The One-Sentence Pitch Competition

    Here Are The Winners Of The One-Sentence Pitch Competition

    Over the weekend, we hosted a fun contest from the Founder Institute, where entrepreneurs posted a one-sentence pitch for their companies. We received more than 450 pitches, of which 421 followed the designated format (“My company, _(insert name of company)_, is developing _(a defined offering)_ to help _(a defined audience)_ _(solve a problem)_ with _(secret sauce)_”). Now, Adeo… Read More

  • Buffer Has Scheduled 10M Social Updates And Signed Up 180K Users

    Buffer Has Scheduled 10M Social Updates And Signed Up 180K Users

    When we last covered Buffer, a service for scheduling your social media sharing, the startup had just raised $400,000, and its founders were relocating from San Francisco to Hong Kong due to expiring visas. It sounds like the immigration situation hasn’t been entirely resolved, and most of the team is still in Hong Kong — but on the bright side, Buffer’s growth has… Read More

  • Reed Hastings Talks Netflix Content Plans: More Exclusives, No Tiered Pricing (Yet)

    Reed Hastings Talks Netflix Content Plans: More Exclusives, No Tiered Pricing (Yet)

    Even though Netflix’s first-quarter earnings came in ahead of analyst expectations, CEO Reed Hastings still had to answer plenty of (usually skeptical) questions during this afternoon’s earnings conference call about how he plans to expand the company’s streaming content library. Hastings has already talked about how the streaming strategy will differ from Netflix’s… Read More

  • Now That’s An Investor List: Viddy Backed By Biz Stone, Shakira, And Jay-Z’s Roc Nation

    Now That’s An Investor List: Viddy Backed By Biz Stone, Shakira, And Jay-Z’s Roc Nation

    Right after racing to the top of the App Store charts, Viddy just announced that it has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from a long list of celebrities — not just tech celebrities, but also the kind that non-techies have heard of. Here’s who invested: Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, Omniture founder Josh James, Skull Candy chairman Jeff Kearl, Roc Nation (the record label… Read More

  • Want FounderDating In Your City? Now You Can “Unlock” It

    Want FounderDating In Your City? Now You Can “Unlock” It

    FounderDating, which helps entrepreneurs with co-founders through online networking and offline events, announced a big geographic expansion earlier this year. But what if you don’t live in a traditionally startup-heavy city like San Francisco, New York, or Boston? Do you have to slave away on your awesome idea all by yourself? Not necessarily. To figure out where to go next… Read More

  • BetterWorks Adds Groups And Permissions To Its Office Perks Platform

    BetterWorks Adds Groups And Permissions To Its Office Perks Platform

    BetterWorks, a startup that helps companies give their employees perks and rewards, is launching new features that should make it a better fit for big enterprises. The startup offers customers a dashboard for managing things like office catering, discounts at local businesses, and a rewards program called Bonus Bucks. For the most part, it has focused on small- and medium-sized businesses… Read More

  • Dropbox Sharing Gets Ridiculously Easy With Links

    Dropbox Sharing Gets Ridiculously Easy With Links

    In the words of Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, sharing documents and other files online is “bafflingly, still really difficult.” I mean, clearly it’s doable through email and, yes, services such as Dropbox, but it’s still kind of a pain. With a new feature launching today, Houston and his team are trying to make things as absolutely simple as possible. And it looks like… Read More

  • Google Makes Its Big Video Push With AdWords For Video

    Google Makes Its Big Video Push With AdWords For Video

    A couple of weeks ago, early participants in the new AdWords for Video program gathered at the YouTube offices. The ostensible justification for the meeting was a fancy photo shoot, but YouTube executives also gave a little pep talk, laying out their vision to make video advertising available to small businesses. They even let themselves get a little dreamy, imagining a day when video might… Read More