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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  • DotLoop Raises $7M From Trinity To Kill Real Estate Paperwork

    DotLoop Raises $7M From Trinity To Kill Real Estate Paperwork

    DotLoop, a startup trying to bring real estate negotiations online, has raised a $7 million Series A from Trinity Ventures. The company says its software is already used by more than 200,000 real estate agents who serve more than 6 million buyers and sellers. To accelerate its growth, DotLoop is now releasing a free version of its product, DotLoop Now, which should make its services accessible… Read More

  • Salesforce Chatter To Add Instant Messaging and Screensharing

    Salesforce Chatter To Add Instant Messaging and Screensharing

    The team behind Salesforce.com’s enterprise social networking app Chatter is making a big push for real-time communication with two new features — Chatter Messenger and Chatter Screensharing. Chatter Product Marketing Director Dave King demonstrated Messenger and Screensharing for me earlier today and, well, they look like instant messaging and screensharing, just, y’know… Read More

  • Stevie Turns Your Social Feeds Into TV Shows

    Stevie Turns Your Social Feeds Into TV Shows

    We spend more and more time on social networks, but sometimes it can feel like work. I mean, scrolling through your news feed isn’t work work, but it’s not quite as easy as vegging out on your couch and watching TV. That’s where a new startup called Stevie comes in, with a website launching today at Disrupt, along with mobile apps that function as remote controls. Stevie looks… Read More

  • Punch! Launches A Platform For Building Interactive iPad Apps, Sans Developers

    Punch! Launches A Platform For Building Interactive iPad Apps, Sans Developers

    It’s a familiar story in the tech world: A company wants to build a consumer product, finds that the necessary tools aren’t available, creates its own tools, then realizes it has created a broader platform. David Bennahum offers some examples: Zip2. Vignette. TypePad. And yes, his startup Punch!, where Bennahum is co-founder and CEO, and which is launching its publishing platform… Read More

  • CallApp Uses Social Data To Build A Smarter Smartphone Contact Book

    CallApp Uses Social Data To Build A Smarter Smartphone Contact Book

    One of my least favorite moments of the day comes when my iPhone rings and the number isn’t in my contact book. Is it an important call from an entrepreneur? A random PR person pitching me? Or just a telemarketer? I won’t know until I pick up. CallApp, a startup launching today at Disrupt, wants to eliminate those awkward moments, for starters. It’s creating what CEO and… Read More

  • Imgur Partners With Brisk And “Scumbag Steve” For Meme-ified Ads

    Imgur Partners With Brisk And “Scumbag Steve” For Meme-ified Ads

    Imgur has built a massive audience for the sometimes amusing, sometimes adorable images and memes that it hosts. Now it faces another challenge: Making money. With 2 billion monthly page views, advertising seems like an obvious business plan. The problem, says CEO Alan Schaaf, is that “the Imgur audience has always hated ads.” So yes, the company runs a banner ad on each page, but… Read More

  • Fab.com Has 4.5M Members, CEO Wants To Work With Pinterest (But Doesn’t Actually Use It)

    Fab.com Has 4.5M Members, CEO Wants To Work With Pinterest (But Doesn’t Actually Use It)

    Fab.com CEO Jason Goldberg took the stage today at Disrupt, he laid out a grand vision for the site. He noted that it has been just under a year since the site launched, and it already has 4.5 million members. “That’s not an e-commerce site, that’s a movement,” he said. Read More

  • Xfire Raises $3M To Expand Gamer Social Networking In Asia

    Xfire Raises $3M To Expand Gamer Social Networking In Asia

    Xfire, which offers social networking tools for gamers, just announced that it has raised $3 million in new funding. The round was led by Singapore-based IDM Venture Capital. It’s apparently targeted specifically at expanding Xfire’s presence in Asia — the company recently announced that it’s partnering with China Youth Goyor Technology company to bring its services… Read More

  • 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