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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  • 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

  • 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