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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  • 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

  • Take Credit For The Jobs You Create With SmartRecruiters’ “Got Jobs?” Campaign

    Take Credit For The Jobs You Create With SmartRecruiters’ “Got Jobs?” Campaign

    Thanks to an election year and a high employment rate, jobs seem to be dominating the headlines even more than usual. Now SmartRecruiters, a hiring startup recently backed by the Mayfield Fund, is trying to tap into that interest — and maybe do some good in the process — with a campaign it’s calling “Got Jobs?” The company says that its technology is can help… Read More

  • Startups: Time For Another One-Sentence Pitch Competition With The Founder Institute

    Startups: Time For Another One-Sentence Pitch Competition With The Founder Institute

    Last December, TechCrunch worked with Adeo Ressi from The Founder Institute to host a competition for one-sentence pitches. It’s been a few months — so we’re doing it again. Distilling your startup idea into a single sentence can be a big challenge, but it’s crucial for communicating what you’re doing to the outside world. (While there are certainly exceptions… Read More

  • Travel Data Startup Duetto Raises $2.1M From Trinity, Marc Benioff, Many More

    Travel Data Startup Duetto Raises $2.1M From Trinity, Marc Benioff, Many More

    Duetto, a startup bringing a “big data” approach to the travel industry, has just raised $2.1 million in seed funding. The company hasn’t launched yet, but co-founder and CEO Patrick Bosworth says the goal is to build applications around customer demand data from large travel companies. It’s starting out by serving small- and medium-sized lodging businesses (who could… Read More

  • Microsoft Beats Estimates With $17.4B In Revenue, $0.60 EPS

    Microsoft Beats Estimates With $17.4B In Revenue, $0.60 EPS

    Microsoft just released its earnings report for the third quarter of its fiscal year. It came out slightly ahead of analyst estimates, with $17.41 billion in revenue (compared to the predicted $17.16 billion) and earnings of 60 cents per share (compared to 58 cents). Microsoft says this is a record for third-quarter revenue, up 6 percent from the same period last year. Operating income was… Read More

  • Googler Phil Mui Joins Acxiom As Chief Product And Engineering Officer

    Googler Phil Mui Joins Acxiom As Chief Product And Engineering Officer

    Phil Mui, currently the group product manager for Google Analytics, will be joining marketing services and technology company Acxiom as chief product and engineering officer. According to Acxiom, Mui will report to CEO Scott Howe, lead a team of more than 750 people, and play “a decisive role” in the company’s plans to increase research and development. In the the hiring… Read More

  • Firebase Aims To Reinvent Real-Time App Infrastructure, And It Already Has 4,000 Sign-Ups

    Firebase Aims To Reinvent Real-Time App Infrastructure, And It Already Has 4,000 Sign-Ups

    Firebase is one of those startups with an almost crazily big vision — it wants to simplify the development of powerful, real-time apps, to the point where (as co-founder James Tamplin put it) it’s “jettisoning the whole notion of a server even existing.” The company, which was part of the summer 2011 class at Y Combinator, unveiled its service last week. In the first… Read More

  • TuneUp Takes On Shazam With Free (And Ad-Free) Mobile Music ID App

    TuneUp Takes On Shazam With Free (And Ad-Free) Mobile Music ID App

    TuneUp, the service that cleans up your iTunes or Windows Media music collection, is moving into mobile from an unexpected angle. Unlike the TuneUp iTunes and Windows Media plugins, the main feature of the new iPhone app isn’t its ability to correct song titles and supply missing album artwork. Instead, you can activate the app when you’re listening to music that you… Read More

  • Scribit Digs Up Content For Your Content Marketing

    Scribit Digs Up Content For Your Content Marketing

    If you’re an entrepreneur struggling to find the time or inspiration to udpate the company blog, a new service called Scribit offers a solution. Scribit was developed by a startup called Vertical Acuity, whose initial product helped publishers syndicate their articles to other sites and find fresh content for themselves. President Joe Fiveash used to work at Weather.com, and he says… Read More

  • Internet Ad Revenue Reaches $31B In 2011, Mobile Up 149 Percent (IAB Report)

    Internet Ad Revenue Reaches $31B In 2011, Mobile Up 149 Percent (IAB Report)

    Internet ad revenue revenue grew 22 percent in 2011, to $31 billion, according to the IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report. That’s an all-time high.The final three months were also the all-time best quarter at $9 billion, an increase of 20 percent from the same quarter in 2010. Read More

  • DealAngel Helps You Find The Best Hotel Deals — Not Just The Cheapest

    DealAngel Helps You Find The Best Hotel Deals — Not Just The Cheapest

    Not all hotels are created equal. That’s why paying $150 for a room at one hotel may be a rip-off at one hotel while it may be a great deal somewhere else — and that, in turn, is why DealAngel is launching a new way to search for hotels. When you go into DealAngel and select your dates, the site provides a list of hotels and prices for your trip. Each of those rooms is assigned… Read More

  • CEO Scott Thompson To Cut 50 Properties: “Yahoo Has Been Doing Way Too Much”

    CEO Scott Thompson To Cut 50 Properties: “Yahoo Has Been Doing Way Too Much”

    CEO Scott Thompson outlined a vision today of how Yahoo can start growing as a company again. His big theme: Focus, focus, focus. “Yahoo has been doing way too much for too long and was only doing a few things really well,” Thompson said. He was speaking on the conference call covering the earnings report covering his first full quarter as CEO, where revenue was flat while… Read More

  • Twitter Announces Innovator’s Patent Agreement, Gives IP Control To Engineers And Designers

    Twitter Announces Innovator’s Patent Agreement, Gives IP Control To Engineers And Designers

    It looks like Twitter is taking a fresh approach to the huge, expensive mess that is the U.S. patent system, as outlined in a just-published blog post. The post summarizes something that Twitter is calling the Innovator’s Patent Agreement, which would commit the company to only use employee-invented patents defensively — any offensive litigation could only happen through the… Read More