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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  • 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

  • ChoicePass Launches Android App: Think Yelp App For Corporate Perks

    ChoicePass Launches Android App: Think Yelp App For Corporate Perks

    ChoicePass is bringing its corporate perk management platform to smartphones starting today, with the launch of its Android app. Co-founder Kyle Hui says his goal is to “make HR sexy again.” Specifically that means helping small companies participate in perks programs that they couldn’t afford on their own, while moving larger companies’ perks into the cloud, freeing… Read More

  • MTV Will Try To Break Guinness Record For Most Live Concerts With O Music Awards

    MTV Will Try To Break Guinness Record For Most Live Concerts With O Music Awards

    You’ve probably heard the complaint that MTV has forgotten its music video roots and spends too much time on reality television. Heck, you may have said something similar yourself. Well, for its third O Music Awards (an “event that celebrates and honors the artists, fans and innovators impacting digital music culture”), MTV combining elements of both — it’s an… Read More

  • Here’s The Latest Incubator Class At Utah-Based BoomStartup

    Here’s The Latest Incubator Class At Utah-Based BoomStartup

    BoomStartup, an incubator based in Salt Lake City, Utah, just announced the startups participating in its third annual session. The program runs from May to August. Participating companies get $20,000 in seed capital and $80,000 worth of infrastructure, office space, and services from companies like Microsoft, PayPal, and Rackspace.  Co-managing partner Robb Kunz places a big emphasis… Read More

  • LinkedIn’s Mobile Future: 22 Percent Of Visitors Are Mobile, In-Stream Ads Coming?

    LinkedIn’s Mobile Future: 22 Percent Of Visitors Are Mobile, In-Stream Ads Coming?

    During the conference call this afternoon for their first quarter earnings, LinkedIn executives boasted about the impressive mobile growth they’re seeing. In the last week of March, the company says mobile accounted for 22 percent of unique visitors, up 8 percent from the same period last year. And although he wouldn’t share any numbers, CEO Jeff Weiner said adoption of the… Read More

  • Balderton Capital Invests In Web Backup Startup Archify

    Balderton Capital Invests In Web Backup Startup Archify

    One of the most frustrating online experiences for me is trying to track down a web page or tweet that I saw a few days ago. If I’m lucky, I bookmarked the page or favorited the tweet, but most of the time I haven’t, and so I can only sit there and fume. So basically, a startup called Archify is the answer to my prayers. It’s a browser plugin that tracks every website you… Read More

  • Yep, Revision3 Has Been Acquired By The Discovery Channel

    Yep, Revision3 Has Been Acquired By The Discovery Channel

    The Discovery Channel is announcing that it has acquired online video company Revision3, as reported in AllThingsD. My boss Eric Eldon wrote on Monday night that a deal was in the works, with a price between $30 million and $40 million. Looks like he was right: Discovery isn’t releasing the terms, but AllThingsD is also hearing that the price was $30 million. Revision3 had raised $10… Read More

  • Waze Makes Its First Step Beyond The Phone, Integrates With Pioneer AppRadio

    Waze Makes Its First Step Beyond The Phone, Integrates With Pioneer AppRadio

    The makers of traffic app Waze are the latest company wanting to go beyond the phone and integrate more deeply with car hardware. It’s a natural move — if you use Waze, you use it when you’re driving. However, the whole dealmaking and integration process with automakers is long and complicated, so as a first step, Waze is looking at the “aftermarket” of devices… Read More

  • Vibrant Media, The Company Behind Those In-Text Ads, Announces Lightbox Video Units

    Vibrant Media, The Company Behind Those In-Text Ads, Announces Lightbox Video Units

    Vibrant Media is probably best-known for its in-text advertising, but it has been expanding its lineup of ad units. The latest edition is something it’s calling Vibrant Lightbox Video. Vibrant already offered video ads, but a spokesperson tells me there are a number of new pieces here. For one thing, it’s using Vibrant’s Lightbox Image technology, which identifies… Read More

  • Who’s The Best Job Candidate? Recmnd.Me Ranks Them For You

    Who’s The Best Job Candidate? Recmnd.Me Ranks Them For You

    Why is everyone trying so hard to reinvent the hiring process? Maybe because referrals and recommendations (still the main way people get jobs) remain incredibly old-school. Sure, there are LinkedIn recommendations, but does anyone trust those? (God, I hope not, since I have zero.) It’s really all about phone calls and emails. Now a startup called Recmnd.Me is unveiling a new… Read More

  • Seesmic: We’re “Passing The Torch” To DoubleDutch On CRM

    Seesmic: We’re “Passing The Torch” To DoubleDutch On CRM

    It looks like always-pivoting Seesmic is wrapping up off its latest shift, from the CRM business to social posting apps. Back in March, the company laid off half its staff to pursue the new direction (which is really a return to one of its old strategies), but there weren’t many details about the transition. Today, Seesmic announced that it has reached an agreement with enterprise… Read More

  • Engage:BDR Launches A Real-Time Bidding Platform With Direct Buying From Publishers

    Engage:BDR Launches A Real-Time Bidding Platform With Direct Buying From Publishers

    Ad network engage:BDR has launched a new platform for real-time bidding that it’s calling First Impression. Real-time bidding is already a big part of the online advertising landscape, but Vice President of Platforms Nick Lynch says engage:BDR is bringing a different approach to the problem. Read More

  • Talk Radio Startup Stitcher Adds An Election Center

    Talk Radio Startup Stitcher Adds An Election Center

    As the Republican primaries wrap up and we head into the Obama vs. Romney stage of the presidential campaign, Stitcher has updated its talk radio app with an Election Center where anyone can track the latest political news. It seems pretty natural for any news-focused app to add an election center, but CEO Noah Shanok says it’s a particularly good fit for Stitcher’s audience, of… Read More

  • Now BrandYourself Users Can See The Companies Googling Them

    Now BrandYourself Users Can See The Companies Googling Them

    BrandYourself, a startup offering a cheap and easy approach to managing your Google results, has added a new feature to answer one of those burning questions: Who are the people Googling me? To be clear, it’s not actually plugging in to Google and sending you an alert every single time someone enters your name. Instead, it’s revealing data about who’s visiting your… Read More

  • eVr1 Turns The High Points Of Human Knowledge Into A Portable Codex

    eVr1 Turns The High Points Of Human Knowledge Into A Portable Codex

    A new startup launching today called eVr1 sits at the intersection between the digital and physical worlds. In the words of co-founder Brandon Peele, eVr1 has tried to answer the question, “What does it mean to be human being in the context of 16 gigs?” So the team selected what it saw as the most important aspects of human knowledge and literature — the entirety of… Read More

  • Scoople Lets You “Ask Your Friends” About The News

    Scoople Lets You “Ask Your Friends” About The News

    I recently wrote about news gamification app Scoople, and today, the company is releasing a new version with improved social interaction. When you use Scoople, you read news stories (usually aggregated by Scoople from multiple articles) then fill out an associated poll. You can enter your own opinion and also predict the opinion of the larger community — people who do the best are… Read More