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.

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  • Lockerz Acquires Fashion Community ‘Chick Approved’

    Lockerz Acquires Fashion Community ‘Chick Approved’

    Social commerce startup Lockerz just announced that it has acquired online fashion community Chick Approved. Lockerz allows its members to earn “PTZ” by sharing content and other activity on the site, which are then redeemed for discounts in the Lockerz store. Fashion, style, and beauty are the company’s fastest growing categories, says founder and CEO Kathy Savitt, and… Read More

  • Ace Metrix Raises $8M For Smarter TV Ad Testing

    Ace Metrix Raises $8M For Smarter TV Ad Testing

    Ace Metrix, a startup promising brands and agencies a smarter, faster approach to testing their TV ads, has raised $8 million in new funding. CEO Peter Daboll, whose resume includes time as Chief of Insights at Yahoo and CEO of comScore Media Metrix, says the idea behind Ace Metrix is to “apply what we’ve learned in digital targeting and evaluation to television, which is the… Read More

  • Y Combinator: Work at a Startup

    Work At A Startup: Weebly, Codecademy, And Stripe On Startup Recruiting [TCTV]

    Earlier this month, Y Combinator held its Work At A Startup Event, where many of its alumni took the stage — not to pitch investors (as is the case at the incubator’s enormous demo day), but instead engineers who might be lured to work at the startups in question. After the presentations, I grabbed some one-on-one time with a few of the presenters (Weebly‘s David Rusenko… Read More

  • MoPub Launches A “Buy It Now” Private Marketplace For Mobile Advertisers

    MoPub Launches A “Buy It Now” Private Marketplace For Mobile Advertisers

    MoPub, an ad serving startup for smartphone apps, is announcing a new way for its publishers to offer their inventory to advertisers — a private marketplace limited to select publishers and advertisers. Basically, the market creates a more direct relationship, where publishers get more control and predictable pricing, while advertisers get early access. Advertisers will get first look… Read More

  • Manpacks Launches Its Startup Perks Program With Free Condoms

    Manpacks Launches Its Startup Perks Program With Free Condoms

    Well, that’s one way to get some attention for your product launch. Manpacks is announcing a new Startup Perks program, and to promote it, the company mailed boxes of free condoms to more than 100 startups, including Path, Udemy, Scribd, and GetAround. Supposedly, the boxes started arriving today — includes a custom URL where workers at that specific company can sign up for the… Read More

  • Office Perks Startup BetterWorks Will Shut Down On May 31

    Office Perks Startup BetterWorks Will Shut Down On May 31

    BetterWorks, the employee perks startup led by Los Angeles entrepreneur and investor Paige Craig, has told its customers that it will be shutting down May 31. The company offered tools to help businesses manage discounts and rewards programs for employees. In the past few months, BetterWorks still seemed to be rolling out a steady stream of new features like catering and groups and permissions. Read More

  • Bazaarvoice To Acquire PowerReviews For $151M

    Bazaarvoice To Acquire PowerReviews For $151M

    Two big customer review platforms are teaming up: Bazaarvoice just announced that it has agreed to acquire PowerReviews. The agreement is for up to $31 million in cash, plus stock, bringing the total estimated value to be $151 million. Bazaarvoice says the acquisition should close before the end of July. Read More

  • Predictive Startup Recorded Future Raises $12M From Balderton And Google Ventures

    Predictive Startup Recorded Future Raises $12M From Balderton And Google Ventures

    There’s a lot of talk these days about what you can do with “big data.” Here’s one of the more eye-catching uses: A startup called Recorded Future pulls data from around the Web to give customers a better handle on — that’s right — the future. The company just announced that it has raised $12 million in Series C funding from Balderton and Google Ventures. Read More

  • Social Ad Network 140 Proof Launches Partner Platform, Signs Up Jumptap

    Social Ad Network 140 Proof Launches Partner Platform, Signs Up Jumptap

    Ad startup 140 Proof is opening up a partner platform for companies that want to take advantage of its social ad targeting. The company currently delivers ads to 50 social apps, including Echofon, TweetCaster, and Plume. Underlying the network is something that 140 Proof calls “Interest Graph Targeting,” where users are assigned different “personas” based on what they… Read More

  • Box Aims For Bigger Deployments With New Features Like Enterprise-Wide Search

    Box Aims For Bigger Deployments With New Features Like Enterprise-Wide Search

    Box is releasing a number of new features today, with the broad theme of addressing “the needs of our largest enterprise customers in deploying this kind of technology,” according to CEO Aaron Levie. Those features include the ability to search files across an entire company, a new dashboard offering more granular controls for company administrators, mobile security options… Read More

  • Hearst’s Latest Social Launch: A Redbook App For Father’s Day

    Hearst’s Latest Social Launch: A Redbook App For Father’s Day

    Hearst is best known as print publisher, but this year it has been making a big push into social media. Its latest effort is a Father’s Day themed Facebook app for Redbook magazine. In order to use the Father’s Day app, people need to “like” the Redbook Facebook page. Once you’ve done that, you can bring up a list of all the dads in your network. Then you can post… Read More

  • Marketo Wants To Add A Social Boost To Every Marketing Campaign

    Marketo Wants To Add A Social Boost To Every Marketing Campaign

    Last month, Marketo announced that it was acquiring social marketing startup Crowd Factory to add a social component to its marketing automation tools. Today the company is releasing its first products to come out of the deal. Marketo CEO Phil Fernandez says this represents the two companies’ technology “all put together into a single hybridized product.” Actually, Marketo… Read More

  • Qwiki Launches A Publishing Platform For ABC News And Others

    Qwiki Launches A Publishing Platform For ABC News And Others

    Qwiki, the startup that won Disrupt in 2010, is announcing a new platform today for bloggers and other online publishers. The company’s initial product basically assembled a multimedia “story” around Wikipedia articles, with images, videos, maps, and more. But the vision was bigger — to present a new kind of information experience. Read More

  • Rubicon Project Acquires Mobsmith To Expand Into Mobile Ads

    Rubicon Project Acquires Mobsmith To Expand Into Mobile Ads

    Online advertising company Rubicon Project just announced that it’s getting into the mobile market by acquiring a startup called Mobsmith. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed in the initial announcement. I’ve asked Rubicon for more details and will update if I hear back. Read More

  • Target Rolls Out Shopkick Integration Nationwide

    Target Rolls Out Shopkick Integration Nationwide

    shopkick, the location-based shopping app backed by Greylock and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, is having its biggest rollout yet — Target says it’s making the service available in its stores nationwide. Target was already announced as a shopkick partner, but until now, it was limited to testing integration in seven cities. Now, thanks to what the company says were… Read More

  • Wall Street Survivor Gamifies Financial Education With Help From Bunchball

    Wall Street Survivor Gamifies Financial Education With Help From Bunchball

    If you’re someone who thinks gamification is just a fad, you may want to look away now. To be clear, Bunchball isn’t just jumping on the latest buzzword. The company was founded to deliver gamification tools all the way back in 2005 — founder and Chief Product Officer Rajat Paharia has told me that he probably came to the market too early, and has had to keep the company… Read More

  • Ron Conway Will “Never” Run For Mayor Of San Francisco

    Ron Conway Will “Never” Run For Mayor Of San Francisco

    In case you were wondering: Ron Conway says he will not be running for mayor of San Francisco. Apparently that was on Mike Arrington’s mind when he interviewed Conway and SV Angel partner David Lee on-stage at Disrupt today. He said he heard from more than one source that Conway is considering a run “somewhere down the line,” and asked flat-out if that’s true. Read More

  • Firebase Raises $1.1M For Real-Time App Infrastructure

    Firebase Raises $1.1M For Real-Time App Infrastructure

    Last month, I wrote about Y Combinator-backed Firebase and its ambitious vision to reinvent the infrastructure of real-time apps. Now the company is announcing that some big investors have signed on to that vision, with a $1.1 million round led by Flybridge Capital Partners. Other investors in the round include Greylock Partners, New Enterprise Associates, Data Collective, Founder… Read More

  • Business Insider’s Henry Blodget Defends Linkbait, Slideshows, And Aggregation

    Business Insider’s Henry Blodget Defends Linkbait, Slideshows, And Aggregation

    If you are so inclined, it’s pretty easy to criticize Business Insider — the all caps headlines, the slideshows, and content that has been “aggregated” from other sites. (And yes, BI has some mean things to say about us too.) But in the course of of the Disrupt panel on new media, BI founder Henry Blodget offered several unapologetic explanations of why he and his… Read More

  • 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