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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  • Dachis Group’s Advocate Insight Finds A Brand’s Most Valuable Fans

    Dachis Group’s Advocate Insight Finds A Brand’s Most Valuable Fans

    There may be millions of people or more following and commenting on a brand, but how can it find the ones worth reaching out to? That’s the question that Dachis Group is trying to answer with a new product called Advocate Insight. Founder and CEO Jeffrey Dachis (previously the co-founder of interactive agency Razorfish) says the new product will help brands “engage at scale.”… Read More

  • SoFi Reinvents College Loans With Alumni Funding

    SoFi Reinvents College Loans With Alumni Funding

    As the cost of a college education continues to rise, a startup called SoFi is offering a way for alumni to offer students financial assistance and more. Co-founder and CEO Mike Cagney describes the current student loan system as a “classic market failure,” resulting in students who are stuck with high interest rates and heavy debt that they struggle to pay off. He says that if you… Read More

  • Facebook Tests Letting Advertisers Optimize For Results (Such As Page Likes Or App Installs)

    Facebook Tests Letting Advertisers Optimize For Results (Such As Page Likes Or App Installs)

    Advertisers looking for higher ROI from their Facebook self-serve ads may soon see some new tools. Facebook tells us its testing new features like “Objectives” which lets advertisers ask Facebook to “Show this to people who are more likely to: [Like my Page] or [Install my app] or [Click on my ad or sponsored story]“. It’s also trying a simpler interface and… Read More

  • SocialShield Acquired By German Security Company Avira

    SocialShield Acquired By German Security Company Avira

    Avira, a security company headquartered in Germany, just announced that it has acquired social monitoring startup SocialShield¬†and will be adding the service to its lineup of free security products. “Avira is broadening our security focus from safe-guarding computers to now protecting the people who use them, and that requires us to look beyond viruses and worms and Trojans,”… Read More

  • Personalized News App Zite Comes To Android

    Personalized News App Zite Comes To Android

    Zite, the newsreading startup acquired last year by CNN, is launching its Android app today. Co-founder Mike Klaas demonstrated the app for me earlier this week. The interface and features should be pretty familiar to anyone using the previous versions. You enter your Facebook or Twitter information, then Zite brings up a stream of stories that are likely to interest you. You can improve… Read More

  • Google Ventures-Backed Kibits Lets You Share With Real-World Micro-Networks, Raises $1M

    Google Ventures-Backed Kibits Lets You Share With Real-World Micro-Networks, Raises $1M

    Does the world need another mobile social app? A new startup called Kibits thinks it does, and its investors (including Google Ventures and Charles River Ventures) seem to agree. The company’s iPhone (and iPod Touch) app is launching today. At first glance, it may look like another variant on group chat, but co-founder and CEO Matt Cutler says that even though he’s “an… Read More

  • Box Adds Social Workflow Features To Improve Mobile Collaboration

    Box Adds Social Workflow Features To Improve Mobile Collaboration

    Box already made news earlier today with the launch of OneCloud, its suite of productivity applications that are accessible from mobile devices. But it wasn’t done — the company also hosted the last stop of its World Tour in San Francisco, where CEO Aaron Levie demonstrated what he called a “reinvention” of collaboration on Box. These features fall under the umbrella… Read More

  • YouTube Is Looking For The Next Vlogging Star

    YouTube Is Looking For The Next Vlogging Star

    YouTube is announcing a new program to nurture the next generation of video bloggers. The Next Vlogger initiative is part of YouTube Next Creator — where, as the name implies, the site tries to find and mentor future YouTube stars. It already held similar programs for cooking and fitness, as well as nonprofits. Read More

  • Subscription Manager MediaPass Raises $1.75M

    Subscription Manager MediaPass Raises $1.75M

    It’s no secret that publishers are scrambling to find ways of making money online. On the subscription/paywall side, a startup called MediaPass wants to help, and it just raised $1.75 million in Series B funding. If publishers want to start offering subscriptions, MediaPass CEO Mathew Mitchell says that developing their own technology would probably take months of work and could cost in… Read More

  • Campalyst Raises Seed Round To Measure Social Media ROI

    Campalyst Raises Seed Round To Measure Social Media ROI

    Social media analytics startup Campalyst is celebrating its first birthday today, and its big present is a new seed round (of undisclosed size) from Amsterdam-based venture capital firm HENQ. The company was co-founded by former business school classmates Jevgenijs Kazanins and Dalia Lasaite as part of Garage48, a European boot camp where startups are created in the course of a weekend. Read More

  • Viralheat Adds Social Media Publishing With Version 2.0,

    Viralheat Adds Social Media Publishing With Version 2.0,

    Viralheat is launching version 2.0 of its social media tools today, an upgrade that takes the product beyond the standard monitoring and listening. One of the biggest changes in version 2.0 is a new feature that Viralheat is calling engagement, and which basically means you can post comments to Facebook and Twitter directly from the service. Posting to social networks may not sound like a… Read More

  • Pontiflex Launches Self-Serve Version Of Its “Mobile Signup” Ads

    Pontiflex Launches Self-Serve Version Of Its “Mobile Signup” Ads

    Pontiflex, a company focused on what it calls “mobile signup” ads, is reaching out to smaller advertisers today with the launch of AdLeads, its self-serve platform. Co-founder and CEO Zephrin Lasker says this has always been one of his goals for the company, ever since it launched five years ago — to allow any business, regardless of size, to pay for marketing leads collected… Read More

  • Loyalty Service Swipely Adds Analytics And Targeted Campaigns

    Loyalty Service Swipely Adds Analytics And Targeted Campaigns

    Swipely, the startup led by TellMe Founder Angus Davis, is doubling down on its credit card-based loyalty strategy. The company first launched as a way to share your credit card purchases with your friends, but when that idea (as deployed by Swipely and others) failed to take off, Swipely shifted its focus to helping merchants with their loyalty programs. Today, it’s launching the… Read More

  • Study: Enterprises Want More Marketing Data, But They Don’t Know What To Do With It

    Study: Enterprises Want More Marketing Data, But They Don’t Know What To Do With It

    Online marketers and advertising are getting access to more and more data, but that’s not enough, according to the 2012 Digital Marketing 2.0 Study commissioned by ad company¬†DataXu. More than 350 “enterprise decision makers” in management, marketing, communications, digital, IT and social media were surveyed, and 75 percent of them said that data will help them improve… Read More

  • Car Insurance Comparison Site Leaky Relaunches After Insurance Company Shutdown

    Car Insurance Comparison Site Leaky Relaunches After Insurance Company Shutdown

    Last August, Y Combinator-backed Leaky had one of those “good news, bad news” startup launches. The good news — the launch got plenty of attention, and (thanks in part to some coverage from TechCrunch), the site attracted 10 times as much traffic as expected, according to co-founder Jason Traff. The bad news — that attracted the attention of the insurance companies… Read More

  • FTC Worried About Big Online Platforms, Only Sort Of Means Facebook and Google

    FTC Worried About Big Online Platforms, Only Sort Of Means Facebook and Google

    The Federal Trade Commission just released a new report laying out its current thinking on Internet privacy. In some cases, the commission recommends new legislation, while in others it just want to hold more workshops. The FTC previously released a “privacy framework” in December 2010. The framework outlined three principles that the commission wants companies to follow… Read More

  • Boutique Fitness Scheduler FITiST Joins New Incubator WellTech

    Boutique Fitness Scheduler FITiST Joins New Incubator WellTech

    If you live in a big city, you’ve probably got a lot of fitness options outside the traditional gym — everything from boot camps to cycling classes to Yoga studios. Now a startup called FITiST wants to help you navigate that world, creating plans and scheduling classes across multiple boutique fitness studios. FiTist has already launched in New York City and Los Angeles, and today… Read More

  • Redpoint eVentures Avoids The “Helicopter VC” Approach In Brazil, Announces New Investment

    Redpoint eVentures Avoids The “Helicopter VC” Approach In Brazil, Announces New Investment

    Earlier this month, Redpoint Ventures and BV Capital’s eVentures announced the formation of a new, joint firm in Brazil — called, somewhat predictably, Redpoint eVentures. Managing director Yann de Vries and founding partner Anderson Thees were in the Bay Area this week, so I had a quick talk with them about their plans. Brazil’s startup ecosystem is taking off, but until… Read More

  • You Say “SoLoMo,” I Say, “I Hate My Life”

    You Say “SoLoMo,” I Say, “I Hate My Life”

    Working in tech does weird things to your vocabulary. Five years ago, if you’d told me that I’d become someone who talks about whether they have the “bandwidth” to get something done or promising to “ping” you later, I would have laughed in your face. Yet here I am, finding the bandwidth to ping people — like it or not, you adopt the language of the… Read More

  • Instagram Unveils A Sign-Up Page For Android Users, Still No Launch Date

    Instagram Unveils A Sign-Up Page For Android Users, Still No Launch Date

    Instagram has been iPhone-only for so long, and its executives have been so coy about their plans for other platforms, that it can be hard to believe the company will ever release an app for Android. And no, it still hasn’t announced a launch date, but if you’re an Android owner who wants the app, you should go to this page and sign up right now. Earlier this month, when… Read More