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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  • The Onion Totally Hearts TechCrunch

    The Onion Totally Hearts TechCrunch

    You guys! You guys! TechCrunch totally got mentioned in The Onion! It’s been a pretty one-sided relationship until now, with the fabled satirical newspaper remaining aloof despite several overtures on our end. It’s almost like The Onion staff thought it was totally cooler than us. Read More

  • Koding (Gradually) Opens Its Social, In-Browser Development Tools To Everyone

    Koding (Gradually) Opens Its Social, In-Browser Development Tools To Everyone

    Koding, the startup that helps developers code and collaborate from their web browser, is leaving private beta today. The company isn’t exactly throwing the doors open. It’s more like … nudging? The goal is to make the product available to everyone, but the company is opening gradually, with the hope of not overloading its servers. Specifically, it’s giving members… Read More

  • BitTorrent Tests New Ad Model (And Revenue-Sharing With Artists) In Its DJ Shadow Bundle

    BitTorrent Tests New Ad Model (And Revenue-Sharing With Artists) In Its DJ Shadow Bundle

    For many readers, the name BitTorrent may be synonymous with online piracy, but there’s plenty of legal file-sharing too — and the company says that it’s actually experimenting with new business models that allow artists to make money. Today, for example, it’s launching a new bundle created in partnership with digital marketing company Fame House and its client DJ Shadow. Read More

  • Touch Publishing Platform Onswipe Moves Beyond iOS With Kindle Fire Support

    Touch Publishing Platform Onswipe Moves Beyond iOS With Kindle Fire Support

    Since fully launching a year ago, Onswipe has built touch-optimized experiences for iOS — starting with the iPad and, more recently, adding iPhone. Today it’s taking its first step beyond the Apple ecosystem with the launch of support for the Kindle Fire. Onswipe’s stated goal is to deliver native app-like experiences through the mobile web. Achieving that on the Kindle Fire… Read More

  • Y Combinator-Backed SmartAsset Helps With The Tough Financial Decisions, Starting With Homebuying

    Y Combinator-Backed SmartAsset Helps With The Tough Financial Decisions, Starting With Homebuying

    SmartAsset, a startup incubated by Y Combinator, aims to help consumers make the major financial decisions in their lives. Right now, the site is focused on homebuying — founder and CEO Michael Carvin tells me the service originated in his own experience purchasing a home. When he was trying to figure out whether buying made sense, he found that online resources were pretty lacking… Read More

  • Moasis Unveils An Accessible Approach To Location-Targeted Ads

    Moasis Unveils An Accessible Approach To Location-Targeted Ads

    Startup Moasis is offering advertisers a new way to run location-targeted ads, one that could hopefully make the process more accessible to both ad agencies and small businesses. Location is a big buzzwords right now, but co-founder and CEO Ryan Golden tells me that most mobile ad companies are approaching the market from an engineering perspective, while Moasis is taking a marketer’s… Read More

  • BaubleBar Raises $4.5M From Accel And Greycroft For Affordable Designer Jewelry

    BaubleBar Raises $4.5M From Accel And Greycroft For Affordable Designer Jewelry

    BaubleBar, a startup that promises high-quality jewelry at affordable prices, has raised a $4.5 million Series A round of funding from Accel Partners and Greycroft Partners. The round was reported this morning in PandoDaily. Co-founder Daniella Yacobovsky confirmed the funding via email (and said the round actually closed in April). Read More

  • Hipmunk Aims At Assistants And Office Managers With Its First Paid Product, Hipmunk Business Class

    Hipmunk Aims At Assistants And Office Managers With Its First Paid Product, Hipmunk Business Class

    Travel search startup Hipmunk is launching its first paid product today — Hipmunk Business Class, which offers extra features designed for assistants, office managers, and other folks who have to book trips for multiple businesses travelers. CEO Adam Goldstein tells me he originally designed the site as a response to his own personal travel experiences, with the expectation that it would… Read More

  • Wantful Opens Sutter Street Workspace For San Francisco Startups

    Wantful Opens Sutter Street Workspace For San Francisco Startups

    Startups seeking desk space in San Francisco will soon have another option to consider — the first floor of the offices of gift-giving startup Wantful, an area that it’s calling the Sutter Street Workspace. It’s a pretty common practice for startups, in anticipation of future growth, to move into offices that are too big for their current workforce, then rent out the excess… Read More

  • Students Seeking Startup Workshops: Lean Startup Machine Announces Scholarship Program

    Students Seeking Startup Workshops: Lean Startup Machine Announces Scholarship Program

    Lean Startup Machine wants to bring some young blood to its startup workshops — on its own dime. The new initiative is called the Branch Scholarship Program, supposedly because it was inspired by the founders of Branch, a startup that aims “to turn the Internet’s monologues into dialogues” and has backing from The Obvious Corporation. Branch co-founders Josh Miller… Read More

  • Velti Mobile Ad Report: Israel Sees Highest App Engagement, eCPMs Are Climbing

    Velti Mobile Ad Report: Israel Sees Highest App Engagement, eCPMs Are Climbing

    Velti has just released its mobile ad industry report for June. As usual, the mobile marketing company has chosen to highlight disparate factoids that it culled from the data — for example, it says that Israel is the leader in app engagement, with adults using apps for an average of 80 minutes per day. Sweden and Singapore are next on the list, while the United States is way behind… Read More

  • Google’s Nikesh Arora On Mobile Ads: It’s ‘Where Search Was In 1999′

    Google’s Nikesh Arora On Mobile Ads: It’s ‘Where Search Was In 1999′

    One of the themes that came up repeatedly during the conference call for Google’s second quarter earnings was mobile advertising. Analysts asked a number of questions that, collectively, seemed to be gauging what the shift to mobile means for Google’s advertising business. Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora (pictured) offered some numbers at the beginning… Read More

  • Google Investor Relations Gets A Google+ Page

    Google Investor Relations Gets A Google+ Page

    Investors and analysts have a new way to get updates from Google — a Google+ page for investor relations. The company’s executives mentioned the page during the company’s earnings call this afternoon, saying that it launched about an hour ago. There’s not much on the page right now, aside from a couple of images, a link to the earnings webcast, and (be still my heart)… Read More

  • Thanks To GrubHub Integration, Foodspotting Gets Food Ordering

    Thanks To GrubHub Integration, Foodspotting Gets Food Ordering

    Foodspotting users may find that their stomachs rumble when they use the photo-heavy app to discover new dishes and restaurants. Starting today, they’ll be able to act on that rumbling with just a few taps (and without having to leave their home), because Foodspotting has added integration with GrubHub. The partnership seems like a pretty natural fit — as GrubHub CEO Matt Maloney… Read More

  • Atlassian Expands Its Board, Appoints Former SuccessFactors Chair Doug Burgum As Chairman

    Atlassian Expands Its Board, Appoints Former SuccessFactors Chair Doug Burgum As Chairman

    Atlassian, the maker of popular software project management tools JIRA and Confluence, has doubled the size of its board of directors, adding three new members, including a new chairman. Previously, the board consisted of co-founders and co-CEOs Scott Farquhar and Mike Cannon-Brookes, as well as Rich Wong from Accel Partners. (Accel provided Atlassian’s $60 million Series A round of… Read More

  • Don’t Call It A News Reader: Trapit Launches Content Browsing App For The iPad

    Don’t Call It A News Reader: Trapit Launches Content Browsing App For The iPad

    When you write about different news apps and aggregators, the pitches can start to run together — “We do real personalization, we find content beyond the articles in your social feed, etc. etc.” Now, many of those claims may be true, but often I’m left wondering if all the touted back-end technology really leads to a noticeable improvement in user experience. Well… Read More

  • Zynga’s Mark Pincus: No Regrets On IPO Timing, Too Early To Know He Overpaid For OMGPOP

    Zynga’s Mark Pincus: No Regrets On IPO Timing, Too Early To Know He Overpaid For OMGPOP

    Zynga founder and CEO Mark Pincus spoke at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference this morning, where he addressed some of the negative talk about the social gaming giant. First of all, Pincus said he didn’t regret the timing of Zynga’s IPO, even though the company’s stock is now trading at well below its IPO price. However, Pincus said it’s hard to think of a big… Read More

  • LocalResponse Teams Up With ShopLocal For In-Store Mobile Ads

    LocalResponse Teams Up With ShopLocal For In-Store Mobile Ads

    LocalResponse co-founder and CEO Nihal Mehta has been talking about the potential of using social data to target ads — after all, that’s what his company focuses on. Today we’ve got a specific example of what retailers can do with that data. LocalResponse is partnering with ShopLocal, a company whose SmartCircular product helps retailers (including Target, Best Buy, and… Read More

  • Brian Chesky Explains How Snow White Pointed The Way To Airbnb’s Future

    Brian Chesky Explains How Snow White Pointed The Way To Airbnb’s Future

    “Airbnb for X” has become one of the common pitches in the startup world. But how far will Airbnb itself expand? CEO Brian Chesky outlined some of his ambitions for the company’s future while on-stage this morning at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen. For one thing, he says Airbnb will stay focused on travel, rather than turning into a market where people can… Read More

  • Give Away Old Stuff, Get New Stuff: Listia Opens A Rewards Store

    Give Away Old Stuff, Get New Stuff: Listia Opens A Rewards Store

    Listia, a startup that allows users to exchange free goods, is expanding its model today by taking its new Rewards Store out of beta testing. On the Listia site, people can give away things that they don’t want or need anymore. When you give something away, you earn points on the site, which you can then redeem for the goods that offered by other users. Until now, however, what those… Read More