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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  • Build A Beautiful Data Dashboard With Leftronic

    Build A Beautiful Data Dashboard With Leftronic

    Y Combinator-backed Leftronic is launching a new service allowing companies to create custom dashboards that visualize all of your company’s important data. With Leftronic, you can pull data from a number of services, including Google Analytics, Twitter, Chartceat, Mixpanel, and Zendesk, and then customize the layout with a drag-and-drop interface. These dashboards are designed for… Read More

  • CrowdFlower Co-Founder Lukas Biewald Becomes CEO (Again)

    CrowdFlower Co-Founder Lukas Biewald Becomes CEO (Again)

    CrowdFlower, a startup that helps businesses manage crowdsourced labor, has named a new CEO — co-founder Lukas Biewald. The company, formerly known as Dolores Labs, launched at the TechCrunch50 conference in 2009. Biewald actually served as CEO for most of its history, but in August of last year, Woody Hobbs was named CEO, and Biewald stepped down to become executive chairman (a job… Read More

  • ShareThis Names The “Most Social” Travel And Sports Publishers

    ShareThis Names The “Most Social” Travel And Sports Publishers

    ShareThis, the company behind the ubiquitous sharing widgets of the same name, is rolling out a new way for publishers to see how their social sharing strategy stacks up — and it’s sharing a list of the top publishers in two categories. ShareThis first announced its Social Quality Index back in November, and it’s going live for publishers next month. The SQI assigns each… Read More

  • Mixpanel Flow Helps Companies Visualize User Activity

    Mixpanel Flow Helps Companies Visualize User Activity

    Analytics startup Mixpanel is launching a new product today called Flow, which allows companies to see exactly how users are moving through their websites. In fact, co-founder Suhail Doshi says Flow has already helped Mixpanel fix an all-too-common problem with its login process. Doshi demonstrated the product for me yesterday. When you use Flow, you see a simple flow chart showing all the… Read More

  • Amicus Wants To Socialize Nonprofit Fundraising And Outreach, Raises $580K Itself

    Amicus Wants To Socialize Nonprofit Fundraising And Outreach, Raises $580K Itself

    Amicus, a startup looking to use social connections to make nonprofit fundraising and outreach easier, has raised a seed round of $585,000. You can see Amicus’ founders demonstrate the product in the video below, but the basic idea is that fundraising phone calls and emails are a lot more effective when they come from someone you know. If you’ve ever been contacted by some… Read More

  • Ad Tech Startup Integrate Raises $11M, With Backing From Comcast

    Ad Tech Startup Integrate Raises $11M, With Backing From Comcast

    Integrate, a startup that helps advertisers integrate (yes, I said it) their different ad channels and products, has raised an $11 million Series B round of funding. Co-founder Jeremy Bloom says the current ad landscape is “incredibly fragmented,” with “a ton of point solutions.” So Integrate offers one tool where advertisers can track and manage all of their… Read More

  • Facebook’s Paul Adams To Marketers: If You Want Bigger Ads, You’re Doing It Wrong

    Facebook’s Paul Adams To Marketers: If You Want Bigger Ads, You’re Doing It Wrong

    Paul Adams has given talks before about how Facebook is transforming traditional marketing — after all, he’s the social network’s global brand experience manager. However, he took a more provocative approach today at Federated Media’s Signal conference, where he told the marketers in attendance that they don’t understand Facebook. He admitted the feeling is mutual. Read More

  • Convertro Tracks the Impact Of TV Ads

    Convertro Tracks the Impact Of TV Ads

    When people talk about the difference between online and offline advertising, one of the big themes is accountability — you just can’t get the kinds of data about, say, a TV campaign, that you can about an online banner. (Though the online world isn’t entirely transparent, either.) A startup called Convertro is trying to change that. Until now, Convertro has analyzed the… Read More

  • Kevin Systrom Drops A Few Hints About Instagram’s Business Model

    Kevin Systrom Drops A Few Hints About Instagram’s Business Model

    When Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom spoke today at Federated Media’s Signal conference, there wasn’t much in the way of new info — but the fact that Systrom was at the conference, and the angle he took, suggests that the company is starting to think a little more seriously about its business model. Systrom began his talk by reviewing some of the user numbers that… Read More

  • With Y Combinator-Backed EveryArt, You Don’t Have To Be Afraid Of Commissioning Art

    With Y Combinator-Backed EveryArt, You Don’t Have To Be Afraid Of Commissioning Art

    If you want to bring some art into your life, but you’re intimidated by the art world, a Y Combinator-backed startup called EveryArt wants to help. The site is a marketplace where people can commission artists to create pieces, and it’s opening to the public today. On EveryArt, you can browse samples of the artists’ work, and if you find someone you like, you can send them… Read More

  • Google VP Neal Mohan: Don’t Call Us A Walled Garden

    Google VP Neal Mohan: Don’t Call Us A Walled Garden

    Neal Mohan, Google’s Vice President of Display Advertising, took the stage at Federated Media’s Signal event this morning in San Francisco, and the first few minutes were pretty awkward. Google has been tangled up in some big controversies recently, and interviewer John Battelle started off by grilling Mohan about them. First, they talked about last month’s revelation that… Read More

  • MeARKET Lets You Peek At Your Friends’ Stock Portfolios

    MeARKET Lets You Peek At Your Friends’ Stock Portfolios

    A new startup called MeARKET wants you to play the stock market with a little help from your friends. According to CEO Colton Daines, MeARKET is one of those startups that was built in response to a real need in its founders’ lives. Nadav Gur (currently the company’s chairman) had moved to the United States to serve as an entrepreneur in residence at incubator SRI International. Read More

  • TokBox SDK Brings Video Chat To iOS Apps

    TokBox SDK Brings Video Chat To iOS Apps

    Just over a year ago, video chat startup TokBox shuttered its consumer application and began focusing exclusively on its platform strategy — using its technology to enable video chat on other websites. Today, it’s expanding that effort into mobile. Specifically, TokBox is announcing a software development kit allowing iOS developers to add face-to-face video chat to their apps. Read More

  • Blurtt Wants You To Express Yourself With Mobile Memes

    Blurtt Wants You To Express Yourself With Mobile Memes

    A new iPhone app called Blurtt makes it easy to combine words and text — it may not sound like a big deal, but co-founder Jeanette Cajide is pitching it as a new way to express yourself. After all, she says there are some things that just can’t be communicated in text. (Think of a time when you sent a text message or tweeted, then someone misunderstood and you had to explain… Read More

  • BlackBerry Partners Fund Manager ATP Rebrands As Relay Ventures, Raises $150M

    BlackBerry Partners Fund Manager ATP Rebrands As Relay Ventures, Raises $150M

    ATP Capital, the firm that runs JLA Ventures, Clairmont Capital, and BlackBerry Partners Fund, is ready to start investing a new $150 million fund — and it will be doing so under a new name, Relay Ventures. Technically, the new fund will be called the BlackBerry Partners Fund 2, but it sounds like the firm will be deemphasizing the individual funds in favor of the larger Relay… Read More

  • Adobe Expands Its Social Analytics Lineup With Adobe Social

    Adobe Expands Its Social Analytics Lineup With Adobe Social

    Must be something in the air. Less than a day after Google announced that it’s adding social media reports to Google Analytics, Adobe is unveiling its own social analytics tools. Even though the company is best known for design software like Photoshop and development technologies like Flash, Adobe also pitches itself as a digital marketing company — a point that the company… Read More

  • FindTheBest Launches A Data-Driven Approach To The Classifieds

    FindTheBest Launches A Data-Driven Approach To The Classifieds

    FindTheBest, the startup led by DoubleClick co-founder Kevin O’Connor and backed by Kleiner Perkins’ sFund, has been trying to help consumers make the right decisions by giving them lots of data. Now the company is bringing that strategy to a new market — classified ads. “We think classified has a lot of room for improvement,” O’Connor says. “It’s… Read More

  • Google Analytics Update Connects Social Marketing With The Bottom Line

    Google Analytics Update Connects Social Marketing With The Bottom Line

    If you’ve ever been to an online marketing conference in the past year or so, or even read an article on the subject, you’ve probably heard someone ask, “What’s the ROI on social marketing?” (Alternate version: “What’s the value of a Like or a retweet?”) That’s what the new version of Google Analytics is trying to answer. Given the… Read More

  • An Always-Present Recipe Box: ZipList Reaches 1M Users

    An Always-Present Recipe Box: ZipList Reaches 1M Users

    Startup ZipList says 1 million users have used it to find and save more than 4 million recipes. The service launched less than a year ago. Users can search for recipes, save them, and convert them instantly into ingredient shopping lists. There’s a mobile app so you can bring your list in the store. Founder and CEO Geoff Allen says that over time the strategy has shifted away from being… Read More

  • When It Comes To Phones, Men Are More Price-Sensitive (According to Vuclip)

    When It Comes To Phones, Men Are More Price-Sensitive (According to Vuclip)

    For its latest user survey, mobile video service Vuclip decided to look at why people buy the phones they do — specifically, at the differences between men and women. And indeed, there was a real contrast between male and female respondents. When men were asked about the most important factor when choosing a phone, the most popular answer (chosen by 33 percent) was price, followed closely… Read More