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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  • Cater2.me May Be Feeding Your Favorite Startup

    Cater2.me May Be Feeding Your Favorite Startup

    Startup Cater2.me is trying to answer one of the rarely-discussed challenges facing any company that wants to keep a large workforce happy — feeding them meals that aren’t boring. Cater2.me was founded in late 2010 and has already attracted some positive press attention. Now, its client list includes some startups worth bragging about, such as Yelp, Eventbrite, Tagged, Square… Read More

  • Mobcaster Crowdfunds Its First TV Season

    Mobcaster Crowdfunds Its First TV Season

    It’s famously difficult to get a TV show on the air — much less one that still matches your initial vision. That’s why startup Mobcaster has launched a new platform where creators can ask fans directly for the financial support needed to produce their shows. The startup just had its first funding success story — The Weatherman, an Australian-produced comedy about, yes… Read More

  • After Legal Scare, PinClout Becomes PinReach

    After Legal Scare, PinClout Becomes PinReach

    PinClout, the analytics service for Pinterest whose name prompted a cease-and-desist letter from Klout, has renamed itself as PinReach. Shortly after the service launched about two weeks ago, it received a letter from Klout’s attorney demanding that PinClout change its name because it was “confusingly similar.” When I spoke to co-founder Chris Fay last week, he said he… Read More

  • Early Adopter Recruiting Startup BetaBait Helps Users Show Their Love For Apps

    Early Adopter Recruiting Startup BetaBait Helps Users Show Their Love For Apps

    BetaBait, the startup that helps new apps and services find beta testers, is introducing new features today that should give those testers more control of the experience — and give BetaBait more opportunity to make money. BetaBait doesn’t quite serve the same function as a service like LaunchRock — it’s less about managing the beta testing process and more about finding… Read More

  • P2P Dropbox Competitor Space Monkey Wins Launch, Has Already Raised $750K

    P2P Dropbox Competitor Space Monkey Wins Launch, Has Already Raised $750K

    Storage startup Space Monkey just took the prize for best new startup at this week’s Launch conference in San Francisco. It’s no surprise, since this is one of the companies that everyone I’ve spoken to here has raved about. The company is challenging cloud storage services like Dropbox — which seems to be doing pretty damn well, having raised money at a reported $4… Read More

  • Politix Wants To Be The Center of Your Political Identity

    Politix Wants To Be The Center of Your Political Identity

    Online forum Topix has become increasingly focused on politics for the last couple of years, and today at the Launch conference, the site took the next step in that direction. Accompanied by a patriotic marching band, CEO Chris Tolles announced a new service called Politix. There’s no shortage of political websites, but CEO Chris Tolles says there’s “no place for your… Read More

  • “Reverse Craigslist” Zaarly Celebrates Its Birthday With A New Reputation System

    “Reverse Craigslist” Zaarly Celebrates Its Birthday With A New Reputation System

    Call it a victory of emotion over technology. Today Zaarly is launching version 2.0 of its “reverse Craigslist,” where people can ask for everything from a beer to help with data entry. The biggest change is that the buying and selling process is no longer anonymous. Instead, users can now create profiles on the site, and they decide when to expose them — either when they… Read More

  • Chat Startup Yobongo Gets Acq-Hired By Mixbook

    Chat Startup Yobongo Gets Acq-Hired By Mixbook

    Yobongo, the startup that creates mobile chat rooms for talking to anyone and everyone nearby, has been acquired by Mixbook. The entire Yobongo team, including co-founders Caleb Elston and David Kasper, will be moving to Mixbook’s new Palo Alto office, where they’ll be spearheading the efforts to build a mobile app for the photobook- and calendar-printing service. Read More

  • NewsiT Raises $500K To Gamify Crowd Journalism

    NewsiT Raises $500K To Gamify Crowd Journalism

    Crowdsourced news platform NewsiT.net just announced that it has raised $500,000 in seed funding. And, timed to match the beginning of South by Southwest, it’s also launching its iPhone app. The company was founded by longtime journalist Melinda Wittstock, who has worked for the Times of London, BBC Television, the Guardian, the Observer, ABC News, National Public Radio, and MSNBC/CNBC. Read More

  • Triptrotting Raises $1M To Combat Clueless Tourism

    Triptrotting Raises $1M To Combat Clueless Tourism

    Triptrotting, a startup that connects travelers with hosts, has raised $1 million in a Series A round of funding. The company’s website promises that users will be “not just another clueless tourist.” The idea is that when you’re traveling to new places, it’s almost always better if you have a local friend, so Triptrotting tries to connect travelers with locals… Read More

  • Chartbeat’s New Features: Up With Engagement, Down With Linkbait

    Chartbeat’s New Features: Up With Engagement, Down With Linkbait

    ChartBeat is going to be launching a new version of its real-time analytics service in a few weeks, and I got a sneak peek earlier today. The big theme: looking beyond pageviews. You can see a screenshot of the main ChartBeat dashboard above. Specifically, it’s the ChartBeat page for VC Fred Wilson’s blog, because apparently he doesn’t mind sharing. Elements of the… Read More

  • Heyzap Launches An API, Uses It To Build A Mobile Gaming Map

    Heyzap Launches An API, Uses It To Build A Mobile Gaming Map

    Heyzap, a startup that allows users to check in as they play their favorite mobile games, is now releasing its data through an API. The API focuses on two types of information — games and players. Through the API, a developer can see which games are trending based on usage, or they can bring up a list of who has checked in to each title. Heyzap says developers could also look up… Read More

  • Moolah Media Announces Mobile Display Network To Take On “Blind” Competitors

    Moolah Media Announces Mobile Display Network To Take On “Blind” Competitors

    Moolah Media may be focused on performance-based mobile ads, but it isn’t ignoring the display advertising side of things — today it’s announcing a display network of its own. CEO Shawn Scheuer says a display network has always been on the company’s road map. By opening up more inventory, this is another way to serve Moolah’s existing advertisers. Before this, he… Read More

  • Social Marketing Startup BlogFrog Raises $3.2M

    Social Marketing Startup BlogFrog Raises $3.2M

    BlogFrog, a self-described “social activation platform,” has raised $1.2 million in a Series A round of funding. The company was first known as a community for “mommy bloggers”, allowing them to add social features to their sites. In the last year or so, however, BlogFrog has shifted direction, using its technology and audience for a new end — helping marketers… Read More

  • Trend-Based Ad Targeter Taykey Goes Cross-Platform, Adds Kevin Rose As Adviser

    Trend-Based Ad Targeter Taykey Goes Cross-Platform, Adds Kevin Rose As Adviser

    Sequoia-backed social ad startup Taykey is ready to look beyond Facebook. Taykey says it looks at 40,000 data sources and automatically generates campaign keywords to help advertisers to reach the audience they’re looking and respond in real-time to online trends. For example, if Paula Abdul does something newsworthy, then advertisers interested in reaching young music fans want to get… Read More

  • Quattro Co-Founder Launches SessionM To Gamify Mobile Apps

    Quattro Co-Founder Launches SessionM To Gamify Mobile Apps

    Lars Albright, co-founder of Quattro Wireless, announced his new company SessionM nearly a year ago. Now he’s ready to talk about what it actually does. Quattro, of course, was acquired by Apple, which used the mobile ad network as the foundation for its iAd program. Albright, who led business development for iAd and is now SessionM’s CEO, describes the startup as an attempt to… Read More

  • Dollar Shave Club Launches Razor Subscription Service, Raises $1M From Kleiner (And Others)

    Dollar Shave Club Launches Razor Subscription Service, Raises $1M From Kleiner (And Others)

    There are few things in my life that seem less exciting than razors, but a new startup called The Dollar Shave Club wants to disrupt the market. And it has convinced some big names in the venture world, including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Andreessen Horowitz, to back its vision. Dollar Shave Club is relaunching today and announcing that it’s the latest company to emerge… Read More

  • App Analytics Startup Kontagent Grew 500 Percent Last Year

    App Analytics Startup Kontagent Grew 500 Percent Last Year

    Kontagent, a startup offering analytics for Facebook, mobile, and Web apps, says that its annual revenue grew 500 percent in 2011, to “just under $10 million.” The company’s kSuite tools allow developers to track virality, engagement, retention, and revenue. The company signed up 100 new enterprise customers last year, including its first mobile clients. The current customer… Read More

  • Conductor Is Still Making Money From SEO — Almost $10M, In Fact

    Conductor Is Still Making Money From SEO — Almost $10M, In Fact

    Seth Besmertnik, co-founder and CEO of startup Conductor, admits that Web search isn’t that “sexy” anymore — hell, by slapping a +1 button on everything, Google itself seems more excited about social than search. But Besmertnik says he’s still building a big business focused on search engine optimization (SEO). Specifically, Conductor is announcing that there… Read More

  • Heyzap’s Amazing 404 Page, Created In A Day

    Heyzap’s Amazing 404 Page, Created In A Day

    Gaming startup Heyzap has found a way to take some of the pain out of stumbling on a 404 error message on its website. Now, Heyzap’s 404 page comes with a little bonus — a simple spaceship combat game, where you move your mouse to shoot off a flood of enemies. Co-founder Jude Gomila says this was actually built by an engineer named Micah during one of the company’s monthly… Read More