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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  • “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

  • TVGuide.com Acquires Fav.Tv To Expand Mobile App Team

    TVGuide.com Acquires Fav.Tv To Expand Mobile App Team

    TVGuide.com has acquired social TV startup Fav.Tv in what executive vice president and general manager Christy Tanner says is a straightforward talent acquisition. Plenty of startups are trying to reinvent the tv guide — including Fav.Tv, which was described, when it launched last fall, as not “your grandmother’s TV Guide.” But TVGuide.com (which operates the TV… Read More

  • Peer-to-Peer Carsharing Goes National With RelayRides’ Big Launch

    Peer-to-Peer Carsharing Goes National With RelayRides’ Big Launch

    Starting today, carsharing startup RelayRides is getting the chance to prove its model on a national scale. The company launched in Boston and expanded to San Francisco, but rather than continuing a gradual roll out from city to city, RelayRides is making the service available everywhere in the United States. Companies like RelayRides and TechCrunch Disrupt winner Getaround offer a different… Read More

  • App.net Wants To Help Mobile Apps Stand Out At SXSW

    App.net Wants To Help Mobile Apps Stand Out At SXSW

    Here’s one of the great things about South by Southwest: Everyone wants to launch a cool new product there. Here’s one of the worst things about South by Southwest: Everyone wants to launch a cool new product there. That’s why Dalton Caldwell, CEO of App.net, is holding a special App Showcase at Beauty Bar on the afternoon of March 10. Read More

  • PinClout Gets A Cease-And-Desist From Klout, Will Change Name

    PinClout Gets A Cease-And-Desist From Klout, Will Change Name

    “Klout for Pinterest” may be a catchy company description, but taking it too literally may lead to legal trouble. Startup PinClout launched about a week ago, and its name seemed to make the company’s mission clear — to measure influence on fast-growing Pinterest. And there’s been positive interest, with some tech press coverage and what co-founder Chris Fay said is… Read More

  • On The Shoulders Of Giants: Y Combinator Demo Day Brings The Future To Computer History Museum

    On The Shoulders Of Giants: Y Combinator Demo Day Brings The Future To Computer History Museum

    Every year, Y Combinator Demo Day, where the latest batch of incubated startups make their pitch to investors, seems to get a little bigger. Now, for the first time since the event began in 2005, it’s moving to a new home — the Computer History Museum. At the last Demo Day, in August (they’re held twice a year), you could already sense that the gathering was outgrowing YC… Read More

  • Playdom Says Marvel Superheroes Are Super Viral (Among Men)

    Playdom Says Marvel Superheroes Are Super Viral (Among Men)

    Social game-maker Playdom officially launched Marvel: Avengers Alliance on Thursday, and executive producer Chia Chin Lee says the title is already disproving some of the common assumptions about social games. The big assumption: that men don’t like to share their activity in social games the way that women do. That could be a problem for Avengers Alliance, since a game about… Read More