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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  • 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

  • MySpace Co-Founder Chris DeWolfe Explains SGN’s New Name, Multi-Platform Plans

    MySpace Co-Founder Chris DeWolfe Explains SGN’s New Name, Multi-Platform Plans

    MindJolt, the gaming company led by MySpace co-founder Chris DeWolfe, recently announced that it’s changing its name to the Social Gaming Network. DeWolfe spoke to me earlier this week about the name change, and about his plans for the coming year. The new company name may sound familiar, because MindJolt actually acquired SGN last year. (SGN founder Shervin Pishevar is now a… Read More

  • Twitter Has (At Least) Three New VPs

    Twitter Has (At Least) Three New VPs

    It looks like Twitter has promoted three of its directors. A Twitter spokesperson declined to comment for this story, but the promotions aren’t exactly a secret. Both Elad Gil (pictured) and Joel Lunenfeld have updated their LinkedIn profiles to reflect their new titles — vice president of corporate strategy and vice president of global sales strategy, respectively. Gil joined… Read More

  • Unified Opens An Online University For Social Media Marketers

    Unified Opens An Online University For Social Media Marketers

    There are few terms more overused these days than “social media expert.” Now Unified wants to actually certify those experts, through a new program called Unified University. Unified calls itself “the first social operating platform” — it offers tools for planning, purchasing, and analyzing social media advertising campaigns. Even though CEO Sheldon Owen says he… Read More

  • Rewards Network Kiip Goes Self-Serve, Announces $100K Developer Fund

    Rewards Network Kiip Goes Self-Serve, Announces $100K Developer Fund

    Kiip is making a big effort to recruit independent game developers today — it’s launching the self-serve version of its advertising platform, and it has also created a $100,000 fund to help developers build and market their Kiip-integrated games. The startup has always pitched its rewards (such as free Pop Chips or Amazon Gift Cards) as a smart alternative to traditional mobile… Read More

  • Graphicly Opens Publishing Platform To Everyone, Looks Beyond Comics

    Graphicly Opens Publishing Platform To Everyone, Looks Beyond Comics

    After a month long trial period, startup Graphicly is throwing the doors open to its digital publishing platform. Since incubating at TechStars in 2009, Graphicly has shifted strategy. Co-founder and CEO Micah Baldwin says the company was first conceived as an “iTunes for comics” — the place where existing comics publishers could sell the digital versions of their titles. Read More

  • News.me Is Building A News Social Network Within Its New iPhone App

    News.me Is Building A News Social Network Within Its New iPhone App

    News.me, the news service developed in The New York Times’ R&D labs and incubated at betaworks, is launching its iPhone app today. A bit unusually, the part of the app that you’ll use first may actually be the least interesting. In some ways, the new app is just a redesign of what News.me was already offering through its iPad and email products — a list of news… Read More

  • BumeBox Threw eBay A Social Media Party And 14M People Saw It

    BumeBox Threw eBay A Social Media Party And 14M People Saw It

    Startup BumeBox throws social media “parties to help brands engage with their customers. Its latest success story: eBay. Not that you actually need BumeBox to engage fans on social networks, but the service helps put together special, limited-time events, which can then be aggregated and embedded — so fans could participate directly on Twitter, or they could jump into the… Read More

  • Ben Parr’s “Intelligent Information” Startup Is Called The Peep Project (For Now)

    Ben Parr’s “Intelligent Information” Startup Is Called The Peep Project (For Now)

    Former Mashable editor-at-large Ben Parr is ready to share a few details about his new startup. He’s raising a small seed round, so he created a posting on AngelList, and he also talked (vaguely) with me about what he’s been up to. The company is listed as The Peep Project, but it sounds like that’s just a temporary stealth name. The listing describes the product as… Read More

  • Analytics Startup Mixpanel Is Tracking 4 Billion Actions Each Month — And It’s Cash-Flow Positive

    Analytics Startup Mixpanel Is Tracking 4 Billion Actions Each Month — And It’s Cash-Flow Positive

    Mixpanel, the analytics startup backed by Sequoia Capital, hasn’t yet succeeded in its goal of unseating established analytics services like Omniture — but momentum is building. Let’s start with the biggest number that co-founder Suhail Doshi shared with me this week. He says the company is now tracking 4 billion actions every month. Back in July 2010, that number was… Read More