Anthony Ha

Anthony Ha is a senior 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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  • Website-building platform Brandcast raises $13.9M

    Website-building platform Brandcast raises $13.9M

    Brandcast, a startup allowing marketers and designers build mobile-friendly websites without having to write code, announced today that it has raised $13.9 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Shasta Ventures with participation from Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Correlation Ventures. (Brandcast co-founder and chief strategy officer Hayes Metzger previously worked at Salesforce… Read More

  • Warby Parker is offering Snapchat-exclusive sunglasses

    Warby Parker is offering Snapchat-exclusive sunglasses

    Warby Parker is offering its very first Snapchat-exclusive product — limited sunglasses that are only available for purchase to its Snapchat followers. The eyeglass retailer said it just shared a Snapchat story with its followers with a unique URL where, for a limited time, they can buy “head-turning Haskell in Crystal, now with new silver mirrored lenses” for $95. (I… Read More

  • NYC’s chief digital officer Jessica Singleton is heading to business school

    NYC’s chief digital officer Jessica Singleton is heading to business school

    This is Jessica Singleton’s last week as chief digital officer of the City of New York. Singleton became the city’s digital director in January 2014, then took on an expanded role as chief digital officer last year — at the time, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration said she would “encourage public participation in City-led technology initiatives, focus on… Read More

  • Goldman Sachs leads $10M investment in Brazilian trucking startup CargoX

    Goldman Sachs leads $10M investment in Brazilian trucking startup CargoX

    CargoX, a Brazilian startup that has been described as “Uber for trucks,” is announcing that it has raised $10 million in Series B funding. The analogy is kind of irresistible, since Uber co-founder Oscar Salazary is one of CargoX’s investors — he’s certainly seen his share of “Uber for X” pitches, but he told me he sees a big opportunity here due to… Read More

  • Google introduces speedier ads to its Accelerated Mobile Pages program

    Google introduces speedier ads to its Accelerated Mobile Pages program

    Google has been working to create a faster news reading experience through its Accelerated Mobile Pages project. Now it’s bringing something similar to online ads. AMP is an open framework for creating articles that load more quickly, particularly on mobile. (They also can be sped up by loading from Google’s cache.) At the time the program was announced, Google said it would… Read More

  • SeatGeek will calculate how much that ticket is worth

    SeatGeek will calculate how much that ticket is worth

    Have you ever bought sweet tickets for a ballgame, a concert or some other live event, only to find out that you couldn’t make it? The internet certainly offers plenty of ways for you to unload the tickets… but how much should you charge? Ticketing startup SeatGeek has launched a new way to help you figure it out. In a way, SeatGeek has been offering this since last fall, when… Read More

  • Adweek acquired by private equity firm Beringer Capital

    Adweek acquired by private equity firm Beringer Capital

    Adweek is changing owners again. The ad- and media-focused industry magazine is being sold by MediaBistro Holdings to private equity firm Beringer Capital, with Beringer co-founder Brian F. Martin becoming Adweek’s chairman. This follows last year’s spin out of Adweek and other media properties from Guggenheim Partners/Prometheus Global. An Adweek spokesperson told me that… Read More

  • Sales startup Immediately will shut down as team members join New Relic

    Sales startup Immediately will shut down as team members join New Relic

    Immediately, a startup that built mobile sales tools, will be shutting down at the end of the month, while part of the team will move on to cloud-monitoring company New Relic. According to the official announcement, both the Immediately app (which offers a number of features, including phone logging and detecting when emails are opened) and the company’s Gong app (a “pocket… Read More

  • Legion Analytics is building bots to automate your sales pitch

    Legion Analytics is building bots to automate your sales pitch

    Legion Analytics is looking to make your sales team more productive with the help of artificial intelligence. We covered the startup last year when it was part of Y Combinator’s fellowship program and offered to help companies find sales leads. CEO Jamasen Rodriguez told me that the company’s vision has expanded — it’s not just focused on lead generation anymore, but… Read More

  • SpareMin helps you fill your extra time with spontaneous phone calls

    SpareMin helps you fill your extra time with spontaneous phone calls

    Even though TechCrunch readers can get really busy with their jobs, their side hustles and everything else in their lives, you’ll probably still have a few moments of downtime today — maybe when you’re driving home from work. A new startup called SpareMin aims to help you fill that time with phone calls. The app, which is available for both iOS and Android, was created by… Read More

  • Google unveils new features for shopping ads and hotel search

    Google unveils new features for shopping ads and hotel search

    Google is giving more tools to retail and travel businesses hoping to promote themselves through search results and ads. These new features were announced at a New York City press event this morning, and then outlined in an AdWords blog post. On the retail side, changes include a new Showcase Shopping ad format. The company says those ads are designed for broader shopping search terms like… Read More

  • Healthy meal delivery startup Freshly raises $21M

    Healthy meal delivery startup Freshly raises $21M

    Freshly is announcing that it has raised $21 million in Series B funding. The New York City-based company delivers healthy meals for a price of around $11 per meal — which may make it sound like many other food startups, but CEO Michael Wystrach (pictured below with his co-founder Carter Comstock) said the model is different in some key ways. Unlike a meal kit service such as Blue… Read More

  • Integral Ad Science acquires bot detection company Swarm

    Integral Ad Science acquires bot detection company Swarm

    Integral Ad Science is unveiling some new steps to combat ad fraudsters, including the acquisition of a bot detection company called Swarm. CEO Scott Knoll told me that he was particularly interested in Swarm’s technology for side channel analysis, a technique for examining a web browser to identify whether or not it’s a bot. That’s an area where Integral Ad Science has… Read More

  • IBM survey says ads are the biggest reason people consider canceling their streaming video services

    IBM survey says ads are the biggest reason people consider canceling their streaming video services

    IBM’s Cloud Video division is releasing the results of a new survey looking at the behavior of subscribers to video-on-demand services like Netflix and Hulu. Perhaps the most interesting answers were about how many people canceled their subscriptions and why. According to IBM, 31 percent of respondents said they’d canceled a streaming video subscription in the past, but that… Read More

  • Twitter adds former Facebook CTO Bret Taylor to its board

    Twitter adds former Facebook CTO Bret Taylor to its board

    Twitter announced today that Bret Taylor is joining its board of directors. Taylor is best-known as one of the founders of social networking startup FriendFeed — and then as the chief technology officer of Facebook, which acquired FriendFeed in 2009. After departing Facebook three years later, he became co-founder and CEO at mobile word processing company Quip. News!: @btaylor is… Read More

  • Knocki turns your tables and walls into smart device controllers

    Knocki turns your tables and walls into smart device controllers

    By most standards, Knocki has had a home run Kickstarter campaign, blowing way past its $35,000 target with more than $1.1 million committed. But it sounds like CEO Jake Boshernitzan is still hoping for more support in the campaign’s final hours (it’s scheduled to end at 3am Eastern on Saturday). After all, he said that Knocki deliberately set the campaign target on the low… Read More

  • Hyper, the Mic-owned app for curated videos, comes to iPhones

    Hyper, the Mic-owned app for curated videos, comes to iPhones

    Hyper founder and CEO Markus Gilles said he has a simple goal — to create “the single best video app.” We covered the company last August when it launched its first app on the iPad. Since then, it’s been acquired by millennial-focused publisher Mic, but it’s still going after that big goal — and today, it’s launching on the iPhone. Particularly… Read More

  • ProducePay raises $2.5M to bring cashflow to farmers

    ProducePay raises $2.5M to bring cashflow to farmers

    ProducePay has raised $2.5 million to solve what CEO Pablo Borquez Schwarzbeck said is a major issue for farmers — getting paid in a timely manner for their crops. Borquez Schwarzbeck explained that farmers usually have to cover the cost of not just growing the produce, but also shipping — and then they have to wait for it to get sold before they get paid themselves. And since… Read More

  • Mobile shopping startup PredictSpring raises $11.4M

    Mobile shopping startup PredictSpring raises $11.4M

    PredictSpring, a startup that helps brands and retailers build mobile apps, announced today that it has raised $11.4 million in Series A funding. Founder and CEO Nitin Mangtani has said that one of his goals is to help businesses create truly native mobile experiences that make it easy for consumers to shop. Customers include Calvin Klein, Cole Haan and Nine West, and the company says… Read More

  • Lease marketplace Flip raises $1.2M

    Lease marketplace Flip raises $1.2M

    Flip, a startup that helps tenants find someone to take over their lease, is announcing that it has raised $1.2 million in seed funding. The New York City-based company has created a marketplace where lease holders can post apartments that they need to rent out, and where pre-screened applicants can look at housing before it hits the rental market. (Depending on how badly they need to get out… Read More

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