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.

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  • Canopy Labs Relaunches To Help Businesses Understand Their “Fuzzy” Customer Funnels

    Canopy Labs Relaunches To Help Businesses Understand Their “Fuzzy” Customer Funnels

    Y Combinator-backed Canopy Labs has relaunched with the aim of giving businesses a detailed understanding of customer journey, i.e., where a customer is in the buying process. I last wrote about the startup back in 2012, when it raised $1.5 million in venture funding. For someone who doesn’t spend a lot of time looking at customer data (like me!), the vision from back then may not sound… Read More

  • HotelTonight CEO Sam Shank Will Join Us At Disrupt NY

    HotelTonight CEO Sam Shank Will Join Us At Disrupt NY

    For those of you who haven’t used it yet, HotelTonight allows users to book same-day hotel rooms from their smartphones, at discounted rates. Or, if you’re not quite as comfortable with waiting until the last minute, the company launched a seven-day reservation system last fall. Read More

  • Springleap Aims To Rethink Marketing Research With New Backing From Cross Border Angels

    Springleap Aims To Rethink Marketing Research With New Backing From Cross Border Angels

    Startup Springleap says it can help marketers improve their ad campaigns by tapping into a community of 180,000 creative professionals. To pursue that vision, the company is announcing that it has raised an additional $650,000 in seed funding, bringing its total backing to around $1.1 million. I got on the phone with founder Eran Eyal partly to discuss the funding, but more to discuss the… Read More

  • Twitter Taps Partner Data To Help Marketers Target Their Ads

    Twitter Taps Partner Data To Help Marketers Target Their Ads

    Twitter announced a new ad targeting feature today called partner audiences, allowing Twitter advertisers to aim their ads at audiences like “coffee buyers” and “cereal buyers.” The various social media platforms have done a lot of work to expand their ad programs beyond their core sites and apps, but of course it’s useful for data to flow in the direction too… Read More

  • Swiftype Raises $13M More For Its Smarter Site And App Search

    Swiftype Raises $13M More For Its Smarter Site And App Search

    Y Combinator-incubated search startup Swiftype has raised $13 million in Series B funding. When I first covered the company back in 2012, the pitch was pretty straightforward — it provided customizable search tools that didn’t suck to sites like TechCrunch. On the other hand, online publishers might not be the most lucrative customer base, so while co-founders Matt Riley and Quin… Read More

  • Visually Raises $3.3M As Its Content Marketplace Expands Beyond Infographics

    Visually Raises $3.3M As Its Content Marketplace Expands Beyond Infographics

    Visual.ly, a startup that helps companies create infographics, videos, and more, has raised $3.3 million in additional funding. The company launched with an infographic-building tool before switching to more of a marketplace model — by the time it raised its $8.1 million Series A last year, Visual.ly was billing itself a marketplace for “visual content,” a category that… Read More

  • Etsy Officially Files To Go Public, Aims To Raise $100M

    Etsy Officially Files To Go Public, Aims To Raise $100M

    Word started going around back in January that Etsy, the online market for handmade goods, was planning to go public. Sure enough, they’ve just filed the forms to get the ball rolling. Read More

  • CrowdFlower Launches Open Data Project Covering Everything From Climate Change To #ThatDress

    CrowdFlower Launches Open Data Project Covering Everything From Climate Change To #ThatDress

    Crowdsourcing company CrowdFlower allows businesses to tap into a distributed workforce of 5 million contributors for basic tasks like sentiment analysis. Today it’s releasing some of that data to the public through its new Data for Everyone initiative. Founder and CEO Lukas Biewald (a friend of mine from college) told me that last year, the company quietly began asking some of its… Read More

  • Cylindo Raises $1M To Create 3D Furniture Models And Expand In The US

    Cylindo Raises $1M To Create 3D Furniture Models And Expand In The US

    Product visualization startup Cylindo has raised $1 million in new funding. CEO Janus Jagd told me the company emerged from his own struggles moving into a new apartment, where he and his girlfriend wanted to visualize how their living room would look with a bunch of new furniture. To do that, Jagd said he built a 3D room model on his own and gave it to furniture merchants. Read More

  • ToutApp Raises $15M To Build Email Tools For Salespeople

    ToutApp Raises $15M To Build Email Tools For Salespeople

    Email-focused startup ToutApp has raised a $15 million Series B led by Andreessen Horowitz. The company started out as an email-tracking tool, but founder and CEO Tawheed Kader told me that his team discovered that salespeople “used the product the most, complained the least, and stuck around the longest.” So ToutApp decided to do a “zoom-in pivot” and focus on that… Read More

  • Livestream Revamps Its Hardware Lineup With Smaller, Cheaper Broadcaster Mini

    Livestream Revamps Its Hardware Lineup With Smaller, Cheaper Broadcaster Mini

    Livestream is planning to make it even easier and more affordable to (you guessed it) livestream video with the launch of a new product called the Broadcaster Mini. The Mini is part of a two-pronged refresh of the Broadcaster, which launched about three years ago and allows customers to livestream from any camera. Co-founder and CEO Max Haot told me the Broadcaster is a good entry point… Read More

  • Overdressed

    Overdressed

    If you were offline between, say, 7pm and 10pm Eastern last night, boy, things must have seemed real weird when you logged back onto Twitter. Despite what you might have heard, BuzzFeed did not invent the optical illusion. “The Dress,” as it immediately became known, is but one in a long line of images that trick the eye and the brain. Read More

  • Kochava Acquires InferSystems For Mobile Ad Optimization

    Kochava Acquires InferSystems For Mobile Ad Optimization

    Mobile analytics provider Kochava is announcing it has acquired Toronto-based ad tech company InferSystems and will use its technology to build a product called the Kochava Optimization Beacon. As explained to me by Kochava CEO Charles Manning, the new product allows the company to move beyond mobile measurement into optimization. In other words, an advertiser using Kochava currently¬†has to… Read More

  • Citymaps Raises $6M As Its Mapping App Goes Global

    Citymaps Raises $6M As Its Mapping App Goes Global

    Mapping startup Citymaps today announced a new $6 million funding round. The company’s app, which was previously available on iOS, also launched on Android, and it expanded its previously US-centric coverage to 80 million points of interest across the world. So why would you need another mapping app? Co-founder and President Aaron Rudenstine came by the TechCrunch office to demo Citymaps… Read More

  • YC-Backed Booktrope Rethinks Book Publishing

    YC-Backed Booktrope Rethinks Book Publishing

    If you’re a writer, you’ve probably heard horror stories about the publishing industry — books that are rejected by publisher after publisher, books that sit in submission piles for years, books that are published but basically disappear without publisher support. At the same time, self-publishing has its risks for authors, too. You might spend a lot of your own money for… Read More

  • PR Analytics Startup TrendKite Raises Another $5M

    PR Analytics Startup TrendKite Raises Another $5M

    Erik Huddleston joined PR analytics startup TrendKite as its new CEO back in the middle of 2014, and he told me the company’s been growing quickly since. There’s been triple-digit revenue growth “not just quarter-over-quarter, but almost month-over-month,” and headcount has gone from six employees to 35. Read More

  • If You Think Tinder Needs More Cute Pets, BuzzFeed Has The App For You

    If You Think Tinder Needs More Cute Pets, BuzzFeed Has The App For You

    Oh, BuzzFeed. Don’t ever change. The company just released what it says is its second ever mobile app, called Cute Or Not. As you might expect from the name, you’re asked to rate pets as (duh) cute or not, through a Tinder-style swiping interface. You can also upload photos of your own pets to see how they’re rated by other app users. Read More

  • AirPR Sells Its PR Marketplace To The CHR Group

    AirPR Sells Its PR Marketplace To The CHR Group

    AirPR, a startup promising a fresh approach to public relations, has sold its PR marketplace to marketing agency The CHR Group. The marketplace first launched in 2012 and offered to connect startups with the right PR representation. (It opened more broadly the following year.) However, it’s not AirPR’s only product — the company also launched an analytics platform to track a… Read More

  • Reverb Promises Publishers Better Data About What People Read And Why

    Reverb Promises Publishers Better Data About What People Read And Why

    If you’re an online publisher, you’ve got plenty of analytics tools to choose from, but they’re mostly focused on telling you which pages and articles are popular. That’s why Reverb is launching a new product designed to give publishers a deeper understanding of their content and why people are reading it. Read More

  • Google Acquires Facebook Marketing Startup Toro

    Google Acquires Facebook Marketing Startup Toro

    Toro, a startup that helps developers promote their apps on Facebook, just announced that it’s been acquired by Google. The company was originally known as Red Hot Labs, and it’s led by Amitt Mahajan and Joel Poloney. They previously co-founded MyMiniLife, which played a key role in the creation of FarmVille (and was acquired by Zynga). Read More

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