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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  • Relevnt launches a publisher-centric news app

    Relevnt launches a publisher-centric news app

    Florida startup Relevnt is experimenting with a new approach to online publishing. Founder and CEO Winder Hughes said that it’s become unrealistic to expect readers to download an app for every publication that they follow, or even to type a bunch of URLs into their mobile browser. At the same time, when publishers rely on big platforms like Facebook and Google… Read More

  • Crunch Report | Google To Stop Scanning Inboxes

    Today’s Stories  Google now has all the data it needs, will stop scanning Gmail inboxes for ad personalization Samsung’s Galaxy Note8 will reportedly be the company’s most expensive smartphone yet YouTube TV expands to 10 more U.S. markets, adds more YouTube Red series Tesla said to be in talks to create its own streaming music service Credits Written and Hosted by… Read More

  • Crunch Report | Apple Rolls Out Early Version Of Its Safe Driving Feature

    Today’s Stories  Do Not Disturb While Driving feature rolls out in Apple’s newest iOS 11 beta Sean Parker has left Spotify’s board; Padmasree Warrior, Thomas Staggs join in lead up to IPO Trump might kill next month’s new startup visa before it takes effect Facebook is testing a feature to prevent profile pictures being abused by other users Tantan, China’s… Read More

  • ‘All roads do lead back to Shenzhen,’ according to Indiegogo’s Sandy Diao

    ‘All roads do lead back to Shenzhen,’ according to Indiegogo’s Sandy Diao

    Shenzhen has been called China’s Silicon Valley (or at least one of its Silicon Valleys). A panel on hardware startups at TechCrunch Shenzhen took a stab at explaining why. “There’s a new startup model coming out of Shenzhen,” said Eli Harris, whose startup Ecoflow is building the River Mobile Power Station. The city’s history as “the land of OEM… Read More

  • Qunar co-founder Fritz Demopoulos says startup success in China requires a 10-year commitment

    Qunar co-founder Fritz Demopoulos says startup success in China requires a 10-year commitment

    Fritz Demopoulos, who co-founded Chinese travel portal Qunar and now makes early-stage startup investments through Queen’s Road Capital, said that if he had a single piece of advice for founders looking to pursue their “China dream,” it boils down to one word: “Commitment.” Demopoulos was interviewed on-stage at TechCrunch Shenzhen, which we organized with TechNode. Read More

  • Nestlé leads $77M round for healthy meal startup Freshly

    Nestlé leads $77M round for healthy meal startup Freshly

    Freshly has raised a big funding round from a big name — the U.S. division of food and beverage giant Nestlé. Co-founder and CEO Michael Wystrach has pitched the startup as a way to get healthy, on-demand meals. That doesn’t mean you order from Freshly every time you want to eat — instead, you get one delivery  of all your meals for the week. Then, when you’re hungry… Read More

  • BrideClick acquires Mode Media

    BrideClick acquires Mode Media

    The Mode Media story refuses to end — following its abrupt shut down last year, the company’s assets have been acquired by wedding-focused advertising company BrideClick. Mode previously operated lifestyle sites including Glam and Foodie, plus a larger ad network that it said reached 144 million unique visitors each month. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but… Read More

  • Mobile gaming company Scopely raises $60M

    Mobile gaming company Scopely raises $60M

    Scopely just announced that it has raised $60 million in Series C funding. The round was led by Revolution Growth, a firm led by former AOL executives Steve Case and Ted Leonsis (AOL owns TechCrunch), which targets startups outside Silicon Valley and New York. (Scopely is headquartered in Los Angeles.) Revolution’s Donn Davis is joining Scopely’s board of directors, while… Read More

  • Group Nine Media says it got 114M social engagements last month

    Group Nine Media says it got 114M social engagements last month

    With last fall’s formation of Group Nine Media, four digital media organizations (Thrillist, NowThis, The Dodo and Discovery’s Seeker) came together under a single corporate umbrella. Now the company says it’s seeing real success connecting with readers and viewers, with 114 million social media engagements in May — up from 70 million in January. As Group Nine CEO Ben… Read More

  • Sphero’s new toy is a chatty Spider-Man

    Sphero continues its partnership with Disney today, with the launch of a new toy based on the Marvel superhero Spider-Man. But where BB-8 and Lightning McQueen could move around the room, Spider-Man is more stationary — his real power involves holding conversations. The simplest thing this Spider-Man can do is tell jokes — he seems to have an infinite simply of eye-rollers. If you… Read More

  • Instagram is testing a new way for celebrities and influencers to identify their sponsored posts

    Instagram is testing a new way for celebrities and influencers to identify their sponsored posts

    Instagram is creating a standardized format that should make it clearer to everyone when a post has been paid for by an advertiser. These aren’t for ads that businesses buy directly from Instagram, but rather for influencer marketing, where brands pay celebrities and other users with a significant online following to promote their products. It’s an area that every big tech and… Read More

  • Submission management startup Submittable raises $5M

    Submission management startup Submittable raises $5M

    Submittable, a startup used by more than 9,000 companies to manage submissions, has raised $5 million in Series A funding. Missoula, Montana-based Submittable was founded in 2010 with an initial focus on literary magazines that wanted help keeping track of manuscript submissions. As co-founder and CEO Michael FitzGerald put it, “We started with the poorest customers you could… Read More

  • Apple unveils Business Chat, which brings customer service and shopping into iMessage

    Apple unveils Business Chat, which brings customer service and shopping into iMessage

    Apple just unveiled Business Chat, its bid to turn iMessage into a communication platform that can compete with Facebook Messenger – and perhaps, make iMessage one of the main ways you interact with businesses. The company quietly announced the service earlier this week with an update to its developer site, but few details were available at the time. Today was the real introduction, with… Read More

  • OwnLocal acquires Wanderful, a local deal startup backed by newspaper giants

    OwnLocal acquires Wanderful, a local deal startup backed by newspaper giants

    OwnLocal has acquired Wanderful Media, bringing together two companies focused on local advertising and deals. OwnLocal works with local newspapers to turn traditional print ads into digital campaigns. Wanderful, meanwhile, operates Find&Save, a website and app that brings the newspaper deals and coupons online. Read More

  • Lerer Hippeau Ventures raises $28M fund for follow-on investments

    Lerer Hippeau Ventures raises $28M fund for follow-on investments

    Seed investment firm Lerer Hippeau Ventures is planning to write more later-stage checks, thanks to a new $28 million fund that it’s calling LHV Select. “Since the very beginning, going back to 2010, we’ve always had the same strategy,” said Managing Partner Eric Hippeau — a strategy that’s focused on making seed investments in New York startups. (The firm… Read More

  • Techdirt’s Mike Masnick says lawsuit has already had a chilling effect on his site

    Techdirt’s Mike Masnick says lawsuit has already had a chilling effect on his site

    Techdirt is currently embroiled in a legal battle with Shiva Ayyadurai, a man who claims to have invented email. But regardless of the outcome, founder and CEO Mike Masnick said that the $15 million lawsuit has already had a big impact on his site — a 20-year-old, independent blog covering the intersection of law and technology. Read More

  • Acast introduces programmatic ads to its podcast platform

    Acast introduces programmatic ads to its podcast platform

    Acast says it’s time for podcasts to embrace programmatic advertising. With its publishing and monetization tools, Acast has already moved beyond the generally low-tech state of podcast advertising, but launching a marketplace for programmatic (i.e. automated algorithmic) ad-buying is the next step in that evolution. Read More

  • Rebelmail rebrands as Rebel and adds one-click checkout to its interactive email platform

    Rebelmail rebrands as Rebel and adds one-click checkout to its interactive email platform

    Rebel has been helping marketers do more with their emails — so that those emails become interactive experiences (with capabilities like galleries and quizzes) in and of themselves. Now the startup is adding the ability for consumers to complete their purchase from an email. Read More

  • Adtech company MediaMath secures $175M credit facility

    Adtech company MediaMath secures $175M credit facility

    MediaMath, a company offering tools and data for automated ad-buying, announced today that it has secured a $175 million credit facility. The deal was led by Goldman Sachs, with participation from Santander Bank. The company says this financing will fund its continued growth and allow it to refinance existing debt. (MediaMath’s 2014 funding round included $105 million in debt.) In a note… Read More

  • Luke Beatty joins Brandfolder as its new CEO

    Luke Beatty joins Brandfolder as its new CEO

    Entrepreneur and digital media executive Luke Beatty is the new chairman and CEO at Brandfolder. The Denver-based startup helps companies manage logos, images, videos and other resources in a secure, permissions-based way, with analytics. Read More

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