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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  • Arkadium’s InHabit adds interactive content to any story, starting with sports

    Arkadium’s InHabit adds interactive content to any story, starting with sports

    Arkadium is launching a new product called InHabit, which can automatically introduce polls, quizzes and games that are tailored to each article. When we’ve written about Arkadium in the past, we’ve talked about them as a casual gaming company, but CEO Jessica Rovello told me her team has become focused on one specific aspect that business, namely “providing visual… Read More

  • Comcast NBCUniversal is launching a Techstars-powered accelerator called LIFT Labs

    Comcast NBCUniversal is launching a Techstars-powered accelerator called LIFT Labs

    Comcast NBCUniversal is getting into the startup accelerator game with a program called LIFT Labs for Entrepreneurs. The plan is to launch the first LIFT (“Leveraging Innovation For Tomorrow”) Labs location in early 2018, in Philadelphia’s Comcast Technology Center, with an Atlanta location also opening next year. In addition to the accelerator (which will be run in… Read More

  • AppOnboard offers fast, playable mobile ads

    AppOnboard offers fast, playable mobile ads

    AppOnboard is betting that the best ad for a mobile game is the game itself. Co-founder and CEO Jonathan Zweig (who was previously CEO at AdColony, which was acquired by Opera) said that this addresses a big need for game developers, namely the fact that they spend lots of money promoting their apps, only to find that users give up during the initial tutorial. AppOnboard’s solution is… Read More

  • Trying out Prisma’s new photo filter store

    Photo filter app Prisma released an update this week giving users a new way to browse all the different styles available. And for select users, there’s also a way to create styles of their own. While it’s calling the new interface a “store,” the Prisma isn’t actually charge you for filters. Instead, it says the store is a new way to browse styles, particularly… Read More

  • Amper raises $4M to use AI to write music

    Amper raises $4M to use AI to write music

    Amper, a startup that offers AI-powered music composition, is announcing that it has raised $4 million in funding. The round was led by Two Sigma Ventures, with participation from Foundry Group, Kiwi Venture Partners and Advancit Capital. Amper previously raised funding from Brooklyn Bridge Ventures. You might not expect a film composer like Drew Silverstein (who founded the company with… Read More

  • Leaked emails put spotlight on Snapchat sales tactics

    Leaked emails put spotlight on Snapchat sales tactics

    Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun safety and gun control nonprofit backed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, faced an awkward decision while working with Snapchat last year, according to leaked emails obtained by Mic. Everytown was collaborating with the Snapchat news team on a “Guns in America” Live Story tied to National Gun Violence Awareness Day. This… Read More

  • Craigslist founder donates $1M to investigative journalism nonprofit ProPublica

    Craigslist founder donates $1M to investigative journalism nonprofit ProPublica

    The Craig Newmark Foundation just annoucned that it has donated $1 million to ProPublica. The foundation says that Newmark (either personally or through the foundation) made multiple millions of dollars worth of donations to media-related organizations last year, including giving $1 million to The Poynter Institute to fund a faculty chair in journalism ethics. Newmark recently told… Read More

  • Pypestream raises $15M for its customer messaging platform

    Pypestream raises $15M for its customer messaging platform

    Pypestream is announcing that it has raised $15 million in Series A funding. When the startup launched more than a year ago, founder and CEO Richard Smullen was pitching text messaging as the best way for customers to communicate with businesses — specifically, through the Pypestream app, where businesses can create their own accounts with a variety of different “pypes”… Read More

  • PebblePost raises $15M to combine online data and old-school mail

    PebblePost raises $15M to combine online data and old-school mail

    PebblePost is betting that there’s a big marketing opportunity in printed postcards and catalogs. Read More

  • Amazon’s ‘Manchester by the Sea’ and ‘The Salesman’ take home three Oscars

    Amazon’s ‘Manchester by the Sea’ and ‘The Salesman’ take home three Oscars

    So this isn’t the Oscar moment that everyone’s talking about, but it’s also kind of big deal: Manchester by the Sea and The Salesman, both distributed by Amazon Studios, won a collective three Academy Awards tonight. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos even got a shoutout in host Jimmy Kimmel’s opening monologue. Manchester by the Sea won for Best Actor (Casey Affleck, who won… Read More

  • Communication platform Layer raises $15M and acquires interactive messaging startup Cola

    Communication platform Layer raises $15M and acquires interactive messaging startup Cola

    Layer, the messaging platform that won TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield back in 2013, is making two big announcements today: It’s raised $15 million in Series B funding, and it’s acquiring another startup, Cola. Layer makes it easy for businesses to add messaging capabilities to their iOS, Android and web products — customers include Trunk Club, Staples and Udacity. Read More

  • Revcontent acquires Rover for better content recommendation tech

    Revcontent acquires Rover for better content recommendation tech

    Revcontent, a self-funded company powering content recommendations for publishers like Forbes and The Atlantic, has acquired Rover. That’s not Rover the pet-sitting marketplace, but rather the content discovery app formerly known as Flipora and Infoaxe. CEO John Lemp told me that Revcontent is paying “north of $30 million” in cash and stock for the acquisition, which he… Read More

  • Singtel’s digital ad division Amobee acquires Turn for $310M

    Singtel’s digital ad division Amobee acquires Turn for $310M

    Amobee just announced that it has agreed to acquire adtech company Turn for $310 million. Amobee used to be a mobile ad startup itself, before a 2012 acquisition by Singtel, where it remains a subsidiary. Since then, Singtel and Amobee have continued to make more acquisitions on the digital ad side, including Gradient X, Adconion and Kontera. Turn, meanwhile, operates both a data… Read More

  • SocialRank Realtime helps marketers get more proactive on social media

    SocialRank Realtime helps marketers get more proactive on social media

    SocialRank co-founder Alex Taub classifies most brand interactions on social media into two broad categories. They’re either broadcasting to all of their followers or, if they’re communicating individually, it’s usually in a reactive way, like responding to a complaint. With the just-launched SocialRank Realtime, Taub and his team are trying to enable something different. Read More

  • Knotel raises $25M to expand its “headquarters as a service” approach to office space

    Knotel raises $25M to expand its “headquarters as a service” approach to office space

    Knotel announced today that it has raised $25 million in Series A funding. Founded in 2015, the company offers what co-founder and CEO Amol Sarva described as “headquarters as a service” — a flexible office space that can be customized for each tenant while also growing or shrinking as needed. This might sound like it’s addressing the same need as WeWork and other… Read More

  • Bulletin offers a flexible approach to shared retail space

    Bulletin offers a flexible approach to shared retail space

    For startups, opening a real-world, physical store can seem a bit quaint. Who wants to deal with the sky-high rents charged in prime, urban locations, not to mention getting locked into a long-term lease? Well, a Y Combinator-backed company called Bulletin is looking to offer a more flexible experience for brands who want to sell their products in brick-and-mortar stores — COO Ali… Read More

  • Cosmunity brings the geek convention experience online

    Cosmunity brings the geek convention experience online

    Cosmunity is a new social network for people who want to keep the experience of Comic Con (or another geek event of your choosing) going all year long. Co-founder and CEO Cole Egger recalled attending a Dallas Comic Con (now known as Fan Expo Dallas) and being “blown away by the size.” However, he found fans who were “frustrated” by the difficulty of staying connected… Read More

  • NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio shows off designs for planned tech hub

    NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio shows off designs for planned tech hub

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his team have revealed the designs for the 250,000-square foot Union Square Tech Hub. The hub, which was first announced in December, will include 58,000 square feet of “fluid space” for startups and a 36,500-square foot tech training center. Read More

  • Student job finder WayUp acquires competitor Looksharp

    Student job finder WayUp acquires competitor Looksharp

    WayUp is making its first acquisition — it’s buying the similarly focused Looksharp. Both companies have created job listing sites for college students and recent graduates, but WayUp co-founder and CEO Liz Wessel told me they’re complementary in a rather specific way: search engine optimization — after all, that’s where job seekers usually start looking for… Read More

  • Loom helps entrepreneurs lure freelance developers with equity

    Loom helps entrepreneurs lure freelance developers with equity

    According to Loom founder Chase White, there’s a familiar cycle that tech entrepreneurs go through: When they’re first getting started, they sell equity to angel investors, then they use the money to hire developers to actually build the product. Read More