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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  • Elton John invests in Qloo, a startup that analyzes your taste

    Elton John invests in Qloo, a startup that analyzes your taste

    Qloo, which bills itself as “the cultural artificial intelligence data platform,” has raised $6.5 million in additional funding from AXA Strategic Ventures and Elton John. Yes, that’s the Elton John who co-wrote and performed “Tiny Dancer” and “Candle in the Wind.” He’s actually not the first big name to back the New York startup —… Read More

  • Optimizely hires Jay Larson as its new CEO

    Optimizely hires Jay Larson as its new CEO

    Co-founder Dan Siroker is stepping down as the CEO of Optimizely. He’s handing the role over to Jay Larson, who was previously CEO at Birst, as well as an executive at Mercury Interactive and Success Factors. Read More

  • The ‘Beat Shazam’ TV show allows viewers to play along at home

    The ‘Beat Shazam’ TV show allows viewers to play along at home

    Beat Shazam is one of those TV game shows that you don’t just watch — you can play along at home, using the Shazam app. In fact, the company recently added the ability to sync your gameplay to recorded footage of the show. Let’s back up a second, for people who haven’t watched: Beat Shazam is hosted by Jamie Foxx and premiered on May 25, on Fox. During each episode… Read More

  • ShareIQ helps brands track their product images across the web

    ShareIQ helps brands track their product images across the web

    As more and more product images get shared on platforms like Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr, ShareIQ says it can help brands understand what’s going on. Founder and CEO Brian Killen used to work as the head of strategy at marketing company Acxiom, and he recalled being told by a retail marketing executive, “I see my pictures all over Pinterest and websites and all over the globe… Read More

  • QVC’s parent company acquires HSN in $2.1B deal

    QVC’s parent company acquires HSN in $2.1B deal

    Liberty Interactive, the owner of home shopping company QVC, announced this morning that it’s acquiring HSN in an all-stock deal valued at $2.1 billion. Liberty already owned 38 percent of HSN — now it’s buying the remaining 62 percent. Back in 2015, when Liberty acquired ecommerce company Zulily, there was speculation that the deal could position the companies for a full… Read More

  • AdHawk aims to take the complexity out of Facebook and Google advertising

    AdHawk aims to take the complexity out of Facebook and Google advertising

    After more than a year in beta testing, AdHawk has opened its doors to all advertisers. AdHawk brings the data from your different campaigns together in a single dashboard. Read More

  • Crunch Report | Facebook Helps You Find Wi-Fi

    Today’s Stories Facebook is rolling out its ‘Find Wi-Fi’ feature worldwide Delivery Hero’s valuation surpasses $5B following successful IPO Chat app Kakao raises $437M for its Korean ride-hailing service Cabin secures $3.3M for its ‘moving hotel’ Credits Written and Hosted by: Anthony Ha
    Filmed by: Matthew Mauro
    Edited by: Chris Gates Notes: Tito… Read More

  • Crunch Report | Blue Apron IPO Has A Rocky Start

    Today’s Stories  Blue Apron IPO off to a rough start Microsoft confirms Cloudyn acquisition, sources say price is between $50M and $70M Instagram implements an AI system to fight mean and harassing comments Uber crosses the 5 billion trip milestone amid ongoing issues A brief history of the iPhone Credits Written and Hosted by: Anthony Ha
    Filmed by: Matthew Mauro
    Edited by: Joe… Read More

  • After canceling Sense8, Netflix is giving the show a two-hour finale

    After canceling Sense8, Netflix is giving the show a two-hour finale

    Netflix, it had seemed, was the place where shows go to live again, not to die. Even though you can argue about whether those shows should have been brought back, and about whether or not fans’ fixation on complete stories is all that healthy or realistic, today’s announcement that Sense8 will get a two-hour finale feels like a very welcome gesture. Read More

  • Facebook introduces new ad metrics and promises that more are coming

    Facebook introduces new ad metrics and promises that more are coming

    Facebook says it’s introducing a number of new measurements for businesses that buy ads and own Facebook Pages. Read More

  • Crunch Report | Tinder Unveils New Gold Subscription

    Today’s Stories  Tinder’s new subscription, Tinder Gold, lets you see who already likes you Google unveils Advr, an experimental Area 120 project for advertising in VR Equal Rights Center sues Uber for denying equal access to people who use wheelchairs Waymo’s self-driving van hits the desert to see if it can stand the heat The latest in the Binary Capital blowup —… Read More

  • 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

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