• #SFSNYC: What Makes for a Successful Acquisition Amid Local Consolidation?

    … In the six years since Street Fight was founded to cover hyperlocal media and tech, companies in the local sector have popped up at a breakneck pace and are now being snatched up just as fast by their competitors. In the past couple weeks alone, two major acquisitions in local stole headlines, as Snap scooped up Placed and OwnLocal acquired its…

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  • HomeAdvisor CEO: The Marketplace for Home Services Is ‘Operationally Intense’

    … Finding the right person to do a job around the house, whether it is a quick repair or major renovation, can often be a nerve-wracking chore. IAC’s HomeAdvisor has built a business around taking some of the pain out of the process by featuring prescreened, local service professionals at its online marketplace. CEO Chris Terrill says his…

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  • Could the ‘Smart Home’ Be the Next Big Opportunity in Local?

    … layer. You can already ask Amazon’s Alexa to connect you with a HomeAdvisor plumber or to hail you an Uber. So it’s easy to imagine how consumers might also use smart home technology to immediately connect with other local task-related service providers — think babysitters, doctors, spa services, dry cleaners, etc. Then, there’s the product component…

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  • The Power of Pairing: 4 Reasons Matching Is Gaining Traction in Local Home Services

    … homeowners with local home service professionals. Unlike a traditional directory of business listings, a matching platform collects information about a consumer’s hiring need and presents a handful of professionals that best fit those specific parameters. Thumbtack just raised $125 million for its matching service; Porch and Angie’s List have pivoted…

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