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  • Is Yelp’s Slowing Growth a Function of Mobile’s Adolescence?

    … It’s been a turbulent few months from Yelp. Rumors of a potential acquisition have created volatility for shares of the reviews site, compounding investor concerns after a first quarter earnings report that showed lower than expected profits and sluggish user growth sparked a sell-off in April — the largest sell in its three years as a public…

    Steven Jacobs/ Street Fight- 18 readers -
  • Yelp Reportedly Explores a Sale — Could Priceline Be a Fit?

    … as a potential candidate: Priceline Group, the new owner of OpenTable. The online travel giant, which owns Booking.com and Kayak among others, pushed into the local market last year with the acquisition of restauarnt reservations company OpenTable. The deal, which was worth $2.6 billion, thrust the company in competition with others in the restaurant tech…

    Steven Jacobs/ Street Fightin Affiliate- 16 readers -
  • How Online Dating Helped Thumbtack Raise $100M

    … In January 2012, Home Depot bought a small startup, Redbeacon, that allowed shoppers to request quotes from local contractors and other service providers. The company essentially flipped the typical search model on its head: consumers outlined what they wanted, and businesses would come calling. A week before Red Beacon sold, another startup…

    Steven Jacobs/ Street Fightin How To's- 11 readers -
  • Report: Legacy Sales Teams Struggle With Digital Product Sales

    … beyond learned knowledge. Local media will not disappear, but the integrated structures on which companies have relied for years likely will. The relationship between content and sales operations has already weakened, and as media companies rely more on reselling third-party products for revenue, there will be sound logic to spin off the more…

    Steven Jacobs/ Street Fight- 12 readers -
  • Could the Mobile Ad Industry Spin off a Data Business?

    …, dramatically expanding the reach of consumer location data. Meanwhile, the number of publishers passing along ad requests to programmatic buying exchanges, which serve as the mine through which these companies extract most of their consumer data, has grown considerably. Brett Kohn, vice president of marketing at Thinknear, a San Francisco-based mobile…

    Steven Jacobs/ Street Fightin Mobile- 12 readers -
  • Why Pat Sajak Wants to Power Hyperlocal Daily Deals for SMBs

    … Pat Sajak has spent the better part of three decades selling vowels to animated contestants on one America’s longest running game shows. The Wheel of Fortune host has remained active off-the-air, as an investor and political commentator, and most recently, as a surprising entrant into the local marketing industry. Last year, Sajak joined Great…

    Steven Jacobs/ Street Fightin Twitter- 9 readers -
  • WeddingWire CEO: Building Technology For The Ephemeral Consumer

    … In a few months, I’m getting married. That means I will spend the next half-year enmeshed in a $100-billion wedding industry that views me and my fiance as a consumer supernova — a bright flash of emotional spending that will disappear (hopefully) forever in a matter of months. The ephemeral quality of the wedding consumer creates a fascinating…

    Steven Jacobs/ Street Fight- 11 readers -
  • The Growing Market for Networked SMB Software

    … the physical marketplace for the past century, opting instead for a distributed network of smaller sellers that pool resources and share data through software. Think of a franchise — except instead of licensing a brand name and products, these companies offer small businesses access to something even more valuable: each other. The Business Software…

    Steven Jacobs/ Street Fight- 10 readers -
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