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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- 8 readers -
  • Yelp Reportedly Explores a Sale — Could Priceline Be a Fit?

    … Yelp may be on the auction block. That’s according to a report from the Wall Street Journal that said the reviews site was in conversation with investment bankers to find a buyer for the multi-billion dollar company. No prospective buyers were named in the report, but in addition to the usual suspects, one less likely company stands out…

    Steven Jacobs/ Street Fightin Affiliate- 8 readers -
  • How Online Dating Helped Thumbtack Raise $100M

    … as a purchase gets. The challenge they have is that it’s hard to be a cleaning company at scale. It’s hard to deliver a consistently high experience. We’re seeing that play out. Two competitors — Porch and Houzz — have both raised more than $60 million each to develop a more content-centric approach to the market, and both are moving closer…

    Steven Jacobs/ Street Fightin How To's- 7 readers -
  • Report: Legacy Sales Teams Struggle With Digital Product Sales

    … Ask virtually any local media executive about their most prized assets and the salesforce will almost always top the list. Silicon Valley might have the newest products they’re selling, they say, but they have the salespeople with deep local connections needed to bring that product to market. One minor flaw in the logic: it’s possible…

    Steven Jacobs/ Street Fight- 7 readers -
  • Could the Mobile Ad Industry Spin off a Data Business?

    … but the market for an offline analytics business undoubtedly exists. Businesses spend billions in shopper marketing and consumer research each year and the methods mostly remain extremely inefficient. The question for mobile advertising firms is whether the opportunity is big enough. Steven Jacobs is Street Fight’s deputy editor. Find out more about…

    Steven Jacobs/ Street Fightin Mobile- 9 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- 5 readers -
  • WeddingWire CEO: Building Technology For The Ephemeral Consumer

    … dynamic for technology companies that serve the market. Services need to acquire, develop and monetize users within a 12-18 month timeframe, creating an unparalleled sort of urgency for both consumers and service providers, as well as technology providers. One of the largest firms catering to this set is WeddingWire, a Washington-DC based company…

    Steven Jacobs/ Street Fight- 6 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- 3 readers -
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