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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- 11 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- 10 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- 8 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- 8 readers -
  • Could the Mobile Ad Industry Spin off a Data Business?

    … insights into the complexities of consumer behavior between places — not just websites. It can tell marketers where a potential customer shops, offer insight into the work life balance of existing customers, and compare travel habits of New Yorkers versus Chicagoans. Today, those insights are mostly a means to an end — a way to sell media…

    Steven Jacobs/ Street Fightin Mobile- 10 readers -
  • Why Pat Sajak Wants to Power Hyperlocal Daily Deals for SMBs

    … it currently operates. Street Fight recently caught up with Sajak, a prolific tweeter and media veteran in his own right, to talk about the daily deal project and discuss his thoughts on the outlook for local media, the culture of oversharing in social media and the increasing sensitivity of the digital domain. So: Wheel of Fortune to a daily…

    Steven Jacobs/ Street Fightin Twitter- 6 readers -
  • WeddingWire CEO: Building Technology For The Ephemeral Consumer

    … is that the supply-side, the vendors and advertisers, tend to be the same folks. Someone who caters a Bat Mitzvah will likely also cater weddings. A decade prior to launching WeddingWire, you founded education software firm BlackBoard, which went on to IPO. Beyond the obvious differences, what the challenges did you face in building Blackboard that shaped…

    Steven Jacobs/ Street Fight- 8 readers -
  • The Growing Market for Networked SMB Software

    … but a bigger part of that customer base’s spend as well. A Nascent Network in the Cloud The takeaway here is that the cloud has done wonders to grow the total addressable market as well as the revenue generated per user (ARPU) for a business software company. The questions for these firms now is whether they can find the network effects necessary…

    Steven Jacobs/ Street Fight- 5 readers -
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