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Tupalo partners with CityGrid Media to expand to the U.S., goes up against Yelp

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Vienna-based social yellow pages startup Tupalo (a European competitor to Qype) has launched in the U.S. in partnership with CityGrid Media, a local media company “connecting the millions of businesses and customers on the web.”

As a result, Tupalo now offers over 1 million business listings across the U.S., adding tens of thousands more on a daily basis. This, of course, also pits the startup against the major local (and International) player Yelp.

The U.S. is part of Tupalo’s plans to expand beyond its European base, although it’s also being played up as a sort of homecoming for the company and co-founder and CEO Mike Borras, who was born in America but now resides in Vienna, Austria.

Borras comments: “The US is a key market for local search, so we are partnering with flagship companies such as CityGrid Media that share our core values and vision. Tupalo.com is committed to an organic, all-inclusive approach, and we look forward to forging positive relationships with users, consumers, businesses and other partners throughout the USA.”

Tupalo recently raised an undisclosed second round from Austria’s leading yellow pages publisher Herold.at, at the same time announcing its iPhone app.

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  • http://chart.apis.google.com/chart?cht=v&chs=600x400&chd=t:8,56,0.8&chco=FF6342,ADDE63,63C6DE&chdl=q albert moser

    hi, i took the liberty to visualize the crunchbase funding figures http://chart.apis.google.com/chart?cht=v&chs=600×400&chd=t:8,56,0.8&chco=FF6342,ADDE63,63C6DE&chdl=qype|yelp|tupalo

    whatever they do, they must do it well.

    • Iconoclast

      @dan: I don’t see the full graphic.

      Could you please check it and correct if necessary, also include a brief explanation. Thx!

    • Luis

      Actually, I was going to say the exact opposite. The fact that some small company from Vienna is achieving so much on so little is impressive.

      According to Linkedin there are 10 people at Tupalo, they’ve obviously raised more than 77k EUR but come on guys and girls, they are already outranking Yelp and Qype in *some* crucial verticals. Imagine if that number said 5, 10 or hell, just 1m raised.

      For 2 million uniques already in their tiny EU markets, I’d say money well-invested so far.

      • albert moser

        my point exactly

      • Luis

        Ah, apologies Albert, misread your post.

        So, David vs. Goliath(s)? ;)

  • dan

    Makes ya wonder how big undosclosed round was…

  • lisa d.

    always root for the underdog!

  • http://www.enginee.rs Ivan Trajkovic

    Congrats Mike!

  • chino66

    Funny how CityGrid Media is termed “a local media company” in this post. It is a re-branding of CitySearch and is owned by IAC. Yes, they work in local markets, but I wouldn’t call them a “local media company…” This is CitySearch trying to get some of its lunch money back from Yelp.

    Not a bad thing, just an observation…

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    What’s the head of development for Kin doing these days?

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  • Luis


    “CityGrid Media is a new local media company connecting consumers and businesses everywhere local happens”

    Trademarked quote direct from the CGM page.

  • http://www.wqcontheweb.com Lev Abramovich

    If any one will read this do your self a BIG favor STAY A WAY FROM THIS COMPANY as FAR AS YOU CAN.
    Terrible and incompetent service, dishonest sales stuff.
    I lost $1000.00 and got nothing for it.
    I file complain with BBB.
    I hope that some on who will red this will benefit from my experience

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