Yelp

  • Check-In Needs To Work, But How Can We Fix It?

    Check-In Needs To Work, But How Can We Fix It?

    Remember Highlight? That app that everyone thought was hot stuff back at SXSW? I used it for a few days and then deleted it, discovering quite quickly that the app, despite some utility, was an absolute battery hog. But what Highlight did was prove that, given the proper scenario, check-in works and is important. What frustrates me most, however, is that we keep doing it wrong. Take this new… Read More

  • Combining Yelp & Twitter For Foodies, Fondu’s Redesign Beefs Up Recommendations, Discovery

    Combining Yelp & Twitter For Foodies, Fondu’s Redesign Beefs Up Recommendations, Discovery

    At TechCrunch Disrupt NYC last year, Gauri Manglik, Mike Lewis, and Orion Burt launched SpotOn, a recommendation engine in app, which served its users suggested local businesses based on their friends’ activity on Foursquare, Facebook, and more. The co-founders quickly found, however, that its customers were using the app more as a social networking tool than for its recommendations. Read More

  • A Yelp Review Of Yelp Stock

    A Yelp Review Of Yelp Stock

    With Yelp stock beginning its second day of trading tomorrow morning, I wondered what a Yelp review of Yelp stock might it look like. Read More

  • Yelp Closes 5-Star IPO Day With $1.47 Billion Valuation

    Yelp Closes 5-Star IPO Day With $1.47 Billion Valuation

    For Yelp, this has been a very good day. The restaurant review site was received exceptionally well by Wall Street during its first day as a publicly traded company, closing at a price of $24.58 per share, up a full 63 percent from its $15 IPO price. Read More

  • Yelp Shares Pop Over 60 Percent In In First Day Of Trading; Valued At $1.3 Billion

    Yelp Shares Pop Over 60 Percent In In First Day Of Trading; Valued At $1.3 Billion

    Wow. Reviews site Yelp just saw a huge pop in early trading of its stock on the New York Stock Exchange this morning. Yelp opened at $22 per share, after pricing at $15 last night. Shares, which are listed under the symbol ‘YELP’, are trading up 60 percent from last night’s pricing, putting Yelp’s valuation at over $1.3 billion. UPDATE: Yelp’s stock closed at… Read More

  • Yelp IPO Wants To Raise $107.25M At A $898.1 Million Valuation

    Yelp IPO Wants To Raise $107.25M At A $898.1 Million Valuation

    Tomorrow morning comes the moment  Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman’s been waiting for seven years.  According to the NYT, Yelp will drop on the NYSE under the YELP ticker tomorrow morning. Yelp will be offering 7.15 million shares at $15 dollars a share, wanting to raise about $107.25 million in its IPO. The deal is said to be heavily over subscribed, and I’ve heard that some Yelpers… Read More

  • Yelp Ads Are Not A Rip-Off, You Pay To Seal The Deal

    Yelp Ads Are Not A Rip-Off, You Pay To Seal The Deal

    Yelp built its ad business by attracting users that know what they want, just not who to buy it from — exactly when ads are most effective. That’s why I find today’s VentureBeat piece by Rocky Agrawal titled “Yelp advertising is a rip-off for small advertisers” to be ridiculous. His sources say Yelp charges a $600 CPM, or 1,000-times the standard online CPM… Read More

  • ‘Menu And Hours,’ For When You’re Too Hungry To Scroll Through A Million Yelp Reviews

    ‘Menu And Hours,’ For When You’re Too Hungry To Scroll Through A Million Yelp Reviews

    I’ve heard like a billion people complain about this recently so here goes: When you’re starving you don’t want to read through thousands of Yelp reviews on your phone or download a random PDF from a terrible restaurant website that’s so slow-loading it’s indecipherable. You just want to know where a restaurant is, what it has to eat, and whether or not… Read More

  • Yelp Files For IPO To Raise $100 Million

    Yelp Files For IPO To Raise $100 Million

    Local recommendation site Yelp has finally filed an S-1 to IPO, wanting to raise $100 million. The site generated $58.4 million revenue in the first nine months of 2011, 80% growth over the same period in 2010. They operated at a net loss however, of $7.6 million. Read More

  • Troll Sues Groupon, Yelp Over Mobile Commerce Patent

    Troll Sues Groupon, Yelp Over Mobile Commerce Patent

    Yelp and Groupon are both being sued by a company called Mobile Commerce Framework, an obscure patent troll that earlier filed a similar patent infringement suit against Foursquare. On April 6, 2010, Mobile Commerce Framework (MCF) was issued US Patent No. 7,693,752 by the USPTO, for reasons unknown to mankind. In summary, this patent describes: (After the jump) Read More

  • Class Action Lawsuits Alleging Extortion Over Yelp’s Review System Dismissed

    Class Action Lawsuits Alleging Extortion Over Yelp’s Review System Dismissed

    Last year, several lawsuits emerged that accused Yelp of extorting businesses to advertise in exchange for positive reviews. Yelp has just announced that a judge granted Yelp’s request to dismiss these suits. For background, the lawsuits claimed that after declining a request to purchase advertising on Yelp, a number of positive reviews from businesses’ listings on the reviews… Read More

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