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  • Stoppelman: 75% Of Yelp’s Traffic Comes From Google

    Stoppelman: 75% Of Yelp’s Traffic Comes From Google

    This afternoon the Senate Judiciary Committee held a series of hearings investigating whether Google may be violating Antitrust law. During the first panel of the day, Google Chairman (and former longtime CEO) Eric Schmidt took the hot seat to answer questions focusing largely on the fairness of Google search results, and whether they unfairly favor Google products (you can find our full post… Read More

  • Kevin O'Connor on What Makes a Good Entrepreneur

    (Founder Stories) O’Connor On What Makes A Good Entrepreneur: “Have You Told Your Boss To Shove It?”

    Chris Dixon begins this episode of Founder Stories with DoubleClick and FindTheBest Co-founder Kevin O’Conner by telling O’Connor that “DoubleClick is probably the closest thing New York has to a PayPal.” Meaning the two companies share an aptitude for hiring employees that go on to start innovative businesses.  Just as Paypal spawned Yelp, YouTube, and… Read More

  • With Google, There Will Be Bad Blood

    With Google, There Will Be Bad Blood

    “I have a competition in me. I want no one else to succeed.” I’m reminded of Daniel Plainview’s admission in There Will Be Blood when thinking about Google. While the company is still largely beloved by the public, sentiment seems to have turned against them amongst their peers, and even amongst many of the startups around Silicon Valley. While these tensions have… Read More

  • Closing The Redemption Loop In Local Commerce

    Closing The Redemption Loop In Local Commerce

    When it comes to local commerce, the ultimate prize everyone is going after right now is how to close the redemption loop. The redemption loop starts when a consumer sees an ad or an offer for a local merchant, and is completed when the consumer makes a purchase and that purchase can be tracked back to the offer. If you know who is actually redeeming offers and how much they are spending… Read More

  • Yelp Now Has 20 Million Reviews Under Its Belt

    Yelp Now Has 20 Million Reviews Under Its Belt

    If you talk to Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman, he always likes to point out how many reviews there are on Yelp. It’s a point of pride and competitive differentiation. Even Google Places, which borrows liberally from Yelp reviews, seems to think so. Today, Yelp crossed 20 million reviews, up from 10 million in March, 2010 (and 17 million last April). The reviews bring in the visitors… Read More

  • Foursquare’s New Deal Partnerships Are No Big Deal

    Foursquare’s New Deal Partnerships Are No Big Deal

    Foursquare this morning announced distribution partnerships with daily deal providers LivingSocial, Gilt City, zozi, BuyWithMe and AT&T. Missing from the list are Groupon, Yelp and Google Offers. With these deals, Foursquare is attempting to solve two problems: liquidity in deals and its own lack of a revenue model. Read More

  • Despite Google+ Competition, Disco, Google's Hushed Messaging App, Continues To Improve

    Despite Google+ Competition, Disco, Google's Hushed Messaging App, Continues To Improve

    It has been over three months since we first broke the news on the existence of Disco, the group messaging app made by the Slide team within Google. Google still refuses to talk about it. But work continues nonetheless. Today brings version 3 of the app — and the app is starting to get really good. Just a little over a month after Disco was updated to version 2.0 with Push… Read More

  • How This Year's Tech IPOs Are Doing, And Who's Next

    Bubble or not, 2011 may go down as the year of the tech IPO. Not since the last bubble have we seen so many technology companies clamoring to go public. And halfway through the year, we still have many more companies who will be listing on either the NASDAQ or the NYSE in the next six months. Here’s a roundup of the tech companies that have gone public, where they are trading now, and who… Read More

  • Yelp Brings Local Deals To Mobile And Gives Groupon Now A Run For Its Money

    Yelp Brings Local Deals To Mobile And Gives Groupon Now A Run For Its Money

    The next phase of growth for local deals will be mobile.  Groupon knows this, and so does Yelp, which today is rolling out Yelp Deals to its iPhone and Android apps.  An update to its mobile apps that is getting pushed out today will add a new deals icon to the app.  When you click on it you can see a list of nearby Yelp Deals for discounts at restaurants, spas, and other businesses. Read More

  • Google Places Now Borrowing Yelp Reviews Without Attribution In iPhone App

    Google Places Now Borrowing Yelp Reviews Without Attribution In iPhone App

    Google Places is at it again, brazenly borrowing reviews from Yelp. But this time it’s in their iPhone app and they are not even bothering to link back to Yelp or attribute where they are getting the reviews. Yelp and Google have a love-hate relationship. Yelp loves when its listings and reviews show up in natural search results, but they hate it when Google scrapes their reviews… Read More

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