• Yelp API Released

    Local review site Yelp quietly released an API today to allow third parties to access much of the content and features of the service. The API allows a number of input requests. Applications can retrieve business review and rating information for a particular geographic region/location, display reviews and pictures for a business or businesses, pull up business information based on a phone… Read More

  • Yelp Is Way Cooler Than I Thought

    Yelp Is Way Cooler Than I Thought

    Yelp, a user generated review site that continues to do very well with traffic growth, was still a bit boring in my opinion. Reviews of the local restaurants and flower shops are useful for some people, but it isn’t exactly as sexy as hanging out in MySpace. Perhaps I’m wrong though…some of the bored housewives in silicon valley may want to check out this review of… Read More

  • Yelp secures $10 million more for local reviews

    Local review site announced tonight that it has taken $10 million in Series B funding from Benchmark Capital. The company received as much as $6 million in a previous round from Bessemer Venture Partners. You can read our previous coverage of Yelp here. Other consumer web investments by Benchmark include Metacafe,, Rebtel, Bebo and Pageflakes. Yelp is reporting… Read More

  • Intuit's Zipingo Joins Local Business Review Sites

    Zipingo joins the ranks of local business review and ranking services such as Yelp, Judy’s Book (which just raised $8 million from Mobius Venture Capital, Ignition Partners and Ackerley Partners) and idealab’s Insider Pages. Like the other sites, Zipingo aims to pair yellow page-like contact information for local businesses with user reviews. It was created (and owned) by… Read More

  • Yelp's Local Reviews

    Yelp's Local Reviews

    Company: Yelp
    Launched: in Beta (since late 2004)
    Location: San Francisco Yelp is a website that allows users to write and share reviews of local businesses. It also has social networking features (adding friends, groups, etc.) to share reviews with a trust network. The idea is that people generally trust their freinds’ recommendations. All of this user-generated content on local… Read More