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  • Yelp's CEO On Google: We Were Suprised…I Don't Think It's A Permanent Situation

    Yelp’s CEO Jeremy Stoppelman deserves credit for trying to play nice with Google, even appearing onstage at the Social Currency CrunchUp with John Hanke, a Google VP of Product Management. As expected the tension was palpable, as Hanke and Stoppelman discussed Google Places and the goliath’s heavy reliance on Yelp’s content. Beyond the professional veneer, there’s… Read More

  • Google: There Have To Be Yelps In The World, But…

    Google: There Have To Be Yelps In The World, But…

    Today during our Social Currency CrunchUp, Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman and John Hanke, a Google VP of Product Management, took the stage. Given that the two companies seem to be at odds with one another recently (following a failed acquisition), it was a little tense. Specifically, Google’s strong moves into local with their new Places push seem to be going right at Yelp’s core. Read More

  • Yelp Gears Up To Take On Groupon, Starts Testing Local Deals

    Yelp Gears Up To Take On Groupon, Starts Testing Local Deals

    It looks like Yelp is looking to cash in on the local deal craze. As the folks over at deal aggregator YipIt first noticed, Yelp has recently been testing time-limited local deals in a select number of pilot cities. The proof lies in a comment thread that began June 23, when a Yelp user noticed a deal running for $20 for $45 of services at Papillon salon. The user wrote that you can purchase… Read More

  • Not Only Is Google Places Going After Yelp, They're Doing So With Yelp's Content

    Not Only Is Google Places Going After Yelp, They're Doing So With Yelp's Content

    Earlier today, we noted that an update to Google Maps for Mobile was the clearest sign yet of Google going directly after Yelp. But it’s actually even more interesting than we thought. Key to the new Google Maps for Mobile is Places, the new establishment-centric area which Google has been building up for about the past year or so. Places is basically an evolution of Google Local, which… Read More

  • Google May Not Have Bought Yelp, But They Sure Are Trying To Own Them With Places

    Google May Not Have Bought Yelp, But They Sure Are Trying To Own Them With Places

    Perhaps you recall that late last year, Google was in discussions to buy Yelp. Despite a supposed offer of $550 million plus earn-outs, Yelp walked away from the deal. But that isn’t stopping Google for entering Yelp’s business. Today, Google continues their fast-moving assault on local and location with a revamped Google Maps for mobile. Central to Maps for mobile 4.4 is… Read More

  • Watch out Qype, Yelp moves in on Germany

    Yelp, the predominant force in the social yellow pages space, has just announced their move into Germany. As Yelp’s CEO Jeremy Stoppelman tweeted last night, they are now “speaking German”. After already launching in France and the UK, Germany and Spain were the other first tier countries that were missing in Yelp’s initial European roll out phase. It’s likely… Read More

  • Yelp's Android App Approaching One Million Downloads

    Yelp's Android App Approaching One Million Downloads

    Yelp has one of the most popular apps on the iPhone, but its Android app is catching on too. Launched last December, the app is approaching one million downloads and activity on the app is picking up like crazy due to a recent upgrade that adds the ability to check into Yelp locations and Tweet them out or share them on Facebook. The number of active users is growing 50 percent week over… Read More

  • Happy Friday: 100 More Tickets Released for July 30 Summer Party

    UPDATE: Batch if tickets is sold out. Check back again next week. We’re releasing another 100 tickets now to our July 30 summer party at August Capital. Act fast if you want one, these things sell out in less than an hour. If you don’t get a ticket, don’t email me begging for one. Come to our Social Currency Crunchup earlier that day instead. A ticket to the CrunchUp gives… Read More

  • Yelp Co-Founder And CTO Russel Simmons Is Out

    Yelp co-founder and CTO Russel Simmons, pictured here (left) with fellow co-founder and chief exec Jeremy Stoppelman, is leaving the company. Simmons will be transitioning to an advisor role and take some time off to travel, we’ve confirmed with the company. Stoppelman and Simmons were both early software engineering employees at PayPal and went on to brainstorm new Internet startup ideas… Read More

  • iOS 4 Is Going To Up The Ante For Location-Based Startups

    iOS 4 Is Going To Up The Ante For Location-Based Startups

    Yesterday, Robert Scoble wrote a post about “Foursquare’s Yelp problem.” It’s an interesting read, with some good thoughts about how Foursquare can withstand feature-copying from a much larger rival. He asked for my thoughts, so I figured I’d jot some down here. Most importantly, his post got me thinking about the next phase of location, which I think we’re… Read More

  • Come On Yelp, Really? Dukes, Barons, And Kings Of Venues?

    Obviously, companies copy one another’s ideas all the time. If something is working, sometimes it just makes a lot of sense. But sometimes it’s just a little pathetic. Tonight, we’re seeing a bit of that from Yelp. The latest update to their iPhone app (4.2.1) includes a feature called Yelp Royalty. It rewards users with the most check-ins at a venue the title of… Read More

  • TurnHere And Its Network Of 8,000 Filmmakers To Flood Yelp With Videos

    Online video production startup TurnHere is now the exclusive provider of video creation services for Yelp, the popular local search and business review site. TurnHere, through its network of over 8,000 professional filmmakers, will be providing local video production for businesses that advertise on Yelp, as well as a slate of video-related services, including expanded distribution of… Read More

  • Yelp Stats Show iPhone App Usage Staggeringly Deeper Than Website

    Yelp Stats Show iPhone App Usage Staggeringly Deeper Than Website

    Yelp, hot off the news of their Open Table integration, also has some interesting user information that they say they’ll officially announce tomorrow. We’ve got the details. Yelp says their website had over 32 million unique visitors in May from all sources (Comscore says 11.2 million in April, the most recent month they track, but they do tend to undercount). Yelp’s iPhone… Read More

  • OpenTable Finds An Opening On Yelp

    Yelp is adding a nifty feature today which will make scoring a table at restaurant a breeze. The reviews and listings site is integrating OpenTable’s reservation system into Yelp. This essentially allows any logged-in Yelp user to make a reservation without having to leave the site. There is now an OpenTable section on the Yelp listing page for all restaurants who are listed with the… Read More

  • Behind The Scenes, Location Turf Wars Have Begun

    Behind The Scenes, Location Turf Wars Have Begun

    Over the past several months I’ve moderated or been on a number of panels with many of the top players in the location space. A common theme keeps recurring. When someone brings up rivalries between any of the companies, it is always downplayed in favor of an “everyone wins” message. I’ve been skeptical of that since day one, but as the space has exploded, there have… Read More

  • Qype Rejects Acquisition Thoughts, Replaces CEO, Doubles-Down

    We’ve been wondering what direction Qype would take recently after rumours that it was in potential acquisition talks with various parties, one of which may have been Nokia, although nothing was ever confirmed. What we do know is that there has been an internal “debate” about whether to enter into a strategic partnership (usually code for acquisition) or whether to double down… Read More

  • Does Europe's Yelp Now Have An Exit Problem?

    So since TrustedPlaces announced its acquisition by Yell we’ve been digging around to try and find out the purchase price. Understandably, we respect the fact that co-founder Sokratis Papafloratos doesn’t want to say, and Yell certainly won’t. But this information would be very useful to startups out there wondering what the purchase price is these days for a company like this. Read More

  • Yelp Security Hole Puts Facebook User Data At Risk, Underscores Problems With 'Instant Personalization'

    Yelp Security Hole Puts Facebook User Data At Risk, Underscores Problems With 'Instant Personalization'

    As if Facebook’s Instant Personalization needed another knock against it, tonight comes news of a security issue that makes the feature even more unnerving.  Web security consultant George Deglin discovered an exploit that would allow a malicious site to immediately harvest a Facebook user’s name, email, and data shared with ‘everyone’ on Facebook, with no action… Read More

  • France gets Yelp's first non-english site

    Local reviews site Yelp has launched a site for France. Yelp France is the startup’s first non-English speaking country. The site can be toggled through French or English. This will be of interest to European player Qype which is bigger than Yelp across Europe. Yelp has claimed one million unique visitors consulted for Yelp UK and Yelp Ireland last month 16 months after launch. Read More

  • France Gets Yelp’s First Non-English Site, Long After Qype

    Local reviews site Yelp has launched a site for France. Yelp France is the startup’s first non-English speaking country. The site can be toggled through French or English. This will be of interest to European player Qype which is bigger than Yelp across Europe. Yelp has claimed one million unique visitors consulted for Yelp UK and Yelp Ireland last month 16 months after launch. Read More

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