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  • Yext launches a developer platform for its location database technology

    Yext launches a developer platform for its location database technology

    Howard Lerman will often jump in front of a white board in front of you in a room and talk about how he wants to turn Yext into one of the next huge enterprise platform plays following SAP and IBM. That’s probably not too outlandish: His company, Yext, currently serves as probably the largest database of location data for businesses and other venues around the world. It’s… Read More

  • Ex-Twitter VP Brian “Skip” Schipper lands at Yext

    Ex-Twitter VP Brian “Skip” Schipper lands at Yext

    In January, Twitter revealed that several of its key executives were leaving the company. We learned that former product head Kevin Weil landed at Instagram, and now Brian “Skip” Schipper, the former vice president of human resources at Twitter, is joining Yext, the fast-growing location data management company. Schipper will serve as Chief People Officer, overseeing global HR for… Read More

  • Yext sees $88.8 million revenue, 48% growth for location data

    Yext sees $88.8 million revenue, 48% growth for location data

    New York-based Yext, which helps businesses manage their listings for store locations, is announcing $88.8 million in revenue for its fiscal 2016 year. The company says this is a 48 percent increase from last year and in the past month they have passed a $100 million run rate, or annualized revenue. Yext recently added Google to its PowerListings network, which means that clients can update… Read More

  • Our 2016 Predictions For The IPO Market

    2015 was not a good year for IPOs — it was actually the worst year for tech IPOs since the financial crisis in 2009. More and more startups are opting to remain private for longer periods of time. And while we still haven’t seen any IPOs in 2016, the slowest start since 2009, eventually venture-backed companies need to go public — if only to raise additional financing to… Read More

  • Local Marketing Company Yext Raises $50M More

    Local Marketing Company Yext Raises $50M More

    Yext, a company that helps businesses synchronize their data across local search services and their own websites, is announcing that it has raised $50 million in Series F funding. Co-founder and CEO Howard Lerman described this as “pre-IPO financing.” He didn’t get much more specific than that, but he did say that Yext “makes most sense as an independent company”… Read More

  • Yext Acquires Software Consulting Firm Citrrus To Build Its Professional Services Team

    Yext Acquires Software Consulting Firm Citrrus To Build Its Professional Services Team

    Yext is announcing its first acquisition — software consulting and development company Citrrus. Yext focuses on helping businesses large and small synchronize the content and data on their listings on services like Yelp. More recently, with the launch of a product called Pages, Yext is doing something similar for businesses’ own websites. Read More

  • Newly Internationalized Yext Launches “Pages” To Help Businesses Sync Their Website Data

    Newly Internationalized Yext Launches “Pages” To Help Businesses Sync Their Website Data

    Yext is adding new tools today to help businesses synchronize their content and data across multiple services with the launch of a product called Pages. Back in 2009, the company launched a pay-per-call ad service at TechCrunch’s Disrupt conference, but it has since sold that business to IAC and refocused on helping businesses manage their location data, first on local search and… Read More

  • Yext Launches Sync, An Easy Way For Local Businesses To Update Their Many Facebook Pages

    Yext Launches Sync, An Easy Way For Local Businesses To Update Their Many Facebook Pages

    While Foursquare has been the most hyped location startup out of New York, there is actually another startup that is growing a real business from serving merchants with about 150,000 locations globally. Yext has quietly grown to 200 employees through a platform that makes it easy for brands and small businesses to manage their location data across more than 50 search engines, mapping… Read More

  • IAC’s CityGrid Media Buys Yext’s Pay-Per-Call Ad Business Felix For Around $30M

    IAC’s CityGrid Media Buys Yext’s Pay-Per-Call Ad Business Felix For Around $30M

    IAC’s Citygrid Media has bought Felix, a pay-per-call ad business from Yext, a service that helps businesses synchronize their listings across the Web. We hear the acquisition price was around $30 million. Yext originally launched at the TechCrunch50 conference in 2009 as a pay-per-call advertising service. Earlier this year, Yext shifted its focus from this service to a new product… Read More

  • Where Are They Now? Yext's Howard Lerman

    From TC50 To A $25M Funding Round And A Spin-Off, Yext’s Howard Lerman Tells All

    Yext has been making waves of late, what with the spin-off of their original pay-per-call ad business which has been renamed Felix and the launch of their new business, PowerListings. But this is far from the beginning for Yext — the company first hit the scene way back in 2009 at our TC50 conference. That means founder and CEO Howard Lerman is about as close to a Disrupt veteran as you… Read More

  • The TC NYC Mini-Meet Up Is Go! Here Are The Details

    The TC NYC Mini-Meet Up Is Go! Here Are The Details

    As we mentioned before, we were floating the idea of a mini meet up in our own back yard and we definitely got quite a bit of interest. So here we go: Get ready for the TC NYC Mini-Meet Up on May 8 at Bar13. We’ll run from 6pm until about 10pm, with potential evening activities for those still in the mood. Note that the date and location have changed since our last post. We would… Read More

  • Yext Raises $10 Million To Double Down On PowerListings For Local Businesses

    Yext Raises $10 Million To Double Down On PowerListings For Local Businesses

    Managing local listings across the Web is a nightmare for small businesses, and a huge opportunity for local advertising startup Yext. The New York City company just closed a $10 million series D round, led by Michael Walrath through his WGI Group investment vehicle. Other existing investors IVP, Ron Conway’s SV Angel, and Sutter Hill Ventures also participated. Walrath is the founder… Read More

  • Right Media Founder Michael Walrath Becomes Chairman of Yext

    Local advertising startup Yext has a new chairman, Michael Walrath. Walrath was the founder and CEO of Right Media, an online advertising exchange which he sold to Yahoo for $850 million in 2007. Since then he’s been investing and starting other projects. One of his biggest investments is Yext, where he is the largest individual shareholder outside the company. Walrath became a… Read More

  • Yext Organizes The Anti-Google Local Advertising Alliance (Screenshots)

    Yext Organizes The Anti-Google Local Advertising Alliance (Screenshots)

    Google, as you may have heard, is making a big push into local advertising. It is currently offering $100 million in AdWords credits to new small businesses that sign up and promotes Google Places results for all local searches. Quite frankly, this is scaring the shit out of competitors like Citysearch, Yellowbook, SuperPages, WhitePages, and Yelp. They all rely on Google search results… Read More

  • Dogster And Catster Go To The Groomer, Come Out With Freshly Curated Fur

    When it comes to social sites on the Internet, Dogster and Catster have to be doing something right — they’ve been profitable for the past three years. But that doesn’t mean they should just sit back and not tweak the sites at all to offer a better user experience, and they know it. That’s why both sites have undergone a complete refresh. In what CEO Ted Rheingold… Read More

  • Yext Signs Up Superpages To Distribute Its Dashboard To 300,000 Local Businesses

    Fresh on the heels of the launch of Yext Rep last week at TechCrunch Disrupt, Yext just signed up its first major distribution partner. Superpages will make an online, co-branded Dashboard which includes Yext Rep available to its 300,000 local business advertisers across the country. The Superpages Dashboard will roll out in the coming weeks. Yext Rep is a way for local merchants to manage… Read More

  • Yext Signs Up Superpages To Distribute Its Dashboard To 300,000 Local Businesses

    Fresh on the heels of the launch of Yext Rep last week at TechCrunch Disrupt, Yext just signed up its first major distribution partner. Superpages will make an online, co-branded Dashboard which includes Yext Rep available to its 300,000 local business advertisers across the country. The Superpages Dashboard will roll out in the coming weeks. Yext Rep is a way for local merchants to manage… Read More

  • Yext Launches Realtime Reputation Management System For Local Businesses

    Yext, a popular local business search engine, debuted Yext Calls last year at TechCrunch50, which is sort of like a Google Voice for businesses. Yext allows local businesses to use its software to process incoming phone calls and organize them based on what was said during the conversation. This gives businesses the ability to search or browse through the transcripts and calls at any point. Read More

  • Skype Starts to Roll Out Those Click-To-Call Ads

    Over the past few months, Skype has been testing click-to-call ads on the Web, partnering with local-business directories who pay for the calls. Tomorrow, Skype is set to announce the official roll-out of its click-to-call advertising service with European Directories, one of the largest local business directory services in Europe. Part of Skype’s latest version for Windows (Skype… Read More

  • The $25 Million Demo. Yext Scores A Big Round From IVP After TechCrunch50 Debut.

    Howard Lerman can be a little intense. After the CEO of Yext finished his demo at this year’s Techcrunch50 (embedded below) he left one judge “speechless,” and during rehearsals Michael took him aside and asked him, “Are you on drugs?” He wasn’t. Lerman just has the heightened dopamine levels of an entrepreneur. And he hadn’t slept for 45… Read More