• Yipit’s Daily Deal Report: Industry Revenue Dips, Groupon Gains Share, And Travel Deals Take Off

    Yipit’s Daily Deal Report: Industry Revenue Dips, Groupon Gains Share, And Travel Deals Take Off

    Yipit, the site that aggregates and recommends daily deals based on users’ locations and interests (and raised $6 million back in June from a host of VCs), released some interesting trend data today on the daily deals space. Overall, July was not a memorable month for the daily deals industry, though there were a few clear winners, including everyone’s favorite deals site, the… Read More

  • Is Groupon Bad For Small Businesses?

    If you watch the nightly news, you would assume there’s a murder on every block, and if you’ve been reading TechCrunch recently, you would assume Groupon is murdering a small business in every city. Given the hundreds of thousands of merchants who have run daily deals in the past year, it is inevitable that a few will have had bad experiences.  However, to assume that a handful… Read More

  • Daily Deal Aggregator Yipit Raises $6 Million Series B

    Daily deals are growing like crazy, and it’s not just Groupon and LivingSocial. Daily deal aggregator Yipit just raised $6 million in a series B led by Highland Capital Partners. Existing investors RRE, DFJ Gotham and IA Ventures also participated. I caught up with co-founders Vin Vacanti and Jim Moran (pictured) today in New York City. Saved from Wall Street jobs a few years ago… Read More

  • Yipit Nation Rolls Up National Daily Deals

    First came the local daily deal sites: Groupon, LivingSocial, BuyWithMe. There were so many it was hard to keep up. Then came the daily deal aggregators like Yipit and 8coupons. Even Yahoo is starting to aggregate daily deals. Then the daily deal sites started to expand from local deals to national deals, like Groupon’s Gap promotion which brought in $11 million in one day. There are… Read More

  • Daily Deal Aggregator Yipit Confirms $1.3 Million Round Led By SV Angel, Others

    Between sites like Groupon, LivingSocial, and countless clones, at any given moment there’s bound to be a few great deals going on in your neck of the woods. Unfortunately if you want to capitalize on as many of them as possible, you’re going to wind up with a pretty overstuffed inbox. That’s where Yipit‘s deal aggregation comes in: the site will send you a single… Read More

  • Groupon Clones Pop Up Like Mushrooms In The United States, Too

    Groupon Clones Pop Up Like Mushrooms In The United States, Too

    Websites offering deals on a daily basis are popping up all over the place. In Russia, the strategy is apparently to copy the entire website design and business model of one of the most promising companies in this space, Groupon, while in Germany Daily Deal battles with City Deal and the UK has more than its share of group buying websites. But it’s not like the concept isn’t… Read More

  • HashCeratops Aims To Formally Add Place Tagging To The Twitter Stream

    Twitter is on the verge of rolling out its Geolocation API (actually, it’s already partially rolled out). That feature should be a boon to location-based services which can now send their location information back to Twitter and vice versa. But these locations will just be coordinates, it won’t be like Foursquare or Gowalla where you check in to actual places to tag your location. Read More

  • UnHub Offers A Simple Way To Showcase The Online You

    I’ll say it right off the bat: there’s a plethora of ways to bundle all your online identities (i.e. your social networking profiles) and share all of them using only one URL, so I know the one I’m going to introduce isn’t unique any way you look at it. That said, it’s lightweight, ridiculously easy and quick to set up, so you might want to take a look all the… Read More