Mike Orren | Street Fight

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How the Local Web Is Helping Neighbors Connect and Build Community

4 Comments 20 June 2014 by

We are at the cusp of being able to solve the "last mile" problem, largely because with mobile devices we are nearing 100% access and interoperability. There are three key areas where we can make a big difference, right in our local community, with the types of information available to enrich our local lives: government; commerce and community...

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Stuck in the Middle: Why Should ‘Local’ Mean ‘San Francisco?’

3 Comments 21 August 2013 by

I’m pretty well immersed in Dallas’ start-up community, and I’ve noticed a sea change in the last couple years. We may not have the flashy, high-profile buzz-making scene that you’ll find in Silicon Valley (or Alley), but investments are happening. I think that’s partly because we’ve had to make it without the mutli-million dollar seed rounds and gut through on wits and angel investment...

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Customization Failure: Why Hyperlocal Hasn’t Scaled (Yet)

5 Comments 12 July 2013 by

Most customization that attempts to deliver hyperlocal, or even just local results, falls short. The problem is that they (and we) don’t have much more or better local content and advertising to output than we did in the days before social media and smartphones. A tool is built to operate on a national scale, but the landscape of finding the local information is messy and chaotic, lacking structured data, or consistent geographic coverage...

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