Steven Jacobs | Street Fight - Part 2

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Signpost Adds Payment Integration as Small Business CRM Market Grows

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Signpost, a New York-based startup that got its start selling deals software to small business, wants to expand deeper into maybe the most important sources of data in the front-office: payments. The company has rolled out a new product that can programmatically pull customer information from a phone call or credit card swipe, and then send text messages or emails to those people with offers or requests for reviews...

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Ecommerce Retailer Indochino Ventures into Brick-and-Mortar

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Indochino, a Vancouver-based apparel brand that made its name selling custom suits online, opens its first permanent retail showroom in New York today in a move that builds on a series of pop-up shops that the apparel maker has hosted in cities across the country for the past few years. It's just the latest in a series of ecommerce firms to invest in brick-and-mortar retail...

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Apple Made Its Move into Payments — Here’s What’s Next

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Apple announced its long-awaited payments product on Tuesday, opening the door for a range of new innovations in local tech. Here are four locally focused companies that have already started working on products to dovetail with the platform...

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Interviews

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Pinterest’s Plan to Win Over Small Businesses

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Four year-old scrapbooking site Pinterest has managed to succeed where many other social media — from Path to Google — have failed. In an interview with Street Fight, Joel Meek, who heads up the company's small business efforts, discusses the role be believes the company can play an local discovery engine, and why its uniquely positioned to help small businesses reach users in the earliest stages of the purchase process...

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Headlines

Street Fight Daily: Millennials Drive Mobile Growth, Catalina Buys Coupon Company

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A roundup of today's big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology... Millennials Are The Largest Group Of Smartphone Owners, And Adoption Is Still Growing (TechCrunch)... Catalina Acquires Cellfire To Tie Mobile Offers To In-Store Sales (AdExchanger)... Apple iPhone’s Mobile Payments Expected to Include CVS and Walgreens (Recode)...

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Off the Block

Boxscore: Apple Will Dominate Payments, Says Everyone Except Apple

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A weekly recap of the week that was in local tech with a mix of news bits, analysis and hearsay.

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Off the Block

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Booker Eyes New Markets, More Capital

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Sixteen months ago, Bain Capital’s venture wing made a $27 million bet on Booker. Now, the company says its gearing up to raise another big round in order help propel it into a number of new appointment and class-based verticals and hold off a bevy of increasingly well-capitalized competitors...

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Field Notes

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YP Hooks Up With Goodzer to Add Services Data to Search

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YP has announced a new partnership with Goodzer that will populate the company’s local search product with information about service provider offerings from the startup. It’s the latest in a series of moves by the yellow pages carve-out to rejuvenate its local search product and draw users away from Yelp and Google, as pressure continues to mount on the listings model...

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Off the Block

As IPOs Near, Tech Takes Another Crack at Small Business

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A handful of upcoming IPOs will add fuel to an already-competitive small business marketing and technology industry. But the fundamental question is how these companies slow an already rapid rate of commoditization, and "build a moat" around their businesses to hold back the next wave of startups looking to grab market share in their wake...

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Why the Mobile Industry Needs to Address Its Data Problem

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Earlier this week, the Washington Post published a report detailing the widespread use of surveillance software by governments to track the movements of cellphone users both within and outside their borders. The news highlights yet another example of a dangerous schism developing in a data-driven advertising-technology industry between the reason consumers share data and the way it is eventually used...

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