LivingSocial Sells Off Australian Assets, Looks to ‘Refound’ Its Core Business

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Over the course of the past 18 months, the struggling daily deals company has sold off nearly all of its international assets, exiting countries and categories in an effort to create a nest egg for the “refounding” of the firm under new chief executive Gautam Thakar.

Street Fight Daily: Apple Maps Adds TripAdvisor, Crowdfunding Local News

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A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Apple Maps Now Includes Hotel Reviews From TripAdvisor and Booking.com (MacRumors)… What Works For Crowdfunding Local News (Medium)… SeatGeek Raises $62 Million In A Series C Led By Technology Crossover Ventures (TechCrunch)…

Tige Savage: Founders Need to Solve for Degrees of Freedom — Not Valuation

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In an interview with Street Fight, Tige Savage, managing director at Revolution Ventures, talks about what went wrong at LivingSocial and Groupon, why founders should solve for “degrees of freedom — not valuation,” and why the next big thing may not come out of Silicon Valley or New York…

Can Amazon Bring One-Click Purchasing to Home Services? Here’s What Experts Think

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Earlier this week, Amazon launched its widely-anticipated Home Services marketplace where you can book plumbers, painters and other professionals. We caught up with a handful of small business experts to breakdown the news and handicap Amazon’s chances of transitioning its dominant position in ecommerce to a complex and scattered service landscape…

Street Fight Daily: Groupon Launches Stores, Starcom Measures TV

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A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Groupon Quietly Launches Groupon Stores, a Marketplace for Its $2 Billion Goods Business (Recode)… SMG Launches Addressable TV Measurement Tool (MediaPost)… Amazon Dash Aims to Be a Push-Button Substitute for the Supply Run (New York Times)…

Square Wants to Become a Platform — Here’s Why that Matters For Small Businesses

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With millions of small businesses already using its application to process payments, Square needs to navigate through a complex and crowded small business software market to build a platform from which merchants can run their business…

Street Fight Daily: Facebook Messages Businesses, Amazon’s Angie’s List Killer

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A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Do Facebook Users Really Want To Chat With Businesses? (Fortune)… Amazon’s On-Demand Services Marketplace Launches Monday (TechCrunch)… Google Launches Major Push To Get Local Businesses Online, Improve Data (Search Engine Land)…

Local Startups Need to Focus Less on Consumers, More on Businesses

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Founders mistakenly interpret the investment thesis of the local technology industry — the billions in local spending moving onto digital networks — and see a chance to rethink the way we buy before fully considering the vast changes occurring in the way the supply side of the market operates.