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Silicon Valley Looks to Put a Cloud Over Main Street

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If you listened to folks in Silicon Valley, it seems like there’s never been a better time to run a small business. The data suggests otherwise. But as marketing automation spreads, SMBs are poised to become stiffer competition...

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In Apple Pay, Signs of a Digital (Payments) Divide

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The belief that Apple Pay will turn the payments industry on its head draws on a long-held assumption in the tech industry that the Internet and the physical marketplace live by the same rules. In fact, these two marketplaces operate under much different dynamics...

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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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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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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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As Franchises Bounce Back, A Golden Market for Local Tech Surfaces

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A booming franchise sector presents a unique opportunity for hyperlocal firms to blend the scale and reach implicit in the digital marketplace with the granularity and flexibility afforded by mobile, social and other locally-driven platforms. What’s more, the franchise industry — with its unique combination of scale and fragmentation — could help provide a critical stepping stone for vendors to reach the small business market...

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How Innovation in Payments Can Drive Local Marketing

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The changes in payments that Seth Priebatsch foresaw three years ago are certainly underway, but it remains more of a revolution than an evolution. Street Fight caught up with the LevelUp CEO recently to talk about why he thinks transaction data is the foundation of the next big wave of innovation in the marketing industry...

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The Sharing Economy Goes Behind the Counter

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We tend to think of the sharing economy as a consumer movement that helps us hail a ride or find a place to stay. But the basic logic driving the shift will soon start to impact the more mundane aspects of small business, allowing merchants to enjoy some of the advantages of scale that their larger competitors do...

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Conference Notebook: Navigating a Future For Indoor Mapping

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In a world overflowing with data, it’s ironic that the last bastion of opacity — the place about which businesses know the least — is also the place where we spend the majority of our money: the physical store...

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