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At GoDaddy, CEO Blake Irving Searches for a New Domain

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Irving has an ambitious plan to turn GoDaddy into a much larger, and more profitable, company. The strategy begins with the company’s 12 million domain customers and ends with a constellation of concentric services intended to serve an increasingly entrepreneurial, and distributed, global economy...

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In Navigating Supply and Demand, Groupon Hopes for New Life

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During a presentation at BIA/Kelsey’s Leading in Local event in New Orleans Tuesday, Dan Roarty, vice president of local commerce at Groupon, positioned the company's deal marketplace as one part of a much more ambitious effort to create a platform that connects local supply and local demand well-beyond the confines of an email blast...

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Ecommerce Companies Finding Success in Brick-and-Mortar

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The move into physical retail has become a fashionable choice within New York’s growing ecommerce industry. Now, these firms are finding that industry watchers may have overstated the economic advantages of an online-only sales model particularly as new technologies allow retailers to reduce the footprint needed to generate sufficient revenue.

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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

1 Comment 27 August 2014 by

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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