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…

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…

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.

How the Rise of Online Dating Helped Thumbtack Raise $100M

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Street Fight recently caught up with Thumbtack’s CEO Marco Zappacosta to talk about the company’s meteoric growth, the challenges facing the on-demand economy, and how online a service industry is changing — whether professionals like it or not…

Why Local Marketing Is a Function of Commerce, Not Media

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I’ve come to believe that the initial narrative about digital — the one about eyeballs simply moving online — actually impedes an effective analysis of the local marketing industry. Once we see local marketing as a function of commerce (ad not media) we start to find a more dramatic shift than previously thought.

Could the Mobile Ad Industry Spin off a Data Business?

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The data collected by mobile companies is often far more comprehensive than their online counterparts, offering insights into the complexities of consumer behavior between places — not just websites. The question facing mobile advertising executives is whether that data might actually become a business in its own right.