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Zomato Lays Groundwork for a Stateside Push — With Yelp in the Crosshairs

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Last week, Zomato bought UrbanSpoon in a move that thrust the Indian restaurants-only reviews company into the North American spotlight. We caught up with Deepinder Goyal, the company’s chief executive, to talk about why he thinks food search is shifting to discovery…

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Why Instacart’s $2 Billion Valuation Doesn’t Spell Bubble

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No story has rekindled concerns about valuations like the ascent of Instacart, a local logistics firm whose recently raised $220 million at a $2 billion dollar valuation. We caught up with Instacart’s Nilam Ganenthiran to talk about how a delivery network could reshape the competitive landscape of local grocery markets…

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How Google Wallet’s Ex-Product Lead Plans To Tell Retailers What You Buy

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The company offers retailers a chance to link the mountain of data, available about consumers online, to the growing, but relatively opaque, credit card data collected by retailers in stores. Marc Freed-Finnegan, the company’s chief executive, spoke to Street Fight recently about the shift toward a more intelligent brick-and-mortar retail experience…

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How ZocDoc Grew Its Healthcare Booking Site Into a National Business

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Street Fight recently caught up with Anna Elwood, vice president of operations at ZocDoc to talk about how the company built up its customer service, how it balances people and technology, and how it decides where to go next…

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Loren Hillberg recently took over as General Manager of Thinknear at Telenav, replacing the company's founder Eli Portnoy. We caught up with him recently to talk about the transition from the entrepreneurial stage of a business to the scaling stage, the future of mobile-local advertising, and the coming wave of consolidation...

Thinknear Chief: ‘No Doubt’ That Consolidation Coming in Mobile Ads

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Loren Hillberg recently took over as General Manager of Thinknear at Telenav, replacing the company’s founder Eli Portnoy. We caught up with him recently to talk about the transition from the entrepreneurial stage of a business to the scaling stage, the future of mobile-local advertising, and the coming wave of consolidation…

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Serviz CEO: Uber-like Service Providers Will Begin to Displace Local Search

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The on-demand service spun out from ReachLocal has snagged another $12.5 million in funding to expand beyond Los Angeles, adding to $2.5 million raised earlier this year. We spoke with CEO Zorik Gordon to talk about the investment climate for local commerce and the implications of these innovations for the local search community…

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Earlier this year, Glamsquad, a seed stage startup offering in-home hair and makeup services, brought on Gilt Groupe co-founder and early advisor Alexandra Wilkis Wilson as chief executive. Street Fight caught up with Wilkis Wilson last week to discuss the challenges in merging the data-driven ecommerce approach with the realities of running a real-world service...

Gilt Groupe Co-founder Tries Her Hand at On-Demand

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Earlier this year, Glamsquad, a seed stage startup offering in-home hair and makeup services, brought on Gilt Groupe co-founder and early advisor Alexandra Wilkis Wilson as chief executive. Street Fight caught up with Wilkis Wilson last week to discuss the challenges in merging the data-driven ecommerce approach with the realities of running a real-world service…

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Next Tuesday, Grubhub’s president Jonathan Zabusky will join us for a fireside chat at Street Fight Summit in New York. We caught up with Zabusky, who served as chief executive at Seamless prior to the merger,  to talk about the state of the company and the evolving local commerce opportunity...

At GrubHub, a Delicate Balance Between Search and Commerce

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Next Tuesday, Grubhub’s president Jonathan Zabusky will join us for a fireside chat at Street Fight Summit in New York. We caught up with Zabusky, who served as chief executive at Seamless prior to the merger, to talk about the state of the company and the evolving local commerce opportunity…

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Exit Interview: Thinknear Founder Eli Portnoy Leaves Telenav

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Two years after Telenav acquired Thinknear, the startup’s founder Eli Portnoy has left the company. We caught up with Portnoy to talk about some of the surprises in the mobile advertising industry over the past few years, whether location merits its own sandbox, and how his views about the small businesses market have evolved…

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Why comScore Wants to Measure the Real World

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Earlier this week, Comscore announced a new partnership with Datalogix, the payment data startup that has already inked deals with Facebook and Twitter. Street Fight caught up with Comscore’s Andrew Lipsman to discuss the developments that opened the door for offline attribution and whether ApplePay will make a difference for the company…

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