MyTime Raises $9.25M More to Push Into Back-Office Software

In addition to funding, the San Francisco-based MyTime is announcing a deeper push into back-office software to compete with Booker, MindBody and others.

Street Fight Daily: Groupon Sells TicketMonster Stake, Verve Hires New CEO

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Groupon Sells Controlling Stake in Korean Site Ticket Monster for $360 Million (Recode)… Verve Mobile Taps Acxiom’s Stirratt As CEO (MediaPost)… ‘Mobilegeddon’ Could Be Bad News For 40% of Top Websites (USA Today)…

Think Beyond Marketing: Embrace the Connected Local Economy

As a new generation of local technology companies approach the public markets, it’s critical for us to agree on what “local” actually means today — and how that differs from the its definition a decade ago. What’s emerging is a connected local economy.

Microsoft Is a Sleeping Giant in Local — But Its Window May Be Closing

What’s the most important dataset for a small business? More often than not, it’s a customer list. A batch of new relationship management systems have popped to make sense of customer data for small merchants in recent years, but the technology with the biggest market share isn’t what you might think…

xAd CEO: Forget Mobile — Location is the New Category for Marketers

New York-based xAd has doubled its annual revenue in each of the past two years, expanding to London, China and India. We recently caught up with Dipanshu “D” Sharma, chief executive at xAd, to talk about mobile, data and why location is becoming the new category…

Street Fight Daily: Nokia Weighs Sale of Maps, GoDaddy Keeps Buying Startups

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Nokia Weighs Sale of Maps Business to Focus on Networks (Bloomberg)… GoDaddy Acquires Marketplace Startup Elto To Expand Its Services For Web Pros (TechCrunch)… Amazon, Google and More Are Drawn to Home Services Market (New York Times)…

You Can Now Order an Uber Directly from the YP App

In a first for local directories, ex-Yellow Pages provider YP has integrated with Uber’s API to allow searchers to book a car directly from the YP site or mobile app.

How Mobile Data Is Helping to Transform the Television Industry

When the major television networks come to Madison Avenue for the annual Upfronts in May, expect to hear a word seldom spoken among the TV community: data. That could spell good things for the business of location…

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

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

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)…

Here Are the Mobile Services Millennials Can’t Live Without

A new report from Pew Research reveals that mobile consumers turn to their device for media in moments when they want to recede from the world, and for local applications — navigation and local search — when they want to actively engage with it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Brands and Publishers Are Thinking About Beacons

“The data and analytics is important but in the end, it has to be about improving the customer experience first,” said Jennifer Bordner, marketing manager at Old Navy, during a panel at SXSW Interactive in Austin Tuesday. “What can technology do that feels more natural than an extra burden. In the end, it’s about bridging that gap between the physical and digital [experience] in a way that feels natural.”

Facebook SMB Chief: We’re Changing — Small Businesses Need to Change With Us

In an interview with Street Fight, Jonathan Czaja, the head of small business in North America at Facebook, says that the uproar among small business over the changes stems from a broader shift of the social network as an advertising platform…

UBL and Advice Interactive to Merge, Signaling Potential Consolidation Among Local Marketing Firms

The deal will bring together UBL’s global listings syndication network with Advice Interactive’s reputation management, SEO and analytics products. Doyal Bryant, chief executive at UBL, said that the combined companies would become the second-biggest player in the industry, after Yext…