Street Culture: Taking Estimote’s ‘No Barriers’ Culture Literally

The company’s mission is to build a new operating system for the physical world, and to get there the team needs zero bullshit. Culture is far too important to leave to chance, says John Cieslik-Bridgen, Estimote’s VP of culture. But it’s also important to allow natural evolution.

Street Fight Daily: Jack Dorsey’s New Gig, Uber’s Biggest Market

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Jack Dorsey, New Twitter Interim CEO, Will Remain Square’s CEO (Recode)… Uber is Raising $1B To Crack China, Soon to be its Largest Market Worldwide (TechCrunch)… Twitter Tests Out Location-based Search for Tweets, Photos, and Videos (Twitter)…

Street Fight Daily: Uber Eyes $50B Valuation, Google’s Mobile Search Strategy

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Uber Fund-Raising Points to $50 Billion Valuation (New York Times)… Google’s Mobile Search Strategy: Bake In and Take Out (Recode)… Yelp Sale Rumor Reminds Us that Social is Terrible as a Business Even If It Did Change the Web (VentureBeat)…

Street Fight Daily: Pinterest’s $11B Valuation, Google Now Opens Up

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Pinterest Raises $367 Million, Pushing It Past $1 Billion Raised In All (TechCrunch)… An Open Google Now Is About To Make Android Super Smart (Wired)… Google Maps Upends Primary Data Suppliers – YP.CA Is Out (Blumenthal)…

Street Fight Daily: Andrew Mason’s Next Big Thing, Square Bets on Chips

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyGroupon Founder’s Next Big Plan: Audio Walking Tours (Businessweek)…Square Bets Big on Next-Gen Credit Card Tech (Wired)… Payments Giant First Data Acquires Gyft in an Effort to Bring Digital Gift Cards to the Masses (Pando)…

Street Fight Daily: Patch Launches Native Ads, Foursquare Looks to International Growth

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technologyLeela de Kretser Is Leaving DNAinfo (Observer)… AOL’s Patch Creates Fictional Publication for Disney Movie Planes (AdWeek)… Foursquare Tunes Into International Growth, Inks Live Music Check-In Deal With Deezer To Promote Paid Subs (TechCrunch)…

Street Fight Daily: Clinkle Raises $25M, Square Poaches AdSense ‘Godfather’

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technologySilicon Valley Luminaries Bet on Clinkle, a Payments Start-Up (TechCrunch)… Square Poaches Facebook’s Lead Ad Engineer Gokul Rajaram (AdAge)… Cramer: Macy’s Hyper-Local Strategy to Drive Sales (CNBC)…

Street Fight Daily: Mason Moves On, Aruba Buys In-Door GPS Firm Meridian

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Ex-Groupon CEO Mason Moving to San Francisco to Start New Company (Reuters)… Aruba Buys Meridian Apps, Eyes ‘Indoor GPS’ Services (ZDNet)… How Google Made Maps Human, Savvy, and Monetizable (Fast Company)…

PODCAST: This Week in Location-Based Marketing — CrowdOptic

In this week’s episode, hosts Rob Woodbridge and Asif Khan look at Guardly’s indoor emergency services; Banjo is chosen by Google+; Qualcomm’s greatest location advertising campaign ever; Hot Wheels tweets for Cameros; Sonar introduces us to the Bing Fund; and Andrew Mason shows his character…

Andrew Mason Out as Groupon CEO

Groupon CEO Andrew Mason was fired by the company’s board Thursday, less than 24 hours after dismal earnings sent the company’s stock price into a tailspin. The board is currently looking for a replacement, and board members Eric Lefkofsky and Ted Leonisis will serve as co-CEOs of the company until one is found…

Groupon’s Stock Dives as Deal Margins Shrink

Groupon lost more than a quarter of its market value in after hours trading on Wednesday after the company reported diminishing margins and continued international stagnancy in Q4. The once-resurgent daily deals company saw gross billings increase 24% year-over-year in the fourth quarter, but declining margins in both its local and ecommerce business forced its gross profit down 10% from a year earlier…

Street Fight Daily: Mason Fights to Stay, NetSuite Pushes into Local

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Groupon CEO Andrew Mason Fights to Keep His Job (Bloomberg Businessweek)… NetSuite Buys More Retail Expertise With Retail Anywhere Acquisition (GigaOm)… Streetline Gets $25M to Solve Parking (AllThingsD)…

Street Fight Daily: Mason Stays, LivingSocial Speeds to a Halt

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Groupon CEO Mason to Stay After Directors Discuss His Tenure (Businessweek)… LivingSocial Learns Speeding Doesn’t Pay  (The Wall Street Journal)… Hyperlocal Ads Are Linchpin to Holiday Mobile Search Auccess (Mobile Marketer)…

Groupon’s Mason: It Would Be ‘Weird’ If Board Wasn’t Discussing My Job

“There’s no question that we’ve had bumps in the road, but Groupon has created not just a business, but an entirely new category,” said the CEO. “If I ever thought I wasn’t the right guy for the job, I would be the first guy to fire myself. I care much more about the success of Groupon than being CEO.”

Street Fight Daily: Groupon CEO on Hot Seat, Apple Maps Manager Out

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Is Andrew Mason on the Bubble as CEO of Groupon? (AllThingsD)… What Kinds of Local Stories Drive Engagement? The Results of an NPR Facebook Experiment (Nieman Lab)… Apple Fires a Manager Over Its Misfire on Maps (New York Times/Bits)…

Groupon Bottoms Out as Billings Hit Lowest Level Since IPO

Groupon’s stock hit an all-time low in after-hours trading Thursday after the daily deals company reported lower than expected revenues in Q3, driven largely by stagnant growth in its international business. Overall gross billings, which account for all customer purchases, slid by 6% in Q3 from the previous quarter as gross billings dropped nearly 10% internationally. It’s the second consecutive quarter that Groupon saw its total billings decline…

Street Fight Daily: Mason Opens Up, Apple’s New Location Patent

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Andrew Mason Talks About Groupon’s Growth and Growing Up (Chigao Tribune)… Apple Patent Would Disable Smartphones by Location (Mashable)… Locu opens its local business data trove to devs with API (GigaOm)…

Street Fight Daily: Facebook Bags Glancee, Klout Going Local

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology...

What Facebook May Do With New Acquisition Glancee (ReadWriteWeb)…

In Letter to Stockholders, Groupon CEO Explains Strategy (The Next Web)…

Foursquare Gets Its Own Searchable Timeline With New History Page (TechCrunch)…

Street Fight Daily: Amazon’s Deals, Groupon Told to ‘Grow Up’

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology...

Amazon Starts Bringing the Art of Recommendations to Daily Deals (AllThingsD)…

Groupon Must Avoid Taking ‘Stupid Risks,’ CEO Says (Wall Street Journal)…

Google Releases Playbook for ‘Winning With Mobile’ (TechCrunch)…

Street Fight Daily: 01.23.12

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups...

Mason: Groupon Has 10,000 Employees, 70% Outside of U.S. (TechCrunch)…

CBS Local Deal Opens Door for Pureplay (NetNewsCheck)…

Why 2012 Is the Year of Mobile Advertising (Mashable)…