5 On-Demand Platforms to Connect Busy Parents With Local Services

Uber-style apps for children face an uphill battle, in part because trust isn’t something the on-demand economy is known for and people aren’t as willing to entrust their children with a stranger as they are their laundry or their take-out. But creative solutions abound.

6 Hyperlocal Services For Booking a Babysitter

Given the rise in on-demand marketplaces, it makes sense that the “Uber-ification” of everything would extend to babysitting services. Parents are using local marketplaces to find childcare providers in their neighborhoods — taking advantage of the ease of online scheduling and payments to make last minute bookings…

Street Fight Daily: Mobile Search To Exceed Desktop, Instacart’s Big Round

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…Mobile Search Will Surpass Desktop in 2015 (eMarketer)… Instacart Is Raising North Of $100 Million At A $2 Billion Valuation (TechCrunch)… We Can’t Trust Uber (New York Times)…

Street Fight Daily: Starbucks Orders Ahead, Google’s Mobile Problem

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyStarbucks Has Bigger Plans in Mobile Payments Than Most People Realize (Recode)… Google’s Quarterly Results Show Its Continuing Struggle With Mobile Advertising (New York Times)… Despite a History of Dismal Failures, Hyperlocal News Continues to Attract Believers (GigaOm)…

Street Fight Daily: Snapchat Adds Location Filters, Yelp Opens API

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologySnapchat Adds Location-Based Photo Filters (VentureBeat)… Yelp Liberates Its API To Box Out Foursquare And Google (TechCrunch)… Clear Channel Brings Outdoor Ads to Life On Smartphones (AdAge)…

5 Local Marketplaces for Childcare Services

What Taskrabbit has done for household errands, Uber has done for transportation, and ZocDoc has done for local physician services, a handful of hyperlocal vendors are aiming to now do for childcare. By harnessing the power of social recommendations and connecting parents with babysitters in their own communities, local marketplaces for childcare services are harnessing technology to facilitate online networking within physical communities…

Street Fight Daily: Apple Preps Mobile Payments, Starbucks Readies Order Ahead

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology.Apple Pushes Deeper Into Mobile Payments (Wall Street Journal)… Starbucks is Getting Ready to Let You Order Coffee Before You Get to the Store (Quartz)… Care.com, The ‘Amazon Of Caregiving Services’ Popped 43% On Its IPO Day (Business Insider)…