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VIDEO: The Pains and Promise of an ‘Amazon’ for Local Services

Steven Jacobs

VIDEO: The Pains and Promise of an ‘Amazon’ for Local Services

As investors continue to pour funding into the local services space, the competition over one of the last white spaces of the consumer web is heating up. During a session at Street Fight Summit West earlier this month in San Francisco, Ethan Anderson, founder at booking service MyTime, and Booker CEO Josh McCarter debated the dynamics of building an “Amazon for local services”…

The Uber-ization of Local Commerce

Steven Jacobs

The Uber-ization of Local Commerce

Last week, ReachLocal took its new commerce platform for home services, ClubLocal, off of its training wheels, expanding the program into the Bay Area. Pitched as an Uber for home services, the company aims to create a self-service platform to facilitate the booking of home repairs and plumbers — but its execution overlooks some of the dynamics that make some industries, like taxicabs, more fitting to the model than others…