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

Steven Jacobs

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

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…

Two Years After Pulling Back, Gilt City Moves Ahead

Steven Jacobs

Two Years After Pulling Back, Gilt City Moves Ahead

Following a retrenchment, Gilt City is growing again. Street Fight caught up with Steven Schneider, the president and general manager at the local shopping site, to talk about the evolution of local commerce, the business of curation, and the changing relationship between ecommerce and brick-and-mortar marketplaces for retailers…

Yipit’s Vacanti: Flash Offers Will Drive Growth of Deals Industry

Steven Jacobs

Yipit’s Vacanti: Flash Offers Will Drive Growth of Deals Industry

During a keynote address at yesterday’s Daily Deal Summit in New York, Yipit CEO Vin Vacanti laid out a trajectory for the deals space, in which Gilt-like flash offers would drive much of the industry’s growth. “It’s not about daily deals anymore; what these companies have realized is that they’re building a user base that’s willing to consume from them,” said Vacanti.

Street Fight Daily: 11.09.11

David Hirschman

Street Fight Daily: 11.09.11

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

Yelp Hires Goldman and Citigroup to Lead I.P.O. (NYT/Dealbook)
Yelp, the online reviews site for local businesses, has hired Goldman Sachs and Citigroup to lead its initial public offering of stock, which is expected to value the company at $1.5 billion to $2 billion…

CrowdMob Builds a Tapjoy+Groupon for Distributing Local Deals (GigaOm)
The company offers merchants and retailers a way to distribute their local deals through third-party apps, incentivizing mobile users to buy a deal in exchange for virtual currency or goods…

Street Fight Daily: 09.22.11

David Hirschman

Street Fight Daily: 09.22.11

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

Ad sales chief Scott Colontonio is leaving AOL’s hyperlocal network Patch after little over a year to join Google. Meanwhile, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong reiterated his assertion that some Patch outposts would be profitable by the end of the year. (PaidContent)…

LivingSocial may raise more than $200 million in funding that would give it a valuation of as much as $6 billion, rather than proceeding toward an initial public offering. (Bloomberg)…

Street Fight Daily: 08.15.11

David Hirschman

Street Fight Daily: 08.15.11

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

AOL is spending about $150,000 to run each individual Patch site annually, according to an analyst’s estimate. AOL first focused on building traffic to Patch sites, and just recently started ramping up ad sales. (Wall Street Journal)…

San Francisco’s KQED is embarking on a couple of partnerships pairing it with hyperlocal sites in the area: one with just-launched Huffington Post San Francisco, the other with four hyperlocal news sites as part of J-Lab’s Networked Journalism Project. (Nieman Lab)…