Street Fight Daily: Facebook’s 40M SMBs, Secret Shuts Down

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Facebook Says There Are Now 40M Active Small Business Pages (TechCrunch)… A Founder of Secret, the Anonymous Social App, Is Shutting It Down (New York Times)… Retailers Too Focused on ‘Hyped’ Tools (RetailDive)…

GrubHub CEO Thinks Data — Not Content — Is the Future of Restaurant Discovery

Investors sold off shares of GrubHub Thursday on slimmer profits, but the rest of the metrics look solid. Meanwhile, CEO Matt Maloney says the company wants to put its data about hundreds of millions of orders to work to help pick your next meal.

DoorDash Sets Its Sights on GrubHub in the Battle for Local Delivery

Local delivery is a good space to be in right now — just ask DoorDash, an on-demand logistics company offering an ordering and delivery platform for dine-in restaurants without those services. DoorDash recently raised $40 million in venture capital and is expanding to new locations across the country to take on Grubhub and a host of other competitors…

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)…

As GrubHub and Yelp Expand Ordering and Delivery, Opportunities Remain for Smaller Players

David Bloom, the CEO of Ordrx — an open platform allowing merchants, primarily restaurants, to share their menus and inventory — says that recent waves in the online food ordering industry are indicative of myriad opportunities for local restaurants and smaller markets…

Openings and New Hires at GrubHub, Boostability and Delivery.com

Every two weeks, Kelly Benish — who knows practically everyone in hyperlocal — covers some of the latest job changes taking place in this dynamic industry. In this week’s edition, new jobs and hires at Time Inc., Green Banana SEO, Cox Target Media, and MLive…

Amazon and Yelp Want a Piece of Online Ordering — Here’s Why There’s Still Hope for Startups

A wave of consolidation in the food ordering industry has reignited the race to capture a $70 billion sector. But as market leaders go public and other firms barrel in on the industry, is there still room for younger companies to grow? CEO Matt Howard at EatStreet, one of the largest remaining independent ordering firms, thinks so.

Street Fight Daily: Google Buys Softcard, GrubHub President To Exit

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…Google Strikes Mobile Payments Deal With Big Wireless Carriers, Buys Softcard Technology (Recode)… GrubHub’s No. 2 Heading For The Exit (Crain’s Chicago Business)… Thumbtack Adds Big Name Design And Engineering Execs To Oversee Big Growth (TechCrunch)…

Yelp Acquires Eat24, Bringing the Battle to GrubHub

The company announced Tuesday it had acquired Eat24, a food ordering service, for $134 million in both cash and stock. The acquisition positions Yelp on a collision course with GrubHub, the online ordering firm that went public last year after merging with the New York-based Seamless.

Street Fight Daily: Yelp Buys GrubHub Competitor, Facebook Eyes Craigslist

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…Yelp Acquires Eat24, Bringing the Battle to GrubHub (Street Fight)… Facebook Update Looks a Lot Like Craigslist (Recode)… SMBs Divided On The Effectiveness Of Google My Business (Search Engine Land)…

Why So Many Local Search Sites Are Adding Business Services

Strategies around SEO, listings management and SEM have long helped businesses generate clicks, calls and store visits. And while this remains true, search sites have recently begun putting more emphasis on adding tools and services that look to accelerate the purchase process…

Street Fight Daily: Sidecar Takes On Instacart, Yelp Promises Hiring Spree

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…Sidecar, a Ride-Hailing Start-Up, Pushes Into Package Delivery (New York Times)… Yelp Is Hiring A Bunch Of New Salespeople To Sell More Ads (Business Insider)… Groupon Founder Says Company Was A ‘Stupid, Boring Idea’ (The Week)…

Street Fight Daily: Patch Hits Profitability, GrubHub Enters Delivery Wars

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyHas Patch Finally Cracked The Code On Hyperlocal? (Digiday)… Grubhub Has Made Its Biggest Move Since the Seamless Merger (Street Fight)… CEO Says Yelp Is at ‘Peak Desktop’ — Is It Also Nearing Peak Growth? (Street Fight)…

Grubhub Has Made Its Biggest Move Since the Seamless Merger

In the most important move since its merger with Seamless, Grubhub has acquired two delivery companies in an effort to build its own delivery network. The move marks a transition in strategy…

Street Fight Daily: Facebook Tests Beacons, LivingSocial Cuts Losses

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyFacebook Tests Bluetooth ‘Beacons’ to Feed Users Local Content (Wall Street Journal)… LivingSocial Cuts Its Q4 Loss But Revenue Down, Expenses Up (Washington Business Journal)… With a Few Bits of Data, Researchers Identify ‘Anonymous’ People (New York Times)…

Openings and New Hires at UberMedia, Yext, Google and Dex Media

Every two weeks, Kelly Benish — who knows practically everyone in hyperlocal — covers some of the latest job changes taking place in this dynamic industry. In this week’s edition, new jobs and hires at Groupon, MenuPages, Square, Skyhook Wireless, and more…

Street Fight Daily: Carmakers Rethink Dashboards, GrubHub’s Growth Prospects

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…Carmakers Take a Hint From Tablets (New York Times)… GrubHub Positioned For Gains, Growth And Even An Uber Partnership, Analyst Says (Forbes)… How Dentsu’s Posterscope And Vistar Media Are Bringing RTB To Digital Outdoor (Ad Exchanger)…

Street Fight Daily: Beacon Tech Tightens Security, SnapChat’s Local Filters

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…Bluetooth Low Energy Gets New Security Features (GigaOm)… Snapchat Opens Geofilters So Anyone Can Submit Location-Based Artwork (TechCrunch)… Goldman Is Helping Uber Raise Money From Rich People (Bloomberg View)…

At GrubHub, a Delicate Balance Between Search and Commerce

Next Tuesday, Grubhub’s president Jonathan Zabusky will join us for a fireside chat at Street Fight Summit in New York. We caught up with Zabusky, who served as chief executive at Seamless prior to the merger, to talk about the state of the company and the evolving local commerce opportunity…

Street Fight Daily: Google Lets SMBs Respond, Mobile Investment Booms

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…“Google My Business” App Now Lets Business Owners Respond To Customer Reviews From Their Smartphone (TechCrunch)… Mobile Internet Investment Hits Record $19.2b — Up 232% In Last 12 Months (VentureBeat)… Maker of Apple Pay Competitor Has Already Been Hacked (Recode)…