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CityGrid CEO: Passive Location Data Will Be ‘Transformative’ for Hyperlocal

Steven Jacobs

CityGrid CEO: Passive Location Data Will Be ‘Transformative’ for Hyperlocal

In May 2011, Street Fight spoke with Jay Herrati, the former CEO of CityGrid, about the fragmented nature of the local online advertising marketplace and the future of the then-exploding Groupon. Recently, we caught up with Jason Finger, Herrati’s replacement, to discuss some surprises over the past two years and the coming “verticalization” of the hyperlocal industry…

CityGrid’s Herratti: Local Is Becoming More and More Fragmented

David Hirschman

CityGrid’s Herratti: Local Is Becoming More and More Fragmented

Jay Herratti has been working in the local advertising space for decades. Previously the CEO of IAC-owned destination guide CitySearch, he currently serves as CEO of CityGrid Media, a “location-aware” advertising network that aggregates local advertisers and extends them across a network of 300+ publishers, including Urban Spoon, Insider Pages, and many others. Street Fight caught up with Herratti recently to talk about the fragmented nature of the local online advertising marketplace and why the Groupon phenomenon is an example of the kind of “closed-loop” advertising model that small businesses love.