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Street Fight Daily: Ebay Settles Proxy Dispute, Gowalla Founder’s Second Take

The Editors

Street Fight Daily: Ebay Settles Proxy Dispute, Gowalla Founder’s Second Take

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyEBay, Carl Icahn Settle Heated PayPal Dispute (Wall Street Journal)… Gowalla Founder Josh Williams Raises $2.1 Million To Have Another Go At Local Mobile Discovery Apps (TechCrunch)… Bezos Confirms AmazonFresh Expansion Plans, Says Drones Are for Real (Recode)…

CEO Josh Williams Explains Gowalla’s Overhaul

Steven Jacobs

CEO Josh Williams Explains Gowalla’s Overhaul

Last Thursday, Gowalla released a much-anticipated revamp of its location-based application, capping off a blockbuster summer for the geo-social space. The company’s CEO Josh Williams announced the redesign in early September, citing a return to Gowalla’s fundamental mission of encouraging people “to go out and explore.” The driving force behind the Austin-based company’s renaissance appears to be elsewhere — less an ideological about-face and more, an extensive retrofitting aimed at making Gowalla a potentially profitable company….

Gowalla’s Josh Williams: Groupon Is One-Dimensional

David Hirschman

Gowalla’s Josh Williams: Groupon Is One-Dimensional

Location-based check-in service Gowalla is kind of a virtual tour guide, to use the analogy of the day for such companies. Mobile users log in with their location and get information about the places around them, nearby businesses and places their friends recommend. Gowalla integrates both Facebook Places and Foursquare check-ins, and lets users share photographs tagged to places.

Street Fight spoke to the company’s CEO, Josh Williams, who called Groupon “one-dimensional” for now, and discussed the scramble for local ad dollars, the inseparability of mobile and location, and the persistent privacy problem around check-ins...