Fresh Chalk Has a New Take on Local Reviews

Despite digital change, recommendations from friends remain one of the most credible forms of marketing. Now, a new startup called Fresh Chalk is aiming to capitalize on that, giving consumers a way to find local professionals with help from their friends.

Like Yelp, Facebook, Google, and other local business directories, Fresh Chalk is aiming to help people source recommendations from reliable, qualified businesses in their own communities. But unlike most other competitors in the market, Fresh Chalk is keeping a tight focus on personal connections.

As E-Commerce Looks for a Local Edge, In-Person Return Services Expand

This morning e-commerce fashion marketplace Tradesy is announcing an extended partnership with Happy Returns, a consumer returns startup that offers in-person returns for online retailers. Tradesy found that customers overwhelmingly preferred to return their online purchases in-person rather than by mail.

#SFSW15: Inside the Local Services Land Grab

The local service industry has exploded in recent years as investors pour billion into companies creating new ways for consumer to transact with plumbers, painters and other service professionals. But even today, service professionals still rely mostly on word of mouth to find leads and get new jobs.

MyTime Raises $9.25M More to Push Into Back-Office Software

In addition to funding, the San Francisco-based MyTime is announcing a deeper push into back-office software to compete with Booker, MindBody and others.

Street Fight Daily: Google Wallet Opens Up, PayPal’s Big Change

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Mobile Payments Become Marketing Tool For Dunkin’ Donuts, Shopify, ChowNow (MediaPost)… PayPal’s Big Change: It Can Work With Amazon After eBay Split (Recode)… Google vs. Amazon: Does Small Business Benefit? (US News)…

Street Fight Daily: Google Eyes Local Services, Square Adds Marketing Tools

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Google Wants To Send You A Plumber (BuzzFeed)… Square Is Using Customer Data to Create Targeted Email Campaigns for Brands (AdWeek)… Groupon Mulls Selling Off Checkout Software Business (Recode)…

How the Rise of Online Dating Helped Thumbtack Raise $100M

Street Fight recently caught up with Thumbtack’s CEO Marco Zappacosta to talk about the company’s meteoric growth, the challenges facing the on-demand economy, and how online a service industry is changing — whether professionals like it or not…