Exit Interview: Thinknear Founder Eli Portnoy Leaves Telenav

Two years after Telenav acquired Thinknear, the startup’s founder Eli Portnoy has left the company. We caught up with Portnoy to talk about some of the surprises in the mobile advertising industry over the past few years, whether location merits its own sandbox, and how his views about the small businesses market have evolved…

Street Fight: Uber Raises $1.2B, Apple Acquires Local Search Engine

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technologyUber Gets an Uber-Valuation (Wall Street Journal)… Apple Acquires Spotsetter, A Social Search Engine For Places (TechCrunch)… Jim Brady Plans News Org in Philly Called Brother.ly (Poynter)…

Street Fight Daily: Patch Layoffs Coming, ‘Pay-Per-Gaze’ Advertising

Patch Layoffs Coming Today (AllThingsD)… Journatic Made ‘Very Poor Decisions’ About Content, Say Aggrego Founders (Poynter)… Is Millennial Stuck in the ‘Middle Seat’ Even with JumpTap? (i2G)…

7 Ways Marketers Can Make Mobile More Attractive to SMBs

From apps to ads to geo-targeted push notifications, the challenge for marketers is explaining the benefits of mobile without overwhelming small business owners in a sea of technical jargon and complex language. Here are seven tips from experts in the mobile community about how marketers can do a better job of selling their products to merchants…