Street Culture: Synup Culture in the Chaos of Super-Fast Scale

Kevin Clark is pulled in a lot of different directions these days: having joined digital knowledge SaaS company Synup less than a year ago, he’s trying to hire lots of new employees, he’s in charge of business logistics on which he’s not necessarily an expert, and his boss might call him at any moment.

Raise Report: Funnel, Incorta, Pointy Secure New Funding

Every two weeks, we round up some of the biggest fundraises taking place in hyperlocal marketing, commerce, and tech. This week’s edition includes funding for Typeform, Slack, MealPal, Augment, and TrustRadius.

Street Fight Daily: Digital Habits Disrupt Grocery, What New iPhones Mean for Brands

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Deloitte Study Shows 51% of Grocery Purchases Influenced by Digital, Urges Action… End of an Era: Amazon’s 1-Click Patent Expires, Opening Practice to Rivals… Google Relaxes Policy on Subscription Sites, Lending Publishers a Hand…

Automating Local Commerce: Rise of the Chatbots

Bots could displace apps just as apps displaced search. “Search started with consumers typing into a box,” Pingup’s Ron Braunfeld said recently. “[AI] is all about knowing where you are, time of day, what’s in your refrigerator; and giving you the right information without having to search.”

Bot Local: Making Appointments Is Getting a Lot More Fun

Pingup is bringing its API-powered live booking capability to “a broader range of leading-edge consumer interfaces and platforms.” This means “Pingup-powered bots” will let consumers book and confirm appointments in real time with “tens of thousands of local businesses across the U.S.”

Street Fight Daily: Groupon CEO on ‘Myths’ About the Company, P&G’s Snapchat Success

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Is Groupon ‘Misunderstood’? It Probably Is Under-Appreciated (Local Onliner)… How P&G Is Tying Snapchat Ads to In-Store Sales (Ad Age)… Newsonomics: Can You Get Readers to Pay a Dollar a Day for Digital News? (Nieman Lab)…

Street Fight Daily: Groupon Replaces CEO, Slack Partners with Lyft and Foursquare

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Groupon Replaces CEO Eric Lefkofsky with COO Rich Williams (Recode)… Slack’s Newest Feature Lets You Call a Lyft (Fast Company)… The Artist Formerly Known as Ecommerce (Venture Inside)…

What the Rise of Slack and HipChat Mean for Small Business

On the surface these messaging app seem to offer businesses better internal communication. In reality their value is rooted in real-time, contextual streams of business data within an environment that invites collaboration. That’s a fancy way of saying these are chat apps with loads of integrations…