Tech Takes the Battle for SMBs to Your Appointment Book

The unassuming calendar is emerging as a multi-billion-dollar gateway for companies trying to capitalize on the giant business of processing payments for small and medium-sized businesses.

VCs Share 7 Strategies for Hyperlocal Startups Looking to Raise Money

As access to venture capital funding softens within the startup community, it’s becoming even more important for hyperlocal firms to think more strategically about how they’ll fund their great ideas. Here, several top VCs talk about the groundwork that founders need to do to make their funding goals a reality in 2016.

Rating Street Fight’s 2015 Predictions

At the end of each year, Street Fight invites staffers, friends, and luminaries from the industry to share their predictions for what’s in store for the coming year. Today, we take a look back at some of the predictions for 2015 to see who was on target and who missed the mark.

Tige Savage: Founders Need to Solve for Degrees of Freedom — Not Valuation

In an interview with Street Fight, Tige Savage, managing director at Revolution Ventures, talks about what went wrong at LivingSocial and Groupon, why founders should solve for “degrees of freedom — not valuation,” and why the next big thing may not come out of Silicon Valley or New York…

Street Fight Daily: Groupon Launches Stores, Starcom Measures TV

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Groupon Quietly Launches Groupon Stores, a Marketplace for Its $2 Billion Goods Business (Recode)… SMG Launches Addressable TV Measurement Tool (MediaPost)… Amazon Dash Aims to Be a Push-Button Substitute for the Supply Run (New York Times)…

Hyperlocal Execs’ 2015 Predictions (Part Two): Cir.cl, xAd, Yodle, VendAsta

As we have for the past three years, Street Fight recently asked a number of hyperlocal luminaries to weigh in with their predictions for where local is headed in 2015. We ran the first installment of their responses yesterday — now here are the rest…

Street Fight Daily: Mobile Search To Exceed Desktop, Instacart’s Big Round

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…Mobile Search Will Surpass Desktop in 2015 (eMarketer)… Instacart Is Raising North Of $100 Million At A $2 Billion Valuation (TechCrunch)… We Can’t Trust Uber (New York Times)…

Revolution’s Savage: Finally, Innovation for the $150B Local Pot

Tige Savage has worked closely with AOL founder Steve Case for years, co-founding Revolution with him and now heading up its venture investments, including being the first investor in LivingSocial, the daily deals company. As Groupon aims toward an IPO exit and deals, location and hyperlocal startups continue to pick up funding, Savage discusses what makes it an attractive market for investors, how these companies are expected to evolve, and the changes finally taking place in local advertising…