UrbanSitter Leverages Online Connections to Ensure Trust in Childcare

Who can you trust to babysit your 5-year-old? For parents, finding someone reliable and trustworthy can be quite daunting. Urbansitter CEO Lynn Perkins grappled with these issues of trust and referral as she’s grown her local commerce service into a national vertical player.

6 Hyperlocal Services For Booking a Babysitter

Given the rise in on-demand marketplaces, it makes sense that the “Uber-ification” of everything would extend to babysitting services. Parents are using local marketplaces to find childcare providers in their neighborhoods — taking advantage of the ease of online scheduling and payments to make last minute bookings…


Why UrbanSitter Raised $15M to Simplify Booking Babysitters

With Facebook Connect, UrbanSitter shows parents which sitters are hired and recommended by others in their community, and allows real-time updates and interaction when the sitters are on the job. Street Fight recently caught up with UrbanSitter founder and CEO Lynn Perkins to talk about the challenges in building trust and how her company thrives in the “flexible work economy” facilitated by mobile apps.

Street Fight Daily: Baseball Bets on Beacons, Square Ramps Up Salesforce

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology.Major League Baseball Completes iBeacon Installation at First Two Ballparks (Recode)… Square Cuts More Custom Pricing Deals For Merchants And Ramps Up Sales Hiring (TechCrunch)… On-Demand Ride-Sharing Startup Lyft Is Raising Another Big Round Of Funding (TechCrunch)…