Snap’s IPO: Some Data From The Geo-Filter Based ‘Camera Company’

Snap has issued its highly anticipated IPO filing, and hopes for raising up to $4 Billion. The IPO filing revealed a lot of new data, and repositioned the Venice,CA-based social player as “a camera company” that “represents an opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate.” Snap’s appeal to advertisers is its real power […]

ChasePay Plays ‘Catch Up’ With LevelUp Investment

Banks and credit card companies are hoping that mobile payments help them build a deeper relationship with millenials and stave off disrupters such as Apple, PayPal, Samsung and Google. They definitely bring volume to the industry – Chase says that one million of its 24 million mobile customers have adopted ChasePay. But they generally haven’t […]

Why Pokemon Go Was The Biggest Local Story in 2016

What have been local game changers? My short list includes the rise of MapQuest; Craigslist; Google Local search; Yelp reviews; Small Business Saturday; and Groupon. This year’s candidate would be Pokemon Go, the augmented reality game from a founder of Google Maps that “lures” consumers to local stores, restaurants, movie theaters, museums and parks in […]

Borrell LOACWest: Mobile’s Rise Pushes ‘Digital’ Over the Top

Nothing like a local research firm’s conference to get a sense of where we are with the local digital revolution. Speaking at LOAC West this week in San Francisco, Borrell Associates co-founder Gordon Borrell says that the lines of revenue between traditional and digital “are crossing right now. It will be obvious next year.” This […]

“Hey Alexa!” HomeAdvisor, TalkLocal Are Customizing for Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo represents a new eco-system for commerce, and is arguably, one of the biggest innovations in recent years. By simply voicing a request triggered by a common command, (“Hey, Alexa”), users can tap into hundreds of apps that are being specially designed to link their Web info – from movies and music to medical […]

LSA16: Thumbtack Focuses on Creating an ‘SMB OS’

Thumbtack is an SMB sleeper. It has raised $275 million, using it to develop a profile-based, one click referral system. Last quarter, 200,000 service SMBs bought some level of lead bundles, which can be purchased in packages ranging from $10 to $600 per week. Under Thumbtack’s model, service pros only buy the number of leads […]