OpenTable Launches Group Buying Deals (Updated)

Restaurants are among the top categories for group buying deals. Now OpenTable, the restaurant reservations service, is getting in on the game. On its blog today, OpenTable announced that it is launching a weekly “Spotlight” offer that provides diners with $50 of dining for $25 at a featured restaurant, which must be an OpenTable customer. […]

Yelp, OpenTable Team Up; ‘Reservations Without Registering’

OpenTable has affiliate relationships with hundreds of sites, which receive a percentage of OpenTable’s reservation fees in exchange for the link. Diners are treated as regular OpenTable customers. They register and are entered into a Guest Directory, where they are eligible for dining credits etc. Now, OpenTable has opened its network a bit, allowing registered […]

BookFresh: Appointments Are Building Blocks, Not Marketplaces

One way to get into SMB accounts is to take over their appointment calenders. This is an approach that has been embraced by a growing horde of start-ups….at least ten by some counts. Silicon-Valley-based BookFresh, formerly known as HourTown, has raised $1.5 million from NBC Universal, Baseline Ventures , Hatch Ventures, Ron Conway and others. […]

OpenTable Files for $40 Million Public Offering

OpenTable, the online restaurant reservation service, has filed an S1 with the SEC to raise $40 million. The company, founded in 1998 by former Citysearch President Thomas Layton, was launched as easyseats.com. It currently has contracts with 10,000 restaurants in all 50 states, or approximately 1/3 of U.S. reservation restaurants. It seats roughly 2.8 million […]

Vertical SlowDown? Teresa Lawlor on Vertical Challenges

The development of verticals is an obvious growth strategy for newspapers, Yellow Pages, search engines and as standalones. The Kelsey Group projects that verticals and classifieds will make up 25 percent of interactive local revenue by 2012. But nothing happens overnight. And at this point, still early in the game, there have been some initial […]