Executive Turnover at Insider Pages

Insider Pages founder Stu MacFarlane has been replaced as CEO by Mitch Galbraith, a veteran of Yahoo’s small business division who was recently brought in as VP of Advertising. The change at the top appears to have been initiated by Insider’s investors, which include IdeaLab, Sequoia Capital and Softbank. The turn of events is a surprise. … Read more

Smalltown: Micro-Sites as Substitute YPs

And they just keep plugging away and plugging away at micro-sites. A new Bay Area company, Smalltown, has launched a micro-site service in San Mateo and Burlingame that serves as kind of a commerce-oriented city guide/Yellow Pages. The service has received $3 million in funding from Formative Ventures, a tech-oriented VC. Micro-sites certainly seem to be … Read more

Amazon’s A9 Drops Local Effort

It is no surprise, since Udi Manber, its original leader, left over a year ago. But Amazon has formally abandoned its effort to launch Yellow Pages (and Maps) as part of its A9 search engine. A9 received lots of publicity for the Yellow Pages and specifically, its BlockView feature, launched in January 2005. BlockView, originally “Find It On The … Read more

Second Thoughts on Merchant Circle’s Misbehavior

Last week, I got 22 comments within a 2 day timeframe on a several months old post regarding Merchant Circle. I took all the comments off the blog after noting irregularities among them. Basically, I saw a deliberate attempt by one or more people to create a pseudo grassroots movement by writing lots of phony letters. … Read more

Washington Post Reunites Curley and Holovaty

Newspapers are said to be culturally inclined to fail on the Web. But people make exceptions when Rob Curley or Adrian Holovaty are involved. Curley transformed Morris Communications’ Topeka Capital-Journal into a highly interactive platform from 1997 to.2002 (with additional work throughout the Morris chain). Then together with Holovaty, a journalist with a computer programming … Read more

CitySearch Claims Advertisers Bring in $6k Per Year

CitySearch says its pay-for-performance ad program is taking in an eye-popping “average” of $500 per month from advertisers, or $6,000 per year, according to a Sept. 4 article by Ann Meyer in The Chicago Tribune. If the figure is accurate, that would be a big “wow.” CitySearch currently claims 50,000 advertisers, so it adds up to $25 million per … Read more