Real Estate Listings Little Impacted by DOJ Settlement

Several years ago, it looked like real estate brokerages might be marginalized by “Virtual Office Websites” (VOWS) that grabbed multiple listings service listings from the Web, using a licensed agent. They then acted as cut-rate sales agents to home buyers. At the time, it was envisioned that major online entities such as Yahoo! might use … Read more

MetroSeeQ Launches: ‘Search Engine for Promotions’ (via Google Maps)

Consumers looking to map out a Saturday morning errand run, or a Saturday night bar-hop – and find out about any special offers along the way—can now do so easily via MetroSeeq, a Portland, OR startup by Intel-vet Kevin Chen.The site was launched two weeks ago, and has already had 40,000 visitors.  Chen said he was … Read more

Real Estate Listings Little Impacted by DOJ Settlement

Several years ago, it looked like real estate brokerages might be marginalized by “Virtual Office Websites” (VOWS) that grabbed multiple listings service listings from the Web, using a licensed agent. They then acted as cut-rate sales agents to home buyers.  At the time, it was envisioned that major online entities such as Yahoo! might use … Read more

New Classifieds Aggregators: iList and Bamboo Ad Net

Local media is so fragmented that its becoming increasingly important to aggregate classifieds from several sources. GoogleBase and Oodle go a long way in this regard – the latter having recently signed Facebook and MySpace as partners for its growing network. But other classified aggregators are coming up the horizon, too. One site that recently launched is iList, a San Francisco-based company that has … Read more

Where.com: GPS is Trigger for Local-Social Mobile Portal

Local mobile portals make a lot of sense since most phones (even the iPhone 3G) don’t really lend themselves to much surfing. Another social/viral dimension is added via social networking enhancements via profile pages, Twitter and especially, GPS. Two services seem to be leading the way for locally-based mobile social networking right now: Silicon Valley-based Loopt, … Read more

HelloMetro Rides Google’s City Name Keywords

One of the homespun stories of interactive local media is the rise of HelloMetro, a city guide company that started in 1999 as an entrepreneurial effort in Louisville, KY, and has since grown to include 15 staffers, including five direct salespeople.  The company, which has hundreds of Hello(City name) city guides, made $7.5 million in 2008. … Read more

eBay Focuses on Classifieds with U.S. Launch of Kijiji

eBay has quietly launched a U.S. version of Kijiji, a free classifieds service that began in February 2005 and is now serving 17 million users in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, China, Japan, Taiwan, Austria, Switzerland, and India. Kijiji, which means “village” in Swahili, is one of five classifieds brands now being operated by eBay. The company also … Read more

GroceryShop: Instacart Woos Grocery and CPG Players

As online originated grocery delivery becomes a bigger factor, a handful of players, including PostMates, UberEats and Instacart, have intensified their efforts to partner with leading grocery, specialty food and CPB companies and blunt the expected ambitions of Amazon/Whole Foods. Speaking at the inaugural GroceryShop event today in Las Vegas, InstaCart CEO Apoorva Mehta said his San Francisco-based company is … Read more

Kelsey Seattle: The Wrap (and Links)

So – our Drilling Down on Local: Marketplaces event in Seattle has finally come and gone. There were some challenges here and there. But in the end, we successfully specced out the Marketplaces vision, and the age-old idea (from Clue Train Manifesto, Circa 2000) that “Markets are Conversations.” Indeed, two weeks ago The Kelsey Group released research suggesting … Read more