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