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Welcome Why I’d Use Shopkick But Not Foursquare Sometimes it feels like I am the only one in the world who is not into Foursquare. Or at least the only one in Silicon Valley. Or at least the only one who works for TechCrunch. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a smart idea, and I have plenty of friends who get sucked in by the cleverly-exploited game theory dynamics. But, as a user, telling my friends where I am doesn’t gives me enough in return to warrant the privacy invasion. The social media rules, for me, are simple: I don’t get hung up on privacy. Enter shopkick—which launched last week and is the first location-based product I’ve seen that could give me a reason to share. There are three things I like about shopkick and two reasons I’m waiting to try it.

Real Time Location Recruiting: Using Emerging Technology to Meet Prospects Dr John Sullivan and Master Burnett The smart phone and the applications associated with it are radically changing the game for advanced, technically savvy recruiters (others need not read on unless you like shaking your head in disbelief). For those not afraid of evolution and innovation, an emerging class of “location aware” social networking applications can and are enabling recruiters to facilitate impromptu face-to-face meetings with top talent outside the structured assessment process. Originally intended to help friends with time to kill coordinate impromptu meetings with other friends physically located nearby, services like foursquare, Facebook Places, loopt, and countless others provide savvy recruiters with an opportunity to engage face-to-face with elusive top talent often difficult to convert to an applicant or the offer-stage candidate sitting on the fence. Is this stalking? We’re not dismissing the idea of privacy. Real-time Meet-up Scenarios The Location Recruiting Toolkit

San Francisco Restaurants, Dentists, Bars, Beauty Salons, Doctors Online Marketplace For Designer Fashion Boutiques FarFetch Raises $18M From Index Ventures FarFetch, and online marketplace for independent fashion boutiques, has raised $18 million in funding from Index Ventures, eVenture Capital Partners and existing investor Advent Venture Partners. This brings FarFetch’s total funding to $24 million. Launched in 2008, is marketplace which brings independent fashion boutiques from Europe and North America under one roof. The London-based company offers a curated network of online boutiques from designer brands like Fendi, Gucci, and Chloé as well as from emerging designers. Currently the site offers clothing for both men and women, and includes over 35,000 products. The company says its is currently seeing an annual sales growth rate of 204 percent. The new round of funding will be used to expand and deepen FarFetch’s brand and operational presence in its existing markets across Europe and North America, and for strategic growth efforts into new markets in the United States and Brazil and Asia.

Hulu Is Not Ready To Go Public Hulu is testing the waters for an IPO, hoping to get a valuation of $2 billion, according to the New York Times. A Hulu IPO would be a pure play on the transition of TV to the Web. While the company has not yet filed with the SEC, in the past it claimed to have 2009 revenues of $100 million, and is perhaps on track to double that this year. It is not clear how profitable Hulu can be, or how viable its long-term survival will be. Hulu already has to fork over as much as half or more of its advertising revenues to its TV network partners/backers (Fox, NBC, and ABC). Until we see it’s actual SEC filing with audited financials, investors won’t be able to make an informed decision one way or another. The streaming video site is the tenth largest in the U.S., with 28.5 million unique viewers in July (according to comScore, which recently changed its methodology—Hulu used to be No. 2 after YouTube).

Geolocation Based Social Media for Brands Latitude Google Latitude a été supprimé le 9 août 2013. Les produits supprimés sont entre autres les suivants : Google Latitude dans Google Maps pour Android, Latitude pour iPhone, l'API Latitude, le badge public, le widget iGoogle et le site Web de Latitude à l'adresse Qu'est-ce que cela implique pour moi ? Vous ne pouvez plus utiliser Latitude pour partager votre position. Nous n'avons pas intégré Latitude à la nouvelle version de Google Maps pour mobile pour Android, et l'application Latitude pour iPhone n'est plus proposée sur l'App Store. Vous ne pouvez plus partager votre position via Latitude, mais vous pouvez toujours utiliser vos informations de localisation à diverses fins : Partager la position sur Google+ Vous pouvez partager votre position avec vos amis sur Google+ via l'application Google+ sur votre appareil Android ou iOS. Vous pouvez observer d'autres changements : Les check-ins ont été désactivés sur Google Maps pour mobile.

Y Combinator Startup Priceonomics Tells You How Much To Pay For Any Used Product You want the best price on things you buy second hand, but finding out how much you should pay is a hassle. Removing this friction from a lucrative part of the purchase funnel is the goal of Priceonomics. The first startup out of the winter 2012 Y Combinator batch, Priceonomics has crawled the web to compile its next-generation price guide. It launches today featuring 10 million prices on 50,000 products, and plans to expand across verticals soon. Here’s how it works. Most listings I clicked had already been sold, but the site is designed for you to discover what you should pay, not necessarily where to buy. There’s also browsable price guides for specific product types. Used product price guides aren’t new, especially for cars, but Priceonomics does it right. I asked Flaxman why Priceonomics is different from existing price guides. Because it fits into the purchase funnel at the stage where people are clearly trying to buy something, the Priceonomics has big monetization potential.

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