This might be quite an old videos but I can’t the same about the subject of the debate.
Nowadays , it seems like most of people have made they mind in admitting that the daily deals business is definitely dead.
The main arguments of users fatigue or seeing those deals as spams and mainly how irrelevant they are …. – those arguments are still strong reasons to think that the daily deal business was never a sustainable business.
But a new rebirth of this daily deal business seems to appear. This is what I personally call “a hyperlocal daily deal”!
How about if Groupon , LivingSocial and all those other look alike companies got it completely wrong?
How about if you could get relevant deals at a time you need it and mainly from where you really are?
Startups like Locappy ( http://www.locappy.com) seems to have a go at this and I am sure that we will see a crowd of companies jumping into this field again.
I have made the decision to reopen this blog and keep up with my first goal to serve the community through this Blog.
My ambition for this blog!
As a lover of “everything local”, a few years ago, I was astonished to see how little companies/startups in the “local”field in the UK were covered.
Pretty much everyday, I could read about new startups or projects in this field based in US but almost nothing in the UK.
Being in London and being involved in the local, hyperlocaI startups, I personally knew that there are full of projects coming into that market but I wasn’t hearing about them. Without seeing anything around like the kind of community I was starving to see, I decided to create it!
Let’s get the community going!
I am more of an entrepreneur rather than a journalist but I am a huge believer &lover of this market that I think it really deserves a strong community.
In the tech community, Local has been a “buzz word” for probably the last 4 years but even if no company has “fully” figured out this complex marketplace – Local is here to stay forever! As big as Social is – Local will even get bigger! I have no idea who will be the lucky one to fully figure this out but LocalEv is here to follow the adventure!
Localev will focus on The UK market. We will blog about all those Location-based services , Hyperlocal services , Local marketplace – Local Media – Local commerce, etc…mobiles apps, websites, online or offline projects …yep we will blog about all of it!
If you are working on something interesting you think it would fit in this blog , don’t hesitate to leave a comment.
Let’s get started!
Lots of talks have been going on regarding the new foursquare huge funding.
As most of people I have never been a huge fan of their Check-In or Mayor concepts but always thought the startup was going through a bigger & better ambition than that!
In the last 2 years, Foursquare founder has been promoting the company as a recommendation tool .
Even if it’s a recommendation tool , it’s still not the perfect product but I feel like they may have a brilliant future in that direction.
An other huge point people seem to forget, the company founder has been extremely obsess with this vision for more than a decade. People involved in Local know how hard it is to solve the “local”problem and if anyone might have a change to make Foursquare work that’s his own founder.
In conclusion , I don’t feel like foursquare is stalled at all – They just talk less and get busy building their recommendation tool.
A few months ago, I discovered the great looking news app – Summly- and just last week, I blogged about it .
Yahoo has already decided to acquire them!
Every single tech news paper seems to talk about it and here is an article from our favourite journalist about it.
As a user and mainly as someone who were hoping to see the application getting more local – I can’t deny that I am hugely disappointed by the acquisition .
Let’s hope that yahoo will do something interesting with this acquisition.
It has been a couple of months I have been testing an interesting news app called Summly
As most of people who have been using it I have to say that their iPhone app is extremely well designed ( reminded me the first time I tried flipboard though).
The young startup looks like is well funded and seems to having a momentum .
I feel like they have got a great opportunity to make a great local news app and wish they push in that road.
There are several initiatives to make people aware how important for the economy to shop locally!
We even have a local campaign to support the awareness.
I have seen many those projects like in Norfolk, Shropshire Hills, Hartlepool, Darlington, and many more,…
But recently I have been excited about makerhood.
I think at this stage, makerhood is focus in Brixton, Clapham, Camberwell, Herne Hill and Stockwell but my little finger tells me that they will add more locations to the list ( at least I wish it).
The community seems to have grown quite a lot recently and I must say that I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the designers .
Makerhood is definitely a project to keep an eye on…
Happy local shopping
Here is a great opportunity for a student hungry to become a tech journalist.
Without any wages for the first year but you will gain a world-class experience with honour and recognition in case of success.
Localev is an online&offline community of people passionate about everything “local” (local search engine, local media, Location-based services, etc…)
You will be responsible for searching and writing about projects, startups, and companies related to local.
Skills you must have:
- Brilliant English writing & editing skills
- Creative thinker & a great “don’t give up” attitude
- Interests into Local businesses, Location based-services startups is a plus
- Previous experience as a writer for a blog is a plus
How to apply?
Tell me why you want this position! My email is freejos at gmail dot com
I am looking forward to receiving your applications.
PS: Any recommendation will be highly appreciated !