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Loyalty platform Belly launches a freebies rewards program called Belly Bites

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Digital loyalty and rewards startup Belly is experimenting with a marketing concept as old as the supermarket: the free sample. It’s recently introduced a new program called Belly Bites, which allows local businesses to offer complimentary samples of their wares – whether it’s a donut, a manicure or free admission...
Loyalty platform Belly launches a freebies rewards program called Belly Bites

With New Kred and Klout Revamps, It's Makeover Season for Social Influence

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It’s probably pretty easy for startups like Kred and Klout to make their case to big brands. At their core, the products gauge a person’s sway in the social realm, measuring how much their voice matters across the cacophony of tweets and shares in the social media sphere. So if...
With New Kred and Klout Revamps, It's Makeover Season for Social Influence

Powering The Facebook Card, Marqeta Raises $14M From Greylock Israel To Recreate The Starbucks Loyalty Card For Merchants

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Marqeta, the startup that helps businesses nationwide attain the Starbucks loyalty Card “pay-in-advance for your coffee” model, is announcing $14 million in new funding from Greylock IL (an affiliate fund of Greylock Partners), Granite Ventures, new investor Commerce Ventures, and a number of leading new angel and unnamed strategic investors....
Powering The Facebook Card, Marqeta Raises $14M From Greylock Israel To Recreate The Starbucks Loyalty Card For Merchants

MBA Mondays: Guest Post From Susan Loh

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When I introduced this series on People, I stated that it was going to have a bunch of guest posts because there are many people who know a lot more about the people side of business than I do. One of them is Susan Loh who is Head of Talent...
MBA Mondays: Guest Post From Susan Loh

Next Jump Takes Over MasterCard’s New Rewards Program, MasterCard MarketPlace

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MasterCard’s customer rewards program just got a major upgrade. As part of a deep, three-year partnership with NYC-startup Next Jump, the credit card organization just launched MasterCard Marketplace. Any cardholder can go to the site and sign up for discounts on electronics, computers, clothing, jewelry, and other products from...
Next Jump Takes Over MasterCard’s New Rewards Program, MasterCard MarketPlace

Cyberlocker Burden of Proof Should Be Reversed, Anti-Piracy Group Says

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As previously reported, the Megaupload shutdown sent shockwaves right around the world and prompted a huge rethink by many cyberlocker file-hosting services. The Megaupload indictment focused on several issues including alleged payments of cash rewards to known uploaders of infringing material. This prompted some rival services to cancel their affiliate/reward...
Cyberlocker Burden of Proof Should Be Reversed, Anti-Piracy Group Says

LivingSocial Says It Has No Plans to Be a Mobile Payments Provider

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LivingSocial has no plans to build a payment system for local merchants, but it does see itself playing a role in building loyalty programs and other merchant services. During an all-day media event today, the company’s top executives provided a very broad overview of the privately held company. It also...
LivingSocial Says It Has No Plans to Be a Mobile Payments Provider

Performance Marketing Brands (a.k.a. Ebates) Buys Grocery Shopping App Pushpins

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Performance Marketing Brands, the operator of online shopping and rewards programs, has acquired Pushpins, the mobile app for saving on groceries. We’re hearing from sources that the acquisition price was around $10 to $15 million. Pushpins gives users digital coupons and rewards when they scan UPC barcodes at the grocery...
Performance Marketing Brands (a.k.a. Ebates) Buys Grocery Shopping App Pushpins

BII REPORT: Here's How Location-Based Services Like Foursquare Are Trying To Become Big Businesses

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Location-based services get a lot of hype, However, many people wonder what location-based services are really about, and whether they can be a real business.  In a recent report, BI Intelligence analyzes just that, taking a look at how leaders in the space are trying to create large and sustainable business models....
BII REPORT: Here's How Location-Based Services Like Foursquare Are Trying To Become Big Businesses
Ex-WhitePages execs start Meritshare, a new way to reward top-performing co-workers

Delta Sends C&Ds To Startups Tracking Airline Rewards; MileWise, AwardWallet & Others Affected

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Delta is joining American Airlines and Southwest Airlines as the third major brand to deny travel startups access to users’ frequent flyer accounts for the purpose of tracking airlines’ miles and rewards. Startups affected include TripIt (reportedly*), MileWise, and AwardWallet (confirmed) and others. Here’s the situation in a nutshell: the airlines think your rewards...
Delta Sends C&Ds To Startups Tracking Airline Rewards; MileWise, AwardWallet & Others Affected

Superfly brings on former KAYAK CFO Bill Smith to advise its flight search disruption

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Last year, we told you about a company called Superfly, that was taking a more personalized approach to finding flights. Here’s how we explained its unique premise, which is extremely helpful: Information such as frequent flyer miles, elite statuses, rewards programs, and more are taken into account and Superfly will...
Superfly brings on former KAYAK CFO Bill Smith to advise its flight search disruption
LoyalBlocks makes rewarding customers easier with a $9M first round

After Acquiring Topguest, Travel Rewards Redemption Company Switchfly Raises $15M

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Travel rewards redemption company Switchfly (formerly ezRez) has raised $15 million in Series C financing led by StarVest Partners with Azure Capital Partners and Canaan Partners participating. This brings the total capital raised by Switchfly to date to $32 million. Switchfly is a software company that develops white-label travel commerce...
After Acquiring Topguest, Travel Rewards Redemption Company Switchfly Raises $15M

Square Makes First International Step: Mobile Payment Service Now Live In Canada

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Square has taken its first step outside of the U.S. for its mobile payment service. It is now live in Canada. More to come — refresh for updates. Release below.   Square Arrives in Canada Canadians Can Now Accept Credit Cards and Run their Business using Square on their Mobile...
Square Makes First International Step: Mobile Payment Service Now Live In Canada

Here's What A FarmVille American Express Card Looks Like (ZNGA)

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American Express and Zynga have joined forces to create a pre-paid debit card that allows users to earn virtual FarmVille dollars in exchange for real world purchases. (Because your wallet was missing a rewards card that prominently displays a duck, with teeth, chewing on straw.) "Our goal is to build...
Here's What A FarmVille American Express Card Looks Like (ZNGA)

reKiosk's Marketplace Helps Bands, Bloggers Actually Make Money

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Ask any music buff how they learn about new music, and most will rattle off a list of blogs they regularly check. Those blogs might post links to Soundcloud clips, or the artist’s Web site, or iTunes, but the bloggers, many of whom carry significant influence, don’t get much credit...
reKiosk's Marketplace Helps Bands, Bloggers Actually Make Money
Free Stuff! Finally, A Deals Site That Doesn't Suck
Enthuse Raises $1.3M From Greystripe Co-founder And Others To Help Sports Teams Reward Their Fans

Square launches its mobile payment service in Canada

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Continuing its North American expansion, mobile payment service Square is now available in Canada, allowing businesses with an iOS or Android device to apply for a reader and accept credit cards. This is a developing story, please refresh for updates.   Square’s press release: Square, the company making commerce easy...
Square launches its mobile payment service in Canada

Chicago’s new incubator Catapult stocks up on startups

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The Windy City is famous for one big giant startup Groupon, but the folks at Chicago’s newest incubator, Catapult, believe there will be many more, and — for a short while at least — it hopes to play host to the next big Web sensations from the Midwest. Catapult only...
Chicago’s new incubator Catapult stocks up on startups
Bettery debuts rechargeable battery swap stations at Whole Foods Markets

Google Launches Zavers By Google Digital Coupon Solution For Retailers And Manufacturers

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In late 2011, Google acquired Zave Networks, a company that specialized in digitizing coupons and loyalty rewards programs and today, it is launching its first Google-branded product based on this acquisition: Zavers by Google. Zavers, Google writes, is “a digital coupon solution that enables retailers and manufacturers to reward loyal...
Google Launches Zavers By Google Digital Coupon Solution For Retailers And Manufacturers
Revel Achieves Profitability, Introduces Apps Marketplace For Its iPad Point-Of-Sales System

Why Zillow’s CEO wants to be the OpenTable of real estate

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Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff On the surface, OpenTable may not seem to hold many similarities with Zillow. After all, one specializes in restaurants, and other in real estate. But Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff sees similarities between the two companies, telling Business Insider that those companies which simply provide leads to businesses...
Why Zillow’s CEO wants to be the OpenTable of real estate

5 Key Benefits Gamification Brings to Your Business

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The term 'gamification' may be new, but the concept has been around for some time--just think credit card rewards programs. Despite the buzz and proven results, many companies are still not sure about using gamification. Here are five key reasons why your business should be gamifying....
5 Key Benefits Gamification Brings to Your Business

BII REPORT: How Startups Like Foursquare Are Trying To Make Money

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Location-based services get a lot of hype, However, many people wonder what location-based services are really about, and whether they can be a real business.  In a recent report, BI Intelligence analyzes just that, taking a look at how leaders in the space are trying to create large and sustainable business models....
BII REPORT: How Startups Like Foursquare Are Trying To Make Money

Office Perks Startup BetterWorks Will Shut Down On May 31

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BetterWorks, the employee perks startup led by Los Angeles entrepreneur and investor Paige Craig, has told its customers that it will be shutting down May 31. The company offered tools to help businesses manage discounts and rewards programs for employees. In the past few months, BetterWorks still seemed to be...
Office Perks Startup BetterWorks Will Shut Down On May 31

Police Raid File-Hosting Site, Arrest Operator and ISP

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On June 11th last year Europe witnessed one of the largest piracy-related busts in history. An international operation shut down the movie streaming portal Kino.to and police made more than a dozen arrests. As collateral damage, several file-hosting services connected to Kino.to also went down. A few days ago Skyload.net,...
Police Raid File-Hosting Site, Arrest Operator and ISP

FiveStars takes its loyalty program out of the US, landing in Canada in partnership with Rogers

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FiveStars, a startup offering a loyalty card program for local businesses, kicked off its first expansion outside the US today via a new partnership with Canadian telecommunications company Rogers. The new program, which is dubbed Vicinity, will be run by Rogers and powered by FiveStars’ proprietary technology, which integrates with point-of-sale (POS)...
FiveStars takes its loyalty program out of the US, landing in Canada in partnership with Rogers
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