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Yelp's Stoppelman Talks About Geo-Location, International Expansion (And Not Google)

Earlier this week, BoomTown headed to downtown San Francisco to the hip HQ of Yelp to talk to its CEO, Jeremy Stoppelman, about a range of issues related to the local business review site.

That included his thoughts about the explosion of social location services such as Foursquare, Yelp’s burgeoning mobile efforts, controversial lawsuits alleging questionable advertising sales practices, future features to come and more.

What he declined to discuss in detail was what happened with failed acquisition talks with Google (GOOG) late last year.

Stoppelman also opined on Yelp’s international expansion efforts, including its entry into Germany, a service announced earlier this week.

Here’s the video of the interview, which includes a quick tour of Yelp’s offices:


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work