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Tech Moves: Urbanspoon names CEO; Bsquare CFO to depart; Ian Lurie returns as Portent CEO; and more

—Eight months after joining Urbanspoon, Keela Robison has been promoted to CEO from SVP and general manager. She is the first to hold the title in several years, following the Seattle company’s acquisition by IAC. Robison will draw heavily on her background for the job, given the restaurant review site’s investments in mobile. Most recently, Robison… Read More

Keela Robinson

Tech Moves: Ex-Real VP named GM of Urbanspoon: T-Mobile taps CIO; etc.

—Keela Robinson, a mobile industry veteran who previously worked at Amazon, WhitePages, RealNetworks and T-Mobile, has been named senior vice president and general manager of Urbanspoon. She most recently served as vice president of RealNetworks’ casual games business, GameHouse, overseeing a business with $67 million in annual revenue. Before that, she worked in the Kindle… Read More


Foursquare adds recommendations with new iOS update

Forget about asking your server for a recommendation. The next time you walk into a restaurant, your iPhone may tell you which dishes other diners prefer, thanks to a new Foursquare update. Almost a month after the geolocation company rolled the capability out to Android, select iOS users will be getting push recommendations for places… Read More


OpenTable gobbles up online reservation service Rezbook, partners with Urbanspoon

We heard a few months ago that Urbanspoon was shopping its online restaurant reservation system Rezbook. Now, we’ve learned where that business has landed … in the arms of one of Rezbook’s biggest rivals. Today, OpenTable announced that it has acquired the Rezbook business, and sealed a partnership to manage restaurant reservations for Urbanspoon. Terms… Read More


Menuish helps you find restaurant menus on your phone

Like many couples hitting the town for a bite, Chris Eigner and Devon St. Clair started scrolling through their phones to find a good place to eat. But much to their frustration, most restaurants have flash-filled websites that are difficult to navigate, much like this Oatmeal comic demonstrates. So after dinner that night nine months ago,… Read More

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CityGrid Media cuts staff, but Urbanspoon keeps growing

CityGrid Media, the parent company of Urbanspoon, Insider Pages, Buzz Labs and Citysearch, announced today that it is cutting 15 percent of its staff in a shift of advertising models from cost-per-click to cost-per-acquisition, reports TechCrunch. The move comes six months after SeamlessWeb co-founder Jason Finger was appointed CEO. TechCrunch notes that the layoffs are… Read More


KidScore: The best places to eat with your screaming kids

As a parent with an energetic toddler, I sometimes struggle to find restaurants that have the right balance of good food and entertainment when dining with a two-and-a-half year old. For the most part, we’ve relied on word-of-mouth, getting recommendations from other parents of the best spots. (We love Fremont Brewing Co. and The Ridge… Read More


Urbanspoon updates iPhone app; adds filters, partners

Urbanspoon is, if you’ll forgive the pun, shaking up its signature iPhone app with a completely new interface and by adding recommendations, filters and maps. The new app available today still preserves the traditional slot-machine “shake” method of finding restaurants for which Urbanspoon is known. But the free app now highlights other methods of finding… Read More


Urbanspoon seats 1 million diners, looks to feast on OpenTable

Urbanspoon may be best known for helping folks find new dining experiences, from sushi restaurants in Seattle to steak houses in Kansas City. But a growing component of Urbanspoon’s business is helping diners make reservations, an area where OpenTable remains the 800-pound gorilla. Since OpenTable’s inception in 1998, the San Francisco company has helped to… Read More


Scrappy Urbanspoon turns to TV ads to connect with foodies

Urbanspoon scratched and clawed its way to success, driven by the bootstrapping mindset of founders Adam Doppelt, Ethan Lowry and Patrick O’Donnell. The online restaurant directory grew largely through word-of-mouth; smart SEO and a cutting-edge iPhone application that caught the attention of the marketers at Apple. Except for a largely unsuccessful radio campaign, Urbanspoon didn’t… Read More


Urbanspoon’s Dineline tracks your restaurant history

Have you ever wanted to remember that great sushi place in Seattle or the crab bisque you ate at a seafood restaurant in San Fran? Urbanspoon today is rolling out a new update for iPhone users that essentially allows individuals to track where they ate over time, including the dishes they purchased. Urbanspoon’s Conrad Saam… Read More


Urbanspoon bites OpenTable, claims 1,000 users of Rezbook

Urbanspoon has been nipping at the heels of OpenTable for the past 18 months since launching its new restaurant reservation system, Rezbook, for the iPad last year. Now, Urbanspoon — the Seattle upstart that was sold to IAC in 2009 — says that more than 1,000 restaurants have signed up for the service for managing… Read More


A hunger for the best sci-fi books sparks geek’s latest quest

Adam Doppelt is a developer, tinkerer and accomplished entrepreneur. And he’s also a science fiction geek. Those passions all collided in a new site being launched today called BestSFBooks.  The idea behind the site is pretty simple: Help readers discover the most critically-acclaimed sci-fi titles. Doppelt, who previously co-founded Urbanspoon and is the brains by… Read More


Google gobbles up Zagat

Google’s hunger for acquisitions continues, with news today that the search giant has gobbled up 32-year-old restaurant review company Zagat for an undisclosed price. The deal is interesting in part because Zagat — which started in New York City with its trademarked red restaurant guides — has been a bit of a late adopter to… Read More


Urbanspoon nibbles on 25,000 Zagat reviews

Zagat corned the market on restaurant ratings in the 1980s and early 1990s, tapping the power of user-generated content before that term had even entered the popular lexicon. But then, the Internet came along, and review sites such as Yelp took over. Zagat is trying to get back in the online game, and that’s part… Read More