What’s your ETA?

Incredibly proud of the team for getting this out – a feature that I so wish existed like, yesterday! 🙂

“Where are you now?” and “What’s your ETA?” Whether you’re heading to a party or meeting up for dinner, you probably hear questions like this pretty often from family and friends. Soon Google Maps users worldwide will be able to answer those questions in just a few taps, without ever leaving the app. On both…

via Share your trips and real-time location from Google Maps — The Keyword

Tappable shortcuts and Search

Tapping is way easier than typing 🙂 – excited to see this launch! I will follow-up with a detailed post on some of the local features that launched with this release.

These days, you expect information at your fingertips. Starting today, we’re making it easier than ever to stay in the know and get the information you need quickly and easily. Starting today in the U.S., we’re introducing tappable shortcuts on the Google app for Android and iOS and Google.com on the mobile web that give…

via New shortcuts in Search help keep you in the know — The Keyword

London: An Offer that I could not refuse!

An Offer
It’s been almost a year since The Dealmap got acquired by Google and, together with my team, I have been heads-down building out Google Offers offerings. 

After working in offers for a while, I got my own very personalized offer that I just could not refuse:  “10 % off on all flights to London with a special redemption code” and I just had to take it and move to London! That was how offers-obsessed colleagues from my Mountain View team thought of my move! 🙂 

But in all seriousness, I’ve moved to London (landed this weekend, together with my family!) to lead engineering efforts from Google London office.  So, if you happen to be in London for business or pleasure, make sure to stop by and say hello! Better yet, if you know someone that wants to work in our brilliant and fun offices in London, send them our way! 🙂

Google acquires The Dealmap!

I’m super excited to share that The Dealmap has been acquired by Google. It’s a dream come true – and it feels like this is just the beginning!

Fourteen years ago, on this day, it was the beginning of my professional career. Back in Hyderabad, India, fresh out of school, I was looking for opportunities to build things bigger and better. A lot had happened since then: moved to the USA, published in numerous publications, wrote three books, built best of breed products at Microsoft, filed for more than fifty patents, founded a company, recruited world class talent, raised millions of venture capital, and built an incredible product from ground-up – it was a journey worth taking.

Every step of the way, it was lots of hard-work, lots of hope, and tons of understanding from my family. Today “I’m feeling lucky” and this marks a new beginning of this long journey.

From today, together with my team members and a number of Googlers, I will continue on the mission that we had started at The Dealmap – to bring the best local offers anywhere, any time on any device. Google offers the key ingredients that every entrepreneur looks for: incredible talent pool, un-constrained resources and freedom of execution – I get excited just by imagining the scale of things that I can accomplish in the local deals space and beyond.

I’m living every entrepreneur’s dream and I want take a moment to thank all the advisors, investors and friends that helped me navigate this.

There is so much to do – and it is just the beginning!

Update: Here is NY Times article – http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/08/01/google-acquires-the-dealmap/ 

The Dealmap + Microsoft = Bing Deals

I’m super excited to share this update from The Dealmap. Today we have announced our partnership with Microsoft to bring out the local and daily deals to Bing.

This integration is available both on Bing Local as well as Bing Mobile.

This marks yet another major milestone for us as we are going through an explosive growth period.

There is a lot of work that needs to be done – especially around personalization, around transaction, redemption and mobile payments; we are working hard to create innovative solutions in each one of these areas. So, stay tuned!

– Chandu Thota

The Dealmap Surpasses 1.4 Million Users in First Nine Months (Press Release)

Yet another exciting update from us @ TheDealmap:

The Dealmap Surpasses 1.4 Million Users in First Nine Months
DealExchange Partner API Averaging More Than 11 Million Queries a Day
MENLO PARK, Calif., Feb. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The Dealmap® (http://www.thedealmap.com), the leading source for people to find and share local and daily deals, today announced that it has more than 1.4 million users across its branded website, mobile and social applications, and daily deals email.  Through its DealExchange™ platform and network of partners, The Dealmap now reaches more than 47 million monthly visitors.(1)  In addition, the company revealed that it now indexes deals with more than $10 million in savings available on any given day from national brands, daily deal websites, and local businesses.  
“The explosive growth of our consumer applications as well as the unparalleled adoption of our developer and publisher tools cements The Dealmap’s position as the leading source and distributor of local and daily deals,” said Jennifer Dulski, co-founder and chief executive officer of The Dealmap.   “We’ve had an amazing reaction to our product from both consumers and partners, and we look forward to continuing to innovate to meet their needs.”
Since its launch in May, 2010, The Dealmap has grown its multi-channel audience swiftly and received a number of accolades including being named one of the ‘Top 10 Mobile Apps of 2010’ by the Wall Street Journal.  Over the past 6 months, the company has grown a number of key business metrics which illustrate the company’s rapid adoption by both consumers and partners:
iPhone and Android app installs have grown 5,173 percent to more than 675,000
DealExchange API queries have increased 424 percent to more than 11 million per day
The number of developers using the DealExchange API and tools has grown 375 percent to 271
The Dealmap has created an infographic that reveals more interesting data and statistics about the company’s business, including lists of top deals and brands.  The infographic can be viewed at http://www.thedealmap.com/infographic.
Daily Deal Giveaway
To show its appreciation to the people who have helped The Dealmap grow so quickly, the company is giving away free $25 restaurant gift certificates to consumers.  People can enter to win a $1,000 grand prize through The Dealmap’s Daily Deal Giveaway, and one in every 10 entrants will win a $25 restaurant gift certificate.  People can enter the giveaway today by clicking on the “Giveaway” tab on The Dealmap’s Facebook page at http://facebook.com/TheDealmap.
About The Dealmap
The Dealmap is the leading source for people to find and share the best local deals, all in one place.   The company indexes local deals from hundreds of sources, including national brands, daily deal websites, local businesses and consumers, and makes previously hard-to-find deals easily discoverable.  The Dealmap makes local deals available to people when and where they want them, through the company’s award-winning mobile apps, its website, social applications, and daily deals email.  The Dealmap showcases savings of more than $10 million available each day across multiple business categories.  
Through its DealExchange platform, The Dealmap provides tools that allow publishers and developers to easily integrate local deals into their products.  The platform also gives small businesses and deal providers the ability to reach more than 47 million visitors through The Dealmap network.
The Dealmap is headquartered in Menlo Park, Calif., and is led by former Microsoft and Yahoo! executives with funding by Norwest Venture Partners and KeyNote Ventures.

Exclusive Offer from Crocs via The Dealmap!

We are excited to present our first ever national exclusive deal from Crocs. You get 30% off any the entire purchases at any crocs store across the country (about 200 crocs locations in all).

You can see more about this deal on the web, on our iPhone app or our android app or on our local twitter feeds.

This offer is valid until Sunday night, so go pick up some crocs! 🙂

PS: Greg’s post on this topic can be seen here.