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! 🙂

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

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.

The Dealmap Android App now live!

Super excited to announce the launch of The Dealmap Android application. Just like our iPhone application, this app is also built on the same set of APIs that we offer to our developer community. Please stay tuned for more stuff to come from us on the mobile front.

Here is a nice post from Venture Beat this morning on the launch:

Center’d is launching its Dealmap Android app today that will let users filter out the chaff and find the best deals nearby.

The Menlo Park, Calif.-based company says it can aggregate daily deals from almost 100 sources and put them all in one place. Center’d previously launched an iPhone app that has been downloaded more than 175,000 times in its first six weeks. The app sorts through more than 350,000 local deals and coupons and makes them available to consumers where they want them on web sites, social apps, daily emails and mobile apps. More than 375,000 people get these updates daily. It can filter 10 business categories and eight deal types.

Sifting through the chaff is a big part of daily life. If your mobile phone can help you do that, it will become an even more indispensable part of your life. If the Dealmap can help, then it may be a good tool for the discovery of what’s around you. Consumers and businesses can upload their own deals, so the company takes advantage of user-generated content. This app can aggregate daily deals from companies such as Groupon and Living Social. It then organizes the deals and maps them, using relevance algorithms.

Center’d has raised $10 million from Norwest Venture Partners and KeyNote Ventures. Angel investors include Bill Harris, former PayPal and Intuit chief executive. Competitors include 8coupons and Yipit, neither of which have a mobile app yet. Center’d was founded in 2007 and the Dealmap web site launched in May. The company has eight employees.

Nokia Replaces CEO with Microsoft Exec

This is an interesting move… no matter who is at the top @ Nokia, it is going to be an up-hill battle, at least in the Smartphone market.

Nokia Replaces CEO with Microsoft Exec
Nokia has removed its CEO, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, and replaced him with Microsoft executive Stephen Elop. Kallasvuo took the reigns from long-time CEO Jorma Ollila in 2006 and promised the reinvigorate the company’s place in the U.S. market. Despite Kallasvuo’s efforts, Nokia’s share of the U.S. market has continued to decline. …

I am more optimistic on India than China: Vinod Khosla

Very interesting read…

I am more optimistic on India than China: Vinod Khosla:

“I am more optimistic on India than China: Vinod KhoslaYou did not really have a technology background. You were in the forces. Your dad was in the Indian Army, and yet you moved into this line. What were your growing years like and what really motivated, what got you into …”