Yelp, the local business review community which made it to the cover of Inc Magazine this month AND turned down a Google acquisition in December, is now receiving a rather large amount of financing from Elevated Partners which is around the $50 million range according to TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington.
TechCrunch also adds that the valuation is lower than the $550 million that Yelp turned down from Google. Given the investment in Yelp and its employees, and Yelp deciding not to go the way of a Google acquisition, this does position Yelp as a strength moving into the locally and socially powered decade. With its connections not only with consumers, but also business owners, Yelp could start to take more of a hyperlocal coop business consulting role to help businesses pinpoint the main issues that they and others like them face from their negative reviews, and fix them.
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All being said, with Yelp’s financing under its wing and the company ready to fly, will we see a Yelp & Yahoo/Microsoft partnership in the works? Yahoo just smartsourced their shopping search to Pricegrabber, perhaps the MicroHoo monster may see it a fitting match to bring in Yelp in some capacity as well. Or is that too much empowerment?