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Bloomberg
Home Depot's Redbeacon Expands 'Do-It-for-Me' Services

Home Depot, Inc., is accelerating the national rollout of its online handyman referral service Redbeacon to tap demand from homeowners who don't want to do fix-it projects themselves

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Bloomberg Businessweek
Home Depot Found a Way to Plug a Huge Hole in Its Business Model

The real genius of [Redbeacon], though, is its simple and sleek price-estimating tool

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Denver Post
Home heating quiz: How much heat could your Colorado house leak?

Here are some of Redbeacon's tips for meeting fall and winter weather.

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Huffington Post
Home Improvements Instead of Sex? Americans Would Give It Up According to Redbeacon's 'Do It For Me' Survey

What else would homeowners say goodbye to in exchange for packing up their toolkit? Well, according to a recent survey by Redbeacon: sex.

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Techcrunch
Home Depot-Owned Redbeacon Lets You Pay Contractors Online

RedBeacon has just released an update to its [payments system] that effectively closes the loop on the company's home services marketplace

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Techcrunch
Redbeacon Home Services Marketplace Launches Android App, Refocuses on Mobile

And today, the company is solidifying its place in the mobile realm with the launch of an Android app.

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Mercury News
Click Your Way to a Home Repair

I filled out the form and the bids came in. I picked one with 100 percent ratings who wasn't far from where I live.

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AJC
Home Depot linking jobs, pros

Seeking tighter links with professional contractors in the hopes that they will come to its stores for more supplies, Atlanta-based Home Depot is using the new website to roll out a service that connects people who need improvement work done around their houses with experts who will do it.

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Vator.tv
Redbeacon adds a bid estimator to help homeowners

[Redbeacon] is trying to reduce your headaches by providing an online bid estimate calculator

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AGBeat
Redbeacon's new price estimator eliminates sticker shock

Redbeacon empowers renters and homeowners by giving them a typical price range for their desired service before ever soliciting a bid from a home services provider like a plumber or electrician.

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PressHere TV
Interview with Redbeacon CEO, Anthony Rodio

More and more people these days want what we call "DIFM" -- Do It For Me -- versus Do It Yourself.

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Techcrunch
Home Depot acquires home services marketplace Redbeacon

Big-box retailer Home Depot has acquired home services marketplace and TechCrunch50 winner Redbeacon.

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GigaOM
Home Depot looks to silicon valley for growth

But [Home Depot] is showing that it is trying to be more innovative and forward-thinking with the purchase of online home services marketplace Redbeacon.

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Vator.tv
Home Depot snaps up service quoting site Redbeacon

..It is clear what an advantage the Atlanta-based Home Depot could gain buy purchasing the service directory that helps users find contractors, roofers, painters and other people offering services on its site.

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Apartment Therapy
8 ways to save energy throughout the home

Here's a helpful infographic to walk us all through the problem areas where unplugging, replacing, or simply turning down the dial can save you money throughout the year.

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AGBeat
60 Genius Brands to Watch in 2012

The following 60 brands were narrowed down from hundreds of companies that we have covered at AGBeat that are vying for your attention this year, and all 60 are poised to dominate in 2012.

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GigaOM
Redbeacon comes to iPhone to make good help easier to find

Redbeacon, the web marketplace that connects people with professional home service providers such as plumbers, painters, and yard workers, has launched its first native app for the iPhone.

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LifeHacker
Redbeacon Screens Home Service Pros to Find You Help

Redbeacon is a new service that matches your need for a painter, plumber, house cleaner, or other home service with qualified professionals. It does all the legwork of checking licenses and verifying background information to save you time.

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Vator.tv
Redbeacon launches iPhone app for local jobs

Taking a photo of a dirty rug that needs cleaning and uploading it to your computer to then show potential carpet cleaners what's needed doesn't sound so frustratingly challenging. But wouldn't it be easier if you could just take a photo with your iPhone and then post from your phone to a service that can help you find a local rug cleaner?

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AGBeat
Redbeacon launches iPhone app, revolutionizes home services industry

Enter Redbeacon who today launched their iPhone app which is more than a fancified version of their website - from within the app, users can shoot video (or photo or voice memo) of the problem they are having or the project they need done and submit it immediately to the RedBeacon network of nearby home service providers that the company says they have not only checked license status, but they've interviewed and done a background check on, which is above and beyond the screening offered by competitors.

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NBC Chicago
Home-Professionals-Hiring App Redbeacon Expands into Chicago

Home-services website Redbeacon.com is offering a much cheaper alternative when it comes to booking appointments with plumbers, roofers, maids, landscapers or other similar professionals for work around the house.

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The Examiner
Redbeacon Expands to Southeast with Launch in Atlanta

If you are in need of a home service professional, now you have a new way to find one in Atlanta.Redbeacon is a free online home services platform where professionals bid against each other for consumers home maintenance, repair, and renovation needs and it is launching in Atlanta.

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The Daily Journal
Connecting home owners with service providers

Trying to find a good plumber, home cleaning service or roofer can be a daunting experience - especially if the home owner is trying to navigate the Internet to determine what service provider may meet their needs.

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Techcrunch
Techcrunch 50 Winner announces leadership change with appointment of Anthony Rodio, former COO of Support.com, as CEO

Previously, Rodio was responsible for Support.com's software business and day-to-day operations as its Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Support.com, he held senior positions at SideStep (acquired by Kayak in 2007), StubHub (acquired by eBay in 2007), Microsoft, and Amazon.com. He also previously worked at Bank of America and Procter & Gamble.

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San Jose Business Journals
Redbeacon.com names Anthony Rodio as new CEO

Redbeacon.com said Monday it has hired Anthony Rodio as its new chief executive officer. Rodio previously worked for Support.com (NASD:SPRT) as its chief operating officer, according to a prepared statement.

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Vator.tv
Redbeacon appoints Anthony Rodio to CEO post

Redbeacon, which helps consumers find home service providers, appointed former Support.com COO, Anthony Rodio, to CEO. Redbeacon has a marketplace model that matches home service providers (maids, plumbers, landscapers) with consumers at a local level."This is an area of acute pain," said Rodio.

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Thrillist
Find the right person to do anything

Launched by a crew of Google vets in SF, and just now hitting Seattle, RB's a free e-portal that connects you with and screens professional and freelance service providers in over 230 categories.

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Techcrunch
TechCrunch 50 Winner Redbeacon Opens In Seattle, Expands Reach With Widgets

The company announced that it has expanded to its second city; Seattle. In conjunction with the expansion, Redbeacon also debuted a widget that allows third party websites to embed core Redbeacon features into their sites.

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Venture Beat
Redbeacon brings its service listings to any website

The big addition is an embeddable widget that expands Redbeacon's service listings beyond its websites. Initial partners include NBC Bay Area, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Fox affiliate Q13.

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All My Faves
Redbeacon - Reliable Service Professionals a Click Away

The next time you find yourself searching for the services of any professional, stop by Redbecon and give their innovative service a shot. Redbeacon has created a revolutionary platform...

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StrategyEye
HOT COMPANY PROFILE: Local services matchmaker Redbeacon

Classified ad listings are a major money maker for sites such as Craigslist . But Redbeacon is trying to evolve such listings by matching service providers and consumers and using a bidding system that incorporates elements of social media and ratings algorithms. CEO Ethan Anderson claims Redbeacon offers those selling their labour a revolutionary way to do business and hopes his site will become the main destination for finding and booking local services.

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Techcrunch
Redbeacon Raises $7.4 Million To Help You Book Local Services Online

Redbeacon, which won the TechCrunch50 launch conference in 2009, has raised a $7.4 million round of financing. The round was led by Mayfield Fund and Venrock.

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Venture Beat
Local-services startup Redbeacon raises $7.4M

Redbeacon, the service listings startup that won the top prize at the TechCrunch50 conference last fall, just raised $7.4 million in its first round of funding.

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BusinessInsider
Startup 2010 Winner Redbeacon Raises $7.4 Million

Redbeacon, the online service for bidding on local services and winner of our Startup 2010 competition, raised a $7.4 million series A round of funding from Mayfield Fund and Venrock.

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GigaOM
Video: Redbeacon's Plans to Live Up to the Hype

Redbeacon is just a year and a half old, until recently was bootstrapped, and has deployed its local-services marketplace in only one region, but something about what it's doing clearly makes people think the company's on to something big. It's won four separate startup competitions, including TechCrunch 50 and Silicon Alley Insider's top prizes. People seem to really like the idea of using a website to find and negotiate with local service providers to clean their house or detail their car.

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Vator.tv
Redbeacon gets $7.4 million in Series A

Redbeacon, a startup focused on helping consumers find local service providers, just raised $7.4 million in Series A funding from Mayfield and Venrock. Mayfield VC Raj Kapoor and Venrock VC Brian Ascher will go on the Redbeacon board as part of the invesment.

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VCreporter
The Mayfield Fund and Venrock Capital Lead $7.4 Million Investment in Series A Funding for Redbeacon

Based in San Mateo, California, Redbeacon is a company that has developed a revolutionary service of connecting consumers with service businesses online. The company announced on August 5, 2010, that it has raised $7.4 million in series A funding with the Mayfield Fund and Venrock Capital leading the funding round. The proceeds from this funding round will help Redbeacon with its platform to connect consumers with local service professionals and handle the job or project deal.

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kelseygroup
Redbeacon Raises $7.4 Million

Redbeacon, the six-person San Francisco-based service referral company, announced today that it has raised a heady $7.4 million in Series A financing from Mayfield Fund and Venrock. CEO and Cofounder Ethan Anderson tells us that the company needed such a huge round to quickly ramp up the staff, including engineers, designers and marketing people; aggressively expand markets beyond San Francisco (although no markets have been finalized); and build a wide range of business partnerships.

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Reuters
Redbeacon lets users bid on household jobs

Redbeacon, which operates a website for finding local service providers and getting bids on household jobs, seems to hit all the usual buzzwords for a modern venture-backed, consumer-oriented, Internet startup.

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Screenwerk
RedBeacon Poised for National Rollout, Growth

I've been impressed with these enhancements and the "sensitivity" to the market shown RedBeacon's management. I also recently compared RedBeacon to other lead-gen type sites (including ServiceMagic) and found it, while imperfect, to be overall the best of the several sites I examined.

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App Vita
Redbeacon - Find and Reserve a Service Specialist

Forget searching through the Yellow Pages for a qualified installation expert. Whether you need a plumber, a cable installer, a gardener, or a science tutor, Redbeacon is an application that will find a qualified professional in your local area who can handle the job at any time you want.

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San Francisco Magazine
Best of Bay

The San Mateo startup takes the angst out of a truly annoying task: finding a reliable fix-it pro.

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Silicon Alley Insider Startup top 10
Congratulations To Redbeacon, Winner Of Startup 2010!

Redbeacon lets users submit requests for jobs in almost any local service category, and forwards these requests to relevant participating service providers, who are invited to submit bids for the job and an appointment time at which they can complete it.

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SF Gate
Website of the Week

Users just type in the services they need and Redbeacon requests bids from trusted businesses. After reviewing the quotes, users can schedule a job for a specific time and place...

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Slate
The story of America's greatest idea.

The idea for Redbeacon was the result of a methodical search... Anyone who needed a part-time worker could contract immediately with available workers in the vicinity of the job...

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Daily Finance
Leave Your Yellow Pages Behind With Redbeacon

Has there ever been a time when you needed a painter, subcontractor, plumber or another repairperson to come by your house at a short notice and did not have any recommendations from friends? If the answer is "yes", then consider Redbeacon...

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Black Web 2.0
Growth Matters: Redbeacon Sends Batman to the Rescue

In the 1960s series Batman, people in despair would light up a red beacon and Batman would come to the rescue. Fast forward to the present and the red beacon is still alive...online.

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Techcrunch
Redbeacon Fine Tunes Service, Goes Social, Continues To Be Awesome

Users go to Redbeacon and search for real world service providers (housekeepers, plumbers, handyman, personal trainers, etc.). The service sends you firm quotes from local service providers, based on price and other factors, such as previous reviews ...

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Venture Beat
Redbeacon socializes local service listings

On Redbeacon, when you need a service (say a repairperson, or a cleaner, or a mover) you post a listing specifying the job and the window of time when it needs to be done. Different providers can bid on the job, and you choose from the bids based ...

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Fastcompany
Need a Plumber? Redbeacon Adds Facebook Support to Its Service Provider Finder

Redbeacon, a site that matches users up with service providers (like plumbers, painters, personal trainers, and housekeepers), announced a few new options, most notably Facebook, that'll encourage a more social use of the site--and hopefully gain some users in the process. ...

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San Jose Business Journals
San Mateo's Redbeacon adds new social features and attracts investors

Redbeacon Inc. believes it's time to send out a new and brighter signal to the world. The site has refined its search function through the development of a new feature called "Friendly Advice," launched March 10. ...

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Screenwerk
RedBeacon Morphs into Social Platform

Yesterday the company held a WebEx to cite progress and announce a partnership with (parenting) group creation platform BigTent. They said this was merely the first of a number of partnerships. ...

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Lostremote
RedBeacon goes social, partners with BigTent

Last September, the local services company RedBeacon took the top award at TechCrunch 50 with an innovative approach to local search. Today, it announced a new set of social features and a partnership with BigTent, an online community. ...

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Vator.tv
Redbeacon launches Facebook, BigTent deals

RedBeacon, an emerging startup with former Google employees as founders, on Wednesday announced a couple strategic moves to distribute its local jobs service. As part of its move to have a "white-label" service, RedBeacon has announced its first partner - BigTent, a social community for organizing groups with a lot of mothers as members. ...

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pcm interactive
RedBeacon Takes Local Search Social

It is fascinating to see the power of people when they get together to create meaningful products that add real value to peoples' lives. RedBeacon's simple design garnered it the top prize at TechCrunch50 in 2009. The founders Ethan Anderson, Yaron Binur, and Aaron Lee are former Google product managers. ...

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Local Onliner
Red Beacon Teams with BigTent, Adds "Friendly Advice"

Red Beacon, one of the new breed of social/local leads providers for SMBs, said it is now available throughout the entire Bay Area and teaming up with BigTent, a mega-moms network in the Bay Area with more than 100 local cells. BigTent will receive a revenue share carved from Red Beacon's 10 percent commission. ...

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Citytowninfo.com
Recession Spawning New Entrepreneurs

During a recession, the threat of layoffs and fears about money weigh heavy on many people's minds but for others a downturn in the economy can be a huge opportunity. While some frugal souls hoard their money and subside on a steady diet of Ramen noodles ...

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Microsoft Startup Zone
Startup of the Day

The Microsoft™ BizSpark startup of the day is Redbeacon, based in the US. You will find below an interview with Ethan Anderson, Co-founder of Redbeacon. All the best to them and congrats for being the startup of the day!

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israel 21c
Connecting the dots

An Israeli MIT graduate and former Google employee with both business smarts and social vision has set up a new Internet site connecting consumers to services.

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San Jose Business Journals
Redbeacon lights way for service providers, clients to find each other

Bay Area startup Redbeacon Inc. has taken the phone book and brought it into the Internet age. "Whenever we needed a local service, we really felt like it was a painful process," said Redbeacon co-founder Yaron Binur....

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Demo Girl
Get Bids From Multiple Service Providers With Redbeacon

Redbeacon is a service that connects service providers (anything from a handyman to an accountant) to consumers who need such services. On the requesting end, all you need to do is select the service that you need, enter in the date(s) and time that you'd like it done...

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Urban Daddy
In the Red - The OpenTable of Odd Jobs

But sometimes you wish it were easier - as easy as snapping your fingers and summoning your own household savant. Enter San Mateo-based Redbeacon.com, an online odd job home base with a thousands-deep database of local accountants...

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Techcrunch
TC50 Winner RedBeacon Is Now Live In The Bay Area

The wait is finally over, at least for those lucky TechCrunch readers in the Bay Area. Today, TechCrunch50 winner RedBeacon is opening its doors to San Francisco and the surrounding area, allowing users to submit requests to local service providers without ever picking up phone....

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Econsultancy
Q&A: Yaron Binur of Redbeacon on exchanging local services online

The San Mateo-based company streamlines the model of online transactions in the same way that OpenTable did for restaurant reservations. Consumers can search for services like plumbers, bakers and contractors and arrange appointments through the site...

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The Kelsey group
Redbeacon Drives New Interest in SMB Appointment/Price Quote Services

The newest entrant to the horizontal mix is Redbeacon, a start-up founded in early 2009 by three Google alumni: Ethan Anderson, Yaron Binur and Aaron Lee. The company, which takes 10 percent of job fees in exchange for providing leads that actually get the job...

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The Kelsey group
Redbeacon claims TechCrunch50's top prize

The winner of this year's TechCrunch50 Best-in-Show Award is Redbeacon, a Web site aimed at matching consumers with small business service providers such as plumbers, landscapers, lawyers or hair stylists...

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Rackspace cloud
Winner of TechCrunch50 RedBeacon on The Rackspace Cloud

When you need a service done - maybe house painting, landscaping, or even plumbing- it can be time consuming to go out and find the best candidate for your job. You may go through your Yellow Pages, send an email to friends and family asking for a referral or even just Google it...

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Techcrunch
TechCrunch50 Winner RedBeacon Gets Some TV Love

You need a mover, or you need someone to fix that dent in your car, but you don't know who to book, nor do you want to deal with the hassle of calling people up, find the prices, and then see if they have a opening for a time that's convenient for you. Now you have Redbeacon...

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upgrade me
Redbeacon Is The OpenTable For Everything Else

You need a mover, or you need someone to fix that dent in your car, but you don't know who to book, nor do you want to deal with the hassle of calling people up, find the prices, and then see if they have a opening for a time that's convenient for you. Now you have Redbeacon...

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Slate
How To Fix Craigslist

...That brings me to Redbeacon, a startup that launched at this week's TechCrunch50 conference, which offers a promising vision for improving the sort of encounters we now look for on Craigslist. Redbeacon is a cross between Craigslist and OpenTable;...

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GigaOM
How Startups Can Win Big With VCs

Startups looking for VC funding need to make two things crystal clear when pitching to investors: One, how your company plans to distribute your product or services to the masses; and two, why it's going to shake up the tech industry...

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KillerStartups
RedBeacon.com - Booking The Right Local Services

A startup that has been causing quite a buzz recently, Red Beacon couples a simple and useful idea with a good execution. In principle, it will empower you to compare prices for these local services that you might be interested in and book the one that meets your requirements...

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digiday:Daily

Redbeacon.com's site allows consumers who need a service performed to find and interact with local businesses and professionals.

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NAA
Redbeacon Kickstarts Local Service Biz With TechCrunch50 Win

Redbeacon, a new online competitor to YellowPages, Angie's List, and other online publishers, won the tech industry's version of the Palm D'or at TechCrunch 50 yesterday. You can chalk the win up to a compelling answer to the age old problem of matching local service...

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BusinessInsider
Ex-Googlers Win TechCrunch50 Prize For 21st Century Yellow Pages

A team of ex-Google employees won the top prize at the annual TechCrunch50 startup contest. Their company, Redbeacon, is sort of a modern-day Yellow Pages. It lets you search nearby service providers -- plumbers, painters, personal trainers, etc...

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San Jose Business Journals
Service Matchmaker Redbeacon tops TechCrunch 50

Redbeacon Inc., a startup that helps match service providers and customers, won the top prize as the most promising startup at this year's TechCrunch 50 conference on Tuesday. The San Mateo company helps consumers search for services like plumbers, bakers and contractors...

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WebProNews
Redbeacon from Former Googlers Takes Top Prize at Tech Conference

The 2009 TechCrunch 50 conference was held this week, and 50 start-ups each had a chance to make a presentation, and then the judges picked one grand-prize winner at the end of the whole thing to win $50,000. The winner this year, was a company called Redbeacon...

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LA Times
TechCrunch50: Dot-com dreams

At the TechCrunch50 conference in San Francisco, the focus is clearly on start-ups with solid business plans. Some are even making money already. But that's not to say entrepreneurs have given up on the attention-getting gimmickry that often characterizes such trade shows.

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rushprnews
TechCrunch50 Celebrates RedBeacon

TechCrunch50 Celebrates Redbeacon as Top Winner For Its 2009 Chapter - Simplicity Wins and So Does The Consumers! RedBeacon allows consumers who need a service performed to find and interact online with local businesses and professionals...

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The Washington Post
RedBeacon Wins The Top Prize At TechCrunch50 2009

The 50 startup presentations are over, the judges votes are in, Michael and Jason chewed over the top contenders, and the winner of this year's TechCrunch50 is RedBeacon. The startup aims to help consumers find local service providers such as plumbers, bakers, and contractors.

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New York Times
TC50: RedBeacon, the market for local services, wins TechCrunch50 award

RedBeacon, a startup that helps people find local services like maids or repairmen, won best of show at the TechCrunch50 conference in San Francisco today. The startup is in many ways what Craigslist could have become for local services.

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CNET
TechCrunch50: Businesses that match you up

Local Bacon, Red Beacon, and Mota Motors, three newly announced start-ups have a very similar aim: doing something better than Craigslist, and making money off it. In Local Bacon's case, it's helping job seekers and employees find each other by simplifying data.

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Techcrunch
TC50: RedBeacon Lets You Hire Local Service Providers Online, Without Any Phone Calls

The web is loaded with sites offering listings and reviews for local services, with mainstays like Yelp and Craigslist leading the pack. But when it comes to actually executing a transaction with one of these service providers ...

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Venture Beat
TC50: Need someone to mow your lawn? Redbeacon creates a market for local services

Need a plumber? A gardener? Someone who can do another random job? A startup called Redbeacon says it can help you find the right person when you want, for the right price. The company demonstrated its service at the TechCrunch50 conference in San Francisco.

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