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Mitch Ratcliffe is a veteran entrepreneur, journalist and business model hacker. He operates this site, which is a collection of the blogs he's published over the years, as well as an archive of his professional publishing record. As always, this is a work in progress. Such is life.

Jeff Immelt has emerged as the front-runner to become Uber’s CEO – Recode

One of Immelt’s earliest and strongest supporters on the board is Arianna Huffington, said sources, but he is also the top choice of several directors. Others still undecided — including Benchmark, which has weakened its status because of the lawsuit and ensuing publicity — have become convinced that Uber needs to hire someone who can quickly deal with a number of pressing and problematic issues and consider Immelt fully capable of handling that well.

Source: Jeff Immelt has emerged as the front-runner to become Uber’s CEO – Recode

Grubhub, Inc. – Grubhub and Yelp Announce Long-term Partnership to Connect Consumers with the Best Food Ordering Options

Vertical integration in local on-demand is underway.

Grubhub Inc. (NYSE: GRUB), the nation’s leading online and mobile food ordering company, and Yelp Inc. (NYSE: YELP), the leader in connecting people with great local businesses, today announced a long-term partnership designed to capitalize on each company’s unique assets and propel online takeout and delivery. As part of the agreement, Grubhub will acquire Yelp’s Eat24 business and Yelp will integrate online ordering from all Grubhub restaurants onto its extensive local goods and services platform.

Source: Grubhub, Inc. – Grubhub and Yelp Announce Long-term Partnership to Connect Consumers with the Best Food Ordering Options

Web developers, meet WebGazer: software that turns webcams into eye-trackers – TechWorld

Eye-tracking technology has long been the domain of high-end research, but this week new software brings it within reach for anyone with a website.

Source: Web developers, meet WebGazer: software that turns webcams into eye-trackers – TechWorld

Making IoT magic | CIO

Connecting devices is just the first act in an Internet of Things production. The magic happens when analytics transform data into business intelligence. CIOs need to play a role.

Source: Making IoT magic | CIO

The future of voice-related SEO for local business

Google’s recent developer event revealed details about how the search giant is thinking about the future. Columnist Chris Marentis shares tips on how local businesses can learn how to be found in the environment that’s taking shape.

Source: The future of voice-related SEO for local business

Innovation Salon: Turning Hours To Dollars: The On-Demand Economy | Hoodline

A panel of investors, educators and analysts will discuss how to convert hours to dollars.

Source: Innovation Salon: Turning Hours To Dollars: The On-Demand Economy | Hoodline

Worldwide Smartphone Growth Forecast to Slow to 3.1% in 2016 as Focus Shifts to Device Lifecycles, According to IDC

Source: Worldwide Smartphone Growth Forecast to Slow to 3.1% in 2016 as Focus Shifts to Device Lifecycles, According to IDC – prUS41425416

BigML.com is Machine Learning for everyone

BigML’s goal is to create a machine learning service extremely easy to use and seamless to integrate.

Source: BigML.com is Machine Learning for everyone

MItch’s Quick Take: While everyone may struggle with aspects of machine learning, this platform takes a templated approach to developing a data model, preparing and training the machine learning algorithms that can be applied to specific types of predictive and analytic tasks, makes machine learning approximately the same learning lift as the first spreadsheet scripting tool one may have learned 20 years ago. Even small businesses and regional agencies could use BigML.com today and start to optimize processes and campaigns.

Uber Turns to Saudi Arabia for $3.5 Billion Cash Infusion — Another Flat Round

The ride-hailing company said the investment by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund was part of the most recent financing round and that it continued to value the company at $62.5 billion.

Source: Uber Turns to Saudi Arabia for $3.5 Billion Cash Infusion – The New York Times

New API helps open-source developers ‘become license-aware’

The Open Source Initiative (OSI), the steward of the Open Source Definition (OSD), announced today it has created a machine readable publication of OSI approved licenses. According to the organizat…

Source: New API helps open-source developers ‘become license-aware’