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Industry Pioneers: Jeremy Stoppelman & Russel Simmons, Yelp

Stoppleman and Simmons are two American business executives that are best known for founding the business review site Yelp. Stoppleman and Simmons had previously worked as PayPal executives and reunited after attending Harvard Business School in 2003. In 2004, they created Yelp, which is a system that exchanges local business recommendations, networking features, discounts, as well as mobile applications.


  • Average monthly unique Yelp visitors: 132 million
  • Active Yelp business accounts: 74,000
  • Live deals on Yelp: 80,000
  • 2013 revenue: $233 million
  • Yelp is available in 26 countries

Good reviews are critical to ensure a healthy and growing business, as reputation is everything. Encourage your customers to write good reviews so positive awareness about your business remains prominent and you build a name for yourself.

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