Groupon To Enter Yelp Territory?

    December 9, 2011
    Chris Crum

It appears that Groupon may be looking to get more into Yelp’s territory if unconfirmed rumors turn out to be true.

TechCrunch’s Jason Kincaid says he has heard from unnamed sources that the company is in talks to acquire Clever Sense, which makes the app Alfred, which is a Yelp-like recommendation product.

Alfred uses what the company calls zero-query search. “I’ve got personalized, relevant recommendations for you from the start. Not sure whether you want ramen or ravioli? I can show you a stream of recommendations right when you open up the app, so you can consider all your options,” the company says on its site (presumably using the voice of Alfred).

A few months back, Alfred got a group recommendation feature, where users can tell the app who they’re dining with.

Alfred is available on Android and iOS. In fact, the Android version just came out this week.

It would certainly make sense for Groupon to offer a recommendation app and that offer deals when relevant.

Neither company is commenting on the rumored talks. No surprise there.


Chris Crum
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