E241: Marco Zappacosta of Thumbtack on This Week in Startups

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On This Week in Startups, young entrepreneur and co-founder of Thumbtack Marco Zappacosta sat down with Jason to talk about a more transparent, reliable search engine for local merchants.

1:00-2:30 Welcome everyone, I’m here today with Marco Zappacosta of Thumbtack.
2:30-4:00 How did we meet, Marco?
4:00-5:30 How is Thumbtack better than finding a babysitter elsewhere online?
5:30-10:00 Thank you to LiquidWeb for supporting TWiST!
10:00-13:00 So what you’re trying to do is say, we’re focused on this issue and we want transparency?
13:00-19:00 It seems like there’s less of a demand for forums to meet angels now than a few years ago, yes?
19:00-23:30 What about service providers suck at writing their own marketing profiles?
23:30- How did you go from raising an A round to where you are today, discussing termsheets?
29:45-35:00 Thank you to GoToMeeting for sponsoring the show! Everyone thank @GoToMeeting!
35:00-39:00 So if you did a felon or driver’s license check, that may eliminate some of the cheaper options?
39:00-44:45 How do you handle the minimum wage issue?
44:45-51:00 Do you think that the age of a founder is an issue?
51:00-55:45 So your parents are famous entrepreneurs who built Logitech, correct?
55:45-59:15 How do you weed out the good from bad when hiring?
59:15-1:01:00 So when you’re buying traffic, the person who wins is the one with the best business model?
1:01:00-1:05:45 A discussion of Google’s increased presence into local search.
1:05:45-1:08:00 Have a been a good angel investor? I hope so.
1:08:00-1:09:30 What’s the latest at CNET, Stephen?
1:09:30-1:11:00 Marco, thank you for joining us. We’ll see you next time, everyone.

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