Uber hires former Amazon/Groupon exec as chief product officer

Uber has hired Jeff Holden, until recently a vice president at Groupon, to become its chief product officer. We got to know ex-Amazonian Holden when he launched Pelago, makers of Whrrl. The app failed to get major traction because it was ahead of its time and was acquired by Groupon. Holden, however impressed us deeply then with his clear insights about the market. At Groupon too he continued that streak. It is a great hire for Uber, which could use direction and focus as it builds out the last-mile mobility infrastructure. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a more hyper-personal version of Uber come to market in the near future.

What Local Social Commerce Needs to Really Take Off

Last week, a handful of local e-commerce and interactive marketing announcements from Groupon, eBay, and others hinted at future accelerators for the already-hot social commerce space. For social commerce to really take off, suppliers must tap national marketing budgets, fine-tune personalized offers and expand beyond customer acquisition into retention.

Interview: Pelago

Last week, I caught up with Jeff Holden, the CEO of Pelago, which is developing Whrrl, an application for mobile phones that lets people sha…