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IAC and Citysearch Launch Nationwide Search for Next Local Application

Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 00:23

Developers Can Turn Vision into Reality at Sidewalk.com

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif., June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- IAC (NASDAQ: IACI) and Citysearch today launched the "Right Here Right Now" challenge, inviting anyone to create a brand new business at Sidewalk.com that enable users to live life on the go more easily. Participants are called to submit a brilliant idea for a web and mobile application that includes access to Citysearch's taxonomy, directory, content and other open APIs focused on local. Selected by a panel of judges, the creator of the winning application will win $10,000 in cash and, possibly, the opportunity to develop and manage a new business venture with up to $1 million dollars in funding and an equity stake in the new Sidewalk.com venture, and access to the Citysearch publisher network allowing them to instantly monetize traffic.

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"This is the perfect opportunity for a creative entrepreneur to build an amazing online local experience for Sidewalk.com," said Jay Herratti, CEO of Citysearch. "They will also have the ability to tap into the Citysearch publisher network, allowing them to instantly monetize traffic."

To enter the Sidewalk.com contest, entrants are invited to visit Sidewalk.com for the complete registration form and contest details. Selected entrants of the initial round will move on to the semi-final round, from which up to 5 finalists will be chosen and flown to Los Angeles to present their idea to the panel of judges including:

  • Peter Rojas, Founder of Gdgt
  • Ben Parr, West Coast Editor of Mashable.com
  • Noah Brier, Head of Strategic Planning at The Barbarian Group
  • Thomas McInerney, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of IAC
  • Jay Herratti, Chief Executive Officer of Citysearch
  • Kara Nortman, Senior Vice President of Publishing of Citysearch
  • Ethan Lowry, Founder of Urbanspoon

Initial entries are due by July 17, 2009 and the winner will be announced on or around September 16, 2009.

Think you can build the next great local web and mobile application? Log onto www.sidewalk.com to enter and follow our updates at twitter.com/sidewalkdotcom

About Citysearch

Citysearch is the essential online local guide for living bigger, better and smarter in your city and neighborhood. Combining in-the-know editorial recommendations, candid user comments, and expert advice from local businesses, Citysearch offers users a balanced perspective to keep people connected to the most popular and undiscovered places in over 75,000 destinations nationwide. Citysearch is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI). For more information, visit www.citysearch.com.

    Media Contact:
    Jaclyn Johnson
    310.360.4528
    Jaclyn.Johnson@citysearch.com

    Darcy Cobb
    Dotted Line Communications for Citysearch
    310.472.8600
    darcy@dottedlinecomm.com

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SOURCE: Citysearch

Web site: http://www.citysearch.com/
http://www.Sidewalk.com/

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