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Google Has Lost Its Mind, Says Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman

"They’re doing whatever it takes to preserve that monopoly, and it’s sad."

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Google and Yelp were friends, for a while. Now Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman is on the warpath.

“Google has just completely lost its mind when it comes to focusing on the user,” Stoppelman said in an interview with Kara Swisher on the latest episode of “Re/code Decode.” “They’re doing whatever it takes to preserve that monopoly, and it’s sad.”

Stoppelman accused the search giant of “stealing” Yelp’s content, among other “consumer harms.” He also discussed the challenges Yelp faces as a 10-year-old public company when private startups can compete by raising truckloads of venture capital funding.

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“You are competing with unicorns and ever-rising valuations and no volatility,” he said. “Some companies were able to absorb capital and not be traded publicly, but now that period seems to be ending.”

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