MerchantCircle Buys TimeBridge

Mountain View, CA-based MerchantCircle, which provides local merchants with online social networking tools, said yesterday that it has acquired TimeBridge, maker of a Web app for business meeting scheduling. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “The TimeBridge team has developed innovative scheduling technologies and we are very happy to bring them on board to MerchantCircle,” MerchantCircle co-founder and chairman Ben T. Smith said in a statement. “Their offering will provide a previously missing piece to our suite of free marketing tools that help local businesses maximize their online presence and build greater conversations with customers.” Based in Berkeley, CA, TimeBridge was backed by venture firms Mayfield Fund and Norwest Venture Partners.

Wade Roush is a freelance science and technology journalist and the producer and host of the podcast Soonish. Follow @soonishpodcast

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