Jeremy Stoppelman is not afraid of awkward silences. Sitting on his bed in San Francisco, he admits he has sucked the life out of parties on several occasions by bringing up regulation whenever he can.
“I am like an antitrust pitbull,” he says. “People often end up regretting ever saying anything.”
The Yelp founder’s favourite topic is back in fashion this summer as Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google wait to hear whether Washington wants to break them up.
Mr Stoppelman’s firm, a review website that has become a fundamental part of dining in the US because of its waitlist and reservation service, has been fighting Google for more than a decade.
You could say that the Texan’s crusade against the search giant began in 2004, when he and co-founder Russel Simmons launched their business after Stoppelman was left struggling to find a good doctor after falling ill