Cars.com to convert 17 McClatchy markets to direct sales by Brian Blum in Automotive 08 Jan 2018 Cars.com is accelerating its “take-over” of the affiliate market relationships remaining from its Classified Ventures days. This article is only available to AIM Group clients. Please subscribe now or log in to view. Share cars.comclassified venturesmcclatchy Brian Blum Brian Blum covers the U.S., Canada and Israel for Classified Intelligence Report, and contributes to our special reports and research projects. Originally from San Francisco and now based in Jerusalem, he has been with the AIM Group since 2004. He is the president of Blum Interactive Media, specializing in writing and multimedia content development for online, print, video and audio. His clients include newspapers, universities and non-profits. He is currently working on a book about the billion-dollar bankruptcy of a once high-flying Israeli startup.