Category Archives: daily deals

Would Rocky Agrawal ever work for Groupon?

This post is an excerpt from a forthcoming book on Groupon. It’s a question I’m asked quite often by friends, family, journalists and once by a Groupon employee. Apparently, it’s plausible that I would. When I posted on April Fool’s … Continue reading

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Groupon investors race for the exits as lockup ends

Groupon shares dropped to a new all-time low today as its lockup ended, releasing a torrent of new shares on to the market. Thirty minutes into the trading session, Groupon had already traded 75% of its average daily trading volume. … Continue reading

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Weekly Reader: Facebook virality, Twitter patents and Groupon’s Lefkofsky

This contains a summary of my work this week. I had two very important non-Groupon stories this week, on Facebook and Twitter. My work Secrets of Facebook’s success: Virality — Facebook’s photo tagging feature was an important driver of its growth. … Continue reading

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Another open letter to Andrew Mason

Dear Andrew: As you may have heard, I am coming back to Chicago in the next couple of weeks for another round of Groupon research. Although you didn’t take me up on my invitation the last time I visited Chicago, … Continue reading

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Look at the logo Google News puts next to Groupon

From this morning, a search on Groupon returned these results: I think I’ve made the Groupon and Enron comparison myself. In both cases, you had high-flying companies that focused on short-term growth while ignoring the underlying risks of what they … Continue reading

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Are LivingSocial, Google Offers and the rest as bad as Groupon?

IMPORTANT: Please see this page to see my current interests in Groupon. Whenever I get into Groupon mode, people ask me about how LivingSocial and Google Offers are different from Groupon. In many ways, they are the same. Any model … Continue reading

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Why Groupon is poised for collapse — an update

Groupon was forced to restate fourth quarter earnings, sending its stock down 6% in after-hours trading. This surprised me as much as my $2 investment in the Mega Millions jackpot not paying off. The reasons for Groupon’s restatement were higher … Continue reading

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Groupon, LivingSocial and daily deals – consumer FAQ

Judging from the queries that come to this blog, there are a lot of questions that consumers have about daily deals from Groupon and LivingSocial. If you are a merchant and are interested in learning about the merchant experience, see … Continue reading

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Groupon, LivingSocial and daily deals – merchant FAQ

Judging from the queries that come to this blog, there are a lot of questions that merchants have about daily deals from Groupon and LivingSocial. If you are a consumer and are interested in learning about the consumer experience, see the Groupon … Continue reading

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PayPal to try to compete with Groupon, but will it matter?

PayPal is preparing to launch a Groupon competitor in the first  quarter of 2012, according to Bloomberg. The eBay subsidiary hopes to tap into its base of 103 million accountholders. From what I’ve seen so far, this doesn’t seem like … Continue reading

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