Category Archives: groupon

Groupon’s tricky S-1 math

Quick: How many people bought a Groupon in the third quarter? The obvious, easy answer based on the latest S-1 is 29.5 million. That’s what Reuters wrote yesterday. (They rounded up to 30 million.) But that number is wrong. What … Continue reading

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Think Groupon is a technology company? Think again.

Through much of its roadshow presentation, Groupon tries to make the claim that it’s a technology company. At one point, CEO Andrew Mason bizarrely uses a cyborg to illustrate how much the company is about technology. From a company perspective, … Continue reading

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A note about my Groupon coverage and accountability

I’m sometimes asked if I ghost write under other names or post comments anonymously about Groupon. I do not. Everything I’ve written about Groupon and the daily deals space has been posted under my name. I do, however, answer a … Continue reading

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Like many Groupons, Groupon is no bargain — even at 50% off

Groupon finally announced the details of its much awaited IPO. The company seeks a valuation that is between 1/3 and 1/2 of what was rumored when its first S-1 was published in June. Although the numbers are on the surface … Continue reading

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Groupon and LivingSocial get half off deals they won’t like: their traffic

Traffic to leading daily deal sites Groupon and LivingSocial has fallen often a cliff in the last few months, according to data from Compete. Since June, unique visitors to Groupon have fallen more than 50% from 33.7 million to 15.8 … Continue reading

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Why I agree 100% with Groupon on obfuscating its Deal Counter numbers

Groupon announced on its blog yesterday that it’s going to obfuscate the numbers shown in its Deal Counter, which shows how many of each deal sold. It’s the right move for Groupon. I noticed this in action several weeks ago … Continue reading

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Groupon, IPOs and incentives

When I first started writing about Groupon more than four months ago, my friend Semil asked me “Why are you the only one saying these things?” I explained that it call came down to incentives. Consider the various people involved … Continue reading

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What every small business should do. Today.

I’ve written quite a bit about how bad a deal running Groupons is for many businesses, including the extremely lopsided merchant agreement and the potential for Groupon to damage businesses in the long term by destroying Yelp ratings. It occurred … Continue reading

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Groupon’s cost of revenue is soaring

The third amendment to Groupon’s S-1 shows significant changes. Although the prospectus is cleaner and better reflects the company’s financial position, it brings to light more bad news about an already troubled offering. The most significant new issue I see … Continue reading

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The economics of LivingSocial/Whole Foods-like deals

As expected, today’s LivingSocial offer of $20 Whole Foods gift card vouchers sold out at 1 million vouchers sold. This is a great marketing move that created buzz around the Internet, for a while was the top term on U.S. … Continue reading

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