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February 17, 2014

On publicly-traded companies trolling

ellenhaeg said: i hope you realize this is a joke. having worked in editorial at groupon, this is exactly the kind of press-baiting joke they use to garner publicity (& the inevitable sense of superiority that comes when people don’t “get” that it was purposeful.)

» SFB says: It’s OK; unlike Andrew Mason, I made it past the Terra Tubes without dying, so my superiority is in check. — Ernie @ SFB

11:00 // 5 months ago
The $10 bill, as everyone knows, features President Alexander Hamilton—undeniably one of our greatest presidents and most widely recognized for establishing the country’s financial system.
A press release from Groupon, falsely stating that Alexander Hamilton was a U.S. president. Bad news.
10:16 // 5 months ago
December 16, 2013

chicagobusiness:

"Groupon is about great deals, great service and medieval catapults."

Groupon introduces its response to Amazon’s drone delivery system: The Catapult

This is the best thing Groupon has ever done.

12:38 // 7 months ago
August 17, 2013
In which a Groupon employee blackmails a restaurant: This one-star review doesn’t come without a degree of bias. See, Andy J. (aka Andrew Johnson) is a sales rep for Groupon, and in his last email to the business owner, he wrote this phrase: "As a resident of San Francisco for over 25 years, I have a huge network of friends (ages 25-40) that all are extremely active on Yelp as well as other social media. I will gladly let them know how you treated me as well as my feelings about the people who run Sauce." Blackmailing someone into using your service; yeah, that seems like an effective approach.

In which a Groupon employee blackmails a restaurant: This one-star review doesn’t come without a degree of bias. See, Andy J. (aka Andrew Johnson) is a sales rep for Groupon, and in his last email to the business owner, he wrote this phrase: "As a resident of San Francisco for over 25 years, I have a huge network of friends (ages 25-40) that all are extremely active on Yelp as well as other social media. I will gladly let them know how you treated me as well as my feelings about the people who run Sauce." Blackmailing someone into using your service; yeah, that seems like an effective approach.

14:46 // 11 months ago
July 2, 2013
thisistheverge:

Ousted Groupon CEO releases motivational rock album for middle managers
When Groupon CEO Andrew Mason was ousted from the company he founded, few everybody expected his next move to be an album of motivational rock tracks. Yet So here we are, with Hardly Workin’ now out on iTunes, Rdio, and various other streaming services. 

Fixed it for you, Verge.

thisistheverge:

Ousted Groupon CEO releases motivational rock album for middle managers

When Groupon CEO Andrew Mason was ousted from the company he founded, few everybody expected his next move to be an album of motivational rock tracks. Yet So here we are, with Hardly Workin’ now out on iTunes, Rdio, and various other streaming services. 

Fixed it for you, Verge.

8:57 // 1 year ago
April 27, 2013
Because baseball games are no longer used to settle land disputes and damages from horse collisions, they’ve become the battleground for deciding which U.S. city will be the first to move to the moon. Catch a nation-changing showdown with this GrouponLive deal.

The above is an actual quote from a Groupon deal for Mets tickets at Citi Field against the Phillies, White Sox, Pirates, and Reds. Yeah, i have no idea either.

Don’t believe me? Here’s the link to the Groupon deal. 

(via amandarykoff)

A virtuoso study in up-selling? Although if baseball games decided issues of moon colonization you’d probably have to pay more than $8 for a ticket.

(via sportsnetny)

19:39 // 1 year ago
March 1, 2013
fastcompany:

Elizabeth Spiers: “One month ago, I interviewed then-Groupon CEO Andrew Mason for a forthcoming Fast Company feature on the future of Groupon. His performance—at turns, defensive, weary, combative, and naïve—foreshadowed his firing on Thursday.”

"He once experimented with sleeping in his clothes to see if it would allow him to get out of bed later. He immediately deduced that this was a bad idea and the experiment terminated fairly quickly.” Former CEO, everyone.

fastcompany:

Elizabeth Spiers: “One month ago, I interviewed then-Groupon CEO Andrew Mason for a forthcoming Fast Company feature on the future of Groupon. His performance—at turns, defensive, weary, combative, and naïve—foreshadowed his firing on Thursday.”

"He once experimented with sleeping in his clothes to see if it would allow him to get out of bed later. He immediately deduced that this was a bad idea and the experiment terminated fairly quickly.” Former CEO, everyone.

7:42 // 1 year ago
February 28, 2013
16:32 // 1 year ago
July 25, 2012
Hipster waffle place closes after Groupon doesn’t pay them quickly enough
Did the Groupon do it? A relatively-new DC restaurant with a novel concept — “Back Alley Waffles” — recently shut its doors after just three months in business, blaming Groupon for the deed — specifically, the company’s slow payment processes. They went so far as to charge $450 a piece for a waffle, in an attention play. So what happened? “Even though we’d already laid out most of the money for the $2,600.00 worth of waffles we’d served to Groupon by the middle of June when we received our first check from them,” the restaurant claimed on its Web site, “the check was for only $1,063.03.” Groupon maintains that they weren’t behind the death of the restaurant, saying the restaurant has received two-thirds of the revenue from the deal already — though the restaurant itself says the second check came a full week after the restaurant closed. Anyone suddenly want waffles? (photo by Sahar R. from the restaurant’s Yelp page; ht HuffPo Tumblr)

Hipster waffle place closes after Groupon doesn’t pay them quickly enough

Did the Groupon do it? A relatively-new DC restaurant with a novel concept — “Back Alley Waffles” — recently shut its doors after just three months in business, blaming Groupon for the deed — specifically, the company’s slow payment processes. They went so far as to charge $450 a piece for a waffle, in an attention play. So what happened? “Even though we’d already laid out most of the money for the $2,600.00 worth of waffles we’d served to Groupon by the middle of June when we received our first check from them,” the restaurant claimed on its Web site, “the check was for only $1,063.03.” Groupon maintains that they weren’t behind the death of the restaurant, saying the restaurant has received two-thirds of the revenue from the deal already — though the restaurant itself says the second check came a full week after the restaurant closed. Anyone suddenly want waffles? (photo by Sahar R. from the restaurant’s Yelp page; ht HuffPo Tumblr)

9:31 // 2 years ago
July 19, 2012
Like the New York Times but don’t like paying a ton of money to subscribe to that paper of record? Today’s your lucky day. $1 subscriptions for two months of digital NYT on Groupon today. Whoot. (ht @Romenesko)

Like the New York Times but don’t like paying a ton of money to subscribe to that paper of record? Today’s your lucky day. $1 subscriptions for two months of digital NYT on Groupon today. Whoot. (ht @Romenesko)

12:18 // 2 years ago