Groupon

  • German Groupon clone Citydeal gets €5m in second round

    [Germany] The Samwer brothers have done it again. In December, Germany’s most prolific startup founders pumped millions from France and Sweden into their Internet companies. Now the three brothers have secured a €5 million second round for their Groupon clone Citydeal, which they only founded in December. The new investment comes from an international group made up of the Swedish… Read More

  • Groupon Directors Establish $100 Million Fund To Invest In The Midwest

    Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell, two of Chicago’s best-known tech entrepreneurs, plan to invest as much as $10 million annually in early-stage technology companies through a new fund dubbed Lightbank. The goal is to provide early-stage startups with seed financing, ranging from 100k to $1 million and fund companies with up to $10 million on an annual basis for the next 10 years. In… Read More

  • Attack of the Groupon clones – Here comes Snippa

    [UK] Now this is getting a little silly. Snippa, another UK-based Groupon clone launches today, this time from two experienced entrepreneurs: Tim O’Shea, founder of Blurtit, and David Hobart, founder of PureContent. The company is self funded by O’Shea and Hobart from their existing businesses, operating with a six person team headquartered in North Walsham, Norfolk. Snippa, which… Read More

  • Groupola.com – yet another Groupon clone launches in the UK

    [UK] A new website launches in the UK today that uses “the power of group-buying to save consumers up to 90% off the best things to do, see, eat and buy.” Sounds familiar? Yep, it’s yet another Groupon clone. Only this time, Groupola.com is already making claims to be the biggest group buying site in the country. That’s because it’s launching simultaneously in 8… Read More

  • The Horror – Welcome Groupola, Yet Another Groupon Clone

    A new website launches in the UK today that uses “the power of group-buying to save consumers up to 90% off the best things to do, see, eat and buy.” Sounds familiar? Yep folks, it’s yet another Groupon clone. Only this time, Groupola.com is already making claims to be biggest group buying site in the UK. That’s because it’s launching simultaneously in 8 of… Read More

  • 8coupons And Yipit Are One-Stop Shops For Groupon-Like Daily Deals

    If you’re a frequent TechCrunch reader, there’s a good chance you’re familiar with Groupon, a rapidly growing startup that offers steep discounts on local goods and services. It’s a great idea: the deals are only activated once a certain number of people sign up for them, which makes the service viral and allows businesses to quickly gain lots of new customers and… Read More

  • German Groupon clone Mycitydeal secures €4m, readies UK launch

    [Germany/UK] Mycitydeal, the recently launched German Groupon clone, has secured €4 million in a first round of funding, reports paidContent. The backing comes from Holtzbrinck Ventures, eVenture Capital Partners, and Rocket Internet, amongst others. The new investment will be used primarily to expand into the UK, says the company. No easy task considering how crowded this space is fast… Read More

  • Facebook Beacon Done Right? Retailers Start Embracing Blippy.

    Readers seem pretty split about what to think of Blippy, the service which allows you to share your credit card purchases online. About half think it’s the next logical step in sharing data online. The other half think it’s just about the worst idea ever. Retailers, it seems, are starting to lean towards the former. Blipply has reached agreements with three partners to promote and… Read More

  • Wahanda Aims To Become Yelp-Meets-Groupon-For-Health

    We first covered Wahanda, a social network for people who use spas and other “wellness” products, way, way back in 2008 but they’ve been busy. After raising £1.5 million to become the ‘Amazon of wellness’ it’s now built the world’s biggest vertical database of health and beauty spas via their Yelp-like social network. Wahanda now has 10,000 venues… Read More

  • European Startups Race To Emulate Groupon

    The Chicago-based Groupon has been valued at $280 million after closing their recent $30 million venture round with Accel Partners and previous investors. Clearly Groupon’s new take on group buying is a hot space right now. Now DailyDeal.de in Berlin, a Groupon-like startup, has attracted Stefan Glänzer (an early investor in Last.fm), Michael Brehm (Ex-StudiVZ) and Jochen Maaß as… Read More

  • Groupon Valued At $250 million

    Multiple sources tell us that Groupon, the surging Chicago-based startup, was valued at $250 million when they closed their recent $30 million venture round with Accel Partners and previous investors. In that post we wrote that “the company is going gangbusters,” but apparently that’s a bit of an understatement. Post round, the value of the company is at least $280… Read More

  • Our Star Writer Moves To Chicago Because Groupon Had To Hire A VP Product

    As far as I’m concerned Chicago is just a place that your flights get delayed overnight because of the horrendous weather eight months out of the year (that picture isn’t Chicago, but it’s how I imagine it). But one of our star writers here at TechCrunch, Leena Rao, has actually made a voluntary decision to move there. Why the move? No, Facebook didn’t poach her… Read More

  • Groupon Gets A Hefty $30 Million From Accel For Local Offers Service

    Chicago based Groupon, which was formerly known as ThePoint, has raised a hefty Series B financing – $30 million – from new investor Accel Partners and existing investor New Enterprise Associates. Accel’s Kevin Efrusy joins Groupon’s board of directors. The company is going gangbusters. They offer users deep discounts on local deals – spas, sky diving lessons… Read More