Groupon

  • Gaopeng, Groupon’s Flagging Effort in China, May Be Headed For A Merger with FTuan

    Gaopeng, Groupon’s Flagging Effort in China, May Be Headed For A Merger with FTuan

    This post is contributed by Ben Jiang, editor of TechNode, a bilingual blog based in China. Gaopeng, a joint venture between Groupon and Tencent, may be headed for a merger by the end of next month with FTuan, according to reports from local Chinese news agencies. Notably, FTuan is a rival Chinese daily deal service that Groupon’s local partner Tencent invested in. If such a deal… Read More

  • Setster Gives All Daily Deal Companies Their Own Groupon Scheduler

    Setster Gives All Daily Deal Companies Their Own Groupon Scheduler

    As the daily deal space has become increasingly crowded over the last two years, local merchants increasingly feel pressured to run deals, but for many reasons, they end up overwhelmed by the prospect of managing those deals from start to finish, and the big deals players are failing to help them. So, Setster has decided to do what LivingSocial, Woot, Gilt, and other deal providers are either… Read More

  • Groupon’s Profit In 2011 Was Actually $22.6 Million Less Than They Previously Said

    Groupon’s Profit In 2011 Was Actually $22.6 Million Less Than They Previously Said

    Daily deals site Groupon today issued a pretty significant revision of the financial results it previously reported for the fourth quarter and the full year of 2011. According to the company, it actually made $14.3 million less in revenue during the fourth quarter of 2011 than it previously reported — $492.2 million, compared to the previously stated $506.5 million. It also spent more… Read More

  • Groupon Acquires FeeFighters, The BillShrink For Business Services

    Groupon Acquires FeeFighters, The BillShrink For Business Services

    FeeFighters, a three-year old comparison shopping site for credit card processors, is announcing today it has been acquired by Groupon. The Chicago-based startup, which provides businesses with a way to find the best merchant account provider for their needs, has also been offering businesses other tools such as its new payment gateway called Samurai. FeeFighters says that the acquisition will… Read More

  • As It Expands Internationally, Groupon Shakes Up Management, Hires New Head Of Latin America

    As It Expands Internationally, Groupon Shakes Up Management, Hires New Head Of Latin America

    Since its big IPO last year, Groupon has been picking up the pace of international expansion. Today, for example, we were tipped an email written by Groupon Co-founder and CEO Andrew Mason to Groupon employees, which announced some big changes to international management, specifically in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) and Latin America. Regardless of the fact that Groupon scooped up… Read More

  • Scheduler: Groupon Rolls Out Free Online Booking Service For SMBs Across U.S. & Canada

    Scheduler: Groupon Rolls Out Free Online Booking Service For SMBs Across U.S. & Canada

    After purchasing OpenCal, the makers of an automated online appointment scheduling app, back in September of last year for an undisclosed amount, Groupon quickly went about incorporating the technology. Before long, the company had announced Groupon Scheduler, a service designed to make it easy for both customers and merchants to quickly close the loop between offer, booking, and scheduling. Read More

  • CoupFlip Is A Secondary Market For Daily Deals

    CoupFlip Is A Secondary Market For Daily Deals

    Now this is an interesting, if potentially flawed, concept. It’s called CoupFlip and it’s essentially a secondary market for Groupons, Amazon Deals, and the like. Say, for example, you buy a Groupon to the local stoat grooming place and you realize you don’t have a stoat. Before CoupFlip you’d have to hunt down the local chapter of the Stoat Lover’s Club and… Read More

  • Groupon On A Shopping Spree: Buys Mobile Payment Specialist Kima Labs

    Groupon On A Shopping Spree: Buys Mobile Payment Specialist Kima Labs

    Another acquisition for Groupon, and a sign of how the e-commerce company is getting more focused on mobile as a route to future growth: it has picked up Kima Labs, which makes mobile barcode reading app Barcode Hero and mobile payment app TapBuy. The terms of the deal were not disclosed; we’re trying to find out. The news comes just hours after news broke that Groupon had bought… Read More

  • Andrew Mason: Groupon To Begin Offering Deal Personalization Abroad Later This Quarter

    Andrew Mason: Groupon To Begin Offering Deal Personalization Abroad Later This Quarter

    At the Goldman Sachs Internet and Technology Conference in San Francisco Thursday, Groupon Founder and CEO Andrew Mason took to the stage to talk about the daily deal behemoth’s newly-minted position as a public company, its roller coaster ride both leading up to and since its IPO, as well as plans for the future. There was a lot of pressure bearing down on Groupon in the months leading… Read More

  • Groupon: Offering Deals With No Time Limits?

    Groupon: Offering Deals With No Time Limits?

    When Groupon was gearing up for its IPO last year, there was a lot of talk about whether the company would be able to sustain its business on a diet that mainly consisted of daily deals. Today, a little sign of what Groupon might be cooking up for its next course. Over in Germany, Groupon has launched a new site, Groupon Deals, an Amazon-like storefront that sells a range of goods, from boots… Read More