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

  • DLD 2012 – Andrew Mason: Groupon Now Boasts 10,000 Employees, 70% Outside Of The US

    DLD 2012 – Andrew Mason: Groupon Now Boasts 10,000 Employees, 70% Outside Of The US

    Groupon founder and CEO Andrew Mason was interviewed by Techonomy’s David Kirkpatrick on stage at the annual DLD confab in Munich, Germany. Below are my notes – Mason’s responses are slightly paraphrased. Read More

  • With The Clicky Value-Wheel, Groupon Puts The “No” In Innovation

    With The Clicky Value-Wheel, Groupon Puts The “No” In Innovation

    You can say a lot of things about Groupon, but not that they lack a great sense of humor over there. This morning, the company distributed a press release touting a new invention called Clicky, the Clickable Value-Wheel (make sure you watch the behind-the-scenes video below too). The company invites players to sign in with their Facebook account and then spin the wheel to potentially score… Read More

  • Groupon Merchant Center Now Shows If Customers Love or Hate Your Deals

    Groupon Merchant Center Now Shows If Customers Love or Hate Your Deals

    To combat the lack of transparency around customer satisfaction with daily deals, Groupon today launched a new version of its Merchant Center. It includes the real-time percentage of deal customers who would recommend the business to a friend, plus their comments. Customer satisfaction is a big question for merchants wondering if they should start or continue running daily deals. Data on… Read More

  • Exclusive: Groupon Acquires Stealth Silicon Valley Startup Campfire Labs

    Exclusive: Groupon Acquires Stealth Silicon Valley Startup Campfire Labs

    Groupon has continued its (talent) acquisition spree with the recent purchase of a hot Silicon Valley startup before they even launched – and with extremely little fanfare. We’ve learned that Campfire Labs, which was founded by ex-Googler Sakina Arsiwala (previously Head of International at YouTube) and her husband, social search technology expert Naveen Koorakula (previously at… Read More

  • Patent Troll Sues Google, Groupon

    Patent Troll Sues Google, Groupon

    Sigh. Here we go again. A patent troll called Mount Hamilton Partners has filed two separate patent infringement lawsuits against daily deals juggernaut Groupon and Google, which also operates a digital couponing business called Google Offers. Mount Hamilton Partners, which purports to be an ‘investor in technology companies’ on its website, garnered headlines about two and a… Read More

  • Groupon Buys OpenCal, Launches Online Appointment Booking Service ‘Scheduler’

    Groupon Buys OpenCal, Launches Online Appointment Booking Service ‘Scheduler’

    Now this makes a lot of sense. Groupon this morning announced its latest product, dubbed Groupon Scheduler, an online appointment service that makes it easier for both end users and merchants to go from offer to actual booking. Groupon Scheduler is based on technology from OpenCal, a Vancouver, Canada-based startup Groupon apparently – quietly – acquired in September 2011. The… Read More

  • Presentify.me Turns Unused Groupons Into Gifts

    Presentify.me Turns Unused Groupons Into Gifts

    Looking for a last-minute holiday gift? How about that Groupon you never used? Daily deal vouchers wouldn’t actually make bad presents if there was a way to gift them that didn’t involve an email printout tucked into a card. That’s where Presentify.me, which turns deal vouchers into attractive gift certificates, can help. Read More

  • Surprised? Three Weeks Later, Groupon’s Stock Plummets Below IPO Price

    Surprised? Three Weeks Later, Groupon’s Stock Plummets Below IPO Price

    You don’t need to work on Wall Street to have seen this one coming: Today, for the first time since its NASDAQ debut on November 4th, Groupon has fallen below its IPO price, which initially placed the company’s stock at $20 per share. The company’s stock opened (at first trade) at $28 per share, with a market cap of $17.8 billion. It’s currently hovering at about $17.30… Read More

  • Groupon Gets Into The Holiday Spirit With 2nd Annual “Grouponicus”

    Groupon Gets Into The Holiday Spirit With 2nd Annual “Grouponicus”

    Forget Festivus, today sees the return of the real fake holiday¬†Grouponicus. The site from daily deal giant Groupon is back for the second time with a wide selection of curated deals Groupon users can buy for their friends as holiday gifts. Last year, Grouponicus was available to 15 cities, but today’s launch sees Grouponicus in 41 cities across the U.S. and Canada, including big… Read More

  • Troll Sues Groupon, Yelp Over Mobile Commerce Patent

    Troll Sues Groupon, Yelp Over Mobile Commerce Patent

    Yelp and Groupon are both being sued by a company called Mobile Commerce Framework, an obscure patent troll that earlier filed a similar patent infringement suit against Foursquare. On April 6, 2010, Mobile Commerce Framework (MCF) was issued US Patent No. 7,693,752 by the USPTO, for reasons unknown to mankind. In summary, this patent describes: (After the jump) Read More

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