• Top Ten of Couponing for Tech Startups

    The Coupon Network: Everything You Need To Know About The Web’s Hottest Business Model

    Due to the proliferation of deals sites like Groupon and Livingsocial, couponing is currently the hottest new thing on the Internet. At yesterday’s Social Currency CrunchUp, TechCrunch’s CEO and resident coupon expert Heather Harde sat down with News America Marketing VP Ginny Byrnes to dispense couponing advice to startups, tend to approach the problem from a technical perspective. Read More

  • Groupon Was Almost A Slippers With Flashlights Company

    According to GroupOn CEO Andrew Mason who is on stage right now at Social Currency CrunchUp, GroupOn was originally a side project Mason started in order to make money, “We tried a zillion things” Mason said. Including selling slippers with flashlights, which Mason describes as “act of desperation, pretty impressive considering that the company is currently making $365 million… Read More

  • Groupon And The Problem With The Daily Deal Religion [Video]

    With the debut of Groupon personalization, I have little doubt that the daily deal site will double the number of deals (and double its revenue run rate) in just a few months. According to CEO Andrew Mason, the service is churning out 75,000 transactions per day. Through personalization, Groupon will be able to offer 20, 30 or more deals per city per day. Assuming the current growth rate… Read More

  • Groupon Launches Deal Personalization, Opens Door To (More) Explosive Growth

    Groupon Launches Deal Personalization, Opens Door To (More) Explosive Growth

    Local deal goliath Groupon is launching a major new feature today: deal personalization, giving the site the ability to send you the deals it thinks you’ll be most interested in. Before now, Groupon has always offered one or two deals per city per day to its users. That’s still going to be true, but with a twist: the site will be sending different deals to users based on… Read More

  • Sweet Deal: A Free Groupon Android App

    Daily deal sensation Groupon has released an app for Android devices, the company announced this morning on its company blog. The free app (unlike this one, an official one) enables users to buy deals in over 65 cities, access their purchased Groupons and find ones that are nearby. You can also redeem deals from the app and view side deals by selecting the “More Deals” option in… Read More

  • Mike Arrington on Groupon's Unsubscribe Effect

    This Week's Groupon Clone Action

    A week rarely goes by that we don’t see someone clone all or part of hot group buying site Groupon. See, for example, Copy/Paste Innovation: Groupon Gets Cloned In Russia And China and this post discussing the hundred or so Groupon clones in China alone. ScoutMob isn’t one of the guys copying the Groupon website wholesale. But our guess is they certainly took a look at the… Read More

  • Happy Friday: 100 More Tickets Released for July 30 Summer Party

    UPDATE: Batch if tickets is sold out. Check back again next week. We’re releasing another 100 tickets now to our July 30 summer party at August Capital. Act fast if you want one, these things sell out in less than an hour. If you don’t get a ticket, don’t email me begging for one. Come to our Social Currency Crunchup earlier that day instead. A ticket to the CrunchUp gives… Read More

  • LivingSocial Now Offers Daily Deals In 52 Cities – 25 More Than Yesterday

    LivingSocial, the daily deal site that is often referred to as the main competitor to Groupon (see our extensive guide on group-buying sites in the United States and beyond here), is experiencing fast growth. Rather than launching in one new city on a regular basis, like Groupon tends to do, the company this morning announced that it has added 25 live markets to its roster, nearly doubling… Read More

  • Deals Galore, Competitors Abound: A Primer On Groupon-Like Startups

    Lately, group-buying sites and other companies that use discount-deals as the core of their business have become a red-hot trend, with Groupon spreading through cities around the world at a frantic pace and countless competitors and clones trying to catch some of the spotlight. Perhaps the reason for the sites’ traction is that the group-buying model is easy to understand. For those… Read More

  • Groupola's iPhone deal and a wonky server creates mailing list of upset customers

    It was always probably too good to be true. Groupola‘s aggressive campaign to build up its mailing list and create name recognition for the group buying site, appears to have somewhat backfired. The UK Groupon-clone has been running a promotion offering a limited number of its email subscribers an unlocked iPhone 4 for £99, a massive discount of 80.16%. The deal was scheduled to go… Read More

  • Groupon's Brazilian Site ClubeUrbano Loaded With Fake Deals

    Red-hot deal site Groupon has been a tear lately. Hot off a $135 million funding round that valued the company at $1.35 billion, it recently acquired European deal powerhouse CityDeal, Chilean deal site ClanDescuento, and mobile development studio But it seems that some of its expansion strategies are downright shady: we’ve received three separate reports that… Read More

  • Groupon Buys Chile's, Opens ClubeUrbano In Brazil

    Looks like massively funded daily deal sensation Groupon has turned its attention to the budding ecommerce market in Latin America. The company has apparently acquired Chilean deal site ClanDescuento and opened a new site called ClubeUrbano in Brazil. We were alerted by Spanish-language press reports and blogs on the former news item, but were ironically made aware of its new Brazilian… Read More

  • Group Buying Site Tippr Acquires White Label Deals Startup FanForce

    Group buying site has acquired Austin-based deals site FanForce for an undisclosed sum. This follows the company’s acquisition of fellow deal of the day site ChicagoDeals last week. FanForce offers a white-label Groupon of sorts, allowing small businesses to create their own deals. FanForce takes care of the promotion of deals and offers, sell the vouchers and collect payments. Read More

  • Gilt CEO: How Gilt Will Go Local

    Gilt is closing in on Groupon’s turf. In April, Gilt quietly launched a beta version of “Gilt City,” a local deals service that offered a set of weekly deals for New York. Although City remains in beta mode and is only available to approximately one-third of Gilt’s NY membership, the well-funded company is preparing for an official launch in 15 to 20 U.S. Read More

  • Did Amazon Miss The Boat On Social Commerce?

    Did Amazon Miss The Boat On Social Commerce?

    Few will dispute Amazon’s role as current king of the e-commerce space, but this week’s TechCrunch Disrupt conference raised an interesting question: Did Amazon miss the boat on social commerce? At the conference last week in New York, John Caplan, CEO, OpenSky; Rob Kalin, CEO, Etsy; Susan Lyne, CEO, Gilt Groupe and Dan Porter, CEO, OMGPOP sat down to discuss the idea of social… Read More

  • ChompOn Is A White-Label Platform For Groupon-Like Deals

    Group buying sites such as Groupon have proven to be a lucrative model for social e-commerce. Today, ChompOn is launching at TechCrunch Disrupt to bring a white-label group buying service to the space, allowing business owners to create their own deal of the day. ChompOn’s platform allows businesses to easily create a deal of the day (which is hosted on ChompOn), and set limits on… Read More

  • After Selling Citydeal To Groupon, Samwer Brothers Get Some Panfu

    The Samwer brothers are at it again. Shortly after cashing in on Citydeal, Germany’s most prolific startup investors have put millions into Panfu. Their incubator Rocket Internet joined by Holtzbrinck Ventures has invested a rumored seven digit Euro sum in the multi-language educational gaming world for kids. It’s their third joint investment in Panfu, former rounds were done… Read More

  • Is Groupon buying CityDeal actually a disaster for German innovators?

    The Groupon acquisition of CityDeal is being hailed by many across Europe as a good exit for the German-based clone (yes, there is no point in saying it is anything else but a Groupon clone). But luckily there are more than just clones in Germany. The burgeoning cluster in Mitte, central Berlin, is producing startups such as Soundcloud, hiogi, Babbel, Twinity, SongBeat and aka-aki. Nokia… Read More

  • LowerMyBills And DailyStrength Founders Launch The DailyD To Round Up Group Deals

    The group buying craze is now officially in overdrive. There are so many group buying sites—Groupon, LivingSocial, BuyWithMe, SocialBuy—that it is hard to know where to go for the best deals. Enter the DailyD, a new site that just launched today which pulls together all the deals for a city in one site and sends out a daily email as well. The founders of the DailyD are Matt… Read More

  • Is Groupon's CityDeal Acquisition A Disaster For German Innovators?

    The Groupon acquisition of CityDeal is being hailed by many across Europe as a good exit for the German-based clone (yes, there is no point in saying it is anything else but a Groupon clone). But luckily there are more than just clones in Germany. The burgeoning cluster in Mitte, central Berlin, is producing startups such as Soundcloud, hiogi, Babbel, Twinity, SongBeat and aka-aki. Nokia… Read More