Marketplaces 2010: Groupon Founder Andrew Mason

Groupon Founder and CEO Andrew Mason talked about the roots of the “deal-a-day,” collective buying phenomenon and how he intends to protect has franchise against one hundred plus competitors during a keynote appearance at Marketplaces 2010 this week in San Diego. Mason noted that Groupon launched in November 2008 and now has 3.5 million in 46 … Read more

SignPost Focuses on ‘Deal Scouts’ for Self-Serve Deals

SignPost, an eight person New York-based deals company that has received $1 million of seed funding from Google Ventures and others, is banking on “deal scouts” to originate time-sensitive deals with local merchants and services. The company has deals available around the country, but currently focuses on New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Boston. There are 303 … Read more

So — Do We Buy Shares in Groupon? 8 Big Qs

So, do we buy shares in Groupon? We don’t provide investment advice, of course, but as we consider its prospects from a non-investment angle, we’ll be watching for answers to the following eight questions – none of which, unsurprisingly -are adequately addressed in the S1. 1. The cost of the average deal is seen to be declining … Read more

Will Groceries Be a Fit for Groupon?

Can Groupon easily extend into the grocery coupon space? No, not at all easily. For starters, food producers used to “cents off” can’t really provide goods at 50 percent off, or more, and then provide a commission of 30-50 percent of sales. But we can think of a number of reasons to green-light a Groupon grocery venture. … Read more

Small Market Deals: A Talk with Deal Garden

The big destination deal sites such as Groupon and Living Social have developed sites in most of the 150 or so large and medium markets in the U.S. How about markets with populations less than 250,000? There are 84 markets with populations between 150,000 and 249,000, and 121 markets between 100,00 and 149,000. The major … Read more

What Would a Delay Mean for Groupon’s IPO?

Groupon has postponed its IPO roadshow and is re-evaluating the timing of its IPO on a “week by week” basis, according to The Wall Street Journal. To us, the delay is not really a surprise. The company has been hit by a rash of questions about its accounting methods, recent sales trends, and its overall prospects for … Read more

Thrillist: 2.5 Million Users via Combo of Editorial, Clothes and Deals

At opposite corners of the niche universe, you have Thrillist for men and Comcast-owned Daily Candy for women. Both lifestyle products, founded as email newsletters/shopping guides, have jumped aboard the deals bandwagon, working with Group Commerce Inc. as their tech provider. They also have a common association with former AOL Time Warner President (and current Clear Channel Entertainment Chairman) Bob … Read more