I’m excited to announce that Jason Fried has joined Groupon’s Board of Directors. Jason is the founder of [37signals](http://www.37signals.com), as well as the co-author of two books and the popular [Signal vs.Noise](http://37signals.com/svn) design blog.
Anyone who’s started a web business knows that you don’t get very far before running into Jason’s work. _[Getting Real](http://gettingreal.37signals.com/)_ — sort of _The Elements of Style_ for building websites — was the first book I read when starting [The Point](http://www.thepoint.com). And [Campfire](http://campfirenow.com/), 37signals’ group chat application, was among the first charges on the company credit card. Almost three years later, we still use it every day.
As Groupon continues to grow, we want to be surrounded by smart people of diverse backgrounds, with strong opinions that they aren’t shy about expressing. That’s why we asked Jason to join our board. Few have been as successful as Jason at creating tools that people love to use, or building a brand that stands for something greater than the utility of its products.
It’s been a tremendous year for Groupon, and Jason’s guidance helps assure that many more will follow.