Behind The Deals: Who Writes the Deals?

Like all emails, Groupon’s daily deals are coded messages from a troubled soul. In our particular case, that soul is Prince Desmond Okotiebor Etete.

In our struggling early days, Groupon pursued a number of financial backers, but the good Prince Desmond was the only financial backer to pursue _us_. Heir to the throne of the oil-rich Ogoni tribal lands, the wealthy Prince Desmond nonetheless found himself unable to legally access the many oil royalties paid to his late father by the various oil conglomerates that had been digging in his kingdom.

That’s where Groupon came in.

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May Photo Contest Winner!

In an unprecedented first-time-ever-in-photo-contest-history moment, we are thrilled to announce the May Photo Contest winner is Ben… the dog! Hailing from Vancouver, Ben helped his humans stock up on great stuff for their garden at Southlands Nursery.

Writes Jane (Ben’s mom):

Ben spends the most time in our yard, so we thought it would be best for him to be the presenter of the Groupon…We were so impressed with Southlands Nursery, we bought another Groupon and returned the following day for more plants!!!

Thank you Groupon and Southlands Nursery. We’ll be back.

-Jane, Larry and Ben (woof!)”

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Father's Day

Father’s Day is coming up on June 19th, so you may notice some dad-themed offers this week featured on Groupon! Through Sunday, we’ll be supplying you with deals fit for thanking your father for participating in all those dizzy-bat races and sponsoring your clarinet habit. We will offer a wide variety of deals sure to please all dads including options like:

  • Scotch and whiskey tasting events
  • Car show tickets
  • Sporting event tickets
  • Men’s salons
  • Golfing and swing evaluations
  • Brewery tours
  • Whitewater rafting

After much discussion, we will not be featuring these gifts this year:

  • Tie-Tying Kit
  • The Complete History of all the Non-Violent Parts of The Civil War
  • Mother’s Day Card
  • Mustache Template
  • “LOCAL SPORTS” Sweatshirt
  • Attachment for Garden Hose Shaped Like Hunting Rifle
  • “1001 Bed-Time Stories for and About Lawns”

From Job Fair to Job Offer

Dustin from our recruiting department is back with another post about one employee’s journey to employment at Groupon. You can follow him on Twitter or check for updates @GrouponJobs.

“The way I received a full-time position at Groupon was not what many people would consider a conventional career-search process.”

These are the words of Eric Finnegan, one of Groupon’s newest account representatives. You see, our journey begins when Cheryl, from the Loyola School of Communication, approached me with an idea to give away a free interview to one lucky student attending the upcoming career fair. I immediately loved the idea and got approval to move forward with the drawing.

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Behind the Deals: Beverages of Choice

We welcome you to Friday with another edition of “Behind the Deals” from our humor department.

Groupon employees—like all the best organisms—are composed of more than 50% water, so it only made sense to install a series of hydration stations in order to better liquidate them. The most popular free beverages at Groupon each come with their own unique flavor, viscosity, and nutritional benefits:


**Nicknames:** Joe, Joeva

**Rundown:** Coffee, Groupon’s caffeinated beverage of choice, is dispensed at small automated kiosks throughout the office, and is available in gourmet flavors such as Scented Candle and Decaf.

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Groupon Files Registration Statement for Initial Public Offering

Groupon has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission with regard to a proposed initial public offering. What this means is that we can’t say anything beyond what’s in our yawn-inducing press release below. Kudos to you for even reading this far, but seriously, thank you for caring about Groupon.

Groupon Files Registration Statement for Initial Public Offering

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Groupon, a local e-commerce marketplace that connects merchants and consumers by offering goods and services at a discount, today announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of its Class A common stock. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the offering have not yet been determined. A portion of the shares will be issued and sold by Groupon, and a portion will be sold by certain stockholders of Groupon.

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC will be the joint book-running managers for the offering. When available, a copy of the preliminary prospectus may be obtained from Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Attention: Prospectus Department, 180 Varick Street, Second Floor, New York, NY 10014, via telephone: +1 (866) 718-1649, or by e-mail:; or Goldman, Sachs & Co., Prospectus Department, 200 West Street, New York, NY 10282, via telephone: +1 (866) 471-2526, via facsimile: +1 (212) 902-9316, or by e-mail:; or Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Attention: Prospectus Department, One Madison Avenue, New York, NY, 10010, via telephone: +1 (800) 221-1037, or by e-mail:

A registration statement relating to the securities has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission but has not yet become effective. The securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective. This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of, the securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state or jurisdiction.