**CHICAGO, IL** —Groupon has announced the opening of an office in Silicon Valley to gain better access to the Bay Area’s technology talent, with a focus on Groupon’s mobile- and business-intelligence practices.
The core of Groupon’s mobile team comes through the acquisition of mob.ly, a mobile-development firm led by former Yahoo! Senior Director of Product Management Mihir Shah and Yishai Lerner, former Director of Engineering at Carrier IQ. Groupon’s business-intelligence practice will be led by Chief Data Officer Mark Johnson, formerly Vice President of Software Engineering at Netflix.
“Now there is no excuse to not work for us,” said Groupon founder and CEO Andrew Mason. “And Chicago is still super cool. Did you know that we have the world’s largest water-filtration plant? Great city, can’t understand why people wouldn’t want to move here, but whatever—now we’re in the Valley too.”
To celebrate the grand opening of its new location, Groupon is offering a free medium coffee to all visitors this Tuesday, May 11. Said Mason, “Unlike our competitors, or those who would be / will be our competitors if we were in / when we enter the coffee business, we do not require you to bring your own cup.” Simply arrive at 524 Ramona Street in Palo Alto or the Penthouse at 211 Sutter Street in San Francisco between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and knock on the door to claim your free medium coffee.
Groupon is hiring. Visit http://www.groupon.com/jobs for more.
### About Groupon
Groupon features a daily deal on the best stuff to do, eat, see, and buy in major cities across the United States and in Canada, with plans to be in 100 cities in the United States, Canada, and Europe by the end of 2010. Groupon uses collective buying power to offer unbeatable prices and provide a win-win for businesses and consumers.
### About Formerly Mob.ly
Mob.ly launched Goodrec, the mobile recommendation service, in September 2008. They have built mobile applications for several leading brands, such as OpenTable and Yahoo!
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