Armed with nothing but a paper suit made of Groupons, some miscellaneous gadgets and a sleep apnea machine, Josh Stevens began his year of living off Groupons today.
Congratulations to Taija R., this month’s Groupon Photo Contest winner! We had no choice but to acknowledge the most artistic and highbrow entry we received.
“This is us cashing in our Groupon at Salvador Molly’s in Portland, OR with our Salvador Dali mustaches! We loved the silly atmosphere of the restaurant and the fun-loving attitude of the waiter who took our picture.”
**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!
CONTACT: Julie Anne Mossler / 312-242-2033 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Our goal at Groupon is pretty simple: to help you discover and try cool new things in your city. Beginning today, we’re going to reward you for it. “G” is a Groupon reward point. Earn G’s when you use Groupon to explore your city, and spend them on the coolest stuff in town. It’s our way of thanking you for being awesome.
This morning we sent out 10,000 invitations to the beta version of Groupon’s Rewards program — and gave each person the ability to invite 5 friends. Over the next few months, we’ll continue to invite more and more customers to the program.
Here’s the Gist.
Earning G’s is easy and using them is semi-euphoric.
- G’s = reward points awarded to Groupon Reward members
- Earn G’s automatically by using Groupon
- Spend your G’s on the very best stuff in your city
Lots of Ways to Get G’s.
Earn G’s by getting Groupons, checking out the deal each day, and more. We’re constantly adding more ways to earn G’s to the list.
Two Ways to Use your G’s.
You know those frequent flier programs that make you earn a gabazillion miles for a free flight on a puddle-jumper? Or those punch-cards that you always misplace 2 holes short of a complementary baguette? We want to be better than that. Here’s what you get for your G’s:
- LocalRewards: At anytime, no matter how many G’s you have, you can exchange them for discounts in our LocalRewards marketplace, which is packed with the very best things to do in your city. The more G’s you have, the lower your prices fall. It’s that simple.(if there isn’t a LocalRewards marketplace near you, then there will be soon.)
- Daily Deal: Earn enough G’s, and you’ll automatically get the Daily Deal for free. You don’t have to do anything differently. If you have enough G’s to get the deal, we’ll drop your price to $0.00 at checkout.
G-oodies and parties.
As a Rewards member, you’ll also have access to G-oodies and invitation-only parties in your city. We’re not exactly sure what these parties will be like, but our goal is to recreate your 7th grade formal.
Becoming a Rewards member.
10,000 Groupon customers are now able to invite you and four other friends to the Rewards program. We’ll continue to invite more and more customers in the coming months. In the meantime, ask your friends if they’ve got G’s. We’ll also be sending a few random invitations each day to people who use “#GrouponG” on Twitter.
G’s are in beta, so we hunger for your feedback. Send any questions or comments to the rewards team.
As my bathrobe-clad neighbor says, you’re never too old to do Spring Break! Our Events Team packed their bags and hit the road in April, spreading the good word of Groupon among new and old friends in Seattle, Los Angeles and Miami. Did you miss the chance to hang out with Groupon? Photos and a recap are after the jump. If we didn’t come to your town, leave a comment and let us know if we can stay at your place next time. We’ll even make the bed.