Recent Press & Upcoming Features

As Groupon grows (now at 400,000 subscribers and $7,000,000 saved!), we’re increasingly drawing the attention of our nation’s newspaper people. Since you’re initiated enough to be reading our blog, stories describing Groupon are probably deeply uninteresting… but I’ll post a few anyway.

* TIME – [Interview With Groupon Founder, [Me]](http://cheapskate.blogs.time.com/2009/06/24/qa-with-groupon-com-founder-andrew-mason/)
* CBS Early Show – [Retail Stores Making Deals](http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=5161371n&tag=cbsnewsMainColumnArea;cbsnewsMainColumnArea.0)
* Chicago Tribune – [Social entrepreneur finds money-making power of crowdsourcing](http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/columnists/chi-mon-minding-crowdsourcing-jul27,0,4860442.column)
* Chris Brogan – [Groupon – Clever Collective Buying Site](http://www.chrisbrogan.com/groupon-clever-collective-buying-site/)

For more, [check out our press page](https://www.groupon.com/press).

### Recent Site Upgrades

We hope you’re enjoying Groupon’s new design! The original version of Groupon was a hacked-together combination of WordPress and [The Point](http://www.thepoint.com), and while it did a great job of getting us through the first months, we’re glad to be rid of it. The new site is built in Ruby on Rails (still sharing the same code base as The Point), and sports a classy new design courtesy of our friends at [Firebelly](http://firebellydesign.com/).

When designing the new site, we assumed that most of our users were like us – skeptical about huge discounts, assuming that they’re too good to be true. For that reason, we focused on making each deal’s specifics as transparent as possible. If there are any special conditions, you’ll find them prominently displayed in the cheekily named, “The Fine Print” section towards the top of the page. And we’ve added user commenting, so you can check what other people are saying before you decide to buy.

Speaking of commenting, many of you have asked for ways to communicate with other Groupon users… planning Groupon outings, reviewing past Groupon experiences, suggesting ideas, etc. In a few days, we’ll launch Groupon forums, where we encourage you to chat about Groupon until your fingers fall off. Actually we recommend stopping while you still have one finger – you’ll need it to make future Groupon purchases.

### New City Launches

Groupon is launching shortly in Dallas, Houston, Seattle, San Diego, Phoenix, Philadelphia, and Denver, doubling our cities. Related fact: people are generally appreciative when you tell them about things that make their lives better. So if you’re into being appreciated and you have friends in one of those cities, you are now equipped with the tools necessary to incrementally increase your happiness.

### What Else?

Right now, the number one request we receive is, “bring Groupon to my city!” We’re doing what we can to oblige; Groupon will be in at least 25 cities by the end of 2009. And we continue to hack away at new features that will make Groupon even better. What else would you like to see?

Intern at Groupon!

Want to work at Chicago’s fastest growing tech startup? They probably don’t want you, but Groupon does! Just kidding – I was actually referring to Groupon when I said, “Chicago’s fastest growing tech startup.” Although that claim is totally unsubstantiated.

Anyway, Groupon is looking for a few interns to join the team. Sure to pique the entrepreneurial interest of any industrious young man or woman, Groupon internships cover a wide range of tasks, from sales to marketing to general office upkeepery. We’re looking for flexible, detail-oriented individuals who are willing to take on any project, no matter how humiliating character building.

Compensation is $10/hr.

To apply, send your resume and cover letter to [jobs@groupon.com](jobs@groupon.com) with the word “internship” in the subject line.

Groupon Rocked Wicker Park Fest

This past weekend Groupon had a booth at the Wicker Park Fest in Chicago. We gave away 40 FREE Groupons worth $40 each. Festival goers had to demonstrate a group activity to earn the free Groupon. We had groups doing the chicken dance, professing their undying love for Groupon and even climbing on top of each other to reach a Groupon dangling 12ft in the air. Nobody was hurt-except maybe a bit sunburnt.

Groupie kids enjoyed Grubbles (Groupon bubbles) and jelly beans. The hipsters loved the headband toss and each wore their new gear with pride. T-shirts and other goodie bags were also handed out to those Groupies that were not interested in climbing on top of one another or fighting the crowds.

Overall we had a great time at Wicker Park Fest and it was great to meet Groupies and teach future Groupies about what we do. If you have pictures from the fest or from redeeming your Groupon send them our way! Hope to see you all again next year!

Graceful Lifting for FREE Groupons

Graceful Lifting for FREE Groupons


Groupons Ahoy!

A bunch of us went out for drinks after work recently, where we met Michaela — girlfriend of new Groupon employee Dan Jessup and long-time Groupon customer. Michaela told us she had bought a few Groupons, but we thought she was exaggerating until she unveiled The Envelope. She has about 20 Groupons in this thing, and carries it in her purse so she never misses an opportunity to use a Groupon. She also cleverly writes all the expiration dates on the back of the envelope. If you have a cool way of tracking your Groupons, let us know!

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Meet the Groupon Volleyball Team

When some Chicago-based Grouponstumers (the formal term for Groupon customers, colloquially known as “Groupies”) approached us earlier this year about sponsoring their volleyball team, we told them we’d do it — but they must be vicious killers. They must cheat and bite their way to the top. They must desecrate the competition, resorting to personal smears if necessary. Or, they must wear our schwag.

“Spiked Punch” are currently in 37th place with 2 wins and 3 losses, and while fans are blaming it on their poor choice of a sponsor, we know that if they’d just taken our advice and bitten more people, they would have an undefeated record — even if that meant getting disqualified in the first game. [Check out their schedule](https://thriva.activenetwork.com/scheduler/TeamSchedule.aspx?PID=3895566&GID=2643834&IDTD=2467&COID=1700124456) if you’re in Chicago and you’d like to catch one of their two final games.

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Grouponomics

[Evan Miller](http://www.evanmiller.org/), economics Ph.D. student at the University of Chicago, takes a look at the economics behind Groupon in his article, [Golden Footballs and the Economics of Groupon](http://www.evanmiller.org/golden-football.html). He explores why Groupon is a win for businesses, calling it “a profound economic innovation:”

> Groupon, or a commitment mechanism like it, has something to offer any business that sells a unique product above the cost of production: that is, businesses that are monopolists, or price-setters. So far Groupon has proven suitable to small businesses that offer one-of-a-kind services (for example, a downtown restaurant), but the economics hold for large businesses selling patented or highly branded products. All that is needed is a simple trade with a group of customers: a lower unit price in exchange for an agreement to buy a larger quantity than they would actually like to have at that unit price. Like the best economics, the golden football is a simple idea—but a powerful one.

[Read the rest of the article here](http://www.evanmiller.org/golden-football.html).

Weekly Hints: DC

06/23/09: Rumor has it that Dick Cheney sometimes stops by this place to greet customers with warm, reassuring hugs

06/24/09: Brangelina-approved

06/25/09: This establishment does not offer French lessons

06/26/09: If you have teeth, then this Groupon is perfect for you


Weekly Hints: San Francisco

06/23/09: Could make you less crazy

06/24/09: Even more haunting than the beautiful voice of Celine Dion as she sings about the “power of love”

06/25/09: If you redeem this Groupon with a stranger, then you are not really getting the point of this place’s name

06/26/09: Their online before/after gallery makes us think of the McDonald’s Fry Guys


Weekly Hints: Boston

06/23/09: Shares the same name with a little-known Australian ice dancing team

06/24/09: The only thing that would make this place better is if their sinks had a third faucet that dispensed free Yoo Hoo. But nobody has that kind of plumbing, so let’s not be ridiculous

06/25/09: Party like it’s 1909 — which means talking about “that there Cape Cod Canal they’re buildin'” and complaining about William Howard Taft

06/26/09: Their appliances have sexy accents


Weekly Hints: NYC

06/23/09: A well-known blog that employs writers who have very traditional names, such as “Jason” and “Richard,” has the same name

06/24/09: One of our most intensest Groupons ever

06/25/09: You must demonstrate your jousting techniques in order to gain entry

06/26/09: You can use this Groupon on any service offered by the featured business except for the Rotisserie Therapy