Groupon is Hiring an Accountant

Groupon is looking for an organized, detail-oriented accountant to join us in our Chicago River North offices. Your job will be to keep our books in order, design new processes as our business develops, and maybe do a bit of business analysis. If you are a whiz with Quickbooks and Excel and have at least one year of working experience as an accountant, send your resume and a cover letter to [jobs@thepoint.com](mail:jobs@thepoint.com). Also, [check out our jobs page](http://groupon.thepoint.com/jobs) to get an idea of what it’s like working here (hint: it’s pretty awesome).


Weekly Hints: NYC

05/28/09: This Groupon reminds us of eating Elmer’s glue in first grade

05/29/09: “In the 1920s there was a boat; it ran a lot of rum and stayed afloat”


Weekly Hints: Washington, DC

05/28/09: To be cutesy, wear your Converse All-Stars while engaging in this activity

05/29/09: Spending time at this place is like walking on the moon, but involves far less dust


Weekly Hints: Chicago

05/28/09: Something getting on your nerves? This Groupon offers a nonviolent solution

05/29/09: Another name for this activity could be racketeering — but it’s legal, so you won’t go to jail for it (relax!)


Weekly Hints: Boston

05/28/09: This Groupon offers lots of opportunities to stare and point at others’ whale tails

05/29/09: Another name for this activity could be racketeering — but it’s legal, so you won’t go to jail for it (relax!)


Welcome to the New Groupon Blog!

People are always trying to come up with great domain names. I was too, and then I thought I’d try something different: _why not have an awful name_? Shortly after making that insight, I came up with the perfect name: groublogpon.com. It combines the words “Groupon” and “Blog” in a perfectly awkward and immemorable way.

We’ll be posting new content every week—different stuff for each of our Groupon cities.

Please excuse the current spartan presentation; we’ll dress it up shortly.

Crain's "Entrepreneurs in Action" on Groupon

If you’re interested in Groupon’s origins and how it evolved out of [The Point](http://www.thepoint.com), [Crain’s Business](http://www.chicagobusiness.com/) explains it all (and more) in [this video on Groupon](http://www.chicagobusiness.com/cgi-bin/multiMedia.pl?mmId=719) from their excellent _Entrepreneurs in Action_ series. Past segments have featured our friends at [EveryBlock](http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1184417269?bclid=979465104&bctid=10885752001) and [CrowdSPRING](http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1184417269?bclid=979465104&bctid=4354427001). Our thanks to [Brandon Copple](http://twitter.com/bcopple) of Crain’s for the excellent work!


The Point Moves Offices

The Point has outgrown our office space! Yesterday, we moved down a floor of [our building](http://600westchicago.info/toc.cfm) into a larger space. Here are a few photos I took of the move.

_Ken and the tech team packing up_
![](http://www.bandrew.com/pics/iPhoto-20090515-232916.jpg)

_Alex grabbing some last things_
![](http://www.bandrew.com/pics/iPhoto-20090515-232312.jpg)

_Nick setting up the new phone system_
![](http://www.bandrew.com/pics/iPhoto-20090515-233035.jpg)

_Unpacking in the new space_
![](http://www.bandrew.com/pics/iPhoto-20090515-233246.jpg)

![](http://www.bandrew.com/pics/iPhoto-20090515-233611.jpg)

_Aaron and Ben in their writing sanctuary_
![](http://www.bandrew.com/pics/iPhoto-20090515-233340.jpg)

_Our new conference room_
![](http://www.bandrew.com/pics/iPhoto-20090515-233514.jpg)

Groupon Hiring in NYC

After successful launches in Chicago and Boston, [Groupon](http://groupon.thepoint.com) is coming to NYC, and we need some talented locals to help us make it happen.

In general, we’re looking for people who know and love New York City. Groupon is a fast-paced and fluid startup – you should be able to think on your feet. You have to be hardworking, self-motivated, blah blah blah, all that stuff that everyone says. Read on for available positions.

#### Outside Sales Executive

We’re looking for a full-time sales executive to help us get the coolest New York businesses featured on Groupon. Each day, you’ll call (and occasionally visit) restaurants, theaters, spas, dentists, and everything in between, negotiating unbeatable deals on behalf of Groupon’s customers.

You should have experience in outside advertising sales. You should be skilled at negotiation and relationship building. You should have existing relationships with bars, restaurants, and other local businesses.

Compensation is competitive. To apply, send your resume to [jobs@thepoint.com](mailto:jobs@thepoint.com).

#### Freelance Writers

We need freelance writers to compose positive, funny descriptions for the daily deal. Good write-ups seamlessly entertain the reader and communicate the value of the deal. Also, since Groupon is a community site, it should be written by someone who knows the community and can bring that perspective to their writing.

The tricky part here is that we’re looking for “funny” writing, where funny is defined as, “what makes our managing editor laugh.” The best I can do to elaborate is to offer a few examples of past Groupon write-ups: [Kafka Wine](http://groupon.thepoint.com/30-gift-certificates-to-kafka-wine-for-20); [Lincoln Park Massage](http://groupon.thepoint.com/17-off-swedish-massages-at-lincoln-park-massage) [Chicago Chamber Music](http://groupon.thepoint.com/58-off-tickets-to-chicago-chamber-musicians) [Ineeka Tea](http://groupon.thepoint.com/amazing-ineeka-tea-discount). A few things we think are funny: The Onion; Adult Swim (in particular, _Xavier: Renegade Angel_ and _Tim and Eric_).

Compensation is competitive. To apply, [email us](mailto:jobs@thepoint.com) a Groupon-style write-up for a restaurant in New York City that you’ve never patronized with a Yelp rating between 3.5 and 4 stars. **We won’t consider applications without a sample write-up**.

Groupon Is Hiring Summer Sales Interns

Develop useful job skills! Make new friends and networking contacts! Drink delicious sparkling waters! That’s just a few things you can expect as a Sales Intern at Groupon. As an intern, you will be able to develop and apply a mix of creativity, hard work and sales skills to find cool and useful things to do at super-low prices. Each day you’ll call restaurants, theaters, gyms, and even dentists in a particular geographic area and negotiating massive discounts on behalf of Groupon users. We need driven, hard-working and intelligent individuals. Experience or interest with online sales, inside sales, and the Internet is preferred.


General Responsibilities

  • Actively engage in cold calling businesses and negotiating deeply discounted prices on “things to do”
  • Brainstorm new and creative businesses and activities to be featured
  • Follow up on warm inbound leads and land contracts
  • Miscellaneous tasks to help promote Groupon

Experience

  • Interest or past experience in a sales capacity; inside sales is a plus
  • Ability to focus in a fluid, changing, and quickly growing business
  • Working on or completed a college degree

Characteristics

  • Strong negotiating and people skills
  • Ownership and accountability
  • Driven and hard-working
  • Enjoys and thrives in fast-paced, fluid work environment
  • Can think on your feet


Compensation/Benefits

  • Incentive-based stipends

Interested? Just send your information to Nick Cioffi at nick@thepoint.com. Good luck!