PALOS VERDES, Calif.--Groupon CEO Andrew Mason kicked off his interview with Kara Swisher here at D9 with this bombshell about his company's upcoming IPO: "The news is that we have nothing to announce."
Mason's gambit to dodge the question didn't work. "Why do you want to become a public company?" Swisher asked.
"I run a business..." Mason dogmatically droned, "and shareholders want money."
The 8,000-person company (up from about 1,500 a year ago) is about one-half local salespeople. Groupon, as industry watchers well know, doesn't &… Read more