Andrew Mason

Andrew D. Mason (born 1981) is an American businessman and entrepreneur.wikipedia
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Groupon

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He is the founder and former CEO of Groupon, a Chicago-based website offering users discounts on local businesses and scholarships. It was found that The Point – a social initiatives platform whose name was inspired by Malcolm Gladwell's The Tipping Point – was too abstract to market, and it was stripped down to the Groupon concept, a website that sells deals to local businesses.
The idea for Groupon was created by now-ousted CEO and Pittsburgh native Andrew Mason.

Eric Lefkofsky

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After graduating from Northwestern University in 2003 with a degree in music, Mason worked in web design for Chicago entrepreneur Eric Lefkofsky.
In January 2007, Lefkofsky co-founded and provided $1 million in funding for ThePoint.com, an collective action website started by Andrew Mason, and New Enterprise Associates led an early stage investment round.

Mt. Lebanon School District

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He graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School in 1999 and started a Saturday morning delivery service called "Bagel Express" when he was aged 15.

Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania

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Mason grew up in a Jewish family in Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh.

Bienen School of Music

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Chief executive officer

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He is the founder and former CEO of Groupon, a Chicago-based website offering users discounts on local businesses and scholarships.

Chicago

Chicago, IllinoisChicago, ILCity of Chicago
He is the founder and former CEO of Groupon, a Chicago-based website offering users discounts on local businesses and scholarships.

American Jews

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Mason grew up in a Jewish family in Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh

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Mason grew up in a Jewish family in Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh.

Northwestern University

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After graduating from Northwestern University in 2003 with a degree in music, Mason worked in web design for Chicago entrepreneur Eric Lefkofsky.

Web design

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After graduating from Northwestern University in 2003 with a degree in music, Mason worked in web design for Chicago entrepreneur Eric Lefkofsky.

University of Chicago

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Mason stopped working with Lefkofsky to attend the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy after he was awarded a scholarship.

Master's degree

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However, he dropped out of his master's degree program several months after it started.

Electrical Audio

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Mason also interned and worked at prominent Chicago recording studio, Electrical Audio, under recording engineer Steve Albini, whom Mason cited as an inspiration on his subsequent work ethic.

Steve Albini

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Mason also interned and worked at prominent Chicago recording studio, Electrical Audio, under recording engineer Steve Albini, whom Mason cited as an inspiration on his subsequent work ethic.

Malcolm Gladwell

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It was found that The Point – a social initiatives platform whose name was inspired by Malcolm Gladwell's The Tipping Point – was too abstract to market, and it was stripped down to the Groupon concept, a website that sells deals to local businesses.

The Tipping Point

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big DifferenceConnectorsbook of the same name
It was found that The Point – a social initiatives platform whose name was inspired by Malcolm Gladwell's The Tipping Point – was too abstract to market, and it was stripped down to the Groupon concept, a website that sells deals to local businesses.

The New York Times

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On December 1, 2010, The New York Times reported that Groupon was the subject of a $6 billion acquisition bid from Google, which Groupon turned down.

Google

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On December 1, 2010, The New York Times reported that Groupon was the subject of a $6 billion acquisition bid from Google, which Groupon turned down.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

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In 2010, Mason's salary was $180,000; "at his own recommendation" it was reduced to $756.72 effective January 1, 2011, according to the company's SEC filings.

Herb Greenberg

On December 18, 2012, Mason was named "Worst CEO of the Year" by Herb Greenberg of CNBC.

CNBC

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On December 18, 2012, Mason was named "Worst CEO of the Year" by Herb Greenberg of CNBC.

Herb Kelleher

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Greenberg wrote, in part, "Mason's goofball antics, which can come off more like a big kid than company leader, almost make a mockery of corporate leadership – especially for a company with a market value of more than $3 billion. It would be excusable, even endearing, if the company were doing well (think Herb Kelleher of Southwest Airlines) but it's not. Sales growth is through the floor...".

Southwest Airlines

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Greenberg wrote, in part, "Mason's goofball antics, which can come off more like a big kid than company leader, almost make a mockery of corporate leadership – especially for a company with a market value of more than $3 billion. It would be excusable, even endearing, if the company were doing well (think Herb Kelleher of Southwest Airlines) but it's not. Sales growth is through the floor...".

Severance package

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Journalists estimated that his severance pay was just $378.36—six months' worth of salary—based on his employment agreement and his latest public salary information.