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Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 at 3:12 PM
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By David Wolinsky

Groupon Turning the Ship Around

Groupon Turning the Ship Around

Groupon’s experimental spirit is still alive and kicking, it seems. The company has a lengthy history of acquiring businesses, apps and other miscellaneous entities, and the tradition has been continuing in the... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 1:21 PM
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By David Wolinsky

Groupon Gets into the Affiliate Marketing Game

Groupon Gets into the Affiliate Marketing Game

Groupon has unveiled the Groupon Partner Network, a global affiliate program to help its deals get in front of more eyeballs. Think of it as the company’s twist on Google AdWords or Yahoo’s Bing Network —... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013 at 6:30 AM
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By David Wolinsky

Why Andrew Mason’s New Album is Brilliant

Why Andrew Mason’s New Album is Brilliant

Oh, I have no idea if the musical and lyrical content of the former Groupon wunderkind Andrew Mason’s “motivational business music” album, “Hardly Workin’” is all that great. I haven’t listened to it. Sorry,... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013 at 12:58 PM
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By Marcy Twete, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Questions to Ask Before Using a Daily Deal Site to Promote Your Business

Questions to Ask Before Using a Daily Deal Site to Promote Your Business

While many businesses laud the effects of marketing with daily deal sites, others complain about customers who don’t return after using their coupon and the effects the deal has on existing customers’... Read »

Monday, Jul 1, 2013 at 10:56 AM
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By David Wolinsky

New Groupon Reserve Targets High-End Restaurants

New Groupon Reserve Targets High-End Restaurants

Gone are the days when Groupon deals are synonymous with teeth whitening, leg waxes and laser tag: The daily deals giant has just unveiled Groupon Reserve, which offers discounts on more high-end restaurants and... Read »

Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 1:54 PM
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By David Wolinsky

So How’s Groupon Doing?

So How’s Groupon Doing?

Although most folks whose blood bleeds civic pride would like to talk as though Groupon is still hyper-relevant, the sad fact is that it probably isn’t. It still belongs in the conversation about Chicago’s... Read »

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 11:08 AM
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By David Wolinsky

Groupon Stock Upgraded to 'Recovering'

Groupon Stock Upgraded to 'Recovering'

Groupon’s March quarter was better than expected — to the tune of the stock now hovering around $7.50. As Mashable crunches the numbers, “most of that revenue growth came from North America, where sales... Read »

Friday, May 17, 2013 at 4:29 PM
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By David Wolinsky

Andrew Mason’s Manifest Destiny Strikes Silicon Valley

Andrew Mason’s Manifest Destiny Strikes Silicon Valley

Groupon Co-Founder Brad Keywell has famously lamented that Chicago’s best tech folks flee here for Silicon Valley. “There are gaps between different constituencies in Chicago, including academics and the... Read »

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 4:51 PM
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By David Wolinsky

Groupon Offers POS Service for all Brick-and-Mortar Businesses

Groupon Offers POS Service for all Brick-and-Mortar Businesses

About a year ago, Groupon acquired Breadcrumb, the creator of a POS system and iPad app that targets local restaurants. Now, the daily-deals company is launching the payment system for businesses. A new... Read »

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 1:59 PM
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By Zack Price, Edited by: David Wolinsky

In Defense of Andrew Mason and Daily Deals Model

In Defense of Andrew Mason and Daily Deals Model

This blog is my campaign to free Andrew Mason from all the criticism levied against him and to crown him the Startup King of Chicago. After all, he turned the basic idea of group-buying discounts into a... Read »

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Daily Deals

Daily Deals

Learn from the original daily deals site, Groupon.

Pets

Pets

Some officials have estimated the City of Chicago's dog population to be somewhere around 500,000. Add in all the cats, fish and birds and you've got yourself an industry just begging -- and barking -- to be...

Social Media

Social Media

Social media offers traditional business minds a 12-6 curve ball. But we can help.

Fashion

Fashion

There are plenty of questions for a fledgling fashionista to answer. Never fear: We've got the goods.

Marketing

Marketing

Good luck making a dent in the public conscience if you don't have marketing and branding plan to get your message out.

Food Business

Food Business

Experts say 90 percent of new restaurants fail in their first year of operation. You want to be the 10 percent that makes it. But how?

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David Wolinsky David Wolinsky is a freelance writer, lifelong Chicagoan, and reasonably handsome business-study scion.
Kim Vatis Kim Vatis joined NBC5 News in 1997. She currently Anchors the weekend morning newscasts, is general assignment reporter and special projects reporter for the 10 PM newscasts.
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