Chicago plays host to the original daily deals site, Groupon.
As of November the group buying behemoth became the first and only publicily traded deals site.
They grew up quickly on the rough and tumble streets of the Second City. It wasn't always pretty, and along the way Groupon made plenty of mistakes, watched as copy cats emerged in droves and tried to fend them off.
In the process, they laid down a blueprint for how to take your idea from launchpad to stratosphere in no time flat.
Inc. Well has been following it since its inception. Stick with us to glean the nuggets you need to learn and the ones you need to avoid.