How Groupon Malaysia Echoes Groupon Chicago


It's been established by this point that Groupon's quirky attitude reaches far and wide. That blase Chicago behavior has served the company well in the US.

But what we've gotten a less clearer grasp on is the picture on the ground at Castle Groupon's faraway outposts.

In a profile posted on Saturday, gives a good idea of what it's like at Groupon Malaysia, formerly known as GroupsMore.

It's actually, in a way, a microcosm for Groupon's arc on the whole. It's an office that exploded extremely rapidly and staffed largely by twentysomethings. To wit: Groupon Malaysia launched as GroupsMore in September 2010, and by January 2011 was acquired by Groupon and its staff ballooned from 8 employees to 120. And today, the average age of a Groupon Malaysia employee is 24. (According to the Sun-Times, as of 2011, the average Groupon Chicago employee is 25.)

Even though a company run by so many youngsters might be cause for hairy eyebrows to arch skyward, it sounds like they've all got a pretty great working attitude. CEO Joel Neoh marvels at this in the piece:

"You have 18-year-olds running around the office not too sure what they’re doing, but they seem to be really energetic and really passionate whenever they’re given a task. Young people don’t come with preconceptions or baggage – the ‘why not?’ culture here is very strong."

You can read more about the culture here.

Stateside, Groupon's stock is at $24.43 -- which is a large jump from where it's been lately. 

David Wolinsky is a freelance writer and a lifelong Chicagoan. In addition to currently serving as an interviewer-writer for Adult Swim, he's also a columnist for EGM. He was the Chicago city editor for The Onion A.V. Club where he provided in-depth daily coverage of this city's bustling arts/entertainment scene for half a decade. When not playing video games for work he's thinking of dashing out to Chicago Diner, Pizano's, or Yummy Yummy. His first career aspirations were to be a game-show host.

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