Friday, May 17, 2013
Andrew Mason is moving to San Francisco this summer but expects to visit Evanston often.
Groupon founder Andrew Mason is planning to move to San Francisco this summer but says he has no plans to sell his lakefront home in Evanston and expects to visit often, according to a post on his blog. Mason says Chicago is developing quickly as a technology hub and he hopes to support the community of entrepreneurs here. While on the West Coast, Mason plans to spend a day each week at Y Combinator, a venture capital firm that funds startups, “to keep my brain from atrophying.”
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Patch wants to know what you think of companies distancing themselves from gun-related business? Join our discussion in the comment section below.
Groupon Inc. has canceled all its firearm-related offers a month after the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., the LA Times reported. “All scheduled and current gun-related deals featured on Groupon North America, including shooting ranges, conceal-and-carry and clay shooting, have been placed on hiatus while we review internal standards that shape the deal inventory we feature, “ Groupon spokeswoman Julie Mossler in a statement issued to various media outlets. The Chicago-based daily deals company is not the first business to distance themselves from gun-related businesses. Dick’s Sporting Goods pulled some firearms off its stores’ shelves, while private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management sold its stake in the firearm conglomerate …
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Offer expires March 13.
Any aspiring comedians out there? You can get up to 55 percent off a five-week improv class taught by Second City alum at McKay Arts Management, 810 Lee St., through a Groupon being offered now. Alumn of Second City in Chicago teach the course, which ends in a live performance. View the full deal here.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Which deal apps to you prefer? Shopping for gifts online, just in time for Valentine's Day.
I'm a sucker for deal sites, apps and email lists. Do I really need half off of $16 in comic books, a Valentine's Day gift of a photography class, discount movie tickets and an absolute steal on a service that will convert my Hi8 videos into DVDs? The answer is yes. (Or, mostly yes. I have still have to find my Hi8 video cassettes.) Right now, there's a huge market for daily deal apps, so this week I'm offering quick-hit reviews of apps currently on my iPhone. And, I'm asking our readers: Which apps do you use and why? Groupon ...is the 800-lb gorilla in the room, and with good reason. The app is easy to use, connects with my credit card and keeps track of my coupons. The quality of the deals themselves vary, but I still check it almost …
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Aggregating the best of deal sites, the Yipit mobile app lets you find deals near you.
With the huge boom in deal sites led by Groupon and LivingSocial, it was only a matter of time until someone started aggregating all the coupons and deals in one place. The Yipit mobile app offers a clever, interactive solution. Earlier: Finding the Best Mobile Apps for Your Needs Not only can you sign up for Yipit like any other deal service, but you can also search by category and location. Taking advantage of the iPhone's "Where am I now?" functionality, Yipit can show daily deals near you. The rub for suburbanites: Deals are much more dense the closer you get to the city. (See the slideshow for examples.) Still, it's worth it. Yipit aggregates 802 daily coupon sites, with more coming online. (Patch has its own Patch Deals, and Amazon …
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Competitors look to get a jump on Groupon with local offers tailored to suburban customers.
Since Groupon launched in 2008, the Chicago-based company has gathered 1.4 million users in the city and surrounding suburbs. It’s also inspired new startups offering deals to customers throughout the North Shore. The Highland Park-based WeDeal launched in April. The site offers daily deals, and users get $5 off the discounted price if they get a friend to buy too. “I was born and raised here in the North Shore,” said founder and CEO Jordan Heller. “At the time that I launched here, there was no deal-a-day site in the suburbs focusing on the North Shore. Groupon was operating in the city, but most people in the suburbs weren’t going to go into the city for a massage.” When WeDeal started it had just 900 subscribers. “I was scared to death …
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
A roundup of the region's major developments for Tuesday Feb. 15.
Here are the top stories from Patch sites in your area: Metra Train Hits Man Update: Mother of Naval Recruit Fatally Struck by Train in Highwood Speaks Groupon Beware: New Daily Deal Website Launches on North Shore Face to Face: A Woman's Quest to Meet All Her Facebook Friends
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Steve Gadlin wants to draw a cat for you.
Evanston resident Steve Gadlin has been busy drawing 1,000 unique pictures of cats for customers of Groupon, the daily discount website that recently featured a deal on Gadlin's artwork. Gadlin approached the site after making a YouTube commercial advertising his personalized cat drawings. Groupon agreed to the deal and sold the pictures on Cyber Monday for a discounted price of $3, down from the normal price of $10. Gadlin told WBEZ that it will take him a while to draw the pictures, but not too long since they're very simple stick figures. He described himself as "a guy with a mild disposition and average intelligence who really wants to draw a cat for you." Full-price cat drawings are still available at http://www.…