On a day when folks are discussing the end of his time at Groupon...this link shows where it first began and the hopefulness and optimism that comes with a new project!
ThePoint had a certain Hippie-Dippy earnest utopian vibe, while Groupon seemed to go 180" in the other direction, with mercenary/cynical sales/PR/accounting tactics.
I've wondered if the stark contrast between the lack of uptake when ThePoint offered people the chance to "save the world!", and the exploding interest when Groupon offered "save half off!", helped rationalize the later anything-goes-to-make-a-buck ethos of Groupon.
Several of Mason's posts at HN were also asking for advice:
He didn't get any responses for his queries about...
• "Writing pesky account management e-mails for your site"
• "Ask YC: Hiring non-technical ("business") staff?"
• "How do I take a U.S. e-commerce site to Canada & overseas?"
A lesson for HNers: don't be offended or discouraged if no one here responds to your submissions! Keep seeking elsewhere.
This is the very soul of the parasitic "Lean" dogma today.
Off topic, the guy that took his place appears to be worse IMO. http://www.businessinsider.com/groupons-cozy-deals-with-lefk...
PS. Where's paradise?
response: "for the time being"? Extremely bad idea.
haha. yes but apparently mostly no.
(The page contains no instances of "Andrew", "Mason", "Andy", "Drew", "Groupon", "coupon" or "the point".)