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Without Fail - Groupon's Andrew Mason, pt. 1

October 5, 2018

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Show Notes


The Story:
Alex is back in the host’s chair to introduce a new show from Gimlet - his own! It's an interview show called Without Fail where Alex talks to people who have made a big bet and either won or lost.

When Andrew Mason started Groupon 10 years ago he was in his mid-20s, fresh out of grad school, and running a company for the first time ever. Within 2 years Groupon was called the fastest growing company in history. And then just as rapidly. And just as dramatically. Its fortunes changed. This dream rise, the nightmare fall, all in this incredibly short time span - it’s like a startup fable. But it actually happened. To a real guy! In part one of this two-part conversation, Andrew talks with Alex about Groupon’s rise. How it started as a website designed for something completely different, what it felt like when it finally caught on and started to grow, and Andrew’s own conflicted feelings about being a CEO.

You can listen to the final part of this conversation in the Without Fail feed starting October 8th.

The Facts:
Peter Leonard mixed the episode. Theme music by Bobby Lord. For a list of our sponsors and show related offer codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers