Group discount buying service Groupon, the granddaddy of the daily deals startups, debuted on the stock market this morning with its highly anticipated IPO, trading on the Nasdaq exchange as GRPN. This will be a fascinating one to watch as a litmus test for other startups and a gauge of the tech economy.

It’s hard not to think back to the original dot-com era, when early leaders like Amazon.com used their IPOs to mark their entrance into the big time, and later entrants like Pets.com … well, you know what happened there.

The interesting thing here is that we don’t know where Groupon will fall in that spectrum.

Groupon’s stock debuted with a big surge, but that’s only natural given the intense interest. In recent weeks, questions about Groupon’s financials have increasingly raised eyebrows about the company, but the company is defending its growth potential as the stock debuts.

“The metric that we focus on is revenue per customer, and the revenue per quarter has been increasing … really ever since we launched,” says Groupon CFO Jason Child (a former Amazon.com finance executive) in the CNBC video interview embedded below.

In a post on the Groupon blog, CEO Andrew Mason is understated, calling the IPO “a small milestone on our journey.”

Also check out Larry Dignan’s post on ZDNet for key numbers to watch in the Groupon IPO.

Comments

  • Guest

    Congratulations to Groupon on successfully IPO’ing! This cash infusion will help Groupon, who basically invented the daily deal, to further innovate. As a frequent Groupon buyer and redeemer, I am very excited to see what comes next.

    • http://ClaussConcept.com Jason Gerard Clauss

      So let me guess. You bought stock.

      • Guest

        Stick to UI/UX, Jason. Clairvoyance isn’t your strong suit.

        • http://ClaussConcept.com Jason Gerard Clauss

          Who needs clairvoyance? A retarded ferret could tell you that a company whose business model is built upon gutting clients and writing terrible ad copy is doomed. I know you’re having buyer’s remorse right now, but just sell your stock and move on.

          • Guest

            I like you, Jason. You make up a lie about me and use it as the basis for a miniature rant. My friend Steve would love you.

          • http://ClaussConcept.com Jason Gerard Clauss

            I fail to find other explanations for your initial knee-jerk response. As for my “miniature rant”, its basis was Groupon’s overall shittiness, not any particular assumption about you which served only as an aside.

          • http://ClaussConcept.com Jason Gerard Clauss

            I fail to find other explanations for your initial knee-jerk response. As for my “miniature rant”, its basis was Groupon’s overall shittiness, not any particular assumption about you which served only as an aside.

          • Guest

            I like you, Jason. You make up a lie about me and use it as the basis for a miniature rant. My friend Steve would love you.

        • http://ClaussConcept.com Jason Gerard Clauss

          Who needs clairvoyance? A retarded ferret could tell you that a company whose business model is built upon gutting clients and writing terrible ad copy is doomed. I know you’re having buyer’s remorse right now, but just sell your stock and move on.

      • Guest

        Stick to UI/UX, Jason. Clairvoyance isn’t your strong suit.

  • Pokar

    Groupon will be bankrupt in 2 years.

  • http://ClaussConcept.com Jason Gerard Clauss

    Pets.com for sure.

  • http://ClaussConcept.com Jason Gerard Clauss

    Pets.com for sure.

  • http://ClaussConcept.com Jason Gerard Clauss

    Ok, troll. Have a nice day.

  • http://ClaussConcept.com Jason Gerard Clauss

    Ok, troll. Have a nice day.

  • http://ClaussConcept.com Jason Gerard Clauss

    *Starts timer till troll disappears.*

  • http://ClaussConcept.com Jason Gerard Clauss

    *Starts timer till troll disappears.*

  • Shayla

    Ouch, poor form. I think someone is a little bit too sensitive. No need to personally attack someone, who has an opinion on a company that not everyone appreciates.

    • http://ClaussConcept.com Jason Gerard Clauss

      No use in arguing with people like that. He clearly did not get enough love from Mom and just a little “too much love” from Dad if you catch my drift.

      • Guest

        Oh, Jason. Your bosses will absolutely love to hear what you’ve been writing.

        • http://ClaussConcept.com Jason Gerard Clauss

          That’s the nice thing about self employment. They really don’t give a shit what some anonymous 16 year old virgin says. Go ahead and do something stupid. I invite you in fact. Then I’ll laugh when you’re the one who’s severely fucked :)
          Ciao bella.

      • Guest

        Oh, Jason. Your bosses will absolutely love to hear what you’ve been writing.

    • http://ClaussConcept.com Jason Gerard Clauss

      No use in arguing with people like that. He clearly did not get enough love from Mom and just a little “too much love” from Dad if you catch my drift.

  • Shayla

    Ouch, poor form. I think someone is a little bit too sensitive. No need to personally attack someone, who has an opinion on a company that not everyone appreciates.

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