Following in Groupon’s footsteps: A parade of daily deal sites (List)

The New York Times today reports on the hundreds of daily deal startups that are trying to follow in Groupon’s footsteps. It’s a great story, pinpointing one of the hottest trends in the Internet space right now. It got me wondering about all of the activity right here in Seattle, so I decided to create a list of the local companies that are trying to compete.

As you’ll see, there’s no shortage of activity from large and small players alike. Why the activity? Well, anytime you have a company reach 60 million subscribers almost over night (as Groupon has done), there will be a mad, herd-like entrepreneurial dash to cash in.

Here are some of the players in Seattle that are trying to take a bite out of that pie. (Post a comment below if I forgot any notable names).

Bing: You know it is a big market when titans such as Microsoft stand up and take notice. Microsoft’s search engine just last week unveiled its play in the space, a service that aggregates daily deals from Groupon, Living Social and others. The company has partnered with Dealmap on the offering, noting in a blog post that its mission is to “help you cut through the clutter of the Web to make decisions more quickly.”

Daily Ticket: There’s so much buzz in this category right now, that, as I was compiling this list, I discovered this entirely new startup in the SEC filings. The Web site doesn’t have many details, but an automated email generated about the service offers a few clues. “We’ll email you exclusive one day offers featuring local businesses so you can explore your neighborhood for half price. Woot!,” the message says. Executives involved include Lauren Bernstein and Jonathan Washburn, a Seattle entrepreneur who is best known for helping to build the online real estate community Active Rain.

Deal Co-op: Incubated at TechStars, Deal Co-op provides white-label daily deal technologies for radio stations, mom groups, trade associations and other online publishers.

Dealometry: Built on the back of Deal Co-op, Bob Crimmins’ recently launched startup targets guys who are looking for deals. The first offer? The Manpack, a package that consists of socks and underwear.

DealPop: A product of WhitePages, DealPop is looking to go head-to-head with powerhouses such as LivingSocial and Groupon. The company is trying to leverage the massive directory at WhitePages to source the best deals for customers.  Current deal: Half off food and drink at the Old Town Alehouse in Ballard.

DealSpringer: Allows local stores to share daily deals with consumers via Twitter, Facebook and email.

Grocery Cart Savings: The winner of the Northwest Entrepreneur Network’s First Look Forum, Grocery Cart Savings is looking to bring online coupons to grocery shoppers’ mobile phones. Not quite a daily deal site, per se, but we’ve included them anyway. Founder is Ryan Myers, formerly of TalentSpring.

Foodcaching: Featured on GeekWire earlier this week, former Microsoftie Davide Vigano’s mobile and Web service is focused exclusively on restaurant deals in the Seattle area.

Ideal Network: Daily deals with a charitable twist. This Seattle upstart partners with merchants to give back up to 25 percent of savings to charities.

Public Deals: Allows merchants to run daily deal promotions via their Facebook pages. Led by Scott Weiss of Zpop Media, Public Deals takes a 25 percent cut of proceeds rather than the more typical 50 percent.  Weiss said the idea is to help the business owner collect more fans on Facebook and then “let their current fans ‘share’ the deal with their friends to create a buzz.”  To date, they’ve run about 20 deals for Seattle area merchants.

Tippr: Looking to compete with the big dogs, Tippr offers both a consumer-facing daily deal offering as well as a white-label service. Founder Martin Tobias, who previously led Loudeye and Imperium Renewables, has a knack for jumping on trends early. The company — which purchased group buying patents from Mercata — just raised an extra $4 million.

Wrazz: The upstart, which launched last year in Seattle, breaks its deals into four categories: Eat, Play, Shop and Relax. Current deal is for a discount on services at Bear Creek Family Dentistry.

Yubit: Not to be confused with daily deal aggregator Yipit, Yubit is the creation of Microsoft veteran Ivan Joseph. The startup is trying to carve its niche by focusing on small, specialized merchants just in the Seattle area. Current deal on the site is two tickets for $10 for Split 2nd Improv in Redmond.

Zulily: A niche site that focuses on daily deals for babies and kids. Backed by Maveron and led by former Blue Nile executive Darrell Cavens, the Seattle company is growing like a weed, now employing more than 100 people. Zulily is certainly one to watch in this space.

John Cook is co-founder of GeekWire, a technology news site in Seattle. Follow on Twitter: @geekwirenews.

  • Colin Skone

    This list is missing just one key player in the space!

    WeedMaps.com Daily Deal site!

    http://legalmarijuanadispensary.com/daily-deals/

    • johnhcook

      That’s funny. Someone actually passed that on to me the other day. Are they based here in Seattle? If so, I’d love to connect with the founder, purely for journalistic purposes I might add.

  • http://www.seattletimes.com/dealDIGGER Nicole

    The Seattle Times launched The Seattle Times dealDIGGER in January. Users can sign up and save up to 80% on their favorite restaurants, activities, stores and more!

    • johnhcook

      Thanks Nicole. I limited this list to startups who are based in the Seattle area, and it was my understanding that dealDigger’s back end provider is located elsewhere, correct?

      • http://twitter.com/zpopmedia zpop media

        DealDigger users NimbleCommerce (http://www.nimblecommerce.com) to power their site. They are based in Santa Clara.

      • http://www.seattletimes.com/dealDIGGER Nicole

        Yes you are correct. Thought your users would still like to learn about great local deals though – http://www.seattletimes.com/dealDIGGER

  • http://twitter.com/Vroo Vroo (Bruce Leban)

    http://www.myudeals.com/ focusing on university market (initially just UW)

  • Nonny

    And are ANY of them making money?
    How annoying it must be to be a local businessperson having to put up with the din from these solicitations.

  • Anonymous

    http://www.snapdeal.com is coming to Seattle

  • http://joesunga.com joesunga

    I love this list. Do you happen to know if there’s a master list of ALL the deal sites? Couldn’t find a comprehensive one out there.

    • Joe R.

      I found this new blog called http://www.SeattleDealSites.com that seems to have the most comprehensive list of daily deals sites in Seattle. But they don’t have all sites listed here yet.

      • http://joesunga.com joesunga

        Yeah, I was looking for a comprehensive list of every deal site out there. Not just in Seattle.

        • johnhcook

          I don’t think there are enough hours in the day for me to compile that list. Seriously.

          Thanks for tuning in, Joe. Glad to see you as part of the GeekWire Nation. :)

          • http://joesunga.com joesunga

            That’s probably true. That would be nice to know — even a deadpool of all the deal sites that didn’t work out.

            Anyways, love the Geekwire Nation — where’s the weekly podcast though? :)

          • johnhcook

            Podcast will be starting shortly. Most likely on the 18th. I love our
            loyal podcast fans.

            john

  • http://dispensarydepot.com Gen

    What about the niche players like 

  • http://dispensarydepot.com Gen

    What about niche players like http://dailygolfers.com or aggregators like http://cutepons.com

  • Dealsopoly

    Here’s a few more that have just launched to add to the list:

    http://www.dealsopoly.com
    http://www.dealnerds.com
    http://www.bargainsmania.com

    Thanks!