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The honeymoon is over: Expedia and Groupon no longer co-branding travel deals

Groupon and Expedia are scaling back a 3-year-old partnership that focused on selling heavily discounted travel deals together. A Groupon spokesman confirmed today that the daily deals company and the online travel agency are no longer co-branding deals through a joint venture launched in the summer of 2011. The travel deals site, which was originally called “Groupon Getaways with… Read More


LivingSocial closes Seattle office; employees told to work remotely

Amazon.com-backed LivingSocial, the Washington D.C.-based daily deals site, has shut down its Seattle office. The news was first reported by Forbes and we’ve reached out to the company for confirmation. Less than 40 employees who worked at the office were not let go, but rather told to work from home, Forbes reported. The company is still hiring for three… Read More


Report: Zulily rival Totsy is going down the tubes

Did Totsy just tumble? That’s the word from PandoDaily, which reports that the money-losing New York-based flash sales site is chopping its staff of 83 and looking to sell its list of four million email subscribers. That could mean one less competitor for Zulily, the fast-growing Seattle e-commerce giant which, like Totsy, specializes in selling… Read More


Deal site Tippr bought by nCrowd

Updated at 7:40 a.m. with comments from Tippr CEO Martin Tobias. Tippr, the heavily-funded Seattle daily deals platform, has been acquired in a deal of undisclosed size by Atlanta’s nCrowd. Kara Swisher at All Things D reports that the acquisition comes amid a “tough environment” for daily deal sites, including larger rivals such as Groupon… Read More


Zulily rival Totsy buys assets of daily deal site Mamasource

New York-based Totsy today is announcing that it has acquired the assets of Mamasource, a daily deal site for moms. As part of the deal, Totsy is acquiring about two million members, bringing total membership in Totsy to about five million. “We look forward to providing our expanding group of member moms with the best… Read More


LivingSocial cuts 400 staffers, Seattle office takes a hit

LivingSocial, the Washington D.C.-based daily deals site, has laid off 400 staffers as it aims to turn a profit, a spokesperson tells All Things D. That amounts to a 10 percent cutback, leaving the company with about 4,100 employees. Backed by Amazon.com, LivingSocial operates a branch office in Seattle, which we’ve heard was impacted in… Read More

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Beer-loving serial entrepreneur Raghav Kher touts LetsPour

Raghav Kher has started companies around online marketplaces (Imandi.com); IT automation (Rendition Networks); and movie rentals (India’s Seventymm). Now, the Seattle area entrepreneur, inspired by a trip to Oregon’s wine and beer country a few years ago, is going after his true passion: Beer. Kher has partnered with former Rendition Networks engineer Rick Lamareaux to… Read More


Woot founder: Goodbye Amazon

Woot founder Matt Rutledge is leaving Amazon.com, a little more than two years after the online retailer purchased the daily deal site. In a note on the Woot forums, Rutledge said that he plans “to move on to future projects with fewer acronyms.” He continued Through your hard work and inspiration (or at least suppression… Read More


Groupon hires ex-Amazon GM to lead Seattle office

Groupon is the latest tech giant to plant a flag in Seattle, opening an office in Seattle’s International District with room for 20 to 30 employees. The arrival of Groupon follows engineering offices from companies such as Hulu, Splunk, eBay, Facebook, Zynga and others, a trend we’ve talked about in great detail over the past… Read More

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Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz departs Groupon’s board

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has stepped down from the board of Groupon just 16 months after joining forces with the fast-growing Chicago-based daily deal site. According to a SEC filing today, Schultz resigned from the board effective April 24th. Kara Swisher of All Things D first reported the news, also noting that Accel Partners’ Kevin Efrusy… Read More


Startup Spotlight: Knotis looks to turn merchants into happy daily deal users

You’ve heard the horror stories of small businesses getting overwhelmed by daily deals from the likes of Groupon and Living Social. Knotis founder McLean Reiter, a 28-year-old Seattle entrepreneur, wants to help those merchants navigate the tricky landscape with a new service called Knotis. Offering merchants a flat-rate of $14 per month, Knotis offers tools that helps… Read More


Amazon boosts AmazonLocal with $10 gift card for $5

Many companies are still trying to make it in the market for daily deals, competing with giant Groupon and a host of smaller rivals. But Amazon.com is in a unique position with its AmazonLocal deals site thanks to the fact that it’s, well, Amazon.com. Case in point: Today’s nationwide AmazonLocal deal offering a $10 Amazon… Read More


Daily deal site Tippr lays off 25 staffers, restructures sales

Tippr, the daily deal technology services startup led by Seattle entrepreneur Martin Tobias, laid off 25 employees today as part of a restructuring of the sales organization, GeekWire has learned. The Seattle company now employs about 45 people, yet still has about 10 open positions. “The reductions were in merchant sales and part of our… Read More


Amazon filing shows $558M loss for LivingSocial in 2011

How much does it cost to bulk up and compete with the likes of Groupon in the daily deals market? Amazon.com’s annual Form 10-K filing, made public this morning, reveals detailed financial information about LivingSocial, the privately-held Washington, D.C.-based company in which Amazon is an investor. A footnote in Amazon’s filing gives this condensed statement of… Read More


SnapIn founder Brian Roundtree scores cash for ‘personal shopper’ service nFluence Media

SnapIn Software was one of the better outcomes in the Seattle technology community in recent years, with the mobile software company selling to Nuance for about $200 million in 2008. Now, SnapIn founder Brian Roundtree — an entrepreneurial and engineering prodigy who started his first company at the age of 12 and later created Redmond-based Action… Read More


Daily deal site Zulily to add up to 600 jobs in central Ohio

Zulily, the fast-growing Seattle daily deals site, is planning to establish a new distribution and fulfillment center in central Ohio that could employ as many as 600 workers over the next three years, reports The Columbus Dispatch. In an effort to attract Zulily, the state of Ohio awarded income tax credits to the company on… Read More