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The last we heard — and by last we mean two days ago — Groupon had just raised a record-breaking $950 million at a reported $5 billion val…

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The last we heard — and by last we mean two days ago — Groupon had just raised a record-breaking $950 million at a reported $5 billion valuation. The company is already, however, plotting an initial public offering that could value it at as much as $15 billion, according to several press reports. Groupon executives have apparently been meeting with bankers who could take the company public as soon as this spring.

So, what’s Groupon going to do with these huge influxes of cash? It increasingly looks like the company may use them in part to pay for a very aggressive international expansion. Earlier this week, Groupon purchased three daily deals sites in South Africa, Israel and India. And TechCrunch noted in a story this morning that a Groupon job ad in China indicated that the company was planning on having 1,000 employees in that country by March.

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  1. Groupon is doomed. It’s basically, to me, simply an online/mobile version of Valpak with horrible deals that people really don’t need. Consumers will wise up sooner rather than later and post-IPO it could be a real problem going forward.

    http://mankabros.com/onmedea/2011/01/the_trouble_with_groupon.html

  2. Ingo Bultschnieder Friday, January 14, 2011

    Wonder how long this bubble will survive. Groupon is almost worthless. It’s a simple idea that can be copied in no time with no effort (that’s why there are hundreds). Just like Facebook it will be sold to an unbelievable price just before it’s going down. Greetings to myspace and AOL.

  3. The biggest challenge GroupOn will face is integrating the cultures and local selling practices under a single organization umbrella. This is not just challenging, but is also going to take a lot of time.

  4. At least if they go public I can short the stock.

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