Groupon is Hiring an Accountant

Groupon is looking for an organized, detail-oriented accountant to join us in our Chicago River North offices. Your job will be to keep our books in order, design new processes as our business develops, and maybe do a bit of business analysis. If you are a whiz with Quickbooks and Excel and have at least one year of working experience as an accountant, send your resume and a cover letter to [jobs@thepoint.com](mail:jobs@thepoint.com). Also, [check out our jobs page](http://groupon.thepoint.com/jobs) to get an idea of what it’s like working here (hint: it’s pretty awesome).


Welcome to the New Groupon Blog!

People are always trying to come up with great domain names. I was too, and then I thought I’d try something different: _why not have an awful name_? Shortly after making that insight, I came up with the perfect name: groublogpon.com. It combines the words “Groupon” and “Blog” in a perfectly awkward and immemorable way.

We’ll be posting new content every week—different stuff for each of our Groupon cities.

Please excuse the current spartan presentation; we’ll dress it up shortly.

Crain's "Entrepreneurs in Action" on Groupon

If you’re interested in Groupon’s origins and how it evolved out of [The Point](http://www.thepoint.com), [Crain's Business](http://www.chicagobusiness.com/) explains it all (and more) in [this video on Groupon](http://www.chicagobusiness.com/cgi-bin/multiMedia.pl?mmId=719) from their excellent _Entrepreneurs in Action_ series. Past segments have featured our friends at [EveryBlock](http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1184417269?bclid=979465104&bctid=10885752001) and [CrowdSPRING](http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1184417269?bclid=979465104&bctid=4354427001). Our thanks to [Brandon Copple](http://twitter.com/bcopple) of Crain’s for the excellent work!


The Point Moves Offices

The Point has outgrown our office space! Yesterday, we moved down a floor of [our building](http://600westchicago.info/toc.cfm) into a larger space. Here are a few photos I took of the move.

_Ken and the tech team packing up_
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_Alex grabbing some last things_
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_Nick setting up the new phone system_
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_Unpacking in the new space_
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_Aaron and Ben in their writing sanctuary_
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_Our new conference room_
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Groupon Hiring in NYC

After successful launches in Chicago and Boston, [Groupon](http://groupon.thepoint.com) is coming to NYC, and we need some talented locals to help us make it happen.

In general, we’re looking for people who know and love New York City. Groupon is a fast-paced and fluid startup – you should be able to think on your feet. You have to be hardworking, self-motivated, blah blah blah, all that stuff that everyone says. Read on for available positions.

#### Outside Sales Executive

We’re looking for a full-time sales executive to help us get the coolest New York businesses featured on Groupon. Each day, you’ll call (and occasionally visit) restaurants, theaters, spas, dentists, and everything in between, negotiating unbeatable deals on behalf of Groupon’s customers.

You should have experience in outside advertising sales. You should be skilled at negotiation and relationship building. You should have existing relationships with bars, restaurants, and other local businesses.

Compensation is competitive. To apply, send your resume to [jobs@thepoint.com](mailto:jobs@thepoint.com).

#### Freelance Writers

We need freelance writers to compose positive, funny descriptions for the daily deal. Good write-ups seamlessly entertain the reader and communicate the value of the deal. Also, since Groupon is a community site, it should be written by someone who knows the community and can bring that perspective to their writing.

The tricky part here is that we’re looking for “funny” writing, where funny is defined as, “what makes our managing editor laugh.” The best I can do to elaborate is to offer a few examples of past Groupon write-ups: [Kafka Wine](http://groupon.thepoint.com/30-gift-certificates-to-kafka-wine-for-20); [Lincoln Park Massage](http://groupon.thepoint.com/17-off-swedish-massages-at-lincoln-park-massage) [Chicago Chamber Music](http://groupon.thepoint.com/58-off-tickets-to-chicago-chamber-musicians) [Ineeka Tea](http://groupon.thepoint.com/amazing-ineeka-tea-discount). A few things we think are funny: The Onion; Adult Swim (in particular, _Xavier: Renegade Angel_ and _Tim and Eric_).

Compensation is competitive. To apply, [email us](mailto:jobs@thepoint.com) a Groupon-style write-up for a restaurant in New York City that you’ve never patronized with a Yelp rating between 3.5 and 4 stars. **We won’t consider applications without a sample write-up**.

Access and Print Your Groupons Online

From the “you mean to say that you had a website in the year 2009 that didn’t have that feature?” department: now you can view and print your Groupons online!

Until now, we sent your Groupons as pdf attachments, which were difficult to keep track of. Now, you can [login to your account on The Point](https://www.thepoint.com/login) to see/print all your Groupons and see when they expire.

What else would you like to see on your Groupon list? [Send us your feedback](http://getsatisfaction.com/groupon).

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Get Your Groupon at EveryBlock

We’re pleased to report that [EveryBlock](http://chicago.everyblock.com/) – the up-to-the-minute neighborhood news website – is now syndicating Groupon deals! If you haven’t used it, EveryBlock provides you with a news feed of crime reports, neighborhood news, civic information, business reviews, and now Groupons. [Stop by](http://chicago.everyblock.com/) and subscribe to your neighborhood’s news feed – be warned, it can be addicting.

We’re big fans of Everyblock’s work, and are proud to count the team behind the scenes as fellow Chicagoans. [Stop by their blog](http://blog.everyblock.com/) to see what else they’re up to.

Groupon is Hiring a Boston-based Editor / Community Manager

[Groupon](http://groupon.thepoint.com), Chicago’s deal-a-day site, is coming to Boston! And we’re hiring a resident editor / community manager to help.

If you haven’t seen it already, [check out Groupon Chicago](http://groupon.thepoint.com) to get an idea of what we do.

## WHAT YOU’LL DO

### Help us find deals

We don’t know anything about Boston. We don’t even know how to fake the accent. You’ll help find cool places to feature, and then work with us to set each week’s deal schedule.

While sales operations will primarily take place here in Chicago, you’ll most likely be doing some sales as well.

### Write

We write a positive, (arguably) funny description of the product or service we sell each day. Good write-ups hawk the deal without boring people to death. Here are a few of our favorites from Groupon Chicago:

* [Kafka Wine](http://groupon.thepoint.com/30-gift-certificates-to-kafka-wine-for-20)
* [Lincoln Park Massage](http://groupon.thepoint.com/17-off-swedish-massages-at-lincoln-park-massage)
* [Chicago Chamber Music](http://groupon.thepoint.com/58-off-tickets-to-chicago-chamber-musicians)
* [Ineeka Tea](http://groupon.thepoint.com/amazing-ineeka-tea-discount)

### Promote

Help us build our mailing list by visiting campuses, attending events, and using social media tools like Facebook and Twitter. You’ll also promote the daily deals using a variety of online and offline tools.

### Upkeep

You’ll load each day’s deal onto Groupon and schedule/maintain the newsletter. You’ll also run customer service for Groupon Boston.

## REQUIRED ATTRIBUTES

You must know and love Boston. We need someone who can guide us towards offers that will resonate with the indigenous population.

You must write well.

You must be a participant in “Web culture,” i.e. you have a blog, use Facebook, Twitter, etc.

You must be comfortable in a startup environment where no one knows what the hell they’re doing. Meaning, you make things happen without waiting for people to tell you what to do.

## WHAT TO SEND US

[Email us](mailto:jobs@thepoint.com) writing samples and a cover letter explaining why you’re the right person for this job.