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    Groupon Turns Into Nimble

    Groupon wasn't exactly the same, but now it's becoming Nimble.

    Oie. If only.

    Many of my friends who know about my former startup Nimble and are aware of the massive growth of Groupon give me a conciliatory pat on the back when they see me.

    Nimble, that I founded in 2004 allowed any local business to sell it's inventory at a discount in real time. And it worked.

    (Of course we were tiny compared to Groupon and I made many typical startup mistakes. Mainly, that I didn't have the right team in place.)

    Now, Groupon is actually starting to copy Nimble: CNN Article

    ...a new mobile application that the company hopes will change when and how society chooses to eat, shop and play.

    The application, known as Groupon Now, is remarkably and elegantly simple, yet it's a radical departure from Groupon's current deal-a-day business model. When a user opens up the smartphone app, he or she will be presented with just two buttons: "I'm hungry" and "I'm bored."

    Clicking either button will open up a list of time-specific daily deals, based on his or her location.

    The familiar $10 coupons for $20 worth of food are still there, but they're not one-time offers. Instead, businesses can choose when they want these deals to be available.

    Say a restaurant is incredibly busy on Saturdays but could use more business on Wednesdays. With Groupon Now, that business can fill its seats during slow business days using time-specific deals.

    That's the beauty of Groupon Now: local businesses have never really had a simple way to manage their perishable inventory, especially labor and food. Why waste those resources during slow periods when you can bring savings-savvy consumers through the doors with a highly targeted Groupon deal?

    "For merchants, the daily deal is like teeth whitening, and Groupon Now is like brushing your teeth. It can be an everyday thing to keep your business going," Groupon founder and CEO Andrew Mason told Bloomberg Businessweek in an extensive interview on the new product.

    The daily deals company has been on a tear recently -- in fact it is the fastest growing company in history -- but it faces stiff competition from companies with increasing muscle.

    Oh, this kills me.

    If only...

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    Reader Comments (2)

    This reminds me of an idea I had about 10 years ago for what I called a "network" of "friends" where we'd get together online and chat about things, share photos and so on. We were going to call it MyBook or FaceSpace but decided against it.

    Seriously though - I feel for you man.
    05.3 | Unregistered CommenterKelly
    I think about you/this all of the time.... Right now I know Overstock is looking to get into the game too but it feels like they are doing something more similar to Nimble and not Groupon....
    Anyway you were the first I know to think of it, that is for sure.

    I guess it could go back to the old question of "How much is an idea worth"?

    Hope you are well..
    06.15 | Unregistered CommenterRMoney

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