Feeds

TOO GOOD! Groupon ex-boss to drop, er, 'motivational business album'

Andrew Mason to share 'wisdom' through music

The Power of One Infographic

Ex-Groupon chief Andrew Mason is moving to San Francisco to start a new company, after of course, he releases an album of "motivational business music".

Mason has been keeping himself busy since he was ousted from the voucher bazaar he helped found, doing all those things that (really, really rich) people do when they're unemployed.

"It's been almost three months since I left Groupon, time I've spent traveling, losing some weight, reading, and embarking on other cliched pursuits of the unemployed," he said on his blog.

Ever the optimist, Mason said that the "silver lining" to being removed from a company despite having fought tooth and nail to stay, in the wake of complaints from investors who reckoned he was too young and inexperienced to run a global public firm, is that he can now go off and start another business.

He claimed he had lots of new ideas but he'd be turning "his favourite" into a firm in the autumn down in San Francisco, which likely indicates that it will be another internet startup.

In the mean time, he'll be releasing an album of business songs for the kids, who apparently showed up at Groupon with no business knowledge at all. Unlike Mason, who'd read some business books.

"I managed over 12,000 people at Groupon, most under the age of 25. One thing that surprised me was that many would arrive at orientation with minimal understanding of basic business wisdom," he said.

"'Haven't you read any business books? Good to Great? Winning? The One Minute Manager?' I'd ask. 'Business books? Not really our thing', was the typical response.

"I came to realise that there was a real need to present business wisdom in a format that is more accessible to the younger generation."

To help the yoof really dig business, Mason has put together an album of "motivational business music" called Hardly Workin', which will be coming out soon.

"I'm really happy with the results and look forward to sharing them as soon as I figure out how to load music onto iTunes, hopefully in the next few weeks," he said. ®

Using blade systems to cut costs and sharpen efficiencies

More from The Register

next story
El Reg nips down IKEA's 'I've Got A Screw Loose Street'
Spanish flatpack store does indeed lie on splendidly named thoroughfare
It's finally happened: Bloke builds BOFH-style goofing-off cattle prod
BZZZT: Slapper man seeks funds for jolt-a-slacker device
Plucky Rockall adventurer prepares to leave islet
An early exit, but still likely to break occupation records
Down-with-the-kidz Apple stuffs up with wild 'funness' claims
That word: I do not think it means what you think it means
Ham-fisted farmer fear: A peanut-butter-and-iPhone sandwich
Potential grain store contamination - report
Dubai to get HUGE climate-controlled DOMED CITY and giga-mall
Cosmetic surgery with direct access to shopping and a show
Storm-battered Rockall adventurer recalls 'worst experience of my life'
'I have never been so scared', admits Nick Hancock
Elon Musk to fund Tesla museum with 'ONE MEEELLION DOLLARS'
Will kick in the cost of James Bond car to the cause, says Oatmeal comic man
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximizing your infrastructure through virtualization
Virtualization continues to be one of the most effective ways to consolidate, reduce cost, and make data centers more efficient.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.