Admit your errors before someone else exaggerates them.
Hire great people and give them freedom to be awesome.
I'm weird. But I'm a pretty serious person.
If dandelions were hard to grow, they would be most welcome on any lawn.
You're building a tool, not a piece of art. Don't be blinded by the vision.
I never thought of myself as an entrepreneur before I started this. I just like to build things.
After four and a half intense and wonderful years as CEO of Groupon, I've decided that I'd like to spend more time with my family. Just kidding – I was fired today,
If you laugh a lot, when you get older your wrinkles will be in the right places.
Life is too short to be a boring company.
In terms of fear, I still am most afraid of Freddie Kruger.
I think if there's any difference between me and a traditional CEO, it's that I've been unwilling to change myself or shape my personality around what's expected.
I think the big thing about Groupon is just people had never seen anything grow quite so fast.
If you don't have those moments where you go too far, then you're probably not going far enough.
I've been very lucky, from the beginning. I've found that as long as you're fundamentally good - as long as you're not being bad to people - people give you a lot of room to be yourself, because being yourself is being honest. And that's what people want to see.
Most small business owners are not particularly sophisticated business people. That's not a criticism; they're passionate about cutting hair or cooking food, and that's why they got in the business, not because they have an MBA.
Sainthood emerges when you can listen to someone's tale of woe and not respond with a description of your own.
Once you have something so deeply infused in your culture and your brand, it would be very difficult to reverse that inertia if you wanted to.
We can't be afraid to be weird.
Groupon as a company - it's built into the business model - is about surprise. A new deal that surprises you every day. We've carried that over to our brand, in the writing and the marketing that we do, and in the internal corporate culture.
Flowers are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out values all the utilities of the world. If dandelions were hard to grow, they would be most welcome on any lawn.
It takes some experimentation to figure out what people like and don't like.
Globally local commerce is a $12 to $14 trillion market. If we get 10 percent of that, we'll be very happy.
In the arts they call it plagiarism, in business they call it competition.
Most of the time, the things that really change the world exist for something fundamentally selfish and then the world-changing ends up being a side-effect of that.
I didn't realize how hard it was to run a small business.
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