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Viral Video: Groupon's Andrew Mason Doesn't Kiss Google and Tell!

It seems as though there is no one that Groupon’s Andrew Mason won’t talk to in the wake of the failed acquisition of his social buying site by Google.

In a series of interviews over the last week, the Groupon CEO and co-founder chitchatted about the start-up’s fast growth, waxed poetic over its Chicago roots and marveled about what it’s like riding a digital rocket ship to the moon.

Plus, Mason is quite charming doing it, making all kinds of quips and crazily endearing statements that reporters eat up with a big spoon.

Except that he goes all coy about the single biggest gorilla in the room–or, shall we say, Borg. That would be telling us exactly why the search behemoth did not gobble Groupon up, despite a $6 billion price tag.

At least Mason is funny, as you will see here on a segment last week on the “Charlie Rose” television show.

The interview includes Mason’s explanation at the end about how not talking about what happened with Google is like not talking about old dates. (Personally, I am a veritable blabfest about old dates, Andrew, so call me sometime, as I have some very good stories!)


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work