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And They’re Off! Groupon IPOs With a Pop.

If you’re looking for a discount on Groupon shares you’re going to be out of luck this morning.

Get it? Hohoho.

So: As you may have heard, Groupon began trading this morning, and the stock immediately leapt up from its $20 per share open to $28. That’s a 40 percent leap, and it made CEO Andrew Mason, at least temporarily, worth around $1.3 billion.

That number also valued the entire company around $18 billion — about three times what Google offered to pay for the daily deals innovator last year.

Obviously, the number is going to bounce around throughout the day, so we’ll revisit this at least once more. And now back to our regularly scheduled programming …

 


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik