[Chicago] Python RoR Linux ngenx .... in business

Kumar McMillan kumar.mcmillan at gmail.com
Thu Aug 19 17:56:36 CEST 2010

It looks like Groupon is written all in Ruby on Rails.  They probably
are listing Python experience in the job ad simply because Python devs
can learn Rails pretty easily.

Groupon is genius but evil genius.  Hah.  It's pretty clever.  You
have three players: the vendor, the consumer, and Groupon.  Who wins?
They all do but Groupon wins the most!  The consumers get tricked into
coupons they don't need and might never use, the vendor takes a hit on
revenue in the hope that volume will drive future sales and not
cripple their operation, and Groupon just simply wins -- it gets 50%
of the revenue once a deal tips (which happens 98% of the time).
Groupon is a money tree in the middle of all that doing nothing but
using out of work improv comedy actors to lure in unsuspecting
vendors.  Crazy.

On Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 10:22 AM, Brian Ray <brianhray at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hope I am not putting anyone on the spot; however, I see from this
> article this local company is making a pretty compelling success
> company for *our* flavor of web development (our defined: not java,
> not .net ... OO,  open source: platform, frameworks,  and database)
> """
> Meet The Fastest Growing Company Ever
> Andrew Mason figured out how to inject hysteria into the process of
> bargain hunting on the Web. The result is an overnight success story
> called Groupon.
> By Christopher Steiner
> http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2010/0830/entrepreneurs-groupon-facebook-twitter-next-web-phenom.html?partner=email
> """
> They also seem to have a job listing:
> http://seeker.dice.com/jobsearch/servlet/JobSearch?op=101&dockey=xml/7/4/746bc69886aae5c1d08f6bcbc3b40f01@endecaindex&c=1&source=21&cid=simplyhired
> Not that anyone on this list is looking and would not send their
> resume to our headhunter poparotsy first; however just in case :)
> I am not going to pick on what specific configuration they use or
> anything; however, I would like to take note of things that say
> something to the (how do I phrase) man upstairs that does not tie
> itself to a really large closed source web framework.+1 for Python +1
> for Chicago business... but who is keeping score?
> Cheers, Brian Ray
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