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

Milan Andric mandric at gmail.com
Thu Aug 19 20:06:14 CEST 2010

There was an interesting story in the Tribune a few days ago in case
you're interested about Groupon:


On Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 10:56 AM, Kumar McMillan
<kumar.mcmillan at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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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