GONZALO BELLO GONZALEZ
Gonzalo’s sales career at Groupon has progressed at a speed of 1.21 jigawatts since he started at the Madrid office. (Sorry, we had to.)
What’s your favorite Groupon memory?
I think my favorite memory in Groupon was my first few weeks at the company. Finding welcoming people willing to help you at any moment, always with a smile on their faces. If I compare this with other jobs I’ve had, the difference is huge. On top of that, I started in the Graduate Programme, which allowed me and my coworkers to adapt more quickly to Groupon and also become friends with each other. Integration is much simpler this way and that makes coming to work a pleasure and not an obligation.
Tell us about your job! What do you do? What do you love about it? What does a typical day look like?
Even though I am in the Sales department, I love my job because I get to do it in a very specific way. I do not have the intention of simply selling Groupon as a salesman, I truly believe it’s a great tool to help local merchants. I have the choice to choose who I work with every day and I like when I get to show a merchant all the possibilities and benefits that Groupon can offer them.
How does your work impact Groupon’s mission of building the daily habit in local commerce?
Groupon is much more than just selling deals. Is a great marketing tool that allows businesses to multiply their scope in a way that a few years ago would be impossible to even imagine. Nowadays, the information is available for everyone, and of course, Groupon gets some benefits for it. How can you say no to a tool that allows you to reach a lot of potential customers?
Your role probably exists at other companies aside from Groupon…so what makes your role at Groupon unique?
What I like the most about working at Groupon is the possibility of working with several types of categories. I can work with restaurants, spas, wellness centers, etc. Having the chance to negotiate with so many types of businesses is very enriching. Also, Groupon is a company that really cares for its employees, which you can see every day.
Describe the proudest moment you’ve had at Groupon.
I think my proudest moment was my first contract, when I realized I was good at Sales, which I loved. I think being a salesman forces me to do my best every hour of every day.
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What’s your favorite local business?
If I had to choose, I would take the great variety of restaurants and food in Madrid. Lately, for example, is trending the Hawaiian food and poke bowls. On Groupon specifically, we have this amazing deal of poke bowls that has allowed the business to show off its food to locals.
What do your parents think you do?
They don’t really know what I do, but they are always telling me to find new deals on the business they love. They push me just as much as my actual boss!
You probably have a life outside Groupon; what are you up to when you’re not at work?
I love music, I enjoy going to music festivals (the bigger, the better!) and concerts. Movies from the 80’s are my passion, too. I have plenty of old movie posters in my room—I even have a small model Delorean!
Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
I am the lead singer and guitarist for a band called “Fries.” You all should come and see a show sometime!