(Caspar is the human)
School: Duke University MBA, Fuqua School of Business
Your first day was pretty crazy; tell us about it.
On day one, I attended the Product all-hands meeting in Palo Alto. Seeing both the Chicago and Palo Alto offices in my first 24 hours was awesome. Being in both offices provided me with a high-level view of Groupon and its HUGE ambitions. During the all-hands meeting, we had the opportunity to meet and work with our counterparts, including the Berlin team, which was both fun and engaging. The best part of the trip was working on technology projects that will alter the way consumers interact with local commerce. On another note, the Palo Alto office is sweet–snack stations, game room, lounge–enough said.
What are you doing?
I’m excited to be a part of the Merchant Center Products team! During the summer, I will be defining the strategy for one of our new merchant tools. I will be working with both engineers and designers to develop a framework, outline the functionality and drive the development.
What is your perspective of Groupon as a tech company?
Groupon is a lot of things. In addition to being a daily deals site, Groupon improves local commerce, has a great sales force, and is working on some of the most interesting technology problems today. With the acquisition of Breadcrumb (a point of sale system), the roll-out of the Rewards Program and the development of in-house technologies, Groupon aims to change the way customers interact with local businesses. As a part of the products team, I am working on a number of features, which will improve merchant-customer interactions. In my mind, Groupon is a technological company first.
At Groupon, everyone’s a valued member. I have been given an incredible amount of ownership and leeway to make the tough calls. If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and want to make an impact, Groupon is the place to be.
(Chad’s answers below in JSON)
“School“: “University of Waterloo”,
“What are you doing?“: “I am a Software Engineering Intern working with the Deal Experience Team developing tools and conducting various A/B experiments that will help Groupon to better understand and bring value to its users. “,
“What was cool about this week?“: “Our team met with Andrew Mason to discuss whether people will respond better upon seeing \”…a Groupon deal showing X versus Y .\” The result so far has been inconclusive, but I for one, am looking forward to finding out more.”,
“What are you excited about?“: “Working with a top-notch engineering team on code that will have a huge impact on millions of Groupon users. Just wait ’till you guys see the work we’ve done on the new user-subscription flow!”,
“Anything Else?“: “I’m also really excited about exploring the city with my co-workers and fellow interns. Everyone at Groupon is really laid-back and seriously fun to work and play with!”