Self-imposed discipline with a bent towards results rather than "creative" and sustainability spending is unfortunately not the norm in the marketing industry. But it is increasingly the practice of these tech companies.
I missed your companionship yesterday. I know from perusing your Google calendar that you were out most of the afternoon and evening. But before going to bed, you searched flights to Michigan next month.
Treating a $1.6 billion, 11,000-employee organization like it's your personal plaything isn't funny, and including a neo-hipster inside joke about Battletoads in your farewell missive doesn't make it all okay.
Groupon has lost its pizzazz, its currency and feels absent from the webisphere, except when it spams with unsurprising deals. Groupon needs to get back in touch with what made it a phenomenon in the first place.
When Andrew Mason, the former CEO of Groupon, sat down at his desk last Friday morning he probably only half guessed the impact that the resignation note he posted online would make beyond the social tech industry.