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Alexes reaction: Good analysis of the downsides of the Groupon's model both for Groupon itself and SMBs who use it. Maybe the article is focused to much on the negative stuff, but anyway, it's useful to read it, especially if you work in this area.

Editor s note:This guest post is part of an in-depth series looking at the daily deal industry written by Rocky Agrawal, an entrepreneur who has worked on local products since 1995. Read Part I, Part II, and Part III also. He blogs at reDesign and Tweets @rakeshlobster.
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Alex Levashov

Alexes reaction: I wonder to see the number of share they offer and valuation expected

After CEO Andrew Mason gave an IPO death stare to Kara Swisher at D9, looks like Groupon has filed an S-1 to IPO, looking to raise $750 million. According to the form its 2010 revenues were $713 million and revenues grew 22.7X in 2010. Quarter 1 2011 revenues were at $644 million. The company lost $456 million last year and lost $146 million last quarter.
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Alex Levashov

Alexes reaction: My article about ROMI for digital campaigns

There is an old quote (reportedly from John Wanamaker) saying: I know exactly that half of my advertisement doesn t work, the problem that I don t know which half . That was a real problem which businesses faced in the middle of 20th century. Fortunately now, particularly for digital advertisement, we can answer this vital question and understand which our marketing activity works well, which not so well and which actually is a waste of money.
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Alex Levashov

Alexes reaction: Group buying industry in Australia becomes more and more interesting. In addition to the legal fight between GroupOn and Scoopon we may see one more battle.

One of group buying web site, Cudo.com.au sent cease and cease and desists letter to Buyii.com.au, a web site that aggregates daily deals from several sources. One of group buying web site, Cudo.com.au sent cease and cease and desists letter to Buyii.com.au, a web site that aggregates daily deals from several sources. Cudo requested Buyii to stop use of it s content including logo, photos, texts. Cudo management consider that such use violates their copywrite and that Buyii compete with Cudo in term of search engine optimization.
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Alex Levashov

Alexes reaction: A bit messy way to lauch in new country

Looks like GroupOn finally opened it's Aussie division, it called StarDeals.Com.Au However web site looks quite strange so far.
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Alex Levashov

Alexes reaction: US big players coming to Australia? Should we wait GroupOn?

The development comes as the group buying scene in Australia becomes even more saturated, with a group of larger players including Jump On It, Cudo, Spreets and Scoopon all fighting it out for their share of the market.
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Alex Levashov

Alexes reaction: Article about Group Buying market development in Australia

Interested to know more Full research will be issued soon, register your interest in the form below. I appreciate all feedback, your are welcome to post it directly in this post.
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Alex Levashov

Alexes reaction: Useful article for people planning web site redesign

While sites were once little more than pieces of text thrown up against low-quality graphics, drastic improvements in web design technology allow even smaller SMEs to make world-class websites.
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Alex Levashov

Alexes reaction: Why you should not trust testimonial (even real, not fake) too much

Checking testimonials is a common way to evaluate the product or service you consider to purchase. What could be better than hear a feedback from people who already use it? Unfortunately, testimonials are not as reliable as we may think and I will explain why below.
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Alex Levashov

Alexes reaction: Looks like another good opportunity for people starting up their business to get some funds and (maybe more important) good mentors.

Created by Australian entrepreneur Niki Scevak, who founded the US real estate website Homethinking, the new StartMate fund counts an impressive list of investors, including former RealEstate.com.au chief executive Simon Baker, Atlassian founders Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquahr, and Hitwise founder Adrian Giles.
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