Andrew Mason Quotes

 

One thing I’ve come to learn about myself is that I have to keep going.

— Andrew Mason

Am I as experienced, or mature, or smart as others CEOs? No probably not, but there’s something, I think, very useful about having a founder as the CEO.

— Andrew Mason

One of the things I realized… is how few success stories there are in websites or products or businesses that exist primarily for an altruistic purpose.

— Andrew Mason

Life is too short to be a boring company.

— Andrew Mason

Most small business owners are not particularly sophisticated business people. That’s not a criticism; they’re passionate about cutting hair or cooking food, and that’s why they got in the business, not because they have an MBA.

— Andrew Mason

I’ve been very lucky, from the beginning. I’ve found that as long as you’re fundamentally good – as long as you’re not being bad to people – people give you a lot of room to be yourself, because being yourself is being honest. And that’s what people want to see.

— Andrew Mason

I didn’t realize how hard it was to run a small business.

— Andrew Mason

Most of the time, the things that really change the world exist for something fundamentally selfish and then the world-changing ends up being a side-effect of that.

— Andrew Mason

Groupon as a company – it’s built into the business model – is about surprise. A new deal that surprises you every day. We’ve carried that over to our brand, in the writing and the marketing that we do, and in the internal corporate culture.

— Andrew Mason

There are over 2,000 direct clones of the Groupon business model. However, there’s an equal amount of proof that the barriers to success are enormous. In spite of all those competitors, only a handful are remotely relevant.

— Andrew Mason

I can’t predict the future.

— Andrew Mason

One of the challenges of innovation is figuring out how to wipe your mind clean about what you should be doing at any given moment, and not having a religious attachment to what’s gotten you there thus far.

— Andrew Mason

I look at being a capitalist businessperson like riding a bike – if I go too slowly, I’ll fall over. Or it’s kind of like a shark: if I stop swimming, I’ll just die.

— Andrew Mason

I’m going to continue doing my thing and work my butt off to add value for shareholders and as long as they and the board see fit to keep me in this role, I feel enormously privileged to serve.

— Andrew Mason

I think if there’s any difference between me and a traditional CEO, it’s that I’ve been unwilling to change myself or shape my personality around what’s expected.

— Andrew Mason

Everybody loves a deal on a restaurant or skydiving or laser-hair removal.

— Andrew Mason

Once you have something so deeply infused in your culture and your brand, it would be very difficult to reverse that inertia if you wanted to.

— Andrew Mason

If you have a great business, if you’re great at your craft people should be coming in there. It shouldn’t be this secret.

— Andrew Mason

If you don’t have those moments where you go too far, then you’re probably not going far enough.

— Andrew Mason

I don’t get stressed out.

— Andrew Mason

Local commerce, without question, will be one of the fundamental use cases enabled by mobile devices over the next several years.

— Andrew Mason

The popularity of Groupon has almost rendered the group-buying element of it obsolete, because we’re able to deliver so many customers that the merchants are very happy with even the smallest number that we can provide.

— Andrew Mason

If I told people that I knew what I was doing, nobody would believe me, so why even try and fake it?

— Andrew Mason

I’m just not used to talking that much about myself. It feels strange.

— Andrew Mason

I just like to build things and do things.

— Andrew Mason

If you’re open with people and provide context for the decisions that your making, customers will stick with you.

— Andrew Mason

You’ve got to go out there and kill what you’re going to eat.

— Andrew Mason

In music, which was my world before, you’ve got thousands and thousands of years of great ideas that have already been thought of. But the internet is basically 20 years old. So you can be way stupider and still have world-changing ideas.

— Andrew Mason

If I could get a deal on whatever my impulse was, whenever my impulse struck, and it was nearby, I would use that all the time. It would reshape the way that I shop.

— Andrew Mason

The list of companies that have added their own financial metrics is not a savory group.

— Andrew Mason

I find myself using the word ‘executives’ now.

— Andrew Mason

I think I was probably that kid in the neighborhood who you could expect once or twice a year to be knocking on your door trying to sell you something stupid.

— Andrew Mason

Generally, what people tend to underestimate is the cyborg nature of Groupon. We are a company that has the DNA of being both a technology company and a heavily operational company.

— Andrew Mason

When you think of couponing, you picture a mom cutting coupons out of the back of the newspaper.

— Andrew Mason

All the trends show that email usage among the younger cohorts of Internet users is declining. Whether it will take five or 30 years for email to go extinct, I’m not sure.

— Andrew Mason

I’m appalled that an industry has grown around teaching a practice as wholesome and spiritual as yoga, so I decided to create my own free video to help people get started.

— Andrew Mason

If you look at Myspace, Facebook was a better product. It’s as simple as that.

— Andrew Mason

I think the big thing about Groupon is just people had never seen anything grow quite so fast.

— Andrew Mason

Yeah, it turns out that guys don’t like deals on laser hair removal or pole dancing lessons.

— Andrew Mason

I own over four ties.

— Andrew Mason

I feel like clout is something that builds up on your teeth.

— Andrew Mason

The experience is fundamentally different for buying from local businesses than it is for buying consumer goods.

— Andrew Mason

A lot of people can raise money.

— Andrew Mason

Life is not about money.

— Andrew Mason

Local businesses have never had a great way to get customers in the door.

— Andrew Mason

In terms of fear, I still am most afraid of Freddie Kruger.

— Andrew Mason

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