Frank Sennett is the president and editor-in-chief of Time Out Chicago. The former host of a long-running public radio show on the alternative press, he now appears weekly on a popular Chicago podcast. He is the author of Groupon’s Biggest Deal Ever, the dramatic story of Andrew Mason and the creation of Groupon, the fastest-growing company in America. After spending more than a year with full cooperation of the CEO and unprecedented access inside Groupon, Sennett can share more insights into the company than any other journalist. Sennett has a degree in journalism from Northwestern University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Montana. He is a graduate of the Players Workshop of the renowned Second City improvisational comedy program, an experience he draws on to produce engaging and informative presentations for technological conferences and marketing groups.
Groupon's Biggest Deal Ever
The Inside Story of How One Insane Gamble, Tons of Unbelievable Hype, and Millions of Wild Deals Made Billions for One Ballsy Joker
St. Martin's Press
“It’s hard to overstate how big a year it was for Mr. Mason. His company went public, he became a billionaire, and the daily-coupon-deals phenomenon he...
Praise for Groupon's Biggest Deal Ever
“The ‘insane gamble’ referred to in the subtitle is the one in which Andrew Mason, the founder of the Internet coupon site Groupon, turned down a $6 billion buyout offer from Google…Told with an appealingly jaunty prose style (imagine Ben Mezrich but with even more enthusiasm), the story portrays Mason as a plucky entrepreneur, a laidback and politically incorrect school prankster who, on the other hand, is a sharp-as-a-tack computer programmer and a guy who’s savvy enough to know a good idea when he has it... Is there a movie here, too, following in the wake of The Social Network? Well, there are no Winklevoss twins in the story, but don’t bet against it.”
–Booklist (Starred Review, Top 10 Business Book of 2012*)
“A fast-and-furious account of how Groupon and its young founder bucked acquisition trends by rejecting a $6 billion buyout offer from web titan Google…. A justifiably dramatic look at the machinations of a resoundingly successful startup and its 'Andy Kaufman of CEOs.”
“Perfect for would-be entrepreneurs with a dollar and a dream… Mr. Sennett had an enviable level of access during his reporting, and it pays off in a highly readable series of vignettes that demonstrate just how much personality plays in high-stakes Silicon Valley deal-making… For students of start-ups, there is much to enjoy in this breezy retelling of three tumultuous years with hundreds of millions of dollars on the line.”
--The Wall Street Journal