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Pengunduran Diri Keren Ala Andrew Mason

Bulan lalu, sang penemu industry daily deal sekaligus pendiri dari Groupon, Andrew Mason mengumumkan pengunduran dirinya dari perusahaan. Keputusan tersebut diambil karena buruknya performa finansial Groupon di kuartal empat tahun 2012. Meskipun desakan untuk memecat Andrew Mason sudah muncul sejak Desember 2012 ketika harga saham Groupon jatuh, pemegang saham masih memberi kesempatan kepada Andrew.

Namun, Andrew Mason terkenal sebagai pribadi yang sangat suka bercanda. Iklan-iklan Groupon bahkan dalam superbowl pun biasanya penuh canda yang kontroversial. Bahkan, dalam surat pengunduran dirinya, Andrew bahkan menulisnya dengan nada penuh canda dan memancing tawa dari karyawan Groupon. Apabila anda belum sempat membacanya, berikut adalah surat pengunduran diri Andrew Mason.

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(This is for Groupon employees, but I’m posting it publicly since it will leak anyway)

People of Groupon,

After four and a half intense and wonderful years as CEO of Groupon, I’ve decided that I’d like to spend more time with my family. Just kidding – I was fired today. If you’re wondering why… you haven’t been paying attention. From controversial metrics in our S1 to our material weakness to two quarters of missing our own expectations and a stock price that’s hovering around one quarter of our listing price, the events of the last year and a half speak for themselves. As CEO, I am accountable.

You are doing amazing things at Groupon, and you deserve the outside world to give you a second chance. I’m getting in the way of that. A fresh CEO earns you that chance. The board is aligned behind the strategy we’ve shared over the last few months, and I’ve never seen you working together more effectively as a global company – it’s time to give Groupon a relief valve from the public noise.

For those who are concerned about me, please don’t be – I love Groupon, and I’m terribly proud of what we’ve created. I’m OK with having failed at this part of the journey. If Groupon was Battletoads, it would be like I made it all the way to the Terra Tubes without dying on my first ever play through. I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to take the company this far with all of you. I’ll now take some time to decompress (FYI I’m looking for a good fat camp to lose my Groupon 40, if anyone has a suggestion), and then maybe I’ll figure out how to channel this experience into something productive.

If there’s one piece of wisdom that this simple pilgrim would like to impart upon you: have the courage to start with the customer. My biggest regrets are the moments that I let a lack of data override my intuition on what’s best for our customers. This leadership change gives you some breathing room to break bad habits and deliver sustainable customer happiness – don’t waste the opportunity!

I will miss you terribly.




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