The 15 Coolest Offices In Tech: Groupon Office Tour

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Before its IPO, we visited Groupon’s headquarters twice.

It’s the funniest office we’ve seen. 

Cofounder and CEO Andrew Mason is still quick to crack a joke whenever he can, and as you’ll see in our photo tour, Groupon’s comedy writers and improv actors still seem to have a firm hold on the company’s culture.

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