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This article was published on August 12, 2011

Why Groupon came out of Chicago and not Silicon Valley [Video]

Why Groupon came out of Chicago and not Silicon Valley [Video]
Hermione Way
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Hermione Way

Founder Newspepper.com & Techfluff.TV. Loves social media, video on the Internet. Loves travel & pickled onions Founder Newspepper.com & Techfluff.TV. Loves social media, video on the Internet. Loves travel & pickled onions

Along with 37 Signals and GrubHub, Groupon is one of Chicago’s biggest consumer tech success stories. So to get an idea of what makes Chicago’s tech scene special, at TechWeek I asked delegates why they thought Groupon came out of Chicago and not Silicon Valley.

The answer? Well mixed reviews but Chicago has a long history of commerce (TechWeek was held in the largest vendor trading building – The Merchandise Mart) and is home to many of the Fortune 500 companies. Could this have an impact on the technology being built there today?