Groupon (GRPN) chairman Eric Lefkofsky "is a brilliant guy . But his greed overwhelms his...

|By:, SA News Editor

Groupon (GRPN) chairman Eric Lefkofsky "is a brilliant guy ... But his greed overwhelms his intelligence. It drives him to make short term decisions ... And he does not mind if other people get burnt." Thus speaks a former Groupon exec in an expose by The Verge's Ben Popper. Sources suggest Lefkofsky and the controversial Samwer brothers (behind Groupon-acquired CityDeal) were bent on short-term growth (fueled by dramatic salesforce expansion) at all costs, and that Andrew Mason was made "the fall guy for Groupon’s public plunge." (previous)