Fired Groupon CEO Records 'Business Music' Album

And 'motivational business music' at that...
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2013 7:02 AM CDT
Fired Groupon CEO Records 'Business Music' Album
In this July 8, 2010 file photo, Andrew Mason, CEO and founder of Groupon, breaks for lunch, at the annual Allen & Co. Media summit in Sun Valley, Idaho.   (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Groupon's co-founder seemed to take it pretty well when he got fired, which somehow still doesn't detract from the nuttiness of what Andrew Mason has done since: recorded an album ... of "motivational business music." The tidbit comes in an otherwise fairly unremarkable Chicago Tribune piece about Mason's decision to start a new company (in the fall, in SF, no word on what it is), and was originally revealed by Mason on his website. The seven-song album is aimed at young adults making their first foray into the working world, and Mason (who has a music degree from Northwestern) plans to release it "as soon as I figure out how to load music onto iTunes."

It's called Hardly Workin', and Mason seems to be taking it pretty seriously. He says he recorded it after realizing that the horde of under-25ers he employed at Groupon had no interest in actually reading business books, and he wanted to find a way to expose them to "some of the ideas that I've found to be a key part of becoming a productive and effective employee." Other notable recent pursuits include "traveling, losing some weight, reading, and embarking on other cliched pursuits of the unemployed," Mason wrote on his website. The Tribune notes that he's also contributed to Mark Zuckerberg's political advocacy group,, which is pushing for immigration reform. (More Andrew Mason stories.)

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