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Last month, Chief Executive Andrew Mason wrote a memo to employees about a story he had read in the car, while driving alone, apparently. The report, one in a barrage of negative stories in recent months, wondered whether Groupon is running out of cash. His message to the troops was obtained by our colleagues over at AllThingsD. The daily-deal company declined to comment. Whether regulators are going to step in is the big question. This is not the first time that Groupon has come close to running afoul of the quiet-period rules since it filed its S

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Last month, Chief Executive Andrew Mason wrote a memo to employees about a story he had read in the car, while driving alone, apparently. The report, one in a barrage of negative stories in recent months, wondered whether Groupon is running out of cash. His message to the troops was obtained by our colleagues over at AllThingsD.

The daily-deal company declined to comment. Whether regulators are going to step in is the big question. This is not the first time that Groupon has come close to running afoul of the quiet-period rules since it filed its S Groupon filed an amended S-1 last month, drawing a new round of questions.

A Groupon spokeswoman said it was a mutual decision; Williams did not return calls, but reports indicate that he may have butted heads with Mason. Read his blog posts on the company. In , the SEC revamped its rules, albeit slightly. It is reasonable to think that Mason wrote the memo purely to spur morale, feeling frustrated by the restrictions imposed by the SEC.

But how he handled this communication is calling attention to his leadership. Mason has fashioned himself as a sort of David Letterman CEO — quirky and funny, with an odd sense of humor that pervades the company, its deals and even its poorly received Super Bowl ads in February.

But he cannot be so naive as to not realize that sending out a lengthy, defensive-sounding email to thousands of employees would not end up in the press eventually. There are other, more concise ways Mason could have communicated. The company has not yet started its road show to tell its story. Read Next.

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They also threw in another 5 million shares, up from the previous offering estimate of 30 million shares. Under pressure from regulators, Groupon re-filed in August to instead use only standard accounting procedures. As a result, the operating profits that Groupon cited in its first filing became operating losses. Then, in late September, Groupon revised its reported revenue to "correct for an error" -- namely, including in its revenue the cash it has to hand back to merchants for their share of the coupons Groupon sells.

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Many of our current and potential competitors have longer operating histories, significantly greater financial, marketing and other resources and larger customer bases than we do. These factors may allow our competitors to benefit from their existing customer base with lower customer acquisition costs or to respond more quickly than we can to new or emerging technologies and changes in consumer habits. These competitors may engage in more extensive research and development efforts, undertake more far-reaching marketing campaigns and adopt more aggressive pricing policies, which may allow them to build larger customer bases or generate revenue from their customer bases more effectively than we do. Our competitors may offer deals that Table of Contents are similar to the deals we offer or that achieve greater market acceptance than the deals we offer.

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