Groupon acquires last-minute travel app Blink

grouponGroupon has acquired last-minute travel app Blink, a travel app dealing in discounted same-day bookings for European hotels. The deal will help bolster Groupon’s Getaways travel business. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We are very excited to welcome the Blink team to the Groupon family,” said Aaron Cooper, senior vice president of Groupon Getaways. “The combination of a fantastic mobile app, same-day inventory management for properties and a team that is obsessed with mobile and last-minute travel will help us further expand our travel business as the go-to destination for great deals on great places to stay.”

The Blink app will be rebranded “Blink by Groupon” and will operate separately from the Groupon parent business.

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RetailMeNot acquires Dutch online coupon site

RetailMeNot, Inc., a marketplace for online coupons and deals, has acquired, a publisher of online coupons in the Netherlands. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

RetailMeNot, Inc.’s existing portfolio of European websites also includes ( in the U.K.; Bons-de-Reduction ( and cash-back website Poulpeo ( in France; and ( in Germany. In North America, RetailMeNot, Inc. also operates Deals2Buy ( and RetailMeNot (, the most widely used online coupon site in the United States.

Maurice Buijs , who founded of Actiepagina in 2005, will continue to serve as general manager of RetailMeNot, Inc.’s Dutch operations. The transaction includes transitioning all existing full-time staff to RetailMeNot, Inc. employees, bringing RetailMeNot, Inc.’s total global headcount to approximately 330 employees.

“In addition to our two websites in North America, the acquisition of puts us in our fourth country in Europe,” said Cotter Cunningham, Founder & CEO, RetailMeNot, Inc. “I look forward to working with Maurice and our new team in the Netherlands so we can show more Dutch consumers how easy it is to save money while shopping online, and help our merchant partners grow their business.”

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Middle Eastern daily deal site acquired by Tiger Global Management, a daily deal company in the Middle East, has been acquired by investment firm Tiger Global Management.

Irish entrepreneur Paul Kenny , founder and current CEO of, will remain in his position along other members of Cobone’s leadership team including Warrick Godfrey , Pieter Sleeboom, Tahira Khan and Loai Ayoub. was founded in August 2010 by Kenny with backing from the Jabbar Internet Group. It is the largest deal site in the Middle East region, and has grown its registered user base to more than 2 million customers.

“This deal represents a very exciting future for Cobone as it reaffirms its commitment to the Middle Eastern market and e-commerce industry,” said Paul Kenny . “Tiger Global gives us the international clout and the financial resources to expand regionally and surpass already high customer expectations. Loyal Cobone users can look forward to many exciting developments and innovative offerings in the very near future.”

Samih Toukan , Chairman of Jabbar Internet Group, commented on the deal, saying, “This deal represents the international recognition of a highly successful local business. With Paul Kenny , we created a company that led the way in regional group buying, and took on global players on our own turf. While this deal represents a successful exit for the Jabbar Group, we have little doubt in Cobone’s commitment to the region and in Paul’s determination to continue excelling and leading his brainchild to new successes.”

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Google acquires Incentive Targeting

googleGoogle has acquired coupon targeting company Incentive Targeting. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

The acquisition was announced in a Tweet by Mike Dudas. Mike is on Google’s mobile commerce team. The Tweet reads, “Google acquires Incentive Targeting to power highly targeted manufacturer and private label coupon programs”

Here is the press release from Incentive Targeting:

We are excited to announce that Incentive Targeting has been acquired by Google!

When we founded Incentive Targeting in 2007, we set out to do for retail couponing what Google had done for online advertising: make it simple, relevant, measurable, and effective. So, it is both humbling and gratifying to be joining the ranks of the company that inspired our initial vision.

As part of Google, we will have the resources and expertise to continue the transformation of couponing from a way to give discounts to a way to build business. And, we can now work towards that vision as part of a company that improves the lives of hundreds of millions of people every day.

We didn’t reach this milestone alone. From day one, we have relied on the support and commitment of our retailers, brands, investors, partners, and advisors, as well as the hard work and dedication of our team. We could not have done this without them, and as we look ahead, we are thrilled to be part of Google!

– Ben, Josh, and the entire Incentive Targeting team

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