Groupon CEO Andrew Mason appeared on 60 Minutes last night, giving the audience of “America’s most watched network” their first chance to see an extensive interview with the man, since last year’s IPO.
Despite the big IPO, 2011 was something of a problematic year for the company, plagued with a number of controversies. In fact, Groupon even had to apologize for its Super Bowl commercial early in the year, as some were offended by it. Mason answers questions about a number of the criticisms the company has endured.
By the way, Mason says he doesn’t know how much of a threat Google is. He thinks there is plenty of room for competition. Google is probably glad to hear them say that, as other competitors are pushing for antitrust regulation against the company.
CBS News has provided an embed of the full interview:
Interviewer Lesley Stahl talks about how Mason is different from other tech founders she’s interviewed (Such as Sergey Brin, Mark Zuckerberg and Paul Allen) in this “overtime” segment. He’s a “prankster” she says.