Monthly Archives: September 2015

Groupon sacking 1,100 staff and shuts down in 7 countries – Victory for Restaurants?

Date: 30-09-2015

Techcrunch has an article about Groupon closing down in 7 countries, sacking 1,100 people and taking a pre tax charge of $35 million.  It is pulling out of Morocco, Panama, The Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Thailand and Uruguay.  It also recently pulled out of Turkey and Greece and sold out of Groupon India to Sequoia. Prior to the closures, Groupon was… More »

Did the Dimmi Business model ever stand a chance in Australia

Date: 23-09-2015

BRW has an interesting article with the history of Dimmi and online bookings in Australia.  It is entitled Dimmi vs Goliaths – how the restaurant booking app held out for the best offer.  The article raises a number of questions. Live Bookings evidently attempted to muscle into the Australian business early in the life of Dimmi, according to the article.… More »

OpenTable buys AS Digital / Respak for undisclosed sum

Date: 09-09-2015

The WSJ is reporting that table management software and BookaRestaurant.com company, AS Digital has been purchased by Pricline Group owned OpenTable. Open Table, which employed CEO Lisa Hasen in January this year, has yet to start operation in Australia which is unusual.  Open Table is well experienced with opening in foreign countries, now operating in 19 countries. Priceline stated in… More »