Andrew Mason's star turn on “60 Minutes” was good fun, but he'll make a more important appearance Feb. 8.
That's when the former freelance computer programmer who founded Groupon Inc. a little over three years ago goes before Wall Street analysts to discuss its quarterly financial results for the first time. It's also when he takes full ownership of the daily-deal company's performance. As CEO of the newly public company, credit and blame stop with him.
Until a hype-swollen initial public offering last fall made Chicago-based Groupon one of the most closely watched companies on the planet, Mr. Mason shared the spotlight with Executive Chairman Eric Lefkofsky. Not anymore. When a company goes public, all eyes turn to the CEO.