Andrew Mason, former founder and CEO of Groupon, has always danced to the beat of his own drum but his newest venture has everyone a little bit puzzled. Today he wrote that he had recorded “a seven song album of motivational business music”. TechCrunch has with him that his album “Hardly Workin’” is for real.
While Mason has been out of sight since his departure from daily deal site, he decided to update everyone on what he’s been up to since he left. He’s been galavanting around the world, losing weight, will become a part-time partner at Y Combinator, and plans to start a company with the best of his bottled-up ideas from the last seven years.
His really goal? To inspire the youth of America. He writes:
“I managed over 12,000 people at Groupon, most under the age of 25. One thing that surprised me was that many would arrive at orientation with minimal understanding of basic business wisdom. ”Haven’t you read any business books? Good to Great? Winning? The One Minute Manager?” I’d ask. ”Business books? Not really our thing,” was the typical response. I came to realize that there was a real need to present business wisdom in a format that is more accessible to the younger generation.”
Instead of going on a campus speaking tour or releasing a book, Mason has decided to put his words into sound. TechCrunch spoke to Mason who said album is real, not a stunt like quite a few things past. For instance, Grouspawn, or when he said he was voluntarily leaving Groupon to spend more time with his family. Andrew did major in music at Northwestern, after all.
”I spent a week in LA earlier this month recording Hardly Workin’, a seven song album of motivational business music targeted at people newly entering the workforce. These songs will help young people understand some of the ideas that I’ve found to be a key part of becoming a productive and effective employee. I’m really happy with the results and look forward to sharing them as soon as I figure out how to load music onto iTunes, hopefully in the next few weeks.”