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first_img Show Comments ▼ Google whatsapp whatsapp IF GOOGLE pays $6bn for Groupon, it will be a staggering achievement for the start-up’s founders. The firm, which was valued at $1.35bn in Spring of this year, is expected to pull in revenues of $500m this year: that means Google’s offer is worth a staggering twelve times sales. But normal rules don’t apply in the world of fast-growing start-ups; with $500m of sales in its second full-year, Groupon is expanding at a scorching rate. Even the titans of the web industry, like eBay and Google, didn’t have such impressive revenues in such a short space of time. Nor were any of them in the black, as Groupon is. The real question is whether Google can make the acquisition work. YouTube, bought by the web giant for $1.65bn in November 2006, still hasn’t turned a profit. In fact, outside of search, Google has struggled to make money. Its laudable projects in mapping, books and voice recognition might have pleased consumers and geeks alike – but they barely make a dime. Tuesday 30 November 2010 8:18 pm Share Tags: NULL KCS-content Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family Prooflast_img

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