In September Techvibes reported that Groupon had acquired a Vancouver company but at the time could not confirm details. Multiple independent sources had told us that a Groupon acquistion of a BC-based company was imminent.
Today Groupon confirmed it in a press release that announced the pilot launch of Groupon Scheduler, the latest addition to its suite of merchant productivity tools. Groupon Scheduler is an online appointment service giving merchants an easy way to manage their schedules and accept bookings directly from consumers.
Groupon Scheduler is based on technology from Vancouver's OpenCal, a startup founded in 2009. OpenCal was officially acquired by Groupon in September 2011.
Techvibes readers may recall that OpenCal co-founder Arash Shiva wrote The Bootstrapper's Guide to Internet Startups as a guest post one year ago.
OpenCal launched officially at Launch Party Vancouver 10 in Deccember of 2010 and was cofounded by Shiva and Simon Vallee. Shiva and Vallee were founding members of Vancouver's Sitemasher which was acquired by Salesforce.