Groupon acquires Vancouver tech company to add Scheduler to mix

by Rob Lewis | Business

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.

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Launched in November 2008, Groupon features a daily deal on the best stuff to do, see, eat, and buy in a variety of cities across the United States. We have about 200 wonderful people working in our Chicago office (a handful of whom you can see to your right), along with a smattering of people in Groupon's other cities. Our company philosophy is pretty simple: we treat our customers the way we... more

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

OpenCal enables online appointment booking and scheduling for service businesses. Businesses place a "Book Now" button on their website or use the included free website to begin converting more visitors into customers with the convenience of 24/7 online appointment booking. OpenCal's fast and flexible web application includes a drag-and-drop staff calendar, client tracking through an integrated... more

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Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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