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Groupon IPO: Is it the fastest growing company ever?

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Donald Marron

(Read caption) This chart show's the growth of Groupon in millions of dollars from its 2009 beginning. The company has made giant leaps each quarter for the past two years.

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We’ve all heard the rumors that Groupon is the fastest growing company ever. Today it finally opened its books in its preliminary filing to go public.

Wow.

In the first quarter of 2009, the online deal company mustered only a quarter of million in revenue. In the first quarter of 2011, it brought in almost $650 million.

Wow.

Only slightly less wow, by the way, is the fact that Groupon lost $103 million in the first quarter. Marketing and SG&A are expensive.

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