Why am I writing this? Even though I have no relationship with the company anymore, I’m still a shareholder, and I’m still somewhat responsible for its existence on earth, so of course I want it to do well. And because of my distance from the company, I can speak with a plainness that’s more difficult for those on the inside. Not to imply they agree with any of this. Since my departure, I’ve watched CEOs like Elon Musk voraciously and successfully defend their companies against criticism, and contrasted that against my own style of letting the haters hate and writing it off as temporary noise, and realized that the choice had served Groupon poorly. So I’m trying to make up for that.