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“Am I as experienced or mature or as smart as other CEOs? … No, probably not. But there’s something very useful, I think, about having a founder as the CEO,” Mason tells correspondent Lesley Stahl in a CBS teaser clip.
“If there’s any difference between me and a traditional CEO, it’s that I’ve been unwilling to change myself or shape my personality around what’s expected,” he said.
Mason, 31,started the online deal provider in 2008, and has since seen it snowball into a phenomenon without turning a profit — something likely to be addressed during the full interview. His unconventional executive style, explored in a recent Vanity Fair profile, has made other headlines. Mason once perpuated an office rumor that he owned 20 cats, and bought New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg a pony as a gift ahead of his visit to the company’s Chicago headquarters. (The pony was later kept hidden in a freight elevator, so as not to offend Bloomberg.)
“Once we started Groupon, the success was intoxicating, It was just this rocket ship ride that you couldn’t let go, but you didn’t want to let go either,” Mason said.
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