Groupon’s ousted founder is making gorgeous audio tours of San Francisco

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Andrew Mason has a flair for the unexpected. When the former CEO of Groupon left the daily-deals company he co-founded last year, his farewell blog post seemed to satirize the entire genre of corporate goodbyes. “I’ve decided that I’d like to spend more time with my family,” he wrote. “Just kidding — I was fired today. If you’re wondering why… you haven’t been paying attention.” The once high-flying Groupon had fallen to earth shortly after it went public, and amid lackluster earnings, Mason was ousted. Newly free of responsibilities, he wrote and recorded Hardly Workin’, an album of motivational rock songs aimed at cubicle drones. (Praise for the record seemed to top out somewhere around “competent.”)

Mason’s next act is also something…

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