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Kuo brothers quit Groupon Taiwan to ‘pursue dreams’

Staff Writer, with CNA

The two top executives of Groupon Taiwan, one of the country’s largest group-buying Web sites, announced yesterday they had tendered their resignations a few days earlier in order to pursue their dream of starting up other innovative companies.

Jerry Kuo (郭書齊), 36, and Andy Kuo (郭家齊), 33, Groupon’s former chief executive officer and chief operating officer respectively, said they had thought long and hard about departing the company over the last year.

The two brothers officially stepped down on Friday, after the company had found replacements from its Malaysian branch, according to sources. Always looking for fresh challenges, the Kuo duo said they wanted to experience setting up a new company all over again.

“I really want to try once more. My mind is filled with ideas for a start-up,” said Jerry Kuo.

“I’m like one of the hunters in the film Seediq Bale who defend their hunting grounds. They never forget the hunting instinct inside them and are bound to return to their territory because that’s where they feel most at ease,” he said.

Andy Kuo said that the ambition inside him to be an engineer and an entrepreneur remained the same.

Kelly Liao (廖家欣), Andy Kuo’s wife, said that her husband and brother-in-law had already set up a new company and they were thinking about tapping into the potential of photographs and launching services related to pictures.

Atlaspost (地圖日記), a social networking site that the Kuo brothers established in 2007, was acquired by US-headquartered Groupon three years later.

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