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Ousted Groupon Founder To Release Album Of Motivational Music

Would you take career advice from a guy who responded to his last firing with a memo about Battletoads?


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Good news, fans of music that inspires career success! Groupon founder Andrew Mason is due to release an album of motivational songs on Tuesday, July 2nd. The album, called Hardly Workin’, will come out on iTunes and Spotify “just in time for American audiences to incorporate into Fourth of July festivities,” according to Mason’s announcement. It’s the perfect album for people who want to spend their 4th of July off from work listening to music about work, written by a guy who doesn’t work.

Mason was forced out of the CEO position at Groupon in February following a dive in the deal-providing company’s stock value. You might recall that he responded to his firing with a memo that opened with the line “I’ve decided that I’d like to spend more time with my family. Just kidding – I was fired today,” and went on to compare his company to the Nintendo game Battletoads.

But Mason has been keeping busy in unemployment, and he saw a unique opportunity. After discovering that his younger employees didn’t read business books, he decided to reach out to the next generation of workers by other means while also making use of his degree in music from Northwestern. “I came to realize that there was a real need to present business wisdom in a format that is more accessible to the younger generation,” Mason explained on his blog in May. That’s when he was inspired to record the seven songs on Hardly Workin’, intended to make new entrants in the workforce into more productive employees. Here’s the track listing of the seven-song album:

  1. Look No Further
  2. The Way to Work
  3. My Door is Always Open
  4. Risin’ Above the Pack
  5. K.I.S.S.
  6. Stretch
  7. It’s Up to Us

If you’re interested in becoming a more productive worker through motivational music, wait until Tuesday and give Hardly Workin’ a try. And let us know if it also contains the secret to success at Battletoads, because seriously, we’ve been trying to beat that game for decades at this point.

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