Priceline’s OpenTable buy is costly appetizer

June 13, 2014

The $64 bln online travel outfit is paying a 46 pct premium – $2.6 bln in cash – to snag the restaurant reservation site. Each helps small businesses and customers find each other. But the tariff only makes sense if Priceline can plug many more of both into OpenTable worldwide.

Groupon now needs to dig more than build

By Rob Cox
June 11, 2012

The online coupon service has expanded rapidly and snapped up rivals. Founder Andrew Mason’s focus on moving first and fast has brought dominant market share. The next trick is to protect his business. That’s arguably tougher, and means being more like OpenTable - or buying it.

IPO hopefuls want to sit around OpenTable

By Rob Cox
April 11, 2011

The Internet industry's newest crop of IPO hopefuls wants an OpenTable glow. They're all conjuring comparisons to the restaurant booking website, whose shares have risen five-fold since debuting. While similarities exist, none of the comers can quite match OpenTable.