Groupon Acquires Obtiva to Build Up Engineering Team

The long-lasting relationship between Groupon and Obtiva is now officially merged. The deal will bring most of Obtiva’s team members on site as internal Groupon engineers.

Groupon, the largest daily deals shopping network, announced late last week that they have officially acquired Obtiva, a Chicago-based Ruby on Rails software development firm. Rails was created in 2003 by David Heinemeier Hansson and has since expanded in excess of 1,800 contributors by the Rails core team.

The long-lasting relationship between Groupon and Obtiva is now officially merged. The deal will bring most of Obtiva’s team members on site as internal Groupon engineers.

Posted on Groupon’s blog by director of communications Julie Mossler about the recent purchase, “We’ve been working side-by-side with our Obtiva colleagues since way back in 2009, when Groupon had a handful of engineers. We decided to stop living in sin and tie the knot.”

A six-year-old company, Obtiva, publicized the merge on Twitter “It’s OFFICIAL – @Groupon has Acquired @Obtiva” and its website. “We’re excited to announce that Obtiva has been acquired by Groupon. While we aren’t accepting new business at the moment, we will continue to service existing clients.”

Mossler also adds in her post, “We’re constantly impressed by how capable Obtiva developers are and we’re really looking forward to expanding the team. If you’re interested in a job in Engineering at Groupon (or a host of other departments, including Housewares and Linens) check out the open positions.”