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New West is a for-profit online media company based in Missoula, Mont. It was founded in 2005 by Jonathan Weber.
The company has a full-time staff of at least a half-dozen, along with local editors and writers on contract. New West relies primarily on online advertising for revenue, though it also runs conferences and events and a custom-publishing business.
In January 2010, Weber left New West to become editor in chief of the nonprofit Bay Citizen. Laura Ingham is now the publisher and CEO.
Groupon (a play on “group coupon”) is a company that offers high-discount coupons to people in a particular geographic area — typically to local companies like restaurants, dry cleaners, clothing stores, or salons. The coupon becomes valid only if a predetermined number of people purchase it on a given day. Groupon has been lauded for…