GroupCard Featured in The Business Journal of Milwaukee

June 10, 2010

John Anderson, founder and CEO of GroupCard, believes his company will be a household name in a few years.

The online greeting card company, started by Milwaukee natives Anderson, Bob Ralian and Rich Lorbach, was recently purchased by gift card giant InComm, giving it access to an international market that includes some of the world’s largest retailers. The company, made up of four full-time workers, plans to triple its work force over the next year and significantly expand its product line.

Read the rest of the article or view the pdf.

Introducing GroupCard Apps Merchant Social Gifting Service

April 12, 2010

Read our full press release here

Back when we started GroupCard in 2007, the goal was to create the world’s best way to say “we care about you” . So far we have  helped millions of people do just that!

An important part of our goal is to help people combine forces and give gifts together as a group.   In 2008, we became the first service to offer a group gift card.   Today,  we’re introducing GroupCard Merchant Social Gifting Service, which moves group gifting beyond and enables to retailers  launch and promote social gifting applications from their own Web sites and Facebook Pages.

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CNN Hero of the Year is getting a GroupCard

November 25, 2009

Efren “Kuya Ef” Peñaflorida grew up threatened and harrassed by ganges in his school in Cavite City.    But by the time he was only 16 he created the Dynamic Teen Company – which now has over 10k members.  This year Efren was named CNN Hero of the Year for all he did as an advocate of Filipino out-of-school youth.

Today, I was proud to discover that Efren’s supporters have started a GroupCard Congratulations Card for him!  The card has been signed by  hundreds of admirers and thankful signers around the world.


Holiday Message to our Troops from Fox News

November 24, 2009

Fox News is spreading a little holiday cheer to our troops overseas with a GroupCard. So far, a little over 700 people have wished the troops a happy holiday season away from home. 

You can view and sign the card here:

GroupCard October 2009 Roundup… a record month!

October 31, 2009

It’s always fun to do a monthly round-up and proclaim a record, even before the month is over!

It’s true, GroupCard had a really sizable month in terms of all metrics… including revenue, cards, users, and pageviews…     Thanks to all our loyal users, and please keep in touch if there’s anything you think we should do to make November a record!


A teeny mention in TechCrunch

August 27, 2009

A fellow fbfund REV friend pointed out to me today that GroupCard got a little mention in TechCrunch today, tied to our participation in the Facebook Payments Beta…

“….to interact with a select number of third-party applications such as GroupCard and SocialCalendar”

Here’s the article

John at the FB meetup June 2009

August 1, 2009

Anyone who knows Sudha Jamthe knows Sudha Jamthe’s video camera ;-).

This summer I had the pleasure of speaking at a local Facebook meetup, and got a chance to share the GroupCard story on film with her.

Getting Caught on Film Wearing a Pink Cowboy Hat

June 13, 2009

I celebrated cinco de mayo with Amber Rae Lamke, a young and driven friend from  actions talk.

I didn’t expect her to pull out a camera for an inteview.  After all, it was loud, dark, and  Don’s tequila was strong (though this video may appear otherwise, I only had one.. i promise)

Here’s the piece:

Yeesh…i need to work on eye contact w/ the camera and those perplexed blank stares!

Cool Press: GroupCard in

November 17, 2008

Ingrid Taylar, a SF-focused contributor to, just published a phenomenally written piece about GroupCard. She somehow managed to tell our story, describe our service, and detail certain features – all in one page.

If you’re just getting to know GroupCard, this is probably THE piece to read.

GroupCard Redesigns the Group Card

Thursday November 13, 2008

About the time that Barack Obama announced his family’s desire to adopt a shelter dog, some e-mail links led me to a GroupCard at the Humane Society website. The electronic card will be delivered to the Obamas on the 21st of November with the message “Thank you for deciding to adopt.” When you click on the card, you’ll peruse the messages of more than 4,600 people who’ve signed the note to our new president-elect and his family. If you opt to sign it yourself, you can leave a unique imprint with choice of font, your spot on the page, and an optional photo of your pet.

If you’ve ever been part of the fractured and stealth group-card giving process you’ll appreciate the ease of bringing everyone together in one electronic spot — without having to circulate and hide the card, without missing the people who are out of the office, or 1,500 miles away.

GroupCard began in 2007 as a prototype on the Stanford University campus and now has headquarters in Menlo Park, with the bulk of the team based in Milwaukee. In the world of e-cards, it’s a relative newcomer. But the interface is addictive in its autonomy. It allows signatories a measure of control over the desktop graphics. And it bridges the geography which normally constrains the traditional group card and paper-bound well wishes.

Sending a GroupCard is free. You can choose from a variety of templates or use your own image to create the cover. You then sign the card and have an optional add of audio or images. Once you’ve settled on those parameters, invite others to sign the card. GroupCard lets you interface with Facebook or Outlook. You also program in a date and time for card delivery. And, as a final touch, your GroupCard can be used as a group gift pool. Part of the card creation process allows you to attach a gift card to which other people can add amounts. Individual donations are anonymous and accrue on the gift.

The final product is electronic. But GroupCard has added printing options — either DIY (downloadable), or produced by GroupCard in the form a poster card, a wall poster, or a flip book.

The GroupCard Hall of Fame and blog page has some GroupCard examples to inspire GroupCard newbies.

Cool Press: GroupCard in the Christian Science Monitor

November 7, 2008

Wow… it’s super exciting to be featured by one of the world’s most decorated publications. In its 100-year history, the Monitor has earned seven Pulitzer Prizes and hundreds of other awards.

It’s really neat how they capture the essence of GroupCard with such effeciently worded description.

Six Picks: Recommendations from the Monitor staff

Tally up your carbon footprint, giggle at 30-second ‘bunnified’ movies, lift your mood with some Depression-era blues, and more.

“To You…. From All of Us

Signing group cards for co-workers is easier than you think. lets you “e-vite” people (telecommuters, too) to “sign” an e-card – and even contribute money to an Amazon gift card. Specify how long people can access the card, and then, at the appointed time, off it goes!”

Here’s the article


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