Deal-sharing site Postabon just announced a bunch of big changes today: they’ve changed their name to Signpost, they’ve launched in three new cities (San Francisco, Boston, and Chicago), and they’ve taken a round of funding from Google Ventures (who joins the excellent Spark Capital). Now, I know what you’re thinking: another Groupon clone. Not so fast; even though Signpost is all about deals, they’re not really following the same path as the 900 lb gorilla in the deal space.
If you haven’t checked out Signpost, it’s basically a Yelp for deals. Users can post and review deals in their neighborhood, like happy hours, special discounts at restaurants, etc. This is very close to an idea a friend and I were thinking about pursuing especially for happy hour deals at bars. It’s really annoying to try and keep up with all the happy hour specials at various bars, so a central place to check those out is much appreciated.
The site itself is simple and clean, just the way I like it. Posting a new deal is dead simple, and the site’s focus on deals in your neighborhood really shows. I’m assuming they’ll have mobile apps out soon, which will make it really easy to find deals while on the go. Obviously, site content is a little thin in the cities that just launched today, but there’s already content on there and I’m sure there will be a lot more in the next few weeks. Speaking of which, if you know a bar with a great happy hour, why not go post it?
Disclosure: my wife works for Signpost, which is how I first heard about them. However, I really do think they’re onto something. Let me know if I’m crazy in the comments.