Central Texas Digest:
WhaleShark Media assembling coupon website; Hart InterCivic to supply Washington with electronic poll books
Over the past year, Austin-based Whale Shark Media has been quietly building a deals-and coupons-based website by buying up small players in the industry.
Industry news website TechCrunch reports Whale Shark has bought four more sites: Deals2Buy.com, CouponSeven.com, CouponShare.com and CheapStingyBargains.com.
TechCrunch also said that the company, which is led by former Bankrate Inc. Chief Operating Officer Cotter Cunningham, will probably operate under the name Deals.com in the future.
The company has raised an undisclosed amount of venture capital from Austin Ventures, and Austin Ventures partners Thomas Ball and Phil Siegel are on its board of directors.