Re: No free lunch - Re: [newtech-1] Your NY Tech Meetup receipt - Pay to Play

From: Michael S.
Sent on: Monday, March 2, 2009 2:12 PM
On Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 10:47 AM, Andrew <[address removed]> wrote:
> That attitude offends just about every member (100s) of Meetup I've ever met.
>
> There are a lot of places you can go for similar functionality -- if
> what your money is being used for, on the part of "THE MEETUP" and NOT
> "MEETUP.COM", is not transparent, then people can, should and will
> start their own meetups or move to other venues and organizations.
>
> I think we need to be clear about the differences, too, between
> Meetup.com and "a Meetup".
>

The point being from http://nytm.ORG/­ :

"The NY Tech Meetup is a community-led organization, and is not for
profit. It is currently organized by Nate Westheimer."

It is in fact for profit (not that there's anything wrong with that!).
One day it may be not for profit, but not right now.  It's led by the
privately selected board and has no non-profit status.

There is nothing wrong with this or any other meetup making money or
meetup, inc for making money off their great product. What you
shouldn't do is call a for profit organization a non-profit.

Michael

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