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Meetup with Scott Heiferman, Founder & CEO of Meetup.com!

  • Mar 11, 2010 · 7:00 PM
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Meetup HQ is coming to town! Join fellow London Meetup Organizers & Scott Heiferman, Founder & CEO of Meetup.com for a very special evening:


  • Celebrating the success of London Meetup Groups

  • Learning more about the Meetup Mission

  • Featuring interviews with key local Organizers: Tips & tricks for building great communities

  • Networking to learn more, share ideas, build connections & make friends

  • Drinks & refreshments: Sponsored by your friends at Meetup HQ in New York

We're looking forward to meeting everyone, sharing Meetup's mission and having a fun-filled & insight-infused gathering. For more about Meetup:
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  • Tracy

    It was a great meetup. There was over 100 meetup enthusiasts there to meet the founder Scott and to network with other Meetup Organisers. It was really lovely to meet everyone and hear about their passions and visions for their groups. Truly inspiring.

    March 16, 2010

  • Marla

    Well organised and attended meet up; was very interesting meeting a founding member of Meetup. Scott brought us up to date with what's happening in the organisation including latest and imminent developments. It was good to be able to mix afterwards with other meet up organisers and network for future events.
    Fab event, look forward to future ones.

    March 15, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Finally got some pics up though a few of mine didn't turn out so well. If those people in them want higher resolution pics let me know and I can email you them.

    March 15, 2010

  • Ada

    I thought that it was an excellent event. Extremely well organized with a very friendly atmosphere. I really enjoyed meeting people from such a variety of meetup groups. It was clear from talking with them, that we share a common problem in getting people to come to an event even when they tick the "yes" box.

    March 13, 2010

  • Placida A.

    There was a lot of positive energy in the room, more like a family. Scott Heiferman has a real community spirit making everyone comfortable and involved. There was laughter, friendship, food and drinks, enough for a second round. This is the beginning of something new for Meetup UK not just London.

    A big thank you to Scott our Founder and CEO, Meet up HQ, Bernie, Tracy and all who attended, it couldn't have been this successful without you.

    March 13, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Interesting to hear about the colourful worlds of the many different meetup organisers in London and of course to meet and chat with Scott. A really good event. Thanks Placida, Bernia and Tracy.

    March 13, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    An enjoyable and informative event, with much warm 'glue' from Placida and her team to hold it all together beautifully. Having the hot snack was a lovely idea which I also use for my groups. Scott was entertainingly candid, although I wish I had asked why he started Meetup and how his journey since then had been. Thank you so much.

    March 13, 2010

  • Lidija M.

    Many thanks to Placida, Bernie and the team for organising... and to Scott for flying all the way over to see us and patiently listen to our rants! Great meeting you all.

    March 12, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    The organizers did well in getting food and drink for a free event, and I think there were a lot of people who enjoyed it, but I was expecting to learn more about the company, rather than about other meetups in london (which you can see just by looking at the website).

    March 12, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    A historic event! A great beginning ! Des gens formidable ! It was an evening where 1+1+1+1 ....seemed to equal to 1 ! That is , 1 meetup group + 1 meetup group + another meetup group ...and so on and so forth. = 1 i.e.
    'a BIG meetup family'. Congratulations and grateful thanks to each one who made it happen. Thanks for the food and the drinks too! IOne wonders who is not looking forward to the 'MASSIVE PICNIC "? :-)

    March 12, 2010

  • Raaj

    It was great to see other meetup organisers within the area, and great to hear about what subjects other organisers run their groups about.

    Only problem was finding the venue was not easy!

    March 12, 2010

  • claire o.

    well done for organizing the meeting. its just great to meet other people and find ou t more abut meet up, can i suggest that we have some smaller meetups of organizers in same sections. if anyone is in the personal growth area and would like to meet up together pleaase contact me via inner child meetup

    March 12, 2010

  • Laura L.

    Thanks for a well organized and fun event - good ideas and sharing, great venue, lovely nibbles and wine, and nice vibe created during the evening. Thanks for your work on this!

    March 12, 2010

  • Senake A.

    Interesting comments on sponsorship last night...

    If it is of interest, my company, Pie Finance is offering sponsorship in the form of discounts and a new way to both help and benefit your members. Using the platform, members can (1) create themselves well paid, fast track opportunities by helping new start ups get off the ground (2) get the resources that they need to turn an idea into a financeable business without money up front. Do get in touch if this could benefit you or your members.

    March 12, 2010

  • Paul

    That was a great well organised evening. Interesting to meet so many diverse organisers and great to hear what Scott had to say.

    March 12, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    A big thank you to Placida, Bernie & Tracie and the girls at the coat check ;) And if you ever want to do an event in Maidenhead, Windsor or Reading - get in touch! We are doing a Real Ale Trail in Devon in May, a Windsor Pub Crawl in April and loads of fun fun stuff!

    http://www.meetup.com/maidenheadsocial/

    March 12, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was good to meet Scott and was pleased to be able to get some answers to questions we all had about Meetup's mission and the technical bits. I remember Mark saying something about making it easier for intermeetup events. Its all about networking and establishing a good working relationship with other groups. I do joint events with other groups by deciding on the max no of ppl per event and then dividing it up between the two groups. The other organiser manages the RSVP from his/her side. I'm thinking of doing a big pub crawl in London in summer and was going to get in touch with some of the London groups but now we have MOG perhaps, we can put our big events on as an idea and work together to make it a success? I am hoping Meetup will decide that UK is a big enough market and start a UK office so we can establish a closer relationship with HQ. And hopefully invest in marketing & pr and hire me!! (plug) ;)

    March 12, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    The event was well organised and great fun. First meetup to a group other then my own and I really enjoyed it. I hope I can make the time to come back for more. Scott, as expected, is an inspiration and I hope he'll take the time to come back to the UK to spread the word very soon. In conclusion then a superb event that I enjoyed very much.

    March 12, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a great evening. Amazing how much ground was covered in 2 hours. Very inspirational with so many people doing such diverse things all coming together. Scott was a great inspiration of his vision and made clear the direction of meetup which is very much in alignment for me with the way civilization needs to go in terms of the bigger picture for the planet. Julie

    March 12, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great fun to meet so many other Meetup organisers, with so many different interest areas represented. Hats off to Scott and his team for being so pro active and interested in what their customers want.

    March 12, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    The business case for web accessibility
    http://www.abilitynet.org.uk/webbusinesscase
    I highly recommend abilitynet they know what they're talking about.

    March 12, 2010

  • Senake A.

    It was great to hear from Scott and so many pioneering organisers with such a wide range of interests. Meetup enables the best of the web - using online connectivity to help recreate the social cohesiveness that has been lost in modern society. Highly recommended.

    March 12, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome well worth coming to and gained a clarity of Meetup more. Pictures I have taken will soon follow today.

    March 12, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Terrific. It meant a lot to meet the CEO and founder of meetup. It made me feel important and that my groups matter personally to the people who run meetup. Also loved the buzz and enthusiasm of being around so many motivated people. Looking forward to taking advantage of some of the opportunities that came up, like attending MOG and the giant multi-group meetup in a park. Love it.

    March 12, 2010

  • John C.

    Great meeting. Lots of interesting people, interesting MeetUp groups and some great insight from Scott.

    March 11, 2010

  • John C.

    A great meeting for meeting people, sharing ideas and expanding my thinking in terms of MeetUp logistics.

    March 11, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    good evening - thanks for organising it

    March 11, 2010

  • Tracy

    Here is the live stream to connect http://www.livestream.com/meetuphq

    March 11, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is the livestream public? I couldn't make it out for the event...

    March 11, 2010

  • Navin A.

    @Gordon Lyster
    I second your suggestion! a much needed improvement.
    @Scott
    A 2 weeks advertisement on London Tube (1000 panels -inside the cars) costs £20000 only. If Meetup HQ could spare that little money then all of us Organisers would send you a million thanks ;) Its always the people who are new to a place, go that extra length to meet strangers and make friends. :) London is full of them and many many of them don't know about Meetup. Pls give it a thought ;)

    March 11, 2010

  • Chris

    Could two or more groups have a joint meetup as a once off

    March 11, 2010

  • claire o.

    is meet up a social entrepreneur organization ( for common good aetc or a way for people to make money some of the group leaders seem to be networkmarketing in their ideology and some seem genuine social entrepreneurs

    March 11, 2010

  • franck N.

    Hey guys another idea : sharing the bests venues per cities (ie capacity / price / wifi etc...) I'm struggling right now to find one in London for a Startup Weekend and this would help me!

    I did that for San Francisco on a google doc (if u wanna organize something there by the way) : http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AkRZ-jsZo8gidDdabFlQdFlWZjdBaUNhRWlwVjQtbUE&hl=en

    March 11, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey guys! Use #meetuptour as the TAG for tonight!

    March 11, 2010

  • Andrea

    We'll be watching the Meetup from HQ in New York via Livestream. We're looking forward to it! Thanks to everyone for their comments and questions -- this is great stuff!

    March 11, 2010

  • Senake A.

    Hi Scott. It's quite short notice, but I have emailed a contact at BBC Radio (business) who covered my last speaking event. I will let you know if they can send a reporter down.

    March 11, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    What is meetup's approach to group's that make a profit? At the moment it seems meetup is not targeting as it's customer base, people who want to make a profit. However, many people want to build groups that do this. Do business and community need to be mutually exclusive?

    March 11, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Scott, I've emailed one of my contacts about the meetup and will let you all know if they are interested.

    March 11, 2010

  • Paul

    Angela, that's an interesting point about sharing/copying groups. We had someone take photos of our event and start up a differnt night at the same venue, using our photos. Not thinking of getting into a heavy/legal angle, but ideas around dealing with such events could be nice...

    March 11, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow, this is going to be a great discussion tonight. Anyone have contacts at London/UK media who may want to cover this amazing gathering of a UK community phenomenon? Also... if there's RSVP room, Bring a friend who may want to start a new Meetup!
    See ya!

    March 11, 2010

  • Navin A.

    I know there is an official Meetup HQ forum for feature request but thought would mention one desired feature here and now. Meetup details page need to show a small google map module right on that page itself next to location with option to findout directions to the venue built right there. Members shouldn't leave meetup's page to find out directions to the venue. Also a link to be provided there to show nearby meetups on google map for meetup hoppers :))

    March 11, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    A tech question: How about two levels of membership for normal members - Guest and Member. This allows Organisers who have a membership fee to keep track of who is a full member and has paid the membership and who is a guest. It also encourages guests to be more active when they realise they need to be a full member to attend the greyed out meetups which are really interesting!

    March 11, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Advertising : My group is not for profit. Once the Meetup costs are met, leftover funds are used to subsidise events, prizes and on advertising and promoting the group. We leave leaflets, cards and flyers at local businesses and ads in the paper. We are also promoting Meetup.com in at the same time. Will there will be help/financial assistance for advertising?
    How about allowing us to put Google Ads on our pages so we can generate more income/ads?

    March 11, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Intermeetup competition: Some us believe in sharing, networking and co-organising events etc. However I have come across organisers who have no qualms about copying content, ideas and poaching members both online and offline. What is the best way to deal with issues such as these?

    March 11, 2010

  • Robert

    Better integration with Facebook & Twitter, ideas to promote your group to potential members and how to engage inactive members.

    March 11, 2010

  • Chris

    Raaj agree better facebook integration would be gr8 and Twitter and buzz

    March 11, 2010

  • Chris

    Workshops for people totally new to hosting events

    March 11, 2010

  • Raaj

    How to improve "cross-integration" between meetup.com and facebook, so that the facebook group is just as popular as our main site hosted here on meetup.com

    March 11, 2010

  • Chris

    Security improvements. Eg if member is hiding their groups you can click to see their greetings from all groups oftenidentifying the groups

    March 11, 2010

  • Donnacha D.

    @Paul - since when is Clerkenwell - on the edge of the Digital Roundabout (Old Street) the back of beyond? There are more new media companies based in that area than anywhere else in London. My particular comment/question is that there is huge potential for this site to link up with the trade union movement. If there's any group of organisations that focus hugely on physical meetings, it's trade unions. Would Meetup be willing to talk about how the site could be adapted for trade unions?

    March 11, 2010

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