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Hacker News DC Meetup Pages

Who are we?

The Hacker News DC Meetup brings together humans who thrive in startups. All are welcome, but our events are mainly intended for founders, aspiring founders, and seed-stage employees. We hold events in the DC metro area (including DC, Northern Virginia, and parts of Maryland).

What happens at a typical event?

We typically organize happy hours at local restaurants and bars. When you put a bunch of interesting people together and add food and beer, the rest happens organically. We tend to schedule happy hours for a weekday nights around 6pm near a metro station.

How did the group start?

The name of our group comes from a startup-focused social news website called Hacker News. The website is curated by YCombinator, a Silicon Valley seed-stage venture capital firm.

In May of 2009, an individual posted on Hacker News that he had just finished a 2-year trip of backpacking and hacking (hackpacking?), hitting 20 countries in 2 years, and had flown home through Dulles Airport.

Rusty, upon seeing this, had two thoughts: "There are people who read Hacker News in the DC area?!" and "Wow, I'd like to buy that guy a beer!" On a lark, he created a group on Meetup.com and posted about it on Hacker News. Within a few hours the group had more than 50 members, and we held our first event a few days later.

Our meetup group has no official relationship with the Hacker News website or YCombinator, we all just enjoy reading the site.

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