Meetup has been extremely successful by targeting the community aspect of the Internet and focusing on services that people need in order to connect.
Interview conducted by Nathan C. Kaiser on Tuesday, April 20, 2004 in New York, NY.
The primary inspiration was the book “Bowling Alone”, which is by Harvard Sociologist Robert Putnam about the decline of community in America and how people don’t know there neighbors anymore. The Internet does a number of wonderful things, but it treats geography as irrelevant. We still live in a world where the local level is extremely important.
Our revenue has been growing significantly every quarter. We have three sources of revenue. One source of revenue is that venues pay to be listed in our directory. They are then listed as a preferred location, but the people always get to vote on where they meet.
We are proudly a small company, with only 25 people. It is a point of pride that we can facilitate thousands of meetings with such a focused team of people.