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Type of site
|Social truyền thông, membership software|
|Available in||English-default, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Korean, Dutch, Thai, Russian and Turkish|
|Owner||AlleyCorp, an early stage venture fund and incubator|
|Industry||Communities Internet Social Media|
|Registration||Required đồ sộ join a group|
|Launched||June 12, 2002; 21 years ago|
Meetup is a social truyền thông platform for hosting and organizing in-person and virtual activities, gatherings, and events for people and communities of similar interests, hobbies, and professions. It was founded in 2002 by Scott Heiferman and four others. The company was acquired by WeWork in 2017 and remains headquartered in Thành Phố New York City. WeWork sold it đồ sộ AlleyCorp, an early stage NY-focused venture fund and incubator, in March 2020.
Meetup was founded in June 2002 by Scott Heiferman and four co-founders. The idea for Meetup came from Heiferman meeting his neighbors in Thành Phố New York City for the first time after the September 11 attacks on the Twin Towers. Heiferman was also influenced by the book Bowling Alone, which is about the deterioration of community in American culture. Some initial funding for the venture was raised from friends and family, which was followed by a funding round with angel investors.
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The early version of Meetup generated revenues by charging a fee đồ sộ venues in exchange for bringing Meetup users đồ sộ their business. Once enough users added themselves đồ sộ a group, Meetup would send the group members an tin nhắn, asking them đồ sộ vote on one of three sponsoring venues for the group đồ sộ meet at. Within a few months of Meetup launching, 56,000 users had joined the site. In 2003 Meetup won the "Community Websites and Mobile Site" Webby Award.
Meetup was originally intended đồ sộ focus on hobbies and interests, but it was popularized by Presidential hopeful Howard Dean in 2004. Meetup developed paid services đồ sộ help the Dean chiến dịch đồ sộ meet with Meetup users. Dean also publicized Meetup groups of supporters in his speeches and on his trang web. At the peak of Dean's chiến dịch, 143,000 users had joined Meetup groups for Dean supporters. Afterwards, Meetup became a routine part of mạng internet campaigning for American politicians.
Meetup started charging a fee đồ sộ group organizers in early 2005. Initially, changes đồ sộ the trang web had đồ sộ be approved by two committees. In 2009, Meetup started running hackathons, where employees came up with new features that would be implemented if their coworkers supported it. The trang web was redesigned in 2013. Meetup had 8 million users in 2010, and 25.5 million users by 2013.
In 2013, Meetup acquired a struggling tin nhắn collaboration company called Dispatch. In năm trước, a hacker shut down Meetup with a DDoS attack, the hacker claimed đồ sộ be funded by a competitor. In 2017, Meetup created 1,000 #resist Meetup groups in response đồ sộ the Trump travel ban. This caused some Trump supporters đồ sộ leave the site or Điện thoại tư vấn for a boycott. Meetup also partnered with a labor group đồ sộ organize anti-Trump protests.
Meetup was acquired by WeWork in late 2017 for about $156 million. Some former employees said there was a 10% layoff after the acquisition. In 2018, Scott Heiferman stepped down as CEO and former Investopedia CEO David Siegel took his place. Heiferman became Chairman of the company. In October 2019, Meetup began đồ sộ test a different pricing model in two US states, reducing the costs that must be paid by organizers of $23.99/month or $98.94/six months, but requiring users đồ sộ pay a $2 fee in order đồ sộ RSVP for events, leaving several users angry. In March 2020, WeWork sold Meetup đồ sộ AlleyCorp and other investors, reportedly at a substantial loss. The khuyễn mãi giảm giá added AlleyCorp's Kevin P.. Ryan onto Meetup's board.
Meetup is an online service used đồ sộ create groups that host local in-person and virtual events. As of 2017, there are about 35 million Meetup users. Each user can be a thành viên of multiple groups or RSVP for any number of events. Users are usually using the trang web đồ sộ find friends, share a hobby, or for professional networking. Meetup users bởi not have "followers" or other direct connections with each other lượt thích on other social truyền thông sites.
Meetup users self-organize into groups. As of 2017, there are about 225,000 Meetup groups in 180 countries. Each group has a different topic, size, and rules. Groups are associated with one of 30+ categories and any number of more than vãn 18,000 tags that identify the group's theme. The most popular categories are "adventure and outdoor activities, career and business, and parents and family." Most events are on a structured schedule each week or month at a local venue, typically on evenings or weekends, though more and more events are being held virtually with a pivot đồ sộ allowing online events as a reaction đồ sộ the COVID-19 pandemic. Between March and October 2020, Meetup had hosted more than vãn one million online events.
Meetup groups are run rẩy by approximately 140,000 organizers. Any Meetup user can be an organizer. Organizers mix up groups, organize events, and develop sự kiện nội dung. They also pay a fee đồ sộ run rẩy the group, under the expectation of sharing the cost with members that attend events. Meetup has policies against organizing meetups around a commercial interest that are not compatible with their usage policies, hate speech, or groups that bởi not meet in-person. Their policy regarding commercial activities has generated some confusion with some claiming that no commercial activities are allowed, even going ví far as đồ sộ claim that a miễn phí sự kiện that has a sponsor for food and drinks is against Meetup's policies. But purely commercial activities are allowed in their policy, as long as they are, in essence, a Meetup style activity. That is, a winery could organize a wine tasting sự kiện through Meetup charging commercial rates, but not use Meetup đồ sộ simply promote their wines or only sales portal.
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