I at the end gave up and started my own meetup with my other halfaround 3 years ago. The idea was that there is no awkward networking, but we rather sit together around the table and have a long coworking session and we chat a bit and then work and chat and slowly we become friends. And it’s been alive for 3 years now and I really like it. Sometimes it’s just 2 or 3 people, but sometimes it’s around 10 of us. And it’s on 2x a week in CoUp.
We were in Asia this winter and we tried out the same format in Taipei and it’s still on. People meet 1x a week and learn and work together.