Meetup × WeWork
Creating space to be together
We have news.
It’s great news! To better realize our mission of bringing people together IRL, Meetup will become part of WeWork, one of the fastest growing companies in the world. WeWork provides space, community, and services to members around the globe to help them connect, collaborate, and do what they love.
We’re still Meetup — same mission, same leaders, same team. Meetup’s apps and website are here to stay. But together, we’ll spark even more real-world, face-to-face gatherings that allow people to explore, learn, create opportunity, and build relationships, making real community available to everyone.
Our work has only just begun. The world needs Meetup more than ever. And we’re ready to seize this new beginning.
Here’s the story.
WeWork has space for community, and Meetup needs space for community. Voila!
Meetup is 15,000+ Meetups each day (and growing) in 100+ countries — mostly weeknights and weekends;
WeWork is 10 million square feet of space in 17 countries (and growing) — mostly occupied on weekdays.
Over the past couple years, WeWork organically became the fastest growing choice for where Meetup organizers choose to host their Meetups.
In WeWork, we met our match. WeWork creates community, like us. If you think of WeWork as a desk rental company, you haven’t been to a WeWork space and felt the pulse of community there. And their vision for positive impact is big, like ours. See http://we.co. WeWork is also WeLive (co-living), Rise (fitness), WeGrow and Flatiron School (education). And now it’s Meetup, too.
So this fall, when we started talking, it became obvious we could unlock possibilities for each other. WeWork’s resources and fast-growing spirit could propel Meetup to innovate and expand much faster.
Bringing people together in ways that change their lives, and change the world, has been our motivation since the very beginning. This next step in our evolution means we’ll run harder and faster toward that vision than ever before.
What does this mean for Meetup members and organizers?
Over time, it means access to great space. We’ve learned that the right space is essential for bringing people together IRL. Many Meetup organizers already love WeWork. This year alone, 100,000 people have attended Meetups at beautiful WeWork spaces. Expect more of that in the future. If you’re an organizer in a city with a WeWork location and want to know more about hosting your Meetups at WeWork, sign up for updates.
Beyond that, you can count on us to do what we’ve always done — help bring people together IRL in pursuit of real community.
Our time is now.
When we started Meetup, we didn’t know how many members and organizers would take this journey with us (something that has humbled and inspired us everyday along the way). We certainly didn’t imagine joining forces with one of the fastest growing companies in the world. And we had no way of predicting how badly the world would need Meetup in 2017. It’s our time.
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