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Founder’s Corner: Scott Heiferman of Meetup on change-oriented mindsets and late stage startup lessons

Scott Heiferman is the founder and CEO of Meetup, home to the world’s largest network of local community groups.

In our new episode of Founder’s Corner podcast, venture partner Rob Veres talks to Scott about his journey to start Meetup, and the missteps and challenges he tackles each day as a startup leader.

In this episode, you’ll hear actionable takeaways for your startup, as Scott shares:

  • Why bringing people together in the real world is crucial to a thriving society
  • How to use tools and video to inspire and align a company around a shared vision
  • Re-envisioning an organization through diversity and inclusive hiring practices
  • Overcoming fear of user backlash to constantly push change initiatives
  • Missteps in marketing during Meetup’s early days

Scott Heiferman is a serial entrepreneur who previously co-founded Fotolog, a pre-Facebook and Instagram photo sharing network, and i-traffic, one of the top online ad agencies of the 1990s. He received the Jane Addams Award from the National Conference on Citizenship and was named an MIT Technology Review “Innovator of the Year.” Tune in for lessons you can integrate into your own startup journey and hear from a tech leader who approaches each day with a change-oriented mindset.

Subscribe to Founder’s Corner on iTunes, SoundCloud, or Overcast, and learn more about Meetup here. Join the conversation with Rob Veres and Scott Heiferman on Twitter at @OmidyarNetwork (#ONFoundersCorner).

Omidyar Network’s Emerging Tech team invests in early-stage startups that aim to build great for-profit businesses that can change the world and achieve positive societal benefits at scale.

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