Meetup × WeWork

This is what I call a natural.  

WeWork, the real estate company which offers shared co-working offices in 17 countries, with 170 locations, across 58 cities, has purchased Meetup.com, a online social platform that brings people together for common interests like book clubs, tech seminars, and hobby groups. 

WeWork told the press “that 100,000 people have attended Meetups in WeWork locations this year. With the deal, WeWork will get access to Meetup’s 35 million members.”

WeWork, which launched in 2010, is worth an estimated $20 billion according to a Google search. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The reason why I am writing this blog post is because not many people our DigiDame age have engaged with both companies. I have. While I was mostly surrounded by much younger folks, I always took advantage of what they had to offer. 

Our lives would have been much different if we could have easily accessed like-minded people when we were just starting out. The networking facilities and programs provided by WeWork and Meetup nurture careers that lead to important contacts and brand new ideas that you  just can’t get anywhere else. 

I urge you to partake in a WeWork facility or Meetup gathering if you have a new idea for a business, or if you want to help a younger person in your family. It’s like entering a new  world. 

Don’t miss it. You will be amazed and slightly envious of what we missed. 
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OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Conducting business is so different these days. Everything is an open book. Yesteryear, if you had a business problem, you would seek counsel from a close, trusted friend under an oath of the utmost secrecy. Today, the younger set candidly goes online to openly post a question on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or any other social platform. Within minutes, the question is answered by several, if not 20 or 30 eager connections that are more than willing to dispense their expert advice. That could possibly save hours, days, or even weeks of grief worrying about the challenge; not to mention the hundreds, if not thousands of dollars that were saved by not making the wrong decisions. 

Let’s take this process one step further. A few entrepreneurs got together a few years ago to create Ohours, an in-office, one-on-one meet-up between young (there is no requirement that you really have to be young) people just starting out and experts in a wide variety of fields who volunteer their time. All of the experts post their available time slots on the Ohours website and usually host the meetings in their office or by phone. That is not to say that many meetings do not take place at a Starbucks, a pizza joint or even on a park bench. The one big caveat that is posted on the Ohours site is that the meetings don’t last more than 20 minutes. Sometimes the meetings last longer, but the experts usually volunteer for three meetings in a row so everyone has to adhere to the schedule. 

There are many meet-up groups like this around the country. What is so amazing about them is that the volunteers are usually well known, successful business people who you normally wouldn’t have the chance to meet in a million years. Now, you not only get the chance to meet them, but you are getting free advice that can possibly send you into orbit. How remarkable is that? Big names in finance, marketing, media, security, real estate, science, fashion and entertainment have devoted countless hours to this concept. 

I have even volunteered my time. I have met some of the most creative, ambitious, and promising young people of my career. None of them are frivolous, just the opposite. They are determined to make their ideas work and they are willing to put in the sweat equity to make it happen. To be completely honest, I usually volunteer my time because after each session I am usually even more inspired about my own work than ever before. Yes, even at my stage of the game.  I find talking to people with new ideas so invigorating that I can’t wait to reinvent myself one more time. 

Every time I visit the Ohours website to peruse who is volunteering their time, the topics being discussed and the folks who are seeking counsel, I think to myself, “why wasn’t this available when I was starting out?”  The answer is easy. There was no Internet.