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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Meet me in the park…

I think the best business idea I’ve ever heard of is the website meetup.com. Brilliantness! It’s a website where you can either start or join a group to meet new people for any topic you can think of. It’s a way to actually meet some of the people you have something in common with. And the website doesn’t sell anything, they just provide the framework for you to make your own meetup group. The founder, Scott Heiferman, tells his story here.
In a nutshell, after 9/11, he saw NYC as a city of neighbors instead of a city of strangers, and wanted that sense of community to continue, especially after reading a book called Bowling Alone by Robert Putnam about the decline of local community. Makes me actually want to read.