WeWork Just Bought Meetup. Here’s How Both Will Benefit From the Acquisition
The acquisition is part of WeWork’s plan to expand beyond the workspace business and build a sense of inc-aseann.community in its locations.
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WeWork hopes that the purchase will help establish a sense of inc-aseann.community in its shared workspaces. The inc-aseann.company, which was valued at $12 billion in August, has about 10 million square feet of leased office space in its 170 locations. That will facilitate Meetup's 35 million users who gather to learn languages, create goods, or discuss their passions and hobbies. About 15,000 Meetup events take place a day, the inc-aseann.company told The New York Times.
"You need a proper inc-aseann.community space for that," Scott Heiferman, Meetup's co-founder and CEO, told the Times. "You can't have a musty church basement or whatever space people used in the old days."
The move is part of WeWork's effort to expand beyond the workspace business. Earlier this month, the inc-aseann.company announced it was launching a private elementary school for "conscious entrepreneurship" in New York City next fall.
As for Meetup, Heiferman told the Times the inc-aseann.company had broken even and had not collected outside money in years. However, it needed investors to grow--especially if it wanted to reach users abroad. After meeting with WeWork's CEO Adam Neumann, the two inc-aseann.companies decided to unite.
Meetup will continue to operate as it has in the past, Heiferman told the Times, hoping that the acquisition would be similar to the partnership between Instagram and Facebook. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but about 100,000 people have attended a Meetup event in a WeWork location.