Scott Heiferman is Co-Founder & CEO of Meetup. Each week, 50,000 Meetups in self-organized by millions of people "using the internet to get off the internet." The company is pursuing a long-range goal of a "Meetup Everywhere about Most Everything" -- so that everyone has access to local community about what's important to them. Scott lives in NYC and graduated from The University of Iowa. He was named the 2004 MIT Tech Review "Innovator of the year" and is focused for the long-haul on Meetup revolutionizing local community everywhere. He's @heif


Scott Heiferman is Co-Founder & CEO of Meetup, where he's helping spark a revolution in local community. Over 50,000 Meetups (self-organized community events) happen each week. Millions of people, in over 100 countries, "use the internet to get off the internet" and form local community using the Meetup platform. Meetup is built on the idea that every town everywhere needs support groups, playgroups, bookclubs, business circles, running groups, community action groups, etc... whatever's important to people, a local community group can help them. Meetup is now self-sustaining (profitable), growing fast, and pursuing a long-range goal of a "Meetup Everywhere about Most Everything" so that everyone has access to local community when needed. Meetup's new platform for mass mobilizing, called "Meetup Everywhere", is used by Oprah, The Huffington Post, Mashable, Etsy, and others. Previously, Heiferman co-founded Fotolog, a photo sharing network where over 30 million people, mostly in South America, have uploaded nearly a billion photos. He also founded i-traffic, a top online ad agency in the 90s. He then fled the ad industry and was influenced by 9/11 to start Meetup. Scott graduated from The University of Iowa, then worked at Sony as their "Interactive Marketing Frontiersman". He is an angel investor in Betaworks, Founders Collective, One Block Off The Grid, 20x200, Catchafire, ProFounder and others. Scott received the Jane Addams Award from the National Conference on Citizenship and was named the 2004 MIT Technology Review "Innovator of the Year". He's @heif



Recent Press

September 2011

Personal Democracy Forum, tech President: #911Plus10: How 9/11 Begat Meetup.com

July 2011

Disruptive Heroes, Scott Heiferman
: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZEmUMCQLIA

Fast Company: How Meetup Helps Online Communities In The Real WorldFast Company

TWiST: This Week in Startups with Scott Heiferman

June 2011

Meetup's Scott Heiferman on Connecting Communities

Meetup wants to be Facebook for the real world
Fortune - August 2010

Booting Up Baghdad: Tech Execs Take a Tour in Iraq
August 2009

The Boss: In Pursuit of Community

September 5th, 2009

Recently Written by Scott

"Hello My Fellow Americans, My Name Is..."

Huffington Post (with Jeremy Heimans)


"We Are the Stimulus"

Huffington Post (with Jeremy Heimans)


Scott Heiferman Speaking Engagements

October 5th, 2012
The Feast Conference

September 24th, 2012
Social Good Summit

December 1st, 2011
IGNITION: Future of Media, Business Insider's conference

November 12th, 2011
NYC Millennial Leadership Summit

October 19th, 2011
Keynote Speaker

June 1st, 2011
Ford Foundation, Tech and Human Rights

May 13th, 2011
Mashable Orlando

May 10th, 2011
Business Insider's Startup 2011

Business plan competition and conference about entrepreneurship

February 28th - March 3, 2011
Long Beach, CA

February 25th, 2011
MFA Interaction Design program at SVA to exchange ideas, reveal opportunities in employment, and meet over shared interactions.

September 24th, 2010
BizTech Day New York 2010
Session: COMMUNITY: The Art of Building a Passionate Community

September 23rd, 2010
New York Times Small Business Summit
Session: Leveraging the Digital Space to Grow Your Business

July 30th, 1020
Supernova Forum 2010
Session: Community Networks and the Real-World App Store
Washington, DC

July 14th, 2010
Hackers & Hack Meetup

June 29th, 2010
National Conference on Citizenship
Washington, DC

June 3rd, 2010
PDF New York

May 26th, 2010

May 22nd, 2010
Link (www.Linkeate.pe)
Lima, Peru

May 1st, 2010
Foo Camp East
Cambridge, MA

April 21st, 2010
140Conf NYC
Session: The State and the Future of the Tweetup

April 5th, 2010
New York Startup Week
Guest Speaker

March 13th, 2010
Austin, TX
Session:  "Sparking 21st Century Movements"

March 11th, 2010
Alliance for Youth Movements
London, UK
Session:  "Sustaining 21st Century Movements"

January 14th, 2010
Real Estate Connect
(Keynote to 1,300 real-estate/technology professionals)
New York, NY

January 7th, 2010
Castilleja School
Palo Alto, CA

November 21st, 2009

Personal Democracy Forum, Europe
Barcelona, Spain

November 17th, 2009
New York Entrepreneur Week (NYEW)
New York, NY

November 6th, 2009
New York, NY

October 15th, 2009
Second Annual Alliance of Youth Movements Summit
Mexico City, Mexico

October 14th, 2009
Zappos Insights Live
Las Vegas, Nevada

October 8, 2009
DEMOgala, CSIA event
Denver, CO

September 9, 2009
Gov 2.0 Summit
Washington, DC
video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD89q-rntgE

September 9, 2009
Library of Congress
Engaging Citizen 2.0
Washington, DC
video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZOIfd5CohU

August 25, 2009
Founders Institute
Mountain View, CA

July 23, 2009
FORTUNE Brainstorm: TECH
Huntington, CA

June 10, 2009
Meetup Organizer Bootcamp
New York, NY
video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPpfhYyiBmE

May 7, 2009
NY Tech Meetup
Talk about Iraq Delegation
New York, NY
video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feKqmclXJgc

May 1, 2009
New York, NY

April 7, 2009
Web 2.0 Expo
San Francisco, CA
video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZOIfd5CohU

March 2009
State Department Delegation
Baghdad, Iraq

February 2009
Long Beach, CA
TED University Session: "Silver Lining of Economic Collapse"