Meetup welcomes new CTO, Yvette Pasqua
We are thrilled to announce the arrival of Yvette Pasqua as CTO! Beginning today, she’ll lead one of the top engineering teams in New York City. Her charge is to grow and evolve the engineering organization so that Meetup’s technology continues to deliver an outstanding experience for millions of organizers and members.
Being CTO at Meetup presents a special opportunity to work on a product that enables over 200,000 Meetups to form real, local community, including 30,000 Meetups devoted to technology. According to Yvette, she’s most excited about the Meetup mission because “Meetups create community, which sparks invention, allowing people to make truly original things together.”
Yvette first joined the Meetup platform as a member in 2004 for the NYC Pug Meetup with her dog Arthur. She remembers thinking at the time, “It was like magic. I was a first time dog owner and was instantly connected to dozens of other pug owners in my neighborhood to meetup with and ask advice.” Ten years later she was the original founder of the AKQA Tech Insight Meetup, a Meetup group to share inspiring and innovative code and software ideas with engineers in NYC and around the world.
Yvette is welcomed by a strong team of over 50 engineers who are responsible for Meetup’s growth and success to date. But one of her most important responsibilities will be growing the team to meet the future needs and vision for Meetup (check us out!).
Prior to joining Meetup, Yvette’s career included leadership roles at startups and technology development firms, most recently overseeing Product Engineering and Design at Tinypass. Before that, Yvette spent 10 years in technology leadership roles at Schematic/Possible and AKQA, managing large teams. Yvette was responsible for leading the team who built Grindr during the early days of Grindr’s most rapid growth. She is a mobile pioneer and proven team-builder, and we look forward to seeing her thrive here.