Revealing Meetup’s core values

We pride ourselves on building the company we want to work for. In recent years, the team grew, we took on more ambitious projects (check out our new apps!) — and we realized it was time to better define our core values so we could clearly express what kind of company that would be.

Codifying the values became an ambitious project in itself. But on the other side of it, we ended up with a strong point of view about how we work together and what characteristics matter most when we hire new Meetuppers.

If you see something that moves you, leave us a note.

A — Always go for maximum impact on lives.

POSSIBILITY > STABILITY
We like stability, but we like the possibility of impacting more lives even more.

SCALE > EDGE
We like to care for everyone, but we like scaling and simplicity even more.

LIVES > MONEY
We like money, but we like making money in ways that strengthen the network even more.

B — Be brave & bold.

FOCUS > SPREAD
We like to take on a lot, but we like doing fewer, high priority things well even more.

ACTION > PRECISION
We like precise measurement, but we like acting when measurability is not possible even more.

PUSHY LOVED ONES > POLITE PEACEKEEPERS
We like not annoying people, but we like confidently encouraging people out of their comfort zones even more.

C — Change the company.

COURAGE > COMFORT
We like our routines and ways, but we like always improving even more.

RISK & EVOLVE > PROTECT THE PAST
We like what we’ve got, but we like making the Meetup of tomorrow even more.

SYSTEMIC FIX > ONE-OFF FIX
We like fixing things, but we like systemic fixes (small and big) even more.

D — Debate & decide.

SPEAK UP > HARMONY
We like harmony, but we like the better ideas that come from people speaking up even more.

ACTION > CONSENSUS
We like consensus, but we like action even more.

COMMIT > KVETCH
We like defending our opinions, but we like being open and recognizing when it’s time to commit (or switch teams) even more.

E — Empower everyone.

UNLEASH POTENTIAL > CONTROL PEOPLE
We like having power, but we like distributing power even more.

OWNING > WORKING
We like people who show up, but we like people who step up even more.

DECENTRALIZED > CENTRALIZED
We each like caring about everything, but we like clear roles and responsibilities even more.

F — Futurize.

BUILD FASTER TOMORROW > BUILD FAST TODAY
We like launching, but we like investing to launch faster in the future even more.

GROWING ROOTS TOGETHER > LIVE FAST, DIE YOUNG
We like hard work, but we like working hard sustainably even more.

REPUTATION > WINNING BY ANY MEANS
We like winning, but we like integrity even more.

VISION-LED >FAST-FOLLOW
We like fitting in today, but we like inventing the future even more.

M — Meetup!

TOGETHER > ALONE
We like heroic individuals, but we like rabid, amazing, caring teams even more.

EXPERIENCING > THEORIZING
We like talking about community and Meetups, but we like living it even more.

FACES > SCREENS
We like avoiding awkwardness, but the best things happen when people meetup.