Scott Heiferman on The NYTM: ‘Now, It’s Yours’

heiferman112608 Scott Heiferman on The NYTM: Now, Its YoursScott Heiferman, C.E.O. of Meetup, released information today on how people can declare their candidacy to replace him as leader of the New York Tech Meetup. Mr. Heiferman stepped down in November.

According to Mr. Heiferman, a new organizer will be elected on Dec. 11th, after candidates give a five minute presentation at the Dec. 9th Meetup. "Then, with the new Organizer, Dawn [Barber] and I will establish a Board for the NYTM made mostly of other NY tech-related group Organizers," Mr. Heiferman wrote on the New York Tech Meetup’s message board. "If the new Organizer wants to make it a full-time paid gig, it’s up to her and the Board to figure out how to do so. Self-organized, baby!"

Interested candidates to take over the chair need to state their candidacy here by Dec. 2.

Here’s the memo:

Fellow 7,613 NYTM Members,

Act 2 of the NYTM starts in 2009. After four years as your Organizer, I’m stepping aside.

Why? Because it’s time to unleash the full potential of this community. We do an amazing monthly event. Dawn and I are proud that the NYTM has helped hundreds of startups get useful exposure — and we all get to meet and see inspiring demos.

But it can be oh-so-much-more than the events. We need an Organizer more able than me to better serve this community — especially as Mad Ave, Wall St, and media crumble, and internet/tech must save NYC.

2004-2008 NYTM = A monthly event
2009-???? NYTM = A monthly event as part of An awesome 21st-century-style powerful member organization

The dream is for members to be true members, not just "attendees", of an organization that helps each of us.

We’ll elect a new Organizer on 12/11 after Candidates give 5-min presentations at our 12/9 Meetup (RSVP 12/3 Noon). Then, with the new Organizer, Dawn and I will establish a Board for the NYTM made mostly of other NY tech-related group Organizers. (+ If the new Organizer wants to make it a full-time paid gig, it’s up to her and the Board to figure out how to do so. Self-organized, baby!)

It’s an exciting moment for this community. If interested, declare your Organizer Candidacy BY END OF TUES 12/2 at http://www.meetup.com/ny-tech/messages/boards/forum/912944/

See video of my announcement of all this at our 11/11 Meetup: http://www.centernetworks.com/ny-tech-meetup-future

Dawn & I got the NY Tech Meetup going, but now it’s yours.

Scott Heiferman
CEO, Meetup (the platform for 50,000 Meetup Groups, including the NYTM; To be clear, I’m not stepping aside as Meetup CEO!)
http://www.meetup.com
http://scott.heiferman.com
http://twitter.com/heif

PS. With 7,613 people, CAN WE…
…better help NY internet companies grow & thrive?
…better help people find jobs? Can we better help companies find people to hire?
…better help people with a startup idea find partners?
…serve more people (vs. leaving 7,213 members out in the cold)?
…command discounts and other benefits together?
…help save NYC as media, Wall St, & Mad Ave go down?
…work with The City to make NY a better place for internet business?
…connect/sync with tech communities in other cities?
…spark a further explosion of tech community organizing around the city?
…make a powerful institution that isn’t like so many lame 20th century institutions?
…be a "support group" for members?
…better help members actually meet other members?
…be more of a true community — vs. an event with spectators?
…serve member needs in sooo many more ways?
CAN WE BE MORE THAN A MONTHLY EVENT FOR ONLY 5% OF THE MEMBERS?