Scott Heiferman started three breakthrough companies so far.
1. Meetup, the world's leading online-to-offline community network. Over 100 million people have signed up to meet IRL around thousands of interests in cities everywhere. Scott started Meetup after seeing the potential for community renewal around the tragedies of 9/11. In December 2017, Meetup became an independent subsidiary of The We Company (WeWork), and Scott currently serves as cofounder/Chairperson.
2. Fotolog, the original Instagram. Nearly 50 million people, mostly in South America, uploaded a billion photos between 2003-2008, making Fotolog a major cultural precursor to today’s social media. In 2008, Fotolog was acquired by Hi-Media.
3. i-traffic, the first online ad agency. Pioneered search ad-buying and other parts of internet media buying, i-traffic was profitable with 100+ employees, and in 1999, i-traffic became part of Omnicom via Agency.com.
Scott’s passion is a revolution in IRL community-building - to make a world where people are less lonely and more powerful. He graduated from the University of Iowa, is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, was the recipient of the National Conference on Citizenship's Jane Addams Award, and was named MIT Tech Review's Innovator of the Year. He graduated from the University of Iowa and is an NYC dad of two.