So I don't get it; when I went there, there were options
for where to meet in Cleveland, from which I figured a Cleveland
monk had already signed up (which did surprise me a little),
but when I signed in, it turns out there are no other Cleveland
monks. So I guess I'll be at Chili's alone :-) But my quesion
is, how do they get those locations? Does meetup.com have
deals with chains to present them as meeting locations? I
don't have have a problem with that, I am just curious.
Update: OK, I can be a little lazy, but the answer was
pretty easy to find. From their "about meetup.com" page:
How will you make money?
We plan on two main ways: (1) We'll get paid by retailers that have good MEETUP spots
(e.g. cafés, bookstores, big pet stores, restaurants, videogame retailers) to "slot them in"
to Venue Voting. Like any business, these companies will pay to increase traffic and sales.
(Note: We never force a MEETUP to be at a particular venue. MEETUPs only happen at
places that the people vote for.) (2) We'll get paid by users for access to some upcoming,
extra cool features.