NYTimes writes an idea that eBay’s founder Pierre Omidyar likes:

“I’ve always believed that helping people connect around a shared passion is good for business and good for the community,” Mr. Omidyar said in a telephone interview last week from his home in Las Vegas. “The early eBay users saw the trade as just an excuse to get to know other people who shared their passions about collecting.”

Like eBay, Meetup is turning out to be a bigger idea than it may have appeared at first. The concept is to use the Internet to set up face-to-face meetings among people of like interests, rather than the pseudonymous message boards that are considered communities on the Internet.

This seems like a good activity for the Tech 7-11s to do with SMEs in the neighbourhood.

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Rajesh Jain

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