As many of you may be aware, BetaGroup recently moved to a pay per event model and an annual subscription model for entrance to the monthly meetups. This is common elsewhere in the world and I’m not arguing the pros and cons of a paid vs free model here. But come on people, if you can’t stump up the price of a pizza to be able to attend an event with several hundred who will be helpful to you in the success of your early stage startup then I don’t see how your venture will ever get off the ground.
You have to work at it a bit, things don;t just fall into your lap, but if you do stand up, speak out and network effectively there you can get any of the following:
- find team members
- find suppliers
- recruit testers
- get new customers
- connect with journalists
- connect with investors
- widen your network
- get feedback on your idea from people that have been there
- free beer
- grow some ambition
- get the support of your peers
The current situation is what it is. Sign up and or pay the cash on the door per event. Students go for free.
I am not affiliated with BetaGroup, this is just my personal observation. And I’m interested in seeing how BetaGroup may have to change to offer clear value to paying members.