Q&A with NYTM #1: Why Don’t You Move to a Bigger Theater?
Of all the questions that come in to NYTM, "Why don't you move to a bigger theater?" has to be one of the questions we get asked most frequently.
It makes logical sense: if we consistently sell out the theater we're in now and people have to schedule their days around our ticket release times to ensure they get tickets, then why wouldn't we just move into a bigger theater and make it easier for everyone?
It would be great if it were that easy, but unfortunately it's not.
Here's the problem: finding space for an event like NYTM requires taking a number of factors into account, including:
- Location within the city
- Technical setup of the theater and expertise of the theater crew
- Ability to book the theater in advance on relatively consistent days
- Location of a convenient afterparty venue
- Overall vibe of the space
The Skirball Center at NYU is the best combination of all of these things we've been able to find: it has a relatively high capacity (850); we get competitive pricing; the location is convenient to most of the city's tech community; the tech setup at the theater and the expertise of theater crew are stellar; we are allowed to book far in advance on pretty consistent days of the month; there's an afterparty space directly connected to the theater building; despite being big, it still retains a feel that is more intimate then you might expect for a large theater; and we get to work with a world-class university.
While there are some theaters out there that might have higher capacity, they always fall short in at least one other key area, like location or price.
We constantly keep our eyes open for other options so that we can serve the community better and make it easier to get tickets, but we haven't found anything better than NYU yet.
In the meantime, we've implemented simulcast events at two locations in the city - GA and New Work City - so that you can watch the livestream of the Meetup with a small group of other members of the tech community.
This is part of our Q&A with NYTM series. Whether it comes up through email, in a conversation, or on our Meetup discussion board, we get a lot of questions about NYTM: Why don't we move to a bigger theater? How come our newsletter is in a less-than-beautiful text-only format? What do ticket sales pay for? What does it mean to be the Managing Director of a Meetup?
None of these things were ever meant to be mysteries, so we're starting a new Q&A series that will answer those questions and more.
If you've got a question (NY Tech Meetup related of course) that you're dying to get an answer to, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll do my best to answer and include it in our series.