Tonight will mark the anniversary of New Work City partnering with the NY Tech Meetup to host an official simulcast of the monthly event. It’s been a lot of fun, especially with the fantastic crew of volunteers who help to make it happen every month.

More importantly, it’s allowed about 1,000 people to experience the monthly event in a way that wasn’t previously possible. For an event whose tickets are harder to get than tickets to a major concert, giving people a way to have a great NYTM experience outside of the limited capacity of the Skirball Center is important.

But it still only goes so far in solving the problem.

The problem we face is simple: when anyone, anywhere, asks someone here how to get connected in the NY tech scene, the first thing that comes to mind is inevitably: “Go to the Tech Meetup!”

The Simulcast, which has been great, is still thought of by many as the backup, the failsafe, the overflow. It does only so much to address the bottleneck.

What needs to happen is a shift in perception– one which directs some of that “go to the tech meetup!” energy to something that scales more gracefully.

Because the problem will only continue to get worse. Last week we passed 30,000 members. What will it look like when the group has 50,000? Or 100,000?

Shifting that perception won’t be fast or easy, but it’s the only way to solve the problem.

I’ve got some ideas, as do some others. The board is on the case.

In the meantime, the simulcast continues to get better. I hope this year we’ll see a significant expansion of the simulcasts, so even more people can participate. It may not solve the ticketing problem completely, but it can do a lot to help lighten the load.

If you’ve never been to a simulcast, what are you waiting for? As of this writing, there are a few spots left for tonight’s event if you want to check it out!

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