When Meetup started looking for investors earlier this year and explored the idea of a potential buyer, the New York-based company’s general counsel was the one to recommend collaborative workspace company WeWork, which ultimately purchased Meetup in a deal announced last week.

Meetup is known for bringing people together to enjoy their favorite hobbies such as reading, wine tasting or hiking. Users find each other in groups online and plan events so they can meet in person based on common interests.

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