RSVP fees are a must-have for meetup organizers.

I’ve just published our notes from yesterday’s Toronto WordPress Group organizing meetup. There was a lot of discussion around the Meetup Chapter Program.

I mentioned a while ago that I’d be supporting the program by mentoring meetup organizers from other cities. I’m still keen on that.

But, after a month (or so) of discussing the program for our group, we’ve decided that it isn’t a fit in its present form.

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We’ve been in talks with the folks at Make WordPress Community about joining the new Meetup Chapter Program. We love pretty much everything about the program, and their plans for the future align nicely with what we want to do.

There’s one sticking point, though: RSVP fees.

via Toronto WordPress Group: Organizing Meetup #2.

TL;DR = RSVP fees are a simple, effective way to make sure people show up when they say they will.

Sure, you can use other methods to push for predictable numbers. You can take attendance, follow-up with no-shows, etc… but the logistical overhead of that isn’t very appealing.

For those who can’t pay the fee, all they need to do is contact the event organizers, and the rest will be taken care of.

You can read more of our thoughts in the post.

Toronto’s MakeWorks is a shared workspace for building physical products.

Founded by Mike Stern, formerly of Xtreme Labs, MakeWorks is a 10,000 square foot space home to individual desks, offices and a large event space shared by its varied occupants. Designed to be a business, not an incubator, MakeWorks exemplifies elements of both: its members are vetted, and the companies share the goal of building physical things, not merely ephemeral digital products.

via MakeWorks brings the maker movement to shared workspaces, hosting Toronto launch party next week | BetaKit.

I’m checking out the launch party next week. Should be good.

a voice for Canadian startups et al

Originally posted on #canstartchat:

Welcome to the first iteration of #canstartchat !

Per my tweet, I am encouraging you to come and join me (@autom8) in weekly Twitter chats to discuss topics related to the Canadian entrepreneurial community.

These topics are not limited to any specific business type or industry—although demonstrating interest in how technology plays a role in your endeavour and how you leverage modern forms of doing business are certainly encouraged.

And the chats are intended not only to give a clear, audible voice to Canada’s startup community but also to provide an opportunity for all of you to connect, forge new relations and enhance your growth and visibility over the long term.

I encourage you to check out the About page and to leave a comment below to confirm your interest.

NOTE: This forum is quite literally a blank slate. Apart from selecting a Twitter hashtag for…

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“Read the Docs” is hosted documentation for web apps.

Read the Docs hosts documentation, making it fully searchable and easy to find. You can import your docs using any major version control system, including Mercurial, Git, Subversion, and Bazaar.

via Home | Read the Docs.

Interesting how modern web software increasingly depends on 3rd party services (APIs, libraries, etc.), while we simultaneously have sites going “offline” as self-contained mobile apps.