Hopefully the new owners of meetup realise that the recent eye-watering price increases for meetup organisers have driven a lot of people away from the platform. Several local groups that I kept up with have departed to other platforms (usually their own website or facebook) in the last year.
As with any site that sells users to users, the meetup groups are a very volatile asset, and when they’re gone, they’re probably not coming back. (Especially if someone else sees a vulnerable market niche.)
I feel sorry for the rank and file, who’ve put in sweat-equity only to see their reward vanish, but the company was a swindle from the start.