Hi fellow founders 👋
I have always loved building communities (online-offline hybrids). Bringing people with the same interests together and participating in these long and motivating discussions and sharing knowledge.
I mostly built communities of founders to share learnings, around Meetups and for coworking-spaces I used to work for. But I was always dissatisfied with the technical solutions in the market. Some were too chat-based (e.g. Slack, Mattermost,..) and lack content/knowledge- and event-features, some were too event-oriented and lack community features (e.g. Meetup) and some started with a pricing model that is not affordable for people who just started their community and don't know if the community will grow (e.g. Circle).
So now I am thinking about building my own platform with an commercial open source model that allows anyone to build communities around the topics they care about, with other people who share the same interests and passions. Let them discuss questions, search member directory for interesting people to connect with, build knowledge-bases together, integrate their events and also allow different membership-levels and maybe even paid membership-levels.
What do you think? Have you faced similar problems? What community-tools are you using that I maybe have missed?