We had a great breakfast this morning in Mountain View and started with about 15 folks at 9 AM. After we had gone around the table with introductions and developed an issues list, another three or four folks drifted in between 9:15 and 9:30 as we were discussing the first few issues. I had a chance to talk to them afterward and they were all familiar with Meetups (one of the places that we advertise the breakfasts).
Contrary to how other Meetups may be run, we don’t start off with a sales pitch but go around the table for introductions and solicit issues and discussion items. If you come late you miss this context and it may be harder to fully participate in the discussion portion of the breakfast.