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MysteryMeet among a dozen demo-ers at tonight's Mass Innovation Night event

Posted by Scott Kirsner  May 12, 2010 02:00 PM

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It's an eclectic bunch of start-ups that'll be showing off new products at the Mass Innovation Night event this evening in Waltham, from e-mail management software to Pearl's Premium lawn seed. The event is free, and it starts at 7 PM.

One of the more interesting concepts is MysteryMeet, a site that aims to help foodies group up to check out a new Boston restaurant once a month. "I thought it'd be a great way to drive traffic to new restaurants," says founder Seth Resler, "and a way for foodies to get something special." He's hoping to hold the first prix fixe dinner in June or July. "It's not a dating site, or a business networking site. It's just for people who really enjoy food."

"There isn't a business model yet," admits Resner, whose day job is as a marketing manager at Burlington-based Linkage. But eventually, the site could take a fee for helping fill tables at new restaurants. 

For a start-up that hasn't really launched yet, MysteryMeet isn't doing too shabbily on the social media front: they've got 2000+ Twitter followers.

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