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We’re Converting Our Startup To A Cooperative. Here’s Why.

We’re Converting Our Startup To A Cooperative. Here’s Why.

Last year, our team formed to build Ampled, an ethical web platform that allows music artists to be supported by their community with direct, recurring payments. The goal with Ampled is to help artists gain sustainable and predictable income in today’s streaming economy and give them ownership and control over ...
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Startups Need a New Option: Exit to Community

Startups Need a New Option: Exit to Community

Founders create startups for all sorts of reasons. Often, the motivation is a mix between the founders’ desires to do well for themselves and to do something worthwhile for others. Dreams of greatness might figure in there too. Rarely, however, is the overriding reason to build a company people want ...
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The Curafied Co-op Story: A Prequel

The Curafied Co-op Story: A Prequel

by Arielle Jordan I’m the founder and CEO of Curafied. Curafied is a platform that helps digital content creators earn monthly income by charging a low monthly subscription to fans for their content creation and curation directly—not from “patron” donations or advertising sponsorships. We’re exploring a new direction for our ...
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Hypothesis: ESOPs for the Online Economy

Hypothesis: ESOPs for the Online Economy

I work in a startup town, the rare kind of place where you can trip over veteran founders, with multiple exits behind then, on the sidewalk. By “exits,” I mean the end-goal of most tech-oriented startups—the moment when the startup is sold, either to a bigger company or, more rarely, ...
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Congratulations to the 2018 #PlatformCoop Propaganda Challenge Winners!

The winners of the Propaganda Challenge—which distributes proceeds from our book Ours to Hack and to Own—have been chosen. Above all, we were blown away by the entries, all of which were thrilling to see. We had to make a choice, however, and we decided on the basis of promise ...
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Apply for the 2018 #PlatformCoop Propaganda Challenge

By James Seibold Public trust in the investor-owned platform economy is collapsing. Business models based on selling workers and users to Wall Street are under growing scrutiny, and a small but growing number of cooperatively-owned platforms present a real, positive alternative. How might we seize this moment to show the ...
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Taking Joint Control: Trade Union and Co-operative Solutions for Decent Work

by Pat Conaty – Research Associate, Co-operatives UK Read the full report, Working Together: Trade Union and Co-operative Innovations for Precarious Work The labour market in the UK has changed dramatically since 2006. Employment and social protection today for most new jobs is either thin or absent and as a ...
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Next, the Internet: Building a Cooperative Digital Space

Next, the Internet: Building a Cooperative Digital Space

Originally published in the Cooperative Business Journal‘s winter 2018 issue. For a sizable portion of the people running the established cooperatives in the United States, I’ve found, the internet is still regarded as a kind of alien invasion, an ever-bewildering source of trouble. Along with the hassle of building and ...
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A Letter to My Mutual Insurance Company

State Farm Customer Service One State Farm Plaza Bloomington, Illinois 61710 January 11, 2018 To Whom It May Concern, As a policyholder of State Farm Mutual I am writing to request proxy form for the upcoming annual meeting. Please send one for me at the address below at your earliest ...
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Cooperative Organizing for an Inclusive Economy: The campaign to #BuyTwitter

Cooperative Organizing for an Inclusive Economy: The campaign to #BuyTwitter

The fight for a free and open Internet scored a win in 2006, thanks to a bad analogy. Alaska Senator Ted Stevens argued that Internet service providers should have the right to manage traffic from sources that “flood the Internet,” which he likened to “a series of tubes.” Companies like ...
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