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The case for cooperative tech startups

The case for cooperative tech startups

When Uber and Lyft went public, it wasn’t the drivers who got rich — it was the executives, investors and some early employees. In an era when it has become clear that tech executives and investors are frequently the only ones who’ll reap rewards for a company’s success, cooperati…Source: The ...
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How a punk-inspired collective beat the streaming giants at their own game

How a punk-inspired collective beat the streaming giants at their own game

Ampled, a small arts start-up founded by a group of musicians, designers, and software engineers, appears to be building an alternative way forward. Following in the footsteps of crowdsourcing platforms like Patreon and Kickstarter, Ampled uses the horizontality of the internet to bypass industry gatekeepers, allowing artists to gain direct ...
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Upcoming: Internet of Ownership NYC Meetup 02/04

Upcoming: Internet of Ownership NYC Meetup 02/04

Last November, coinciding with the Platform Cooperativism Conference, we had the first NYC meetup for Internet of Ownership. At NEW INC, we heard Jen from Savvy and Greg from start.coop speak about their work and shared knowledge and experience around a range of topics from VC investment in coops to ...
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From Manchester to Barcelona

From Manchester to Barcelona

For a long time, a certain set of assumptions dominated our digital imagination. These assumptions should be familiar enough. Information wants to be free. Anything that connects people is good. The government is bad. The internet is another world, where the old rules don’t apply. The internet is a place ...
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Starting A Cooperative Platform: 10 Questions We Answered

Starting A Cooperative Platform: 10 Questions We Answered

Background At Ampled, I’ve led the process of researching the necessary steps and considerations for becoming a cooperative. Starting the process was intimidating. While there are endless blog posts and videos explaining how to start startups, almost none of the material is applicable to starting a co-op. We don’t have ...
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Trust busting: How can the tech giants be limited to give co-ops room to grow?

Source: Trust busting: How can the tech giants be limited to give co-ops room to grow? ...
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New paper uses IoO Directory as basis for #platformcoop critique

Find it here: Marisol Sandoval, "Entrepreneurial Activism? Platform Cooperativism Between Subversion and Co-optation," Critical Sociology (November 13, 2019) ...
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The Year in Platform Cooperatives

*The blog post below is adapted from the first installment of our recently launched newsletter. Please consider subscribing!* With this Year in Review, we inaugurate a periodic newsletter updating you on the cooperative digital economy. We’ll share practical and theoretical insights situated in their political contexts — from research papers, news articles, and podcasts, ...
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Equity-Free Fundraising: Here are our Revenue-Share Term Sheets

Equity-Free Fundraising: Here are our Revenue-Share Term Sheets

This year, Ampled worked with the CUNY Community & Economic Development Clinic to develop simple revenue share investment term sheets, which allow organizations to receive funding while retaining ownership and control. We are openly sharing them here for anyone to adapt, use, and improve. Our goal with Ampled is to ...
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Why Employee Ownership Wasn’t Good Enough for This Organic Food Company

Why Employee Ownership Wasn’t Good Enough for This Organic Food Company

Not long ago, Natalie Reitman-White was at a national conference on employee ownership, listening to two of her idols on stage — Full Sail Brewery’s Irene Firmat, and New Belgium Brewery’s Kim Jordan. “I thought how amazing is this, two female CEO co-founders running beer companies, totally committed to employee-ownership ...
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