Did you know that @firstname.lastname@example.org is currently accepting applications for their accelerator program? Think YC without the toxicity.
And @TheSELC@twitter.com is an amazing resource for anyone setting up worker co-ops.
There's also some misc. bits about platform co-ops that are more spread out.
For those who are not familiar: a worker cooperative (or co-op) is a company that's majority-owned by the workers themselves.
A platform co-op, meanwhile, is kind of a hybrid where the co-op is owned by the workers that build it but also by the *customers* that use it.
So, for example, one might build a ride share app where the software is built by worker-owners, but is also owned by the drivers themselves.
Everyone invests their time, money, and energy into the project.
And everyone gets a cut out the surplus as needed.
And everyone wins.
Platform co-ops like @email@example.com even take it a step further and add representation for *consumers*, so now everyone involved has a say in the platform.
But ultimately what I like about cooperatives the most is just that: that they're *cooperative*.
Everyone I've talked to has been incredibly helpful, going out of their way to watch out for each other. Even when resources might be tight and they can't give a lot, they still give
Anyway that cool product/startup you're thinking of building?
Please consider making it a co-op. It'll be great.
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