Hi fediverse! Boosts appreciated on this one.

I’m part of a co-op building a platform for artists to sell art without getting exploited. I’ve been working on it for a while but there’s a lot of work to do and I could use some help. A ton of the main features are in place, but there’s still some big gaps and a lot of polish left before it can launch.

The platform is fully open source and developed in the open. It’s built on Phoenix/Elixir and Tailwindcss. Our co-op is already incorporated and established and it’s open to members that want to actually commit but you don’t need to be a member to contribute or help.

Does this sound interesting? I’d love some help! I’m also happy to answer questions. And no, you don’t need to know Elixir already. It’s pretty easy to learn for the things you’d be using it for. Even some design help would be welcome. Feel free to reply here or DM me!

side question 

@zkat why does it say on the website "LLC" and not "cooperative" though?


re: side question 

@huy_ngo This is a really interesting question to answer! A "Cooperative corporation" is a _very_ specific kind of entity in the US, and comes with certain restrictions that make it very hard for a small business that's just starting up (notably, once incorporated, every single person working for it needs to be paid minimum wage. And we literally can't afford that and are doing volunteer work right now).

Many many _many_ small co-operatives actually choose to incorporate as LLCs because those provide enough flexibily to define an operating agreement that encodes the cooperative principles, without needing to stick to the restrictions of the formal cooperative corporation. theselc.org/cooperatives-resou has some great resources on this, particularly this guide: drive.google.com/file/d/0B_rgt

So we have an OA that baaaasically makes us a co-op, but we can still operate as a startup without needing to take on outside investors (and thus maintaining strict worker ownership)

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