An excellent piece on why decentralizing everything doesn't work and what to do instead by @ntnsndr – "We should care less about whether something is centralized or decentralized than whether it is accountable. An accountable system is responsive to both the common good for participants and the needs of minorities; it sets consistent rules and can change them when they don’t meet users’ needs."

Soon onboarding my flight to Hong Kong to attend the 2018 edition of the Platform Cooperativism conference. Really looking forward to it!

Upwork's time tracker software "tracks hundreds of freelancers while they work by saving screenshots, measuring the frequency of their clicks and keystrokes, and even sometimes taking webcam photos of the workers".


Another blog post: how steward-ownership enabled creation of a better capitalism, and how we're applying this structure at Sharetribe

Wrote a new blog post: how to build companies that are a force for good in society: Hint: it has to do with incentives, ownership, and company structure

@rbenjamin great questions!

1) We have two products, Sharetribe Go and Sharetribe Flex. For Go, it's currently subscription. For Flex, it will be a (small) % of sales, with a minimum monthly fee.

2) Unfortunately in US it's open for accredited investors only, for regulatory reasons. :( Individuals from almost anywhere else can invest freely, but US has stricter legislation.

3) We haven't put any limits, but we don't really focus on marketplaces where people ore companies sell new products.

Super excited about our company's transition to the steward-ownership model. After this, the company can no longer be sold or taken public, shareholders have a cap on how much profit they can get, all voting rights are held by active team members, and the legally defined reason for the company's existence is to democratize the sharing economy by making platform tech accessible to everyone!

If you wish to support us, consider sharing our crowdfunding campaign!

@Graham_Mitchell yep, we could probably achieve a structure that doesn't differen from a co-op at all if we just distribute the current voting shares completely equally among all the team members. However, there might be some tax implications, so I'm not sure we're able to do that. in any case, the whole governance model is something we haven't had time to work on too much yet! In our small team, anyone can basically make decisions freely, but we will need some process as we grow

@Antanicus I understand :) I personally believe that capitalism can be extremely useful for our society as long as we manage to curb its key downsides

@Antanicus fair observation, but I still recommend you to listen further – I don't think the speaker is an expert in communism, but he does have really nice ideas about how to transform capitalism

This is such a great TED talk on how we should transform capitalism to make it truly serve the people and our society

@mattcropp sounds very interesting! Any summary available somewhere?

@ntnsndr so far only locally, as I'm particularly interested in the topics revolving around platform cooperativism and stuff related to that

What do people here think about the concept of steward-ownership? After reading this book by the Purpose Network, I feel this is exactly what I've wanted Sharetribe to become all these years but have never managed to put into words

How decisions should be made in an organization? I enjoyed this book a lot

@ntnsndr I downloaded amaroq now, looks promising (this toot is from amaroq)

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