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Okay, let's say I want to start a tech cooperative. Where do I even start?

@noemi Have you looked at the Electric Embers guide? I don’t remember if I’ve pointed you to the network.
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@noemi can you expand on what you mean by "tech" in this context?

@mattcropp Ideally, think something halfway between a software development studio and an accelerator. Ideally, I want to make good (as in "good quality", but also as in "not evil") software that people want to pay money to use.

@noemi Accelerator as in it seeks to spin off autonomous co-ops?

I guess a key question is whether you're building a worker co-op studio, or a user-owned software utility? Or some interface between the two?

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Step One, post this question on social.coop. (done!)

Step Two, people ask you lots of questions like: what is the situation? What do you want to do? Why tech/what kind of tech? Users, makers, other? Why a co-op? Have you organized or been a member of a co-op before? What was that like? What are your dreams of success as a cooperative? What do you most want to avoid?...




@Matt_Noyes @noemi In terms of coops generally, find other people you want to do this work with. Then figure out how to do that work. One option is a buy-in to collect enough money to build up the stuff you need. You can't be the only one who takes on risk.

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here at "Stin Priza" it all started with people. someone had the idea, shared it with others, things got interesting for everyone involved and we got together to make a small group. discussed our needs and wants for some months, then finished all the boring paperwork and made it happen. Since the beginning, some people left - others came, but we still enjoy working at our small tech collective. :)

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