Running a Tech Cooperative
Facilitated by Josh Crawford, Brattleboro Tech Collective
Josh is a co-founder of the Brattleboro Tech Collective, and will share and swap stories on running technology cooperatives. Those wanting to explore cooperative endeavors are strongly encouraged to attend.
* Tech Co-Op list: firstname.lastname@example.org * run by electricembers.net * http://npogroups.org/lists/info/tech-coop * Tech Co-Op Startup Guide is being developed - look out for it * If you are coop-curious, call Ben at 617-283-5764 for a good time.
There is a legal structure called a Worker Owned Co-operative in some states Otherwise, it represents an internal structure of bylaws within another legal structure
It's very important into get a lawyer who specializes in setting up co-opts/LLCs/etc if you plan to incorporate in some way
Consortium - a business practice of sharing resources and work without having an overarching legal structure
It's a bigger move from working freelance by yourself to working with a group of freelancers than moving from a group of freelancers to a legal co-opt/LLC
Groups tend to merge when they need to start sharing a bank account
Other groups start as a core team that form a co-op/LLC specifically with the plan of operating as a team
For a co-habitating hacker space, check out:
* noisebridge.net in SF * betahouse in Boston * hackerspace.org * coworking.info
* Co-Op/LLC/Nonprofit lawyer: Jenny Kassan * usworker.coop