Mara Zepeda

The Future of Startups, from Unicorns to Zebras

October 4, 2019 3 - 4:30 p.m. CASE building, rm. E422 A conversation with Mara Zepeda of Zebras Unite See photos from the event here by Kimberly Coffin Startups are increasingly looked to as the future of the economy, but their founders, their investors, and the people they chiefly serve...

Exit to Community

Startups Need a New Option: Exit to Community

Sept. 16, 2019

Founders create startups for all sorts of reasons. Often, the motivation is a mix between the founders’ desires to do well for themselves and to do something worthwhile for others. Dreams of greatness might figure in there too. Rarely, however, is the overriding reason to build a company people want...

Arielle Jordan

The Curafied Co-op Story: A Prequel

July 9, 2019

I’m the founder and CEO of Curafied. Curafied is a platform that helps digital content creators earn monthly income by charging a low monthly subscription to fans for their content creation and curation directly—not from “patron” donations or advertising sponsorships. We’re exploring a new direction for our startup, and I...

The New Trusts: Democratic Ownership Beyond the ESOP

June 6, 2019 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. webinar A webinar on emerging explorations on trust structures—their promise and their problems Watch the webinar recording here. The employee stock-ownership plan, or ESOP, is one of the most powerful legal innovations in recent US history. Since its introduction in the mid-1970s,...

Meet KOSAKTI, a Creative New Cooperative in Indonesia

Feb. 2, 2019

The following is a lightly edited email exchange I had with Bimo Ario Suryandaru, CEO of KOSAKTI, a cooperative in Indonesia. He and his team are developing an interesting approach that I was grateful to learn about, and I thought others might be, too. See their slide deck here ...

Co-ops Need Leaders, Too

Jan. 20, 2019

I frequently encounter a notion, among those drawn to cooperatives, that a cooperative should be an amorphous, faceless collective in which old-world skills and norms of leadership can be discarded. How does this work out for them? Not well. Usually one of two entirely predictable things happens as a result—and...

Organizations as Abstractions Over the Law

Jan. 9, 2019

The law, perhaps by definition, lags behind people working for social change. I certainly found this over and over in the next-generation cooperative projects I profiled in Everything for Everyone . One co-op in Catalonia was, legally, a mishmash of entities that presented themselves as if they were a coherent...

Hypothesis: ESOPs for the Online Economy

Jan. 6, 2019

I work in a startup town, the rare kind of place where you can trip over veteran founders, with multiple exits behind then, on the sidewalk. By “exits,” I mean the end-goal of most tech-oriented startups—the moment when the startup is sold, either to a bigger company or, more rarely,...

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