Yochai Gal, Founder of San Francisco’s cooperatively owned Tech Collective, is the moderator of r/cooperatives on Reddit. A month ago he started an Ask Me Anything thread called I started a worker-owned cooperative in 2007 that has at its peak employed 10 full-time employees and continues on till this day. Some interesting questions were posed, like
- Why did you choose a coop, as opposed to an LLC or something?
- How did you write your articles of incorporation? Is someone in your business a lawyer? Did you find a model document somewhere? Or did you hire a lawyer? And do you know where I can find sample articles of incorporation for a worker owned co-op?
- How are the earnings shared? Are you all paid the same or are you paid on merit. Like if someone were obviously working harder than another person, would they get paid more?
Yochai also has an article on the origins of Tech Collective in A Technology Freelancer’s Guide To Starting a Worker Cooperative.