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Tech coops list

A list of tech coops and resources concerning tech coops and worker owned cooperatives in general.

Contributions to this list are very welcome. Just clone this repo, edit this file (README.md) or edit it directly (open it and click on the pencil icon on the upper right) and create a pull request.

What are worker-owned tech cooperatives?

A very general definition:

Worker-owned cooperatives are business enterprises that are owned and governed by their employees. All worker cooperatives have two common characteristics: 1) member-owners invest in and own the business together, and share the enterprise’s profits, and 2) decision-making is democratic, with each member having one vote.

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Tech cooperatives are worker-owned cooperatives that operate in the information technology industry. This list focuses on tech coops that are providing software development and consulting services.

Tech cooperatives could be a solution if you feel alienated by big software corporations and startup culture or you feel alone and in search of solidarity as a freelancer.

Table of Contents

  1. Coops
  2. Networks of coops
  3. Resources
  4. Information on tech coops and coops in general
  5. Talks
  6. Mailinglists
  7. Tools
  8. Products created by tech coops
  9. Jobs and contracts

Coops

Coop Business Areas Region/Country Notes
Agaric Web development, tech consulting USA / Nicaragua / Germany Worker-owned collective building online since 2006, lately contributing to the Drutopia platform for grassroots groups.
Agile Collective Web development UK
Alma Software development Saint-Martin-d’Hères, France Founded 1979; LinkedIn
Atomised Web development, mobile apps, UX design Cupar, Scotland Founded 2008
bits.coop webgl, maps, p2p, offline data replication
Brierwood Coop Mobile apps Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Caravan Web Worker Cooperative Web design, Software development (Python) Montreal and Quebec City, Canada
C4 Tech & Design Web Design, Business IT Services, Computer Repair New Orleans, USA
CoLab Ithaca, NY, USA "CoLab’s mission is to contribute to a new economy of justice and cooperation while bringing clients beautiful, cutting-edge technology."
Co-operative Web Web Development, Mobile Development, Web Hosting, legacy software support Birmingham, UK
Devtopia Consulting, project management, design and UX, web development, app development, marketing Spain Distributed company
dtc innovation Web development, design and engineering, cooperation, open {data|source} France, UK, Québec
EITA Open Source Development Brazil Our goal is to deliver open source technologies to social moviments
Electric Embers Hosting San Francisco, CA, USA
Enspiral NZ Network-type
Feel Train Portland, OR, USA "Feel Train will never consist of more than 8 people."
Fiqus Web and mobile development Buenos Aires, Argentina
Gaia Host Collective Hosting Greenfield, MA, USA
gcoop Hosting, Consulting, Web Development, FLOSS Development Buenos Aires, Argentina "Transformamos los sistemas."
Go free Range Web development UK
Igalia Free Software consultancy A Coruña, Spain; Global 40+ workers
IT Kollektiv Cross-platform apps, web development, backend development, consulting GER Network-type
IT Kollektivet Copenhagen, Denmark
Jamgo Front-end dev, design services, e-commerce, Drupal/WordPress Barcelona, Spain
Koumbit Hosting, Websites, Sysadmin Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loomio Online decision-making app Wellington, New Zealand Wikipedia
MuchDifferent Game technology, Engineering Uppsala, Sweden
Nilenso Development (Clojure, Javascript, Ruby, Haskell, Go, Java) Bangalore, India
Outlandish Web development London, UK Sponsored 2016 Outlandish Fellowships
Palante Technology Cooperative Web development, CiviCRM, Tech support, Training Focus on NGOs
Plausible Labs Development, Design New York and San Francisco, USA Bylaws
Protozoa Web development NZ
Quilted consulting, graphic design, web development Berkeley, California, USA "Quilted is a worker-owned, cooperatively-managed company stitching together technology and social change."
RadicalDesign Web development Oakland, CA, USA Focusing on non-profit and grassroots social change organizations
Resonate Music Streaming Berlin, Germany / Dublin, Ireland A multistakeholder platform co-operative - with contributors (workers, contractors, volunteers) represented with a 20% ownership stake.
Root Systems Consulting NZ "Pod" within Enspiral
Sassafras Tech Collective Research, User experience design, Development Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
TableFlip Web development. Javascript, Node.js, Meteor. London, UK Founded 2013; "We're your technical co-founder."
TechCollective tech support San Francisco & Boston, USA
the Tech Support Cooperative POS software, open-source web development, consulting US + CAN Maintainers of the CORE-POS / IS4C software project
Tecso Development, Information services Rosario, Argentina Founded 2002; 150+ associates
Vulk Coop Design, Development Austin, TX, USA
Webarchitects Co-operative Hosting, Sysadmin Sheffield, UK Multi-stakeholder, including workers, organisations and investors

Other lists

Networks of coops

Meetups

Resources

Information on tech coops and coops in general

Handbooks / Guides

Books

Articles

Financing / Salaries

Legal

Conflict

Other links

Videos / Talks

Mailinglists / Forums

Tools

  • Cobudget - Crowdsource and fund projects within an organization. Developed and used by Enspiral.
  • Loomio - Online decision-making

Products created by tech coops

  • Cobuy - Group wholesale purchases as a consumer co-op (by Root Systems).
  • Up & Go - Cooperative Home Cleaning Services (by CoLab).

Jobs and contracts

License

This work and all contributions to it are released into the public domain under the terms of the CC0 1.0.