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Author Topic: The Hacking Business Model -- not just about the code  (Read 3058 times)
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« on: July 18, 2010, 08:34:16 PM »

The hacking business model -- not just about the code!



Purpose
- Create a sustainable business model that can be adopted and adapted by others.
- Create a fair and democratic company that is owned by the workers.
- Have long-term, trustworthy and meaningful relationships with our staff and customers.

Principles
- Egalitarian: The belief that all people should be treated equally. This includes equality, non-discrimination and inclusivity.
- Sustainable: We have a long-term view on our business. We watch our profits & spend wisely, we take care of each other, we support the things we depend on.
- Transparent: We communicate in an honest and genuine way. Any information or process that can be made open, will be made open.
- Fun: Create a workplace where people can have fun and want to work.
- Agile: Be flexible, receptive & adaptive, especially when dealing with staff and customers.

Methods
Concrete tools for helping us live according to our principles, including:
- Consensus-based decision making.
- Corporate transparency - any information or process that can be made open, should be made open.
- Licensing that helps benefit our company, our staff, our customers, our partners and society at large.
- Profit-sharing with staff, contributors and worthy causes.
- Don't try to change people. Focus on getting the best from their strengths. Develop ways to work around their weaknesses.
- Prefer to work with people who share our values.
- Work against patents and other legislation that harms individual rights.

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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2010, 10:00:27 PM »

What a good read: thanks!
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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2010, 04:31:52 AM »

Where can I apply?  cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2010, 10:46:25 AM »

This is so wrong is so many areas that I have not time to cover them.  Lets just say is mot fair at all to whoever is risking the money, and not good for company growth and lasting. At the end you want the company to last otherwise you will find yourself looking for a new job, this model does not seem to allow for this.

I suggest Instead:

Create a cooperative. Let employees buy shares of the cooperative. Contrary to a corporation, on a cooperative you get only one vote independent of how many shares you have. And employees that have THEIR OWN MONEY, tied to the company would like that company to succeed. Instead of a CEO, subdivide the decisions on cabals. With the directive taken from one person from each cabal. And require that the person of each cabal change every year.

 



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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2010, 11:27:29 AM »

rxantos, in that voting model a large group of people working together would get huge voting power without necessarily having invested much money. Any competitor who could simply organize a bunch of people could gain control for little expense.
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