Coop version of LinkedIn

Hello, I am interested in starting a coop professional networking platform - a coop version of LinkedIn.

The basic idea is that the people on the platform would be co-owners of the platform; while fostering a collaborative community. They would also decide how to use the money generated from advertising within the platform.

I have some tech background primarily ruby, rails, react and javascript. Prior to coding, I was in HR/recruiting.

Would anyone else from CoTech be interested in taking part?


I think happy Dev are working on something similar, with their freelancer’s network based on startin blox

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I’m very interested in this, and can think of others who might be in some way. What exactly are Happydev working on? Minimum, to me, is that they are open to co-developing their ideas for the common good. How much are they? I wasn’t at all convinced by the startin blox model of skills, to begin with. It just didn’t do what to my mind is needed. But maybe that has changed? In any case, a good idea to check out what anyone else is trying to do in this space. It’s a good test of collaboration potential – not everyone is really up for serious collaboration and we need to choose people who are genuine in this way.

Any individuals who could be contacted about HappyDev?

Thanks, I will check them out.

Thanks for your interest. Maybe we can share some ideas in the near future.

Hey, my two cents:

I’d question if anything LinkedIn like (“the CV that never sleeps”) is even desirable for a cooperative world. That’s a platform primarily based on surveillance of users. I see you’ve mentioned advertising and that has my alarm bells ringing. There would need to be a clear statement on how you would aim to resolve the contradictions in basing your work from LinkedIn.

Btw, we do also have on the go already too.


Hi, thanks for your input. I want to replace LinkedIn with a coop model…where the people using the platform control the advertising function. LinkedIn would never be able to do this., is a good project, but, they seem to be a job board, not a professional networking site (please correct me if I’m wrong).

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If the people own the data and businesses basically pay them (or rather, the coop they own) for advertising to them, and the users decide how their data is used I don’t see a problem. People who want a lot of privacy could restrict how their data is used, those who don’t mind having ads targeted towards them could choose to allow that.

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I am interested, but I don’t really have any time right now!

Please update the thread if it’s moving forward, so we can join later!

Thanks, Pau.

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Appreciate the perspective, but humbly disagree. Totally normal people in many industries will consider a candidate at a networking event dead-in-the-water if they aren’t present on LinkedIn. If someone is feeling that value (nevermind my or your thoughts on the structural issues with LinkedIn), then imho it’s offering more than you’re giving it credit for. <3

(It’s also a huge support for all the people who do network building as their work/contribution, whether partnerships or community onboarding or recruiting or hiring or whatever)

I’d be interested in using a Co-operative version of Linkedin.

While i ended up with an account on LinkedIn, i didn’t originally set one up.

They ran a scrape on the Companies House website, getting hold of the details of every Company director in the UK, and used that as part of their starter database of [strike]customers[/strike] product

This was how they got my contact details and created the account from there.

Then they started spamming me, and they’re still sending me emails.

I refuse to do business with spammers.

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Yeah totally agree, spammers are a total pain. In the U.S, companies have to allow a way for people to opt-out of those emails. Scape and scam is a terrible and aggressive practice…even in silicon valley standards! The more reason why the cooperative model needs to be popularized.

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Are you a member of CoTech? At the conference in Newcastle (13-14 December) we’re going to be setting up a Startin’ Blox instance to (kind of) this end if you’d like to get involved :slight_smile: