Hey guys, I’m new to this community so please bear with me - was suggested I should post here.
I’m the co-founder of BuySmart, a new startup that has soft-launched in July - I’ll try and keep it short - you can read more about our launch and mission in this article by Positive News.
Basically community is key to what we are doing, with a clear social mission etc, and have had a few people suggest to me that going down the route of platform co-op is a strong option, and the more I read about it I’m inclined to agree. The truth is though, I know very little about the process and there seem to be a number of options I’m trying to get my head around.
I’m speaking to Dave Boyle at Community Shares, Phil at Crowdfunder, and have been introduced to Vivian Woodell, but am trying to get as much feedback as possible.
Would hugely appreciate any advice, especially around the process of bringing on a tech co-founder/building a founding team, without the option of being able to offer equity (which I assume is off the table with a co-op?).
Happy to answer any questions