The idea is to build it separately to begin with, and cater for one market at a time, then iterate and expand to other sectors as we go. So the first prototype will be for ‘natural’ worker co-ops - i.e. a small group of people looking to found a business where they will all be on a level. So a first target sector may well be tech developers starting their own businesses (would have the nice side effect of producing more potential cotech members too).
We have thought about other legal structures and there’s nothing to prevent us going through the same process to try and simplify the setup journey for those. There should certainly be some advantages having done it once. This is currently quite focused though on attracting people who aren’t currently considering co-op models, and one of the big blockers there is perceived (and actual) complexity and slowness of the process currently.
With a worker co-op we can cut it down to such an extent that we can really push back on those expectations - i.e. 15 mins on your mobile and you can have a registered co-owned business 48 hours later. With the more complex models it adds multiplying layers of questions - i.e. with platform/multistakeholder you get into what balance of power/votes you should have between different types of member etc. And theres currently not one simple answer to that question, as it really depends on a number things. May well be that we can find a default model or process, but first I think we need to nail the simpler challenge, and theres still a bunch of work to do on that.
In terms of presenting, testing etc - we’ve been through a fairly extensive design process now, so keen to just get the prototype up and then start running it past some of the target market, probably potential potential startups or new developer businesses who haven’t heard of or aren’t considering co-ops as a model. Those are the people we’re really looking to get - though hopefully will also be useful to people within the co-op movement as well.
What I would really appreciate at this point is a chat with someone who has a good overview of the different out of the box software that you could use for something like this (form/database/automated emails based on info entered) - we will need to build something separately at a later stage I think, but at this point I want to just do a quick prototype that can be quickly tweaked and optimised based on feedback and testing. I have a few ideas (Nationbuilder? or something cobbled together with Zapier?) - but suggestions welcome.