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Exit to Community: Two Startup Journeys to User-Ownership

- MDT 22
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Nathan Schneider
University of Colorado Boulder, Assistant Professor, Media Studies

How can startups transition from community engagement to community ownership? This session features two startups that are figuring it out. Hacker Noon, a tech publishing platform based in rural Colorado, moved from Medium to its own software thanks to a $1 million equity crowdfunding campaign. Groupmuse, a platform for organizing classical-music performances, is in the process of converting to a worker cooperative—and exploring how to include its musician community, too. Participants will come away with lessons from each "Exit to Community" journey.