OpenCompany

by Steve Coast

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      Brandon Cote on

      It's definitely an intriguing idea. I really wish the companies I purchase regularly from allowed me more input into their direction, and to be more transparent. I'm curious, though, why crowdfunding a company just to hire a couple employees and decide by majority vote what they will build for us is somehow a better idea than directly crowdfunding to actually have that thing built in the first place? Is the point of building the OpenCompany simply to say "we made an Open Company"? I mean, if I'm just paying to have the opportunity to vote on something, why wouldn't I want to vote directly with my dollars for the specific thing I want? Isn't that sort of the point with kickstarter? Or if this does end up being a great idea that I just can't comprehend yet, maybe it would be better to be _more_ ambitious, and start a completely new crowd platform where anyone with an internet connection can join for free ("intern" in your words) and make proposals, but if the "board" is going to vote to actually take something on, then anyone who wants to vote can pay for that right? I don't know, I just feel like the goal as proposed in this draft is still a bit too vague so as to possibly accomplish something useful.

    2. Brandon Bakker on

      Interesting stuff, I'd love to see this happen.

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      ChandoCalrissian on

      Great idea, I'm in.

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      Sonya Mann on

      I love it. Will definitely donate when this is live.

    5. Chris Campbell on

      I think this is great. I am interested.

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Have you ever wanted to run a company? Now you can.

You are a virtual employee of OpenCompany and it says so on the t-shirt we send you.

If OC needs to hire someone you vote on who to hire. If OC needs to decide which project to work on, you vote on it. OC needs a new logo, you vote on what the logo looks like. You are involved in all the decisions we can efficiently vote on.

You're part of a community of people choosing how OC works and what it works on. You help guide real employees build real things.

OC is going to hire a few outsourced people. Probably a designer, frontend and backend developers. I'm not sure - because you're going to vote on it!

It's like reality TV except much more real. It's crowdsourced innovation. It's like The Sims. It's a lean startup.

OC doesn't have managers. It has virtual employees helping guide what happens next.

Then, you get a copy of whatever OC builds. If it's an app, you get a free copy. If it's a website, you get free access while your virtual employeeship lasts.

While you are a virtual employee - the products and services OC creates are very real.

There's a forum so you can chat to other virtual employees. The people we hire will blog every day about what they're doing, and they'll blog their progress daily for you.

OpenCompany isn't just about the things it creates, it's about the process and the entertainment of you being involved in it.

I still don't get it

We're building a real company making real things. Instead of doing everything ourselves, you vote on who we hire, what we build and what it looks like. Then we go do what you vote on, and blog about it.

Timeline

  • Month 1 - get a new logo (voted on by you) and decide which people to hire (voted on by you). Hire them. Ship your t-shirts with the new logo on them.
  • Month 2-3 Work on projects (decided upon by you) and ship them.
  • Repeat until we're out of cash (hopefully one of them makes enough cash to be sustainable). Or if membership of virtual employees itself is sustainable then carry on.

How will votes work?

For simple votes like what logo to choose, we can set up a simple web vote using a variety of existing tools.

For something more complicated we'll do two rounds. As an example, for choosing which thing to build next we'll first solicit ideas. Anyone can submit an idea for what to build. Next, we'll vote on them. There will be some method of discussion, probably an off-the-shelf forum.

Where's the money going to go?

The $5k target is about the minimum to make something. Roughly $1k will go to t-shirts and new logo, maybe less. The rest divided by 2-3 people is about what a simple app or site costs with outsourcing. I've hired plenty of outsourced people before and know how to make that work.

It gets much more interesting with more money. More cash means more apps and sites can be built, and the more things we can try, the higher chance one of them succeeds.

What will you build?

It's not about that. It's about what you vote on. Hopefully it's sane.

Risks and challenges

So here's the deal. The risk that you'll not get your t-shirt is essentially zero. We'll ship you a t-shirt.

But the risk on the bigger thing is relatively high. Maybe OC will ship nothing at all. Maybe the voting process will be hard to make work. We'll work hard to make this thing fly but, it's a brand new never-before idea

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