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  • Agaric

    Agaric helps people create and use powerful web sites.  As a collective of skilled workers, Agaric collaborates with you and open source free software communities to develop tools and build platforms that meet your needs.

    Located: 
    Boston | Hamburg | Managua
    Founded: 
    2006
    Worker-owners: 
    (5)
    Benjamin Melançon, Stefan Freudenberg, Michele Metts, Christopher Thompson, Mauricio Dinarte
  • At-Hand Apps

    At-Hand Apps is a startup creating and marketing products in the mobile software space that make differences in domains of life. The initial suite of apps is a series of GPS-based travel guides marketed under the brand At-Hand Guides. They support localization and reduced energy use in leisure activities by helping visitors and locals discovering and experiencing nearby resources that they did not know about or thought were much further away. The guides feature all original content and have been the highest user rated guides for the core New England area.

    Mobile travel guides complement the traditional paper guide book and web site investments which are designed to generate a decision to visit a destination with a plan.

    Located: 
    Newton, MA
    Founded: 
    2009
    Worker-owners: 
    (5)
    Robert Gray, Mark Granoff, Jim Burrows, Janet Egan, Karl Puder
  • Boston TechCollective

    Boston TechCollective is a worker-owned cooperative offering tech-support and computer services. As a co-op, each of our technicians is a part owner with an equal say in the business. You are always dealing with someone who has a personal stake in the success of our company, and in our clients' satisfaction above all!

    Located: 
    Boston, MA
    Founded: 
    2013
    Worker-owners: 
    (5)
    Yochai Gal, Matt Gabrenya, Steve Tseglin, Dirk Hart, Charlie Hoover
  • Brierwood Design Co-operative

    Brierwood Design Co-operative is a boutique iOS and Android mobile development shop based in Ottawa, ON. Founded in 2008, Brierwood has built more than 60 apps for clients all over North America. Brierwood employs a small team of highly-experienced software developers who work closely with clients to exceed expectations while building relationships based on partnership and trust. Brierwood services include user experience (UX) design, software development, user interface (UI) design, quality assurance (QA), web services, and project management.

    Located: 
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Founded: 
    2008
    Worker-owners: 
    (5)
    Reid van Melle, Shawn Hyam, Josh Svatek, Greg Cameron, Steven Thompson
  • C4 Tech & Design

    C4 Tech & Design is a worker-owned cooperative that provides technical and design services to businesses and non-profits in the Greater New Orleans area. After forming in 2002, C4 quickly expanded into two synergistic teams: our Business I.T. Services team offers technical support, networking, and computer repair services, while our Web Design Team offers graphic design, web development, and custom programming services. 

    C4 offers a variety of innovative technology consulting services to an eclectic range of businesses and organizations throughout the Gulf South region and across the country. From envisioning the concept for a website to implementing highly integrated technology strategies, C4 has provided innovative solutions to a diverse client base for over a decade. 

    Located: 
    New Orleans, LA
    Founded: 
    2002
    Worker-owners: 
    (12)
    Jeff Brite, Becky Cierpich, Ian Johnson, Drew Stephan, Anna Boyer, David Boss, Chris Roussel, Devin Davis, Westly Gaddis, Marcus Amargi, Robert Starnes, Ryan Williams
  • Caravan Web Worker Coop Inc.

    Caravan was created by four Montreal residents in 2012, while looking for an alternative to the typical web agency and freelancing model. They came up with Caravan Web Worker Cooperative, a service provider in the web industry, democratically managed, focusing on collaboration and innovation.

    Located: 
    Montreal, QC, Canada
    Founded: 
    2012
    Worker-owners: 
    (4)
    Benoit Clennett-Sirois, Jonathan Poirier, André Farzat, Nicholas Asch
  • Civilization Systems

    Our aim is to create a cooperatively run organization that allows experienced IT professionals to serve the technology needs of local businesses, non-profits, coops and schools in a democratic, nurturing, and fun environment. As importantly, we strive to help anyone interested in information technology, social justice, economic justice or democratic workplaces gain the skills, experience, and resources they need to accomplish their goals.

    CivSys got its start by empowering Baltimore’s youth through the use of information technology at a local high school that serves economically disadvantaged students. Today, we still focus on services for schools, in addition to non-profits and locally owned businesses. Additionally, the co-op helps to support projects that its members deem valuable to the community.

    Our members collectively have years of experience and education designing, building, installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting information technology.

    Located: 
    Baltimore, MD
    Founded: 
    2010
    Worker-owners: 
    (2)
    Ian Schlakman, Vanessa Holub
  • CoLab Cooperative

    CoLab is a full-service technology cooperative with eight worker-owners and a 20+ strong collaborator network. Our skilled technical team partners with your organization to build capacity and deliver strategic, long-lasting results. CoLab is located in Ithaca, New York with collaborators worldwide.

    Located: 
    Ithaca, NY
    Founded: 
    2011
    Worker-owners: 
    (8)
    Rylan Peery, Ralph Cutler, Ethan Winn, Jenn Schlick, Amandeep Singh-Sapra, Tomaz Korenika, David Brooks, Cris Nelson
  • Data Systems

    Data Systems Inc. is a Worker Owned Cooperative that has been in business for over 30 years.

    It is our mission to provide our clients with affordable administrative software that is uniquely capable of handling their business needs, while providing superior customer service, support, customizations and integrations. We solve mission critical problems and eliminate time lost due to double data entry.

    Here at Data Systems, we have a vision of building and implementing software solutions to support and grow the Cooperative Economy and strengthen our Regional Food System. Our associate developer Kanishka Azimi has recently completed work on our first contribution to the cooperative movement, a web based application that can be used by worker cooperatives for tracking member patronage, equity and dividends. Find out more at www.camp.coop.

    Located: 
    Burlington, VT
    Founded: 
    1978
    Worker-owners: 
    (4)
    Aaron Desrochers, Don Schramm, Barbara Nolfi, Katie Ormiston
  • Design Action Collective

    Design Action Collective began in 2002 as an independent design and communications spin-off of Inkworks Press Collective. This has allowed us to better serve the movement for social justice by expanding our design capabilities to provide web and other interactive and “new media” services, and continue to expand to include strategic communications and messaging.

    Since the founding of Design Action, we have grown to be a multi-lingual, diverse 11-person shop. Our members have come to Design Action as activists and organizers within the social justice movement, and with the desire to offer our skills as designers to the progressive movement.

    Design Action is a worker-owned and managed cooperative and a union shop, affiliated with the Pacific Media Guild, Local 39521 Communication Workers of America, AFL-CIO. We are also active members of Graphic Alliance, the Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives, and the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives.

    Located: 
    Oakland, CA
    Founded: 
    2002
    Worker-owners: 
    (10)
    Innosanto Nagara, Nadia Khastagir, Poonam Whabi, William Ramirez, Sabiha Basrai, Josh Warren-White, Sarah Reilly, Daniel Owens, Ivy Climacosa, Andrea Salazar
  • Electric Embers

    Electric Embers provides reliable, responsible, open source Internet hosting for nonprofits, cooperatives, artists, and others contributing to the common good. By enabling and securing our clients’ communications and offering responsive and personal support, we help them create a world that is more just, sustainable, and beautiful.

    Located: 
    San Francisco, CA
    Founded: 
    2003
    Worker-owners: 
    (3)
    Adam Bernstein, Benjamin Connelly, Brent Emerson
  • FullSteam Labs

    FullSteam Labs is a worker-owned tech cooperative specializing in creative design, digital storytelling, and tech consulting for good causes. The majority of our clients are non-profit organizations and small businesses.

    Our services are designed to help organizations succeed. We design professional campaign materials, create highly functional websites, and provide tech consulting services that build organizational capacity.

    Located: 
    Asheville, NC
    Founded: 
    2013
    Worker-owners: 
    (3)
    Jason Johnson, Charles Suggs, Saro Lynch-Thomason
  • Gaia Host Collective

    Reliable Internet hosting services from a worker-owned cooperative dedicated to environmental and social sustainability. We operate our business with a strong environmental and social mission. We are unique in the Internet industry as a worker-owned business minimizing our environmental impact and maximizing our social benefit. We maintain our own server infrastructure colocated in two datacenters. We host web sites from the very small to very large and high traffic.  Our focus is on an open source platform.

    Located: 
    Massachusetts / Southern Vermont
    Founded: 
    2005
    Worker-owners: 
    (3)
    Mathew King, Charles Strader, Allison Tweedell
  • Little Weaver Web Collective

    Founded at the beginning of 2014, Little Weaver is a worker-owned collective dedicated to socially-responsible design and website development and passionate about the development of a better internet built on open-source technologies. Members of our team can be found in Washington DC, Seattle, San Francisco, Vermont, Connecticut, and Ontario.

    Located: 
    Seattle, WA / Washington, DC / Bridgeport, CT / Burlington, VT / Hamilton, ON / Oakland, CA
    Founded: 
    2014
    Worker-owners: 
    (7)
    Cameron Higby-Naquin, Emily Horsman, Feonix Fawkes, Harris Lapiroff, Naomi Morduch Toubman, Stephen Burrows, Michele Leah
  • Palante Technology Cooperative

    Palante Technology Cooperative is a worker cooperative dedicated to providing web, database, and general technology consulting and support to social justice oriented organizations and progressive nonprofits. The Palante Tech team (currently five workers) combines a breadth of experience to develop solutions that are informed and shaped by our clients' missions, constituencies and target audiences. We’ve developed a deep understanding of the needs of our clients and an expertise in providing affordable, effective solutions that enhance and sustain their work. All members of the Palante Tech team are strongly committed to social justice and have experience as activists and organizers in our own communities; this personal investment further informs and drives our work.

    Located: 
    Brooklyn, NY
    Founded: 
    2010
    Worker-owners: 
    (4)
    Jack Aponte, Jon Goldberg, Jamila Khan, Joseph Lacey
  • Plausible Labs

    Plausible Labs consists of developers that care deeply about user experience, and designers that truly understand our target platforms.

    Our members have worked on nearly every type of software: servers, operating systems, graphics pipelines, audio processing. You name it, one of us has probably done it. This gives us the ability to support all aspects of your project, from firmware development to web services.

    If you are curious how our software co-op is organized, you can take a peek at our bylaws on our website http://www.plausible.coop.

    Located: 
    New York, San Francisco
    Founded: 
    2008
    Worker-owners: 
    (4)
    Landon Fuller, Terri Kramer, Mike Ash, Rebecca Bratburd
  • Polycot Associates

    Polycot Associates is a strategic Internet consultancy, website design and development company that uses mature, robust open source platforms — primarily the Drupal content management framework and Wordpress content management system -- to create web solutions that are engaging and highly functional.

    Our websites are SEO-enabled and built to optimize traffic and conversion rates.

    Located: 
    Austin, TX
    Founded: 
    2012
    Worker-owners: 
    (5)
    Jon Lebkowsky, Steve Bartolomeo, Benjamin Bradley, Robert Matney, Doug Addison
  • Radical Designs

    Radical Designs is a full service web development group focused on the needs of non-profit and grassroots social change organizations.

    We provide strategic on-line campaign consulting, web design and web application development, and create and leverage open-source applications.

    Our clients protect natural resources and human health, ensure quality of life for the working class, fight white supremacy and the prison industrial complex, and keep the pressure on the US government to reject Middle East militarism as a failed policy. Our clients are winning.

    Located: 
    Oakland, CA
    Founded: 
    2004
    Worker-owners: 
    (4)
    Cooper Quintin, Suzi Grishpul, Margot Brennan, Sara Mccutcheon
  • Réseau Koumbit

    Established in Montreal in 2004, Koumbit is a registered non-profit which promotes the use of free & open source software by community groups in Quebec, Canada and abroad, and creates a skills and resource pool for progressive-minded autonomous IT workers and design professionals. Koumbit provides hosting (including shared web hosting, virtual servers, and colocation), website creation (primarily based on Drupal and WordPress), graphic design, constituency relationship management (using CiviCRM), and training services.

    Located: 
    Montreal, QC
    Founded: 
    2004
    Worker-owners: 
    (1)
    15 full time workers, plus freelancers (see website)
  • Sassafras Tech Collective

    We are a growing worker-owned technology cooperative specializing in web & mobile applications for social justice orgs, non-profits, academics, artists, and others. Bringing years of expertise from industry, academia, and social justice organizing, we understand the values that are embedded in code and design. We work with our clients to elicit intended values to make beautiful, appropriate, and easy to use technologies. Our work has been featured in numerous academic publications and has had extensive media coverage.
    As our logo reflects, we are based in Michigan helping to bring life back into our home.

    Located: 
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Founded: 
    2013
    Worker-owners: 
    (5)
    Jill Dimond, Thomas Smyth, Adam Konner, Elizabeth Mitchell, Anonymous
  • Tadpole Collective

    We met through the WordPress NYC Meetup, brought together by our mutual appreciation for simplicity and the evolution of small things. We are a workers’ collective, a partnership of five professionals who pool our talents and tools to make things better for our clients (and easier for ourselves).

    Each member brings a unique set of skills and experiences to the Collective, but we all share a strong belief in open-source software, collaborative effort and empowering the individual WordPress user.

    Together, we are a mighty force that you can harness to grow your business, spread your message and know that real people have your back.

    Located: 
    Brooklyn, NY
    Founded: 
    2012
    Worker-owners: 
    (5)
    Dana Skallman, Rindy Portfolio, Kevin Cristiano, Andy Christian, Melissa Cahill
  • TechCollective

    TechCollective is a worker-owned company providing a full range of technology support and consulting services. Based in San Francisco, and currently serving the greater San Francisco Bay Area, we specialize in the tech needs of individuals and small-to-medium sized businesses and other organizations. We are different from other tech support options because we're accountable, unlike a freelance technician or consultant; and we're personable, unlike a large corporation. When you do business with us, you're always dealing with someone who has a personal stake in the success of our company, and thus in your satisfaction as our customer.

    Located: 
    San Francisco, CA
    Founded: 
    2007
    Worker-owners: 
    (5)
    Taran Ramage, Jason Luong, Brian Denslow, Thomas Puhek, Niko Bakulich
  • the Tech Support Cooperative

    The TSC fosters autonomy and independence through education and support that focuses on the intersection of technology and humanity. Through our efforts the Cooperative movement will be stronger, smarter, and more agile, while providing right livelihood to our members.

    Located: 
    US & Canada
    Founded: 
    2013
    Worker-owners: 
    (4)
    Joel Brock, Eric Lee, John Purdy, Andy Theuninck
  • Union Technology Cooperative

    Union Technology Cooperative provides custom technology solutions to businesses and organizations. We are dedicated to providing secure and reliable systems our clients can depend on.

    We also offer discounted services organizations and individuals who qualify for our community rate. The cooperative was formed by our member technicians to create a better organization to work for and to provide a better organization to work with.

    UTC technicians provide a full spectrum of technology services including:
    1. Business network administration and consulting.
    2. Security assessments and remediations.
    3. Custom server and workstation computer builds which include the most reliable components available.
    4. Hardware deployment, configuration, upgrades and repairs.
    5. Software installation, configuration, upgrades and migrations.
    6. Network design and deployment of routers switches and wireless access points with lifetime warranties.
    7. Data backup and migration services.

    Our technicians are experts across a wide range of platforms including Windows, Mac and Linux. We specialize in delivering complete and cost effective solutions using free and open source software.

    We work with each of our clients to evaluate their individual needs to deliver the best solution to fit each client and situation.Estimates are always free, so please call or email us to speak with one of our knowledgeable and friendly technicians today!

    Located: 
    Middleton, WI
    Founded: 
    2008
    Worker-owners: 
    (6)
    Ross Tennent, Dennis McKernan, Justin Weier, Amy Benter, Michael Heideman, Amy McDermott
  • Webskillet Cooperative

    Webskillet is a worker-owned co-operative based in Burlington, VT.

    We help community organizations, nonprofits and small businesses communicate clearly and effectively online, and engage with their members, clients and the public. We build and maintain websites, manage email and social media communications, and consult on communications strategy.

    The worker-owners at Webskillet are also proud members of the United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America (UE).

    Located: 
    Burlington, VT
    Founded: 
    2012
    Worker-owners: 
    (4)
    Bekah Mandell, Jonathan Kissam, Julie Winn, Jessica McAnally