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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

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

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

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)

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