The Disrupting the Disruptors conference will explore an emerging business model for sustainable web based platform businesses. Platform co-operatives are an alternative to venture capital funded platforms because they are owned and governed by those who depend on them most—workers, users, or stakeholders.
Join us on Saturday, September 9 at the Toronto Reference Library’s Bram and Bluma Appel Salon learn about the potential of platform co-operatives. Exciting examples will be presented by entrepreneurs who are proving the concept a success. Co-operatively owned digital platforms can build a sustainable and profitable platform economy, and they can also remedy app driven precarious work. Deeply experienced entrepreneurs who have worked with the co-operative model will be there explain the resilience and competitive advantages of the model.
- Can co-operative ownership solve some of the known challenges we face from platforms in the sharing economy?
- Will blockchain technologies simplify co-operative and democratic ownership of web apps and platforms?
- What would an Uber owned by its drivers look like? Would a Twitter governed by its users make it more sustainable?
We have assembled an group of international experts and entrepreneurs who can answer these questions and provide a learning experience that will change how you think about sustainable business models.