Exit to Community #E2C

Join us as we transition from a privately owned company to a structure that allows us to share power and revenue with you.

What does exit to community mean?

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What does exit to community mean?

Exit to Community (E2C) is an effort to develop alternatives to the standard model of the startup “exit.” Rather than simply aiming for an acquisition by a more established company or a public stock offering, startups can mature into ownership by their community of stakeholders.- Nathan Schneider, Director of the Media Enterprise Design Lab

Investing in the commons

Challenging business as usual

Challenging business as usual

Challenging business as usual

Many tech founders are forced to give away ownership and control to investors in order to get money as a start-up. Open Collective is different.

We raised money from people who agreed:
  • Investors get paid back slowly and can’t make us exploit people to create huge profits.
  • Investors do NOT control the platform.
Transparent finances

Transparent finances

Transparent finances

Open Collective launched in 2016 and raised $3M of seed investment. The platform became profitable in 2020.

See our investors and term sheets here.

Today, Open Collective is a tech platform that enables a network of:

Challenging business as usual
Challenging business as usual

600+ nonprofits, co-ops, and fiscal hosts to support 7000+ groups to raise and spend $35 million each year with full transparency

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How can we repay our investors, support our founders, and practice financial self-determination?

How can we future-proof our mission?

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Challenging business as usual

Learn with us

Sign up to be notified of live conversations with our CEO Pia Mancini, Open Collective hosts, and admins from our 7000 collectives about ways to transition from a privately owned company to a structure that allows us to share power and revenue with you.

We are open in every way

We are open in every way

We not only help you be transparent, we are too!

We are open in every way
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Slack

Come meet the team, chat with the community, and share your questions and stories.

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Documentation

Support your community with fundholding and fiscal sponsorship services.

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Open Source code

Our code is open source. You can contribute! Check it out on GitHub.

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Blog

Case studies, news, and how groups around the world use Open Collective.

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Open Finances

We operate as an Open Collective ourselves, with transparent budgets.

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Open Company

Our metrics, financials, and other documents are public.

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