Lab.Coop is an entrepreneur owned tech venture builder. We apply Holacracy and practice extreme transparency.
We develop and service these portfolio companies so far:
Beerdate /birdāt/ (noun) : When Lab.Coop partners go out for dinner or drinks on the company’s expenses. They discuss work or personal stuff, it doesn’t matter as long as they get know one another better. So they can spend the better part of their days in the office with people they know, maybe even care about.
of working at Lab.Coop is that we create the company together. If we sense a gap between ideals and reality, Partners have the opportunity and responsibility to act towards resolving the tension. We want people who will participate in hard, sometimes tense conversations about what the company is and should be. It's not easy, because blaming your boss or your client doesn't fly in this context. It's also liberating, because each of us has real power.
We earn less cash than what we could at top-tier companies. We invest the difference into the company and we get real shares, not the usual employee stock options. The company is an employee-owned corporation, the more time your spend here and the more senior you are the bigger your share. If the company goes well, we all benefit.
We invite you to work as an entrepreneur in a partnership, share in the risk and the thrill. This is not the place for you if you want smooth and low-risk employment.
We all have strong autonomy. To avoid self-management turning into anarchy we have limitations and expectations. With limitations you won’t bump into invisible fences, and you can do anything that is not explicitly limited. We use Holacracy instead of peer pressure or consensus-building.
Distributed authority only work if you do your part. We expect behavior that are usually only associated with leaders. E.g. improving our team, workplace, communication, expectations, and processes.
Do you take responsibility or do you look for someone to decide for you?
We intend to treat you as a responsible adult. If you play victim and expect someone to save you from your circumstances, we’ll remind you: you have the choice to take responsibility or to be a victim. Please do the same for us.
We ask you to treat everyone else as responsible adult. If you play Heroic-Savior and thus victimize others, we’ll help you realize it and let go. Please do the same for us.
We will let you know when we do.