Re: Gather Now Available
From: Roger Studley (roger.studleygmail.com)
Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2017 23:41:44 -0700 (PDT)
Tom, this is awesome. I am with a forming community in Berkeley. We can't
really try Gather yet (or can we?), but can you add me to the email list
for when the time comes?
Thanks!

~Roger (510-604-2607)


On Fri, Sep 1, 2017 at 6:36 AM, Tom Smyth <tom [at] tomsmyth.ca> wrote:

> Hi folks!
>
> Gather, the cohousing management system I introduced a few months ago, is
> now ready for folks to try in a limited beta!
>
> As a reminder, Gather is a web application for managing cohousing
> communities. It has been in use at three Ann Arbor communities since the
> fall of 2015. You can read more about it here <http://info.gather.coop/>.
>
> If your community would like to give it a try, let me know. I'll just need
> your Google ID (usually a Gmail address) and the name of your community.
> I'll add your community and fill it with sample data so you can see how the
> system works.
>
> I'll also add you to a low-traffic email list so you can receive
> announcements about the software. If you'd like to be on the list but
> you're not ready to try out the software, also let me know.
>
> If you like what you see and want to move forward, we'll clear out all the
> fake data and you'll create accounts for all your residents and invite them
> to sign in.
>
> For now, the software will be free of charge. Once we move it out of beta,
> there will be a monthly subscription fee. We are thinking this will be a
> sliding scale fee in the neighborhood of $3-7 per household per month.
>
> We like the idea of a sliding scale because some communities have expressed
> an interest to pay more to sustain development of the software, while
> others might be on a tighter budget.
>
> What you'll get for that fee is use of the software and email support, and
> you'll be supporting continued development of new features. There are lots
> of great features yet to come, and the more people sign up, the faster they
> will get built!
>
> Subscribers will also have input into the choice of what gets built next.
> This software project will be rather different than a typical Silicon
> Valley startup. We want users to have real ownership of the project. In the
> longer term, we are interested in exploring the multi-stakeholder and
> platform co-op models. But setting up that structure will take time and
> experimentation, so for now the setup will be less formal. We'll report
> regularly on progress and offer opportunities for input.
>
> Yours in cooperation,
>
> Tom for the Sassafras Team
>
> --
> Tom Smyth
>
> Worker-Owner, Sassafras Tech Collective
> Specializing in innovative, usable tech for social change
> sassafras.coop · @sassafrastech
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