This blog post came out earlier this year, but it’s been lodged in my brain since then. As a woman in tech, I’m not thrilled with the current state of the startup landscape. Watching companies with questionable motives lock down millions in seed funding and “disrupt” institutions to only to serve a more exclusive clientele feels gross.
But instead of shaking their fists at the existing system, the founders of the Zebra Movement took a different approach. They asked the question: if you change the business model, can you change behavior? At the core of their manifesto lies this tenant:
We believe that developing alternative business models to the startup status quo has become a central moral challenge of our time. These alternative models will balance profit and purpose, champion democracy, and put a premium on sharing power and resources. Companies that create a more just and responsible society will hear, help, and heal the customers and communities they serve.
If you use the Internet, you should read this article.