The Platform Collective defines a startup as a newly established business. However, beyond just age alone, we consider factors such as the scale of the business and its owners.
You can become a collaborator simply by signing up through this link: http://theplatformcollective.com/sign-up/
Yes, but we would require you to have a credible brand for yourself, which simply encompasses a means for everyone to identify you by. We place importance for every collaborator to own a brand because we wouldn’t want anyone to list himself or herself just in the name of fun.
To barter is to exchange. The value of an exchange, however, is subjective to collaborators. It is entirely up to the collaborators in a barter to negotiate and establish mutually agreeable terms for the exchange.
For example, custom baked goods for a revamped packaging design; or a tailored shirt for photography services. The possibilities in bartering are endless.
You can start bartering with another startup on this page where we’ve created a list of ‘I Needs’ and ‘I Can Gives’. This list is based on what collaborators have written when signing up for the platform. Based on this list you can
(1) Find a startup
(2) Barter your terms to reach mutual agreement
(3) Collab to work towards your goals.
We do not meddle in the bartering process between both parties; so collaborators get to be creative in the negotiation process!
From products and services to backstage access to gigs, there are endless possibilities. It is up to collaborators if they would like to include currency as part of the bartering process. However, we encourage you to barter a trade based on a skill.
Here are some tips:
(1) Avoid misrepresenting yourself in terms of what you can give.
(2) Be as specific and as transparent as possible.
(3) While the value of bartering may be subjective, be reasonable and respect the other collaborator.
The Platform Collective places importance on ensuring that the collaborators that come on board are as legit as they claim to be. Hence, we go through a curation process of meeting up with startups to get to know you better. We want to be able to provide, to the best of our efforts, a reasonable level of accountability and credibility to the brands on our page and our platform.
As this site is currently in its beta phase, collaborators could drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. We promise to make the changes within 24 hours.
We are looking for startups from different fields of expertise. We encourage you to be open to the concept of bartering. If you are unsure, please reach out to us at email@example.com and we will get back to you.
Youth generally encompass the ages of 18 – 34 years old. If you are not a youth, we still want to hear from you and to explore options. You could still be young at heart!
You can approach the collaborator on your own via their respective channels specified, or reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for us to bridge a conversation with the collaborator on your behalf. Don’t be shy, just say hi!
We encourage bartering terms to be flexible, and negotiation makes this process fun, as well as meaningful. Go ahead and write in to them to barter for mutually agreeable terms.
Don’t limit yourself to what has been stated in that list. We really encourage collaborators to also find opportunities to work together on projects. If you have an idea and someone in mind to work with, approach them and try.
Of course, and you should! But do get down to thinking about it. After all, it is the first thing others on the site would be looking to see from each other.