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The Platform Collective, Barter, I need, I give
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. WHAT IS A STARTUP?

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.

2. HOW DO I BECOME A COLLABORATOR?

You can become a collaborator simply by signing up through this link: http://theplatformcollective.com/sign-up/

3. IF I’M A FREELANCER, CAN I SIGN UP TOO?

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.

4. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BARTER?

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.

5. HOW DOES BARTERING WORK ON THE PLATFORM COLLECTIVE?

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!

6. WHAT CAN I BARTER?

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.

7. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE VERIFIED?

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.

8. HOW DO I EDIT MY PARTICULARS?

As this site is currently in its beta phase, collaborators could drop us a note at hello@theplatformcollective.com. We promise to make the changes within 24 hours.

9. WHICH TYPES OF STARTUPS ARE ALLOWED TO JOIN THE PLATFORM COLLECTIVE?

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 hello@theplatformcollective.com and we will get back to you.

10. YOUR PLATFORM STATES IT IS FOR LOCAL STARTUPS RUN BY YOUTH. WHAT IS THE AGE RANGE OF YOUTH? WHAT IF I AM NOT ONE BUT NONETHELESS RUNNING A STARTUP?

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!

11. I HAVE IDENTIFIED A COLLABORATOR TO BARTER WITH. WHERE DO WE COMMUNICATE AND WHAT SHOULD I SAY?

You can approach the collaborator on your own via their respective channels specified, or reach out to hello@theplatformcollective.com for us to bridge a conversation with the collaborator on your behalf. Don’t be shy, just say hi!

12. IF I SEE THAT A PARTICULAR COLLABORATOR IS ABLE TO GIVE WHAT I NEED, BUT I AM NOT WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR OR VICE VERSA, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

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.

13. AFTER HAVING LOOKED THROUGH THE LIST OF “I NEED” AND “I CAN GIVE”, I STILL CAN’T FIND ANY COLLABORATOR TO WORK WITH. WHAT NOW?

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.

14. I DON’T HAVE ANY “NEED” OR “GIVE” AT THE MOMENT, CAN I STILL SIGN UP?

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.