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[liberationtech] B-Corps

Peter Fein pete at wearpants.org
Tue Nov 13 09:27:10 PST 2012


Are L3C's a viable option? From a quick glance at
http://www.lawforchange.org/NewsBot.asp?MODE=VIEW&ID=2305 , it seems
they're lighter weight & more flexible than a non-profit but still qualify
as “program related investment” (ie, eligible for foundation support).

My use case: I had looked at starting a 501c3 for an early-stage software
project and was put off by the expense (a few $K), time (a few months) and
volume of paperwork - seemed like rather a lot of startup overhead for
something that may not go anywhere. Around the same time, I incorporated
(S-corp) for another project, and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it
was.


On Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 1:43 PM, Lina Srivastava <lina at linasrivastava.com>wrote:

> Are you talking about a B-Corp or a Benefit Corp? The first is a
> certification, the second is a legal structure.
>
> Before deciding,  you might want to take a look at this archived chat
> about the benefits of B-Corps vs. L3Cs (another possible structure):
> (Terrible structure to get through, but good info.):
> http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/nonprofit-for-profit-l3c-b-corp-ho-22806/
>
> This is a pretty good site too:
> http://www.lawforchange.org/lfc/default.asp
>
> Lina
>
>
>
> On Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 2:32 PM, Yosem Companys <companys at stanford.edu>wrote:
>
>> I wrote a piece a few months ago on the benefits of cooperatives for
>> liberationtech entrepreneurs:
>>
>>
>> http://liberationtech.tumblr.com/post/28442687690/how-cooperatives-could-fix-social-medias-net
>>
>> But I excluded the b corp from that analysis.
>>
>> Yosem
>>
>> On Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 11:24 AM, Andrew Haeg <aohaeg at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > I'm considering applying for B-Corp status once I get GroundTruth up and
>> > running. Very curious to learn more -- such as: is it essentially just
>> a way
>> > to distinguish your co. from other, non-benefit corps?
>> >
>> >
>> > On Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 12:38 PM, Yosem Companys <companys at stanford.edu
>> >
>> > wrote:
>> >>
>> >> Rafael made me curious...  Anyone in liberationtech used this legal
>> >> status before?  Perhaps Renee can tell us more about it?
>> >>
>> >> YC
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> From: Rafael Shimunov <r.shimunov at gmail.com>
>> >>
>> >> Any folks out there working for a b-corp? Or ever considered it? I'm
>> >> currently researching it for a social enterprise startup.
>> >>
>> >> http://www.bcorporation.net/
>> >>
>> >> Best, Rafael
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