May 8th Meetup – Cooperative Ownership and Business Models in the Tech World

Our speaker this month will be Robert Matney. Robert Matney is Co-Owner and COO of Polycot Associates, a web development agency and is a co-founder and Technology Director of Whirligig Productions. Robert is also Technology Director for Hidden Room Theatre and a Board Trustee for Austin Shakespeare, a multi-award-winning stage and voice actor and director, and a web technologist with Polycot Associates. Recently, Robert played Andrei in Lola Pierson and Yury Urnov’s “Thr3e Zisters” for Salvage Vanguard Theatre, Sebastian Topflyte in Paul Menzer’s “Invisible, Inc.” and Duke Humphrey in “Rose Rage” (the latter two for Hidden Room Theatre), and the title role in “Uncle Vanya” for Breaking String Theater. You can battle Robert’s voice as Doctor Psycho and Starro in the video game DC Universe Online. Robert was a speaker or presenter at South By Southwest Interactive 2013, 2012 and 2011, as well Blackfriars 2011, 2013, 2015, and Fusebox Festival 2011 and 2017.

Robert will be leading us in a discussion of cooperative business models and their place in the world of technology and development. Using the company Polycot Associates (a web development firm where Robert is the COO) as a case study, Robert will briefly touch upon the differing types of cooperatives and where tech/dev lives in the broader cooperative movement before transitioning into questions such as how to handle tactical management with loose hierarchy in the context of an egalitarian member-owner leadership structure, as well as the process via which Polycot was converted from a sole proprietorship with contractors into a coop.

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Cooperative Ownership and Business Models in the Tech World

Monday, May 8, 2017, 7:00 PM

Capital Factory
701 Brazos Street, Suite 1601 Austin, TX

31 Activists Went

Our speaker this month will be Robert Matney. Robert Matney is Co-Owner and COO of Polycot Associates, a web development agency and is a co-founder and Technology Director of Whirligig Productions. Robert is also Technology Director for Hidden Room Theatre and a Board Trustee for Austin Shakespeare, a multi-award-winning stage and voice actor and d…

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April 22nd – EFF-Austin Hosts A Performance Of Robot Masterpiece Theater!

EFF-Austin supporter Tal Leeds is presenting his latest New Media theatrical project this Saturday night at 11:30pm at ColdTowne Theater. A choose-your-own adventure play voted on by the audience featuring an arduino-controlled robot on the stage! We encourage all of our followers with an interest in digital art to check this out.

Advance tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/robot-masterpiece-theater-tickets-32139022682?ref=ecal

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EFF-Austin Hosts A Performance Of Robot Masterpiece Theater!

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017, 11:30 PM

ColdTowne Theater
4803-B Airport Blvd Austin, TX

3 Activists Went

EFF-Austin supporter Tal Leeds is presenting his latest New Media theatrical project this Saturday night at 11:30pm at ColdTowne Theater. A choose-your-own adventure play voted on by the audience featuring an arduino-controlled robot on the stage! We encourage all of our followers with an interest in digital art to check this out.Advance tickets: …

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A Roundtable on Fake News and Social Media

EFF-Austin is co-hosting with UT Law a round-table on Fake News and Social Media.

Come participate in the hottest topic in technology and the law, brought by JOLTT, hosted by COLTT: Fake News and Social Media.

Our guests will include:

Ross Ramsey, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of the Texas Tribune. A traditional media perspective on the issues relating to fake news.

Warren Hanes, “Godfather of Intellectual Property” at Facebook from 2007 – 2013. An insider with the social media giant most caught up in the fake news phenomenon.

Ryan Garcia, Managing Legal Director (Social Media, Retail, Gaming, Consumer Contract Management) at Dell and Law and Social Media Professor at UT Law. An expert in social media law with the legal academic perspective on the issue.

Open to the public.

Location Details: UT School of Law is located off of Dean Keeton St & Robert Deadman Dr. The meeting will be held in Townes Hall (TNH) Room 2.138 which is on the Ground Floor near the North Patio and Courtyard.