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Are there any indie developer co-ops that you know of?

There are publisher groups that take a cut of developer earnings, meetup groups, FD, etc...but do you know of any co-op style groups that share marketing/development/other resources - or just strategies/support. I'm thinking something that extends online and off - such as when handing out business cards, you might have a shared logo and/or site to direct people to.

The closest thing I've found is player01.com. Are there others that indie developers or small teams could join?

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Cecilia Domenighini
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I am not an expert, but it seems like indie developer co-ops work better for gamings. I don't know of other verticals where there is a huge incentive to be an indie developer.
Clynton Caines
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Clynton Caines Entrepreneur
SharePoint Developer at Discover Technologies
Thanks Cecilia.
I agree that it makes the most sense in gaming - although I've seen a number of developers who create and sell multiple general-purpose apps.
Anyway, maybe it's not a common need if no one else has come across similar groups/sites.

Thomas Jay
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Thomas Jay Entrepreneur
iOS / Server Architect / IoT / BLE / iBeacon / Apple Pay
I work with a few companies and developers to try to bridge exactly that.

In general lots of free advice and a little actual work takes place :)

Feel free to ask anything.

I hope to have a funded incubator one day but for now I just try to help others.
Clynton Caines
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Clynton Caines Entrepreneur
SharePoint Developer at Discover Technologies
Thanks Thomas,

I've been trying to contact you off-forum, but the FD contact form is failing... Where do you have more info?
Cameron Pulcifer
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I'm actually trying to start exactly what you are asking for. Not exactly a co-op per se, but qualified developers that work on sweat equity. Let me know if you're interested.
Thomas Jay
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Thomas Jay Entrepreneur
iOS / Server Architect / IoT / BLE / iBeacon / Apple Pay
Clynton,

You can contact me at thomasjay100 at yahoo dot com

Not sure why my profile has not been approved yet.

Thanks, Tom
Dinakar Manchiraju
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Dinakar Manchiraju Entrepreneur
Owner/Sr. .NET Consultant at Code Jumpers LLC
Clynton,

That's a great idea. I would like to be involved. Here is my info
Dinakar at code jumpers llc dot com
Rob Gropper
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Rob Gropper Entrepreneur
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I was involved in the early stages of one in Redmond last year. The leader had too much on his plate and it ran out of gas before it really got off the ground. a lot of time was spent on trying to agree on ground rules for equity splits, IP ownership and administrivia. I think the concept has merit and i'd be interested in giving it getting involved again - time constraints being a significant issue.
Mike Whitfield
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Mike Whitfield Entrepreneur
Sr. Software Engineer, EPAM, Google
I recently submitted to "Hackers and Founders" which is branded as a "co-op" in SF. Is this what you're looking for? Happy to join any roundtable type chat of founders and I know what you're referring to from my gamedev days. I'm [removed to protect privacy]
Clynton Caines
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Clynton Caines Entrepreneur
SharePoint Developer at Discover Technologies
In the game/app development space, I was thinking along the lines of a group that got together (online) to share digital assets. So each person/team might have characters/genres that they focused on and would share designs or characters from others across the group. Imagine the 10 different styles/genres of angry birds for example - but done by indies. It would result in faster time to market and higher value properties that could lead to more lucrative merchandising deals.

I think it's becoming obvious with the crush of developers and games, that more teams are spending more time, building higher quality offerings - but making fewer dollars in the end. I haven't found anyone who's teaming up like that on a medium or grand scale.

That H/F group looks pretty interesting. I've seen similar entrep-focused orgs and there are countless meetups for founders around the country. But, as we're thinking about this, it seems like there's interest in solving a problem in this space. If anyone's interested, I would be glad to discuss offline (coder /at/ stargenco.com)

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