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Steward Ownership: Ownership Diversification Through The Cooperative Model – The Journey of Corey Kohn

Cooperatives are a great way to share not only profits but also responsibilities amongst a group of individuals. It’s often known for its one member, one vote rule. But did you know that hierarchy within a cooperative can be flexible according to the employees’ needs and desires? 

In this episode, we are joined by Corey Kohn, Dojo4 co-founder and co-op member. She shares how their software company transitioned from a traditional business model to a cooperative. While she initially had doubts about the cooperative model, its transformational effects on their employees’ engagement and their company’s growth solidified her trust in their decision. 

If you’re curious about how the cooperative model benefits founders, employees, and even communities, then this episode is for you! 

Episode Highlights

  • [05:39] Corey’s Journey in Dojo4
  • [08:02] Dojo4’s Transition Into a Cooperative Model
  • [11:08] Employees’ Concerns About the Transition 
  • [15:14] Why Transition Anyway? 
  • [19:23] How the Cooperative Model Supports Future Growth 
  • [23:07] How the Cooperative Model Changed Dojo4
  • [26:37] How Dojo4 Embraced the Shift to the Cooperative Model
  • [29:51] Accounting and Financial Structure 
  • [36:10] Corey’s Advice on Transitioning Into a Cooperative


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