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A message from HC, interesting to read.
Posted August 26th, 2011 - 8:19 pm from Ortaca, Turkey
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Posted August 26th, 2011 - 8:21 pm from Duesseldorf, Germany
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Posted August 26th, 2011 - 8:41 pm by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
Well I know where I'll go if CS doesn't wise up. I was in HC for awhile, still am, but don't even know if I can log in anymore, its been that long. like G+ i'm finding it an ersatz substitute for facebook, but in time I think it will evolve into something better. Knowing my luck I'll go there and get backstabbed too. That reminds me of Animal Farm, where the animals oust out the bad farmer, only to turn around and become just as fascist as the previous defenestrated dictator. I'll ignore my cynicism and for now be panglossian...4 legs good 2 legs bad...

Posted August 26th, 2011 - 9:55 pm by from Reykjavik, Iceland (Permalink)
Thank you, Thomas, for the link. I have to say it made me feel a bit better.

What made me feel better was the fact that HC is planning to publish its code as open-source (Veit did not specify a licence but I believe they will pick the right one), because this is the only way someone can guarantee that the platform will never be used to make money (again, provided the right licence is picked). Otherwise, he is saying many nice words and I choose to believe him, but the human mind and soul has created capitalism for a reason and we should not think we can fight it with just ideas.

In short, going open-source can be the only guarantee. There is already a website which is open-source and has been from the beginning: www.BeWelcome.org, although unfortunately it still does not have many members. BTW, open-source communities usually enjoy a spirit which is very much in line with the spirit of hospitality exchange communities, so I don´t see why an open source website can´t be as functional as a corporation website.

I have to say I STRONGLY oppose to CS becoming a corporation. I will probably keep using it mostly because of all the useful groups that exist here. But now I am seriously considering using HC and BeWelcome more and more.

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Posted August 26th, 2011 - 10:06 pm by from Milano, Italy (Permalink)
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Posted August 26th, 2011 - 10:44 pm by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
http://allthatiswrong.wordpress.com/2010/01/24/a-criticism-of-couchsurfing-and-review-of-alternatives/

Looks like this guy beat us to it lol.

Posted August 26th, 2011 - 10:50 pm by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
http://techcrunch.com/2011/08/24/couchsurfing-raises-7-6-m-will-users-cry-sell-out/

Posted August 26th, 2011 - 10:57 pm by from London, England (Permalink)
Thanks!
Love the pic in the techcrunch article! ;-)

Hey, could someone send the link to the official video(s) please?
Cheers!

Posted August 26th, 2011 - 10:59 pm by from London, England (Permalink)
Davide:
when did you get this msg from HC?
What did they reply to your response?

Posted August 26th, 2011 - 11:10 pm by from Paris, France (Permalink)
http://www.couchsurfing.org/bcorp
here is the link to official videos

Posted August 26th, 2011 - 11:11 pm by from London, England (Permalink)
thanks, Thomas!
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Posted August 27th, 2011 - 1:02 am by from Brussels, Belgium (Permalink)
Note that Hospitality Club is not a non-profit either. It's officially a one person business, which makes it for profit. Plus the way HC has been managed is unfortunately much worse than the way Casey has been dealing with things... I still hope that would change but check this: http://www.opencouchsurfing.org/2011/08/26/cs-becoming-a-for-profit-business-a-message-from-hospitality-club-founder-veit/#comments