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Title: One startup's dream : an ethnography of a vision
Author: Melia, Michael
ISNI:       0000 0004 7232 9198
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2018
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This is the story of how four people invented a whole new world and way of life - and how they attempted to establish it across the globe. Copass, a Parisian startup consisting of four cofounders, aimed to connect hundreds of the world's shared workspaces under their new global federation. But the main objective of this startup, in contrast to most, was not to build capital. It was to build a universe: a future where white-collar workers would be liberated from the shackles of office life to work anywhere in the world, to meet exciting people and to have amazing experiences. Here, workdays were permanently mixed with holidays. Work was fun, workplaces were play-places and workers were adventurers. The ambition of these four cofounders was to turn the way they wanted things to be for them into the way things ought to be for everyone else. To turn their desired lifestyle into a global social movement that enrolled, as they saw it, hundreds of cities and thousands, tens of thousands, even millions of people. In short, they created a company to fulfil a dream. This is an ethnography of that one startup's dream, analysed at length to demonstrate innovative ways of worldmaking employed by an ambitious tech company seeking success. A company dissatisfied with the world that, instead of changing it, decided to create a new one.
Supervisor: Kelty, Chris ; Lezaun, Javier ; Zeitlyn, David Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Anthropology ; Workplace Studies ; Ethnology ; Digital Anthropology ; Business Studies ; digital nomadism ; France ; ethnography ; western europe ; startups ; coworking spaces ; flexible work ; entrepreneurship ; coworking ; marketing ; paris ; digital nomads ; ethnomethodology ; worldmaking ; startup