After over 12 years trying to get the video games studio industry to both create and use more open source software and unrestricted hardware, Jared Hardy finally gave up on those proprietary-minded fools, and started building NELA-ISC.Net instead. In the process of bootstrapping this Northeast LA community utility cooperative (still in progress), he discovered the catch-22 of funding nonprofit community projects that can never take any tax deductible donations or returns-based investments. He then started the deductible- donation accepting Data Roads Foundation to help solve that catch-22 investment problem -- among other issues inherent to all cooperatively owned networks. More about that and his other yak shaving projects are available in the links below:

If the content in these links create more questions than answers, that will provide good conversation fodder for Thursday night 6/12!