Updated on June 5, 2020
The elephant in the room
Couchsurfing, the largest hospitality exchange network has announced on the 14th of May, that they will be requiring many of their users to pay a monthly subscription. Since Trustroots is also enabling hospitality exchange, this is very relevant to us.
While Couchsurfing hasn’t claimed to be a charity or a non-profit since 2011, this move has angered many members of the community. When Couchsurfing turned into a for-profit, there were claims that it would also remain free. So the questions that are being asked about Couchsurfing are also relevant to other networks.
While we aren’t taking any particular action in the wake of Couchsurfing’s decision, we’re putting this post out as a “state of Trustroots in 2020” in the topics of transparency, non-profit status, community ownership and what kind of legal backing stands behind our good word to never sell out to venture capitalists.
Posted on April 11, 2020
With a pandemic rolling over Europe and borders being closed, it might not be the time for traveling right now. But we think it’s a good time for working on a traveler’s network and pushing it to the next level.
So, we didn’t cancel our hackweek that we were looking forward to. Instead, we’re doing it online. While a lot of people are currently struggling with the challenges of remote collaboration, we’re already used to it.
Today, we started the hackweek and we’re happy some new faces joined the gang! There are a lot of different ways anyone can contribute to Trustroots. If you want to be a part of that, get in touch! You don’t have to be a hacker to join the hackweek ;)
That all being said, we all value in-person contact very much and we’re looking forward to have a hackweek in the physical world once that is possible again.