Broadly speaking, you’ve covered your options.
What I’ve heard is that the hybrid Mozilla structure can be tricky, as you need two different sets of Boards of Directors. I imagine that sort of hybrid structure would work well for when there are two complementary but different threads of activity in an organization. For example, I could see a company that relies on original scientific research having a hybrid structure, where the academic side of things is more or less carried out independently from the business side. Then again, newspapers don’t adopt this sort of structure, and they get by.
I get that it is an important choice, and I hope the solution become clear to you soon.
I’ll note that I’ve also seen / experienced poorly run B-corps, and I know of wonderfully run companies with more traditional legal structures – like Patagonia. Without knowing anything further about your organization, a B-corp (whether it’s the certification or a legally designated public benefit corp) seems like a way to go.
As @NSaikiwiki has just pointed out, the incentive structures you set up for yourself vis-a-vis fundraising is one thing to be mindful of. On that note, Allbirds is a B-corp that has taken venture funding; and Impact Investing is becoming more mainstream. There are companies that have a successful exit and find a hands-off home under a larger company – Ben and Jerry’s, now owned but operationally independent from Unilever, springs to mind.
Have you read “Reinventing Organizations” by Laloux or “Maverick” by Ricardo Semler?
Speaking as someone in the early stages of my own venture, I think the best way to ensure one’s organization remains humane is to develop one’s leaderly abilities. Specifically, I mean a) coming into greater contact with one’s humanity, and b) increasing one’s capacity for critical self-reflection. In my experience, the aforementioned books help with the former, and practicing reflecting / thinking help with the latter.
Other related books that I’ve benefited from include:
- The Inner Game of Tennis
- The writings of both Carl Rogers and Marshall Rosenberg
- I and Thou