Hi Joe ~
Per your instructions in the Requests for Clarification, I'll post
this as my answer to "close out the question and have lunch"
But first, I do have to say the mental image of the "dog statue guy"
swinging a cat just tickled my funny bone - and I could see it quite
clearly - at least in my mind's eye!
About 20 years ago I had the honor of working with a brilliant man who
actually took companies public. And I've got to say the whole process
is absolutely mind-boggling. I have also worked with companies who
filed their IPO, and remember the absolute terror during the "silent
period" prior to the IPO, afraid some employee would throw a wrench in
I am totally amazed anyone survives the process! This is why I admire
your style. If you're going to dream, dream big. At least you work
towards getting there, and for that, you are so far ahead of the
crowd, or at least those who have the dream but forgot to work to get
I somehow suspect you'll be very successful at whatever you undertake,
because it takes the ability to dream, and the means to head toward
the dream. So congratulations along those lines.
Your idea is still sound, and above all, you really should incorporate
and put that protection between yourself and the business. It also
gives you an incentive, especially if there is a decent profit and
projected steady income, to attract "angels" with ownership of a
percentage of the corporation. The drawback, of course, is if you lose
controlling interest and those who do have it don't share your ideas.
I've seen a good company go down the tubes, too, when that has happened.
I consider it the nicest compliment that you rely on my
straight-forward approach, whether or not it's what you want to hear.
I wish my mother were still alive, she was always chiding me for
having no tact.
For what it's worth ... I once tried that "sandwich" approach to
delivering unfavorable news. You know what I mean, "sandwiching" the
bad news between two "positives" or "good" things.
It didn't work! It was a site review, and the only "good" thing I
could think to say was it didn't nauseate me. (You wouldn't believe
the background this guy was using!)
So thanks again for the compliment. And thanks for the invitation to
close this out and have lunch. I'm already ordering a pastrami on
fresh rye ;)
Warm regards (along with a few chuckles),
Google Answers Researcher