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And that is likely to help you not at all if another party with controlling interest decides to try to screw you. See the histories of Facebook and Zynga for a couple of more high profile and recent examples. Back when Microsoft was founded, I don't think there really was even the notion of vesting back the shares in your own company... you were either a partner in a partnership or a shareholder in a corporation. I'm pretty sure it was VC's who later came up with the concept of earning back ownership in one's own company.

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