Mine, that is. Today is the fifteenth anniversary of the startup of my LLC, and also marks the year my total of independent employment exceeds my years as an employee of others. Although the legal details were prepared and registered (quietly) in December of ’02, fifteen years ago today, three of my peers and I simultaneously resigned from the industrial systems integration firm of which we were senior employees.
We each had discussed our frustrations with the 51% owner’s management style, and his apparent intention to never yield any more ownership to future partners. Gaining ownership was a five-year goal I had stated outright when I interviewed for that job, with that owner, four years before. Or more precisely, when asked for my five year goal, I answered “Ownership of or partnership in a company like yours.”... [Read More]