A young woman and man have an innovative idea for a new and better Whatsit. Cool
They sell all they own for cash to build a prototype. What risk takers
They put in eighteen hour days, seven days a week. Dedication
The first try building the Whatsit failed and they were out of money, so they took loans to keep going. Determination
Finally, the Whatsit starts to sell. Good going
After a few years more cash is needed to expand the business so they decide to have a public offering for investors, IPO. Good business sense
They offer millions of shares of the new stock and keep several million of the shares for themselves as founders, they also give shares to several of their original employees. Seems fair
The Whatsit company now employs over 2,000 people.
Over a decade the Whatsit company does well and continues to grow, the shares of stock increase in value, they pay dividends and the shares split into more shares. Success!
The young man and woman now hold shares of stock in their company worth $1 billion each.
I love my new Whatsit, but how do I get my fair share of their billions?