Hopefully the title was enough to hook you, this is a question that is currently killing a business I co-founded.
So, around 7 months ago I co-founded a start-up with my dad and sister. (Family is never a good idea but I was 17 at the time, so yeah. He came up with the idea, and drafted some copy-paste contract terms for us to sign. He said that we'd split it 50, 25, 25. His reason for 50 was that his % will also be used to go to the "Last Name Family Fund" along with us just generally not needing so much because we're young and whatever.
The problem with this, is that he's now using this as a, "I get to have final say" during arguments clause.
I feel like that's super unfair as not only does 25 + 25 = 50 which would make it a tie, but also in and of that there's no point in me arguing with him for/against something if it means that he can just pull out that Trump card whenever he feels like it.
If I feel so strongly opposed to something that he's proposing for the business, it doesn't matter at the end of the day. My input doesn't matter. He thinks that because he gives me "power" over small decisions, then that means I should be ok with being shut down during large ones.
I feel like that's a master-slavs relationship though, business politics aside. I kill myself day in and day out for this company to succeed, and yet, i don't truly have any saying power at the end of the day?
This would be easier to solve if we had a concrete reason as to why he deserves this magical authority, this Trump card.
The thing is, without either one of us, it's impossible for the business to succeed, to even exist. He's currently in charge of content production for social media, and has recently made our press kit. This is in addition to paying for everything with his own money of course, and coming up with the logos/ideas behind each platform.
I on the other hand am in charge of,
Everything Technical. I developed the platforms besides a few times where we outsourced the work.
I have to be the one in front of the camera because he, as a 40 year old man with a criminal record, wants to stay in the shadows.
I'm encouraged to come up with ideas for content
I'm encouraged to write content and scripts
I'm in charge of writing business plans, doing case studies, and all market evaluation type stuff.
I've been killing myself day in and day out for the past month for this business, working sometimes for 8 hours straight because developing takes a hell of a long time. Note: I'm not a technical cofounder. I prefer business but had to step into this role because he doesn't have the ability to do it.
We had a major disagreement today and even though I feel so strongly against the direction he wants to take things, at the end of the first argument, he pulled out his Trump card and still decides to go through with it.