I would take a leisurely stroll back to… early 2004 and move to California. If you haven’t picked up on it already, that’s the time that Facebook first launched their website and moved to California. In the news surrounding Facebook’s IPO, there is a story of artist David Choe, who back in 2005 painted several murals at Facebook’s headquarters. His payment did not come in cash, but a 2% stake in the company. Given the amount raised for Facebook’s IPO, his share is worth upwards of $200 million.
I don’t know if it’s cheating given the assignments guidelines, but I would go back to this time and place with the unforeseen knowledge of Facebook’s future value and offer services. Assuming my age stayed the same, I would pledge free labor for any stake in the company. Maybe I would be a secretary. Maybe a coffee or lunch fetcher. I could possibly scrub rugs or stock paper in printers. Surely my lack of technological knowledge would restrict me from any high percentage stakes in the company, but a 1-2% would surely be worth it. Life would be rough for a few years but hopefully once the outside financing came in I could live off of office supplied coffee, donuts and sandwiches. My car could serve as my bed. Given the dedication, commitment, and belief I had in the company by taking only company stock, my story and payoff would be even bigger than Choe’s.
Check out the video on the link. He’s a pretty interesting dude and his take on the choice to receive stock and how it’s affecting his life right now are unique and not quite what you would expect.