For the moment put aside the issue of investor interference, stock depletion or dilution and instead consider the logistical task of a single person maintaining any real hands on control of an operation at scale.
The second half of Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince focuses not on the ruthless acquisition of power but on how to maintain it. Presumably for the good of the people as he saw it. Though the 16th century seems distant and certainly the ruthless parts are better left in TV narratives, the kind of problem he was trying to solve is very real. Even more so today as vast numbers of "kingdoms" we call businesses compete for the resources to create or support an idea.
During the final century of Merovingian rule, the kings were increasingly pushed into a ceremonial role.
It's difficult to maintain the organizational integrity of a business beyond very small scale because inevitably a legion of gremlins will descend upon us.
Gremlins are invisible creatures that feed on the tears of failure. Though a metaphor think about any demo you ever conducted where some weird sh*t flew out of nowhere and hit you right in the face.
Now think about sitting there for the rest of the meeting wiping sh*t off your face. Multiply that by all the different projects and staff and clients and suppliers and designers and and... huh huh huh and breath...
Problems need solving and some love to solve problems. Others organize problem solvers to tackle the largest problems; the lucky few do both. Regardless, almost no one keeps the lions share of their own work as logistical concessions creep in to nibble away whatever financial compromises haven't already made. Eventually you seem like the weakest link in what used to be your own supply chain.
This presents the problem clearly, and it is a problem. Our whole society is based on hard won individual freedom. That fundamentally means you need to keep your winnings and those winnings need to accurately reflect your efforts. We own our property and our lives, are held responsible for our mistakes and our financial activity and yet those of us who run businesses are expected to concede what we value. The thing that we spent years building, risking everything to create. Operational control of our lives through our businesses and the long term return that comes with it.
Forming new businesses and influencing new markets. Building on previous success is the noble pursuit of free enterprise. Legacy. How else does a free man or women make an industry without just giving it away to the state as soon as it actually works. A class system is based on layered buy in and mistaking access for merit is a common occurrence throughout history. In a world where most wealth comes from inheritance and interest on such, no one can be surprised to look around and see so many with so little and so few with so much.
We need to push back with innovation. Work for ourselves at the lowest possible dollar while we raise our own resources. Write and use better software and maximize available opportunities. Though similar and often confused, innovation is not exploitation. Exploitation takes something cheap and makes it expensive. Innovation takes something that appears worthless and finds new value.
It's time we found ours.