Before I comment, and continue to comment, I want to remind everyone of a post I made a few months ago. It's relevant for two reasons,
1) It was created while we were deep in the development phase of designing "The Above Network, LLC"
2) It represents ideals that attracted the right kind of investors to our way of thinking
ATS = Altruism - Trust - Sincerity
Originally posted by marg6043
Even when the tree Amigos will still be the same people that started this very good site, they will not be the main players anymore.
We have equal shares of ownership, and our company charter demands that our combined ownership never dip below majority. Investors who care not to
participate in such an environment need not inquire.
Originally posted by bodrul
dont forgot us Small people when your at the top
The Above Network, LLC and our core passion, AboveTopSecret.com is all about the "small people."
Everything we've done, and everything
we're about to do, is focused on bringing broader awareness of your contributions to the compelling topics on ATS.
Our core "unique proposition" is what ATS has always been, a "User-Generated Content Ecosystem" of diverse opinions on an impossible range of
topics. Expanding the ecosystem to give each of our members a larger voice is our prime directive.
We knew this announcement would likely inspire new episodes of "drama" and doubt, but throughout our history we've been very transparent and this
is no time to change. Deals like this take time, and we've been crafting business plans and strategies since December of 2006
we've been in discussions with our ultimate investors since late March. If you've noticed any "policy changes" in that time that might appear to
be catered to the type of people you fear being involved with ATS... let me know! 'cause... I can't think of any.
And one final piece of information. We often get serious offers of buy-out, and during our planning stages we gave serious consideration to a
significant player who was offering the kind of cash that would enable three partners to pay off their mortgages, dance in the street, and take long
tropical vacations. We declined because the deal would split our partnership and take control of ATS away from us. This is our passion... we're not
going to let go.
[edit on 26-7-2007 by SkepticOverlord]