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This is a post by Joel Spolsky. The original post is linked at the bottom.

This is such a common question here and elsewhere that I will attempt to write the world's most canonical answer to this question. Hopefully in the future when someone on answers.onstartups asks how to split up the ownership of their new company, you can simply point to this answer.

The most important principle: Fairness, and the perception of fairness, is much more valuable than owning a large stake. Almost everything that can go wrong in a startup will go wrong, and one of the biggest things that can go wrong is huge, angry, shouting matches between the founders as to who worked harder, who owns more, whose idea was it anyway, etc. That is why I would always rather split a new company 50-50 with a friend than insist on owning 60% because "it was my idea," or because "I was more experienced" or anything else. Why? Because if I split the company 60-40, the company is going to fail when we argue ourselves to death. And if you ju

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Last active Dec 23, 2015
Fixing typos/cut paste error in Spec messages. Also changing toString to be just a passthrough to the object (or safe for null) as I think you'd just want the original object string and wouldn't want to pollute your output with the fact that it's wrapped in an Optional.
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import groovy.transform.Canonical
import spock.lang.Specification
@Canonical
class Optional<T> {
T reference
T get() {
if (isPresent()) return reference
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