Weird question, I'm very new.
How did Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg stay as the CEO's of their companies without being booted out or people turning on them?
How did they trademark their brand early on and ensure no one stole it?
How do you ensure from the beginning that right until the end you'll be at the top making all the decisions? Anyone have any experience?
>How did Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg stay as the CEO's of their companies without being booted out or people turning on them?
are you seriously implying that no one ever turned on them while they were holding the CEO position? the key to success is fucking other people harder than they are trying to fuck you, and I guarantee you that both Gates and Zuckerberg left a lot of sore anuses in their wake
So what you're saying is, use your real life experiences in the business world?
If anyone ever seems like they're gong to screw you or they're lying to you, get them out as quickly and quietly as possible?
>How did Mark Zuckerberg stay as the CEO's
Outside investors only invested in the company because they believed in his leadership to begin with. If they wanted to replace Zuckerberg, why give him money in the first place? Why not use the money to start a competing company with the team you want?
>How did they trademark their brand early on and ensure no one stole it?
Plenty of people tried to copy facebook and still do to this day. In some interviews Zuckerberg talks about a company named 'College Facebook' which started up around 2005 and basically did the same thing Facebook was doing, except they were targeting the schools where the original Facebook wasn't at. Zuckerberg and the other founders actually considered CF a real threat at the time. I'm not sure exactly how Facebook won.
But the point is that copycats are very real threat. There are companies all over the world that do nothing but copy promising silicon valley startups locally. Rocket Internet is one such company that operates in Europe. They have something like 30 copies of Silicon Valley companies. Sometimes the copies fail, sometimes they succeed. Regardless, it's a real pain in the ass, especially for companies that rely on economies of scale. There is no real way to combat this, other than quickly expanding internationally.
In Gates' and Zuckerberg's case, they had enough smarts to back up their force-of-will about how the company should operate.
They also surrounded themselves with very competent people who were more interested in being "the powerful person behind the curtain" or "the person that THE person counts on" than trying to throw out the original person in charge.