Venture capitalist Fred Wilson on founders like Adam Neumann who have supervoting shares and control a majority of board seats:
If you want to maintain control of your company, focus on running it well or find a team to run it well, and make sure you have plenty of cash to operate your business and that you never find yourself in a position where you are running out of cash and have nowhere to go but your exisiting [sic] investors. Do those two things well and you will be in control for as long as you want to be in control.
We saw that play out with WeWork this week. The founder had a 10:1 supervoting provision and controlled a majority of the board seats.
Until he didn’t.