Hello again, everyone!
This is a follow-up to a previous thread (located here) I started regarding a startup I participated in a few years back. Last time I asked for advice when my friend, who I had gone into business with, informed me that he didn't consider me to be a co-founder. I thought I was, and things heated up. That's around when I decided to ask all of you.
Since then, things have cooled down. He still won't admit I'm a co-founder, but I'm coming to terms with it, and the job is still my easiest source of income while I'm taking classes.
Since then, I've been thinking. I was pretty devastated when he told me he didn't look at me as a co-founder. Now I'm starting to see things from his point of view, and they don't seem so unreasonable. Still, even if I can't be co-founder, I want *something*.
This is where you come in. I think it comes down to a question of vernacular. I know I want a title that reflects my (somewhat limited) role with the website's starting-up, but I don't know what to call it.
Neither does he.
Is there another word for what I did besides "co-founder" that he would be more likely to agree to? He has claimed the title of Founder, so it would have to be something that doesn't interfere with that.
What I need is something that says I started working for him for free with the intention of gaining an increasing profit as the company gained profitability. I invested work with the intention of increasing profits down the road.
What title best describes this?