I will try to make this short. About nine months ago my ex boss offered to invest in a company for me. Our relationship even when it was not romantic was deeply emotional. I care a lot about him as a friend. I started a Digital agency and worked on the branding aspect of it. We build a few in-house tools, built our marketing, worked on market research and due to my budget I could not hire a seasoned sales person. I had a great team and brand but no money coming thru the door.
He did not want to sign anything at that time so we didn't have a contract in place and every other day he would tell me to shut it down. We were into month four since researching point and he wanted to replace me as CEO. Now I found some people and introduced him to them and all they were after was the funding. He gave them the same agreement as me and made him CEO. Now even when I still have a job, I feel unmotivated and angry as I feel that I was not given a fair shot. I put my heart and soul into this, but the investor doesn't believe in me. I learned my lesson as friendships and business do not mix but I feel used. I honestly feel like all of my ideas are being taken away and after all the hard work they just replaced with whom they feel has a better look for a CEO position.
Should I stick it out as I am still vested for 4 years to get 15% of what I created or should I take my losses and leave. I am a nervous wreck, emotional and just plain unhappy. Need to add that I am a single mother as well. This is a great concept and we have a group of very creative people on board that were there prior to the take over, but my spirit is broken.
Thanks in advance for any advice.