This may not be a very common question since most tech startups don't really pay dividends, but maybe someone can help me.
I want to start a lifestyle business (Maybe one day it will be sold, but it's not the goal. Definitely not IPO material). Basically I want to live off the profits.
I have a friend who wants to invest. He would be getting preferred stock, and it's my understanding that he'll have "dividend preference", which I'm not sure what it means.
For the sake of the argument let's say we each own 50% of the business (he owns preferred stock, I own common stock).
One day we get to the point that we want to split $100K a year, or a month, in dividends. How much each would get?
If we each owned common stock I assume it would be $50K each, but with preferred, how does it work? Is there a percentage (say 10%) that he gets on top of what he'd get (so $50K + 10% = $55K), then I get the rest?
Will it be like this until the end of time, or does it have a cap of some kind (like recovering how much money he put in)?
Any info on this would be really appreciated!