What is an agency relationship? When you first begin operations, assuming you are the only employee and only your money is invested in the business, would any agency conflicts exist? Explain your answer.

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Suppose you decide to start a company. Your product is a software platform that integrates
a wide range of media devices, including laptop computers, desktop computers, digital
video recorders, and cell phones. Your initial market is the student body at your university.
Once you have established your company and set up procedures for operating it, you plan
to expand to other colleges in the area, and eventually to go nationwide. At some point,
hopefully sooner rather than later, you plan to go public with an IPO, then to buy a yacht
and take off for the South Pacific to indulge in your passion for underwater photography.
With these issues in mind, you need to answer for yourself, and potential investors, the
following questions.
a. What is an agency relationship? When you first begin operations, assuming you are the
only employee and only your money is invested in the business, would any agency conflicts
exist? Explain your answer.
b. If you expanded, and hired additional people to help you, might that give rise to agency
problems?
c. Suppose you need additional capital to expand and you sell some stock to outside investors.
If you maintain enough stock to control the company, what type of agency conflict might
occur?

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