What really struck me in reading this account was how unrealistic everyone was.

This is sort of the response I would’ve wrote, I completely agree.

I’d add that this response https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=10238132 would’ve been a good idea if you knew already that Billy had a copy of the code somewhere. Otherwise, if you really wanted to work together, I guess trying to find middle ground would’ve been better than trying to become a “majority stakeholder”, putting Billy in an awkward marketing position guy.

Don’t get me wrong, I still despise what Billy did.