That could be good news for you. The fact that you have different goals and different appetites can work in your favor. You can present the CEO with a very compelling proposition. Have a conversation in which you say you understand that they want to shut down this business. You see it as something with great potential, but you also know it will require significant investment of funding and time. While you know they don’t want to do that, you are willing to go out and raise money and try build it. If they let you spin out, you will give them a piece of the action (maybe 5% ownership in the company). That way, if it fails, it will cost them nothing, but if it succeeds, they get to participate in the upside. Also, in the immediate, they can reduce costs because instead of sitting on the bench collecting full-time salaries, you could be off the payroll. With this plan, the CEO saves face and expense, and it would be a smart move for them to accept. … [Read more...] about Can I ‘buy’ back an idea from the private equity firm that owns my company?