Portland man sells shares of himself


by KGW Staff


Posted on March 29, 2013 at 8:10 AM

PORTLAND – A Portland man who decided to turn himself into a publicly-traded company shared his unique story on the Today Show Thursday.

Keith Michael Merrill decided five years ago to start selling shares of himself. He set up a private market online where friends, along with complete strangers, could buy in and help him make decisions.  His company is called K Mikey M, after his name.

Questions like ‘Wear only Brooks Brothers?’ would pop up and shareholders would approve or vote down the option.

Change political parties?


Who should I date?

The votes went in!

Coincidentally, Merrill now has a girlfriend and she's a shareholder but her six-month contract will go before the board for renewal soon.

“I would argue it's all legitimate. I've been doing it for five years and this is how I make those big decisions,” he explained.

He said his dad and brother were among his investors, but not his mom.

More: Follow Mike Merrill on Twitter