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Beyond VC: Alternative Financing for Startups that Want to Grow without Giving up Control

Think VC isn't all it's cracked up to be? Learn what your financing options look like.

It’s rare for a startup to succeed without at least some outside funding, but VC only fits a certain kind of company—and it asks for big sacrifices from the founders. Originally published as a chapter of the New York Stock Exchange’s book “The Entrepreneur’s Roadmap: From Concept to IPO,” this guide discusses five alternative financing methods for getting your startup off the ground.

In this guide, you will learn:

  • What kind of company venture capital is appropriate for and what VCs ask in return for a round of funding
  • Pros and cons of funding your company with revenue, bank loans, crowdfunding, and money from friends and family
  • How revenue-based financing works and what kind of companies are best positioned to benefit from it
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