Beyond VC: Alternative Financing for Startups that Want to Grow without Giving up Control
Learn which companies are right for VC and which are not, along with a rundown of financing alternatives and their pros and cons. Originally published as a chapter of the New York Stock Exchange’s book “The Entrepreneur’s Roadmap: From Concept to IPO.”
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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