Every story has something to tell.
I might have a less experienced view around how investments work, however I personally believe in hustling till the point where me and my team is able to bring the initial traction to any idea before going for business pitches to get investments.
2 key benefits which I see this approach provides are
- Control over your own product/service
- Initial traction results stand as proof that the idea works
Going by that theory, I believe your idea would have seen more light had there been some metrics to show that it actually works.
But anyway, it was a learning for you and from your story it is a learning for me too.
Thanks for sharing.