…ty get the most attention but aren’t the right fit for most entrepreneurs. We discussed a potential capital pool that would fund innovation in new capitalization structures (e.g. revenue-share, dividend, royalty-based financing), or make a market by providing liquidity to investors.
As far as I know, your funding options are: bootstrapping (using cash in the bank, or credit cards, or a personal loan, etc), relying on wealthy friends or family, crowdfunding, the occasional grant or special funding program, angel investors, and VCs.
In the words of my friends, Mara, Jen and Astrid of Zebras Unite, the model “rewards quantity over quality. Quick exits over sustainable growth. And shareholder profit over shared prosperity.” With venture capital in the driver’s seat, we become fixated on “disruption” instead of the cultivation of businesses with careful, sustainable growth.