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Potential Sources of Venture Funding

  1. The "Fs" ... founders, family, friends, fanatics, fools ... the starting point for most independent ventures ... generally low to moderate sophistication, low to moderate investment ...
  2. Bootstrapping ...
  3. Customers ...
  4. Suppliers ...
  5. The "Strangers with Candy" ... angels, investment clubs ... wide range of investment interest and sophistication, generally low to moderate investment ...
  6. The "Vulture Capitalists" (VCs) ... venture capital firms ... usually focused on a specific industry ... moderate to high sophistication ... a mistaken target for many new ventures, very few new ventures are funded directly by VCs ...
  7. The "Big Ugly Monsters" (BUMs) ... corporate venture capital ... usually focused on specific industries and proven ventures ... may fund internally-developed ventures ... often part of a angel/VC network of investors ...
  8. Corporations ...
  9. Bank loans ...
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