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thenewgreen  ·  2057 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How To Finance a Start-Up

My rambling:

I think that people are too often tempted by having money for the sake of having money. I'm guilty of this myself. What I mean is that if you can bootstrap your startup yourself and you are able to use "sweat equity" to get yourself far in to the process, then DO.

Everybody talks about VC as if you are not a respectable startup unless you have it. We disagree at Hubski. mk is fond of saying, "like any self-respecting project, Hubski is self-funded." I tend to agree.

Once you get someone or some-entities money involved in your vision it becomes "our" vision. Motivations will change from creating the best product to creating the most profitable product. Also, Angel and VC aren't always interested in the long term returns but are often interested in inflating value so that your startup can be sold quickly for short-term returns. So just say "NO" to money for money's sake.

Also, depending on what it is you are working on, you may want to shift your thinking entirely. We decided a while back that we would never refer to Hubski as a "startup." We don't like the connotations. We didn't create it to see how much money we could make but rather to solve problems we think exist in the aggregation space. We want to sincerely create something useful and interesting. We now refer to Hubski as a "project." -Small things like that make a difference.

To boil it down: My take on how to finance a startup is to do so with sweat-equity for as long as you can. Then examine your revenue streams, are they in place? Are they working? Can it scale without outside funding? If so, then NEVER take any money. We live in a culture that suggests that if you've not taken any money then obviously nobody thought you worthy of it. -This is ridiculous.

Good luck Lu. You starting a business?




Lu  ·  2057 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thanks for the insight. I spent last night looking over VC websites and gust.com etc. and all it made me feel was dirty. I have to say that I think this 'self made man' is a myth, and I don't buy it a bit. Everyone get's help from somewhere, whether it be mental support or a big first client....namely family. I have no illusions about scratching all the capitol together and heading down to the bank and having them give me a loan, cause that won't happen. But I certainly won't be able to fund my company without help. I am trying to establish my own design company of sorts, and soon launching a campaign on indiegogo.com. (Apologies in advance for my future self-promotion). I like the idea of crowd-sourcing, but I am worried that I will still be limited to my circle of friends, family & colleagues. But we'll see how it goes

thenewgreen  ·  2057 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Good luck Lu, I look forward to hearing more about it. Obviously, every venture is different and some require much more capital to exist and "get by." The longer you boot-strap, the more attractive you will be to investors once you need their capital.

I look forward to hearing more about what you are accomplishing. Go Lu!

Lu  ·  2057 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Much obliged! and don't worry...many updates are forthcoming

mk  ·  2057 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    mk is fond of saying, "like any self-respecting project, Hubski is self-funded."

I say that? I must not want to look desperate.

thenewgreen  ·  2057 days ago  ·  link  ·  

You do indeed. Often enough that I've grown to agree. I may have taken liberties with the "fond" part.