We devote a lot of attention to Startups here @ CloudAve, and it’s no secret that some of us, e.g. Ben and myself are infatuated by the bootstrapping model: going out on one’s own, risking one’s own financial well-being, but then reaping the rewards without having giving up control and major equity. As in .. old-fashioned entrepreneurship, which was the only form of entrepreneurship before the VC industry was born.
But I would not write off VC as a category, nor would I paint it useless. If you’re in Material Science, Bio-tech..etc, you’ll need heavy capital, it’s likely your startup can’t be launched without VC. In software VC Funding may just be the catalist for faster growth, but it’s more of a choice – a choice of business models.
That said, I think TechCrunch may just have ignited a storm (hey, time to move off the TC50-Arrington-Calacanis angle) with this guest post today:
Luckily enough we have a few VCs as Guest Authors, so I don’t have to move a finger, just sit back, relax, and watch the upcoming blogstorm.