One way to help finance a company in the early stages is to get customers to pay up front, said Flaschen, and, if possible, get vendors to make concessions to help the company’s revenue stream. “Even before you go out and raise money, ask ‘How can I do this with as little money as possible?’” If an entrepreneur takes less financing, then investors have less control. “The dirty little secret is, it is not a lot of fun to have a VC partner in your business. It is a lot more fun to own a majority stake, or 100%. The more you strive for that, the happier you will be.”
via Anthony Cerminaro.