VIDEO: 3 Ways To Start, Grow, and Sell a Company Without Venture Capital

No get-rich-quick here, just the three ways I’ve put customers before VC

Joe Procopio

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It is very, very, very difficult to raise venture capital investment for your startup. Especially right now. In fact, one of my investor friends just told Axios that this is the worst startup investment environment he’s seen since the Great Recession.

Woof. I’m guessing like 90 percent of you don’t remember that period. It was no fun.

Fine. That’s OK. As a career entrepreneur, I wear the customer-first badge. Proudly. I strongly believe raising money through customer sales is the best option, and in a lot of cases, it should be the only option.

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Joe Procopio

I'm a multi-exit, multi-failure entrepreneur. NLG pioneer. Building TeachingStartup.com & GROWERS. Write at Inc.com and BuiltIn.com. More at joeprocopio.com