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By Zoran Basich – WSJ

It’s not a stretch to say that the story of Bill Draper is the story of venture capital.

The iconic 83-year-old founder of Draper Gaither & Anderson, Sutter Hill Ventures and Draper Richards virtually created the West Coast incarnation of the industry when he and his partners founded DGA in 1959 and set the stage for the massive growth of Silicon Valley over the next five decades. He is also part of a family line of investors – his father preceded him in the business, and his son, Tim, co-founded Draper Fisher Jurvetson.

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When starting or growing a business, the idea of raising money can be overwhelming. Should I raise money? When should I raise money? Where do I start? What do investors expect? How much will it cost me?

I won’t lie, raising money will be one of the hardest things you’ve ever done as an entrepreneur, but it’s also one of the healthiest things you can do for your business. Taking OPM (Other Peoples Money) will force you to clean up your act, articulate your value-proposition and organize your plans. If you decide that you do want to raise money, whether its to get started or to help accelerate growth, there is a continuum you need to understand before seeking capital.

This list ranks sources of capital from smallest amount / earliest-stage / most risky to largest amounts / latest-stage / lowest risk

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You’re not a covert-operative. You’re not the President of the United States. You certainly don’t have the answer to the age-old question “WHY?” So now that we have that out-of-the-way, hopefully I can explain why I will not sign your non-disclosure agreement.

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Venture Capital (VC or Venture) is a type of private equity capital that is invested in early-stage, high-potential, growth companies with the expectation of generating a high returns through an IPO or sale of the company.

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