Venture capital is not for everybody. For starters, venture capitalists tend to be very picky about where they invest. They are looking for something to dump a lot of money into (usually no less than $1 million) that will pour even more money right back at them in a short amount of time (typically 3-7 years). You may be planning for a steady growth rate as opposed to the booming, overnight success that venture capitalists tend to gravitate toward. You may not be able to turn around as large of a profit as they are looking for in quick enough time. You may not need the amount of money that they offer or your business may simply not be big enough.
Simply put, venture capital is not the right fit for your business and there are plenty of other options available when it comes to finding capital.
Arun Natarajan is the Founder & CEO of Venture Intelligence, the leading provider of information and networking services to the Private Equity and Venture Capital ecosystem in India. View sample issues of Venture Intelligence India newsletters and reports.