Fred Wilson writes:
There is one thing I know for sure about raising money from investors. If you don’t want the investor’s money, they will want to invest even more. It is a sure thing.
Lately I’ve been taking a lot of meetings with entrepreneurs I’ve known for years, many of whom are starting companies again after taking some time off. They call me up, and ask to come in and get some advice from me, but tell me they don’t need money. I take the meeting, they lay out what they are doing, I give them some advice, then we break. Never once do they ask for money.
It’s a great strategy because the best way to raise money is to ask for advice and the best way to get advice is to ask for money.