Marc Andressen writes:
Startups that have a credible potential to be sold or go public for a 10x gain on invested capital within 4 to 6 years of the date of funding should consider raising venture capital.
Most other startups should not raise venture capital. This includes: startups where the founders want to stay private and independent for a long time; startups where there’s no inherent leverage in the business model that could result in a 10x gain in 4 to 6 years; and startups working on projects with a longer fuse than 4 to 6 years.
Notably, there are many fine businesses in the world — many of them highly profitable, and very satisfying to run — that do not have leverage in their model that makes them suitable for venture capital investment.