The need for alternatives to venture funding

A successful exit for a venture-backed startup typically involves going public or being acquired by a larger company, writes Kanyi Maqubela, a venture partner at Collaborative fund. The problem is that these types of exits are not right for every company. "There are a nascent but growing community of financial backers, both institutional and individual, who have taken the long view: whose investments look more like mezzanine debt, in the stable case, or like common equity, in the growth case," Maqubela writes.

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