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This story appears in the March 1997 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

The devil of getting lies in the semantics of the situation. While almost every emerging enterprise requires a dollop of venture capital to get to the next stage, venture capitalists are not the source of this funding about 99.44 percent of the time.

The fact is, the vast majority of venture capital comes from sources other than . Where most entrepreneurs err is in pursuing the latter rather than the former. The distinction wouldn't be so important if the six months to a year most entrepreneurs take learning this didn't kill as many companies as it did.

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