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What would you do for start-up cash? From pilfering paper clips to mingling with movie stars, here are 8 entrepreneurs' never-say-die financing strategies.

This story appears in the January 1999 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

Ask Generation X entrepreneurs how they found start-up capital and they'll say they simply walked into a bank and requested a loan. Yeah, right. A baby-faced CEO has about as much of a chance of landing a loan from a traditional bank as Bob Hope does of winning the X Games' synchronized skydiving competition.

Talk to a bunch of young entrepreneurs, and they'll all tell you the same thing: To banks and government institutions like the SBA, they're not gray and fat enough to be taken seriously.

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