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Tug-O-War

Wrestling capital from investors online doesn't have to be so hard.

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This story appears in the February 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Q: Can I find capital online?

A: Yes, but I'll tell you from my own experience that while business owners can leisurely surf the Internet seas, scanning the horizon for capital, lenders must slog through a swamp of prospects to find just one capital-worthy company. As a onetime subscriber to a prominent online capital search engine for two years, I was obsessed with checking my e-mail almost hourly to find customers seeking capital. I endured the rolling eyes and heavy sighs of my wife and partner, who eventually balanced the infinitesimal amount of income generated by this activity and what my time was worth and informed me that I could either cancel my subscription or pay her $250,000.

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