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The middleman approach to funding doesn't appear to work too well--none of the successful companies I know went that route, but many of the trainwrecks did. It's probably not impossible, though.

You would do well to remember that investors need you much more than you need them. If you've got a good idea, market, and team, raising money won't be your problem. Lawyers, professors, other companies, even networking events--it's a very solvable problem.

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