In Silicon Valley there are people like Ron Conway, Jeff Clavier, Mike Maples and many more. In SoCal we have Crosscut Ventures, Matt Coffin, Mike Jones, Klaus Schauser, etc. They exist in every town. They are people who built and sold companies and have a bit of money. They have advice to share. They know that the money they invest may be lost. Their time is too valuable to call you every day wondering if you spent their $20-$100k wisely. They know all the VCs for intros. Their name alone is enough to get meetings set up. They are calling cards. They are full of wisdom. Find out how to meet them in the next section. They are your best bet. They might be as hard as raising VC. They are not for everybody. Don’t be despondent if you can’t get their money. But if you can, you should.