Bootstrap or VC?

by Dalton Caldwell2/5/2024

Founders making a decision to start a company often find themselves torn between “bootstrapping” (i.e. not raising money from venture capitalists) or trying to fundraise from VCs.

The fact is, the vast majority of businesses don't raise VC and that is often an excellent decision. Many do, and that can be great too!

In this episode of Dalton & Michael, we’ll explain why this particular debate is a much simpler one than many make it out to be.


  • Dalton Caldwell

    Dalton is Managing Director, Architect and Group Partner at YC. He was the cofounder and CEO of imeem (acquired by MySpace in 2009), and the cofounder and CEO of