Simple advice: Try hard not to raise money

At open coffee this morning, we had a great turn out. About 20 people were there. The place was buzzing and good conversation abounded.  One entrepreneur was asking me about raising angel money in Seattle and I heard myself say -- Try as hard as you can not to raise money. The advice is simple to say and hard to follow. That said, raising angel money is always harder than you think it is. Moreover, getting paid for removing some customers pain has the double benefit of growing your customer base and the entrepreneur retaining ownership in their company. Just my two cents for the day.