MBA1615 Q&A Wednesday: Should I ask my dad to invest in my business?

Need money to start a business?

It’s one of the first big hurdles entrepreneurs face. Going to a bank or VC is a fraught process, and it’s not guaranteed to work. But what if you have family with cash to spare? 

It’s Q&A Wednesday, and we’ve got a listener who has an idea for a mobile app — and a dad with $20k to burn. Should he ask for it? Or is there another way to build this thing?

Today, we’ll explore the ups and downs of taking business loans from family, and what the alternatives are. Risking someone else’s capital is always scary. What changes when it’s someone close? 

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