Updated: May 5
Dare Capital is all about helping people break their chains, getting funding to allow them to be successful through the challenges of running their own businesses.
But taking such a big step means you may need a lender who can help you take those steps.
A lender for whom character is a better indicator of how we want to work with you than the numbers on a spreadsheet. And, yes... we care about the numbers too, but they only tell part of the story.
Meet our client, Rod
Rod started a business after watching his large corporate bosses just completely bungle client relationships. What he didn’t know was that, within the first few months of operation, his revenue went from $30,000 to $520,000 a week.
If he didn’t need operating capital before, he does now.
So someone, (just like you) told him to call Casey Conlon at Dare Capital.
Our response to Rod was typical. It’s how we treat each one of our clients. But before we get to that, let me tell you what we believe about Rod and others like him.
Dare is here to support, challenge assumptions, provide guidance, help our clients avoid pitfalls, and focus on outcomes. From Latin, “dare” means "to give.” So we share what we’ve learned over the last 65 years of combined owner experience. We have taken our share of lumps, and lived to tell about it.
And we’re looking for those willing to take the journey.
Because my mentor taught me a rule of thumb that works in life. “You can never out-give a giver but you can never give a taker enough.”
So our vision at Dare Capital is to work with other givers and help to create massive success for entrepreneurs that are willing to take the journey.
How We Find Rod
And that starts with answering the call. We all know the call. Most people avoid it. One does not have to be an entrepreneur to answer, by the way.
But for those of us who:
Make shitty employees
Rebel against authority
Don't accept just any bullshit answer
Feel like there has to be a better way
We don't have any choice. We can't not do it. We find a way, we create our own path, we go for it. We answer life's call and take our chances making our own luck shucking off the shackles of a boss and some corporate BS we pretend to believe in.
Of course, we really don't know what we are getting into. Not really. We have no idea of what it really means to own a business, to grow a business and sustain success. If we did, we never would have started. But we’re just adventurous and naive enough to do it anyway.
How Rod Got $1.5M in 9 days
We go through the same process for everyone we look at funding. We’re not primarily looking for collateral, although it is required. We’re looking for the one who answers the call.
So here’s what we did:
We got to know him. We dug in to get to know the “man” first. Why are they doing this? We need to know what he’s committed to, and how this fits into his character, and how he’s made. This business needs to make sense for him; we have to know why he cares about it so much.
We answered his questions. What are his reservations? What is he curious about right now? What does he think he needs?
We helped him see the big picture: We found out his needs, how he thinks, and what he’s considered and what he hasn’t thought of. Then we provide answers to those questions.
Then we give him the money.
From start to finish nine days to close a $1.5 million in funding.
We’ll see what comes next in this journey. Whatever it is, amor fati; he’ll win or he’ll learn, or some combination. And, so will we...
Rod’s Lender Believes in Him
In the end, it’s hard to beat this process. In a world full of lenders who over-emphasize collateral and spreadsheets, Dare Capital looks for the renegades, rebels, and those with a better way to do things.
The process works. When we know who fits our criteria, and we follow our process, we end up believing in our client, rooting for them, and finding ways to help. And that’s the kind of relationship you want with your Lender. You want them to believe in you.
Know any renegades?
Call us if you know someone who is really ready to break the chains and needs a fresh set of Lender eyes, someone who sees the bigger picture.
And if you need a little inspiration, take a cue from 80’s rockers Dokken, and break those chains!
And... please, please... if you have a better song for breaking free, we would love to hear it, let us know.
We are always looking. In the meantime, give it a listen and ask yourself, what you can break free of?