I know very well how hard it is to build something big without an external funding. But there is a problem. You handle someone else’s money in a completely different manner than you would have handled yours. Mainly losing your own money teaches you hell of a lesson.
As P.T. Barnum wrote in his legendary book Art of Money Getting: “There is no greater mistake than when a young man believes he will succeed with borrowed money. Money is worth nothing unless you know the value of it by experience.”
So, here is the deal: Let´s forget all about the “startup-investors-going-public” bullshit. Start your killer idea on your own, learn the value of your own money, time and resources. And first of all – enjoy every second of making something out of nothing!
As soon as you do, you are ready: Go out there and get some investors to spend their money for you having fun.