Private equity investors aren't always the most obvious source of funding for startups and small businesses. But they're an increasingly important one, especially for entrepreneurs looking to scale beyond the startup phase. There comes a time when you need cash to grow--for new equipment, more inventory, and other resources to meet increased customer demand--and private equity has some of the deepest pockets.
Just ask serial entrepreneur John Bodrozic, co-founder of home-maintenance software company HomeZada. In 2000, his previous startup, Meridian Systems, which manages construction projects, sold a 30 percent stake to equity investor Summit Partners. Read More ->