There’s a lot of venture capital money out there. And, take heed founder, creator, inventor or entrepreneur: There are plenty of ways to make sure you don’t get a dime of it.

In this USA Today article, K4Connect President Derek Holt talks about his experience seeking venture capital, and provides suggestions for those founders currently seeking funding. Read the article to see the the many tips and tricks from some of the industry’s most respected VCs and founders.