I’m a big proponent of small businesses and pretty anit-corporations and greed, so I would say I fit the description of the type who is likely to avoid VCs.
However, in a personal project right now, I view the slow-growth as something that may take away opportunity to benefit from speed to market. Yes, Bubble beats out the traditional coding in terms of speed to develop and launch, but there is also a component of scaling the business that would benefit from the use of social media campaigns.
In saying that, I do believe, I may look to family/friends to raise enough capital to invest into social media campaigns, and/or employee salaries to help speed up the potential growth of the business.
I’m also not trying to change to world, or become a super millionaire. I want to be a business owner (I’m fine if it is small and if lucky enough to have it grow to be considered large, that wouldn’t be a problem), who operates a business in an industry they enjoy and have a true passion behind (so many profiteers enter into industries they have not passion for beyond the potential of dollar signs).
I think anybody going toward VC funding using a Bubble built app would be smart to take the approach my clients do. They execute a strategy that allows them to prove a product to market fit before they invest into building a Bubble app. Then with the Bubble app, they can achieve a bit more growth through automating lots of their existing tasks so they can focus on building the business.
Then after they have a solid MRR or profits, they go to VCs to get funding to put toward building the app on traditional code if the app/software they have needs the speed that Bubble doesn’t provide now (hopefully in the next 2-3 years it will )
I have a client who has large enterprise customers using his Bubble built app and he is doing well…but he is in the process of building out a version on traditional code. His VC funding pursuits are to build his team further to add more developers to work on the traditionally coded version. In that case, I believe it is not necessarily that the speed of Bubble is an issue that causes him to look toward traditional code, I think it is the pricing, since he is using sub-apps for each client, which is from my understanding another subscription payment to Bubble for each sub-app. Reach 10 clients and that could be $1,300/month.
There are so many different personal and business related reasons why people may or may not be looking toward VC funding with a Bubble app or why VCs would grant or reject funding a company built on a Bubble web app.