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Local Marketing, Inc. in The New York Times
Puneet Mehta, an Atlanta entrepreneur, remembers how eager he was to take the money. When investors courted him, he felt “razzle-dazzled,” enchanted by their promises to help him build the online marketing business he had founded in 2006.
“Our goal was to expand rapidly with private equity, put in a bunch of sales teams, get some distribution networks going,” Mr. Mehta explained. He ended up with $1.5 million in private equity growth investments and venture capital. “But I realized after we had raised the money that there were so many clauses that came with it that I had lost complete control of the company,” he said…