Embrace your scars. When you have something to offer you'll be sought. The person who wants something least holds the stronger position. Living the dream is never giving in to adversity -- hold ground, then bounce back.
Many private business owners when looking at an improving economy and buying into the hype of initial public offerings get seduced into taking their companies public without being fully aware of what they're getting themselves into.
The CSA still provides for criminal penalties for those aiding and abetting the growing and selling of marijuana. That means that if you invest just $1 in purchasing a share of a public company involved in the medical marijuana space, the Federal government could theoretically arrest you.
What really separates a good company is the quality of the product -- not the money backing the company, which is why I encourage managements to spend most of the time discovering how to develop their great idea with limited capital.
Think about it. Where did Google, eBay, and Facebook come from? They inched their way into public view before the first multi-million dollar funding rounds, and they have never had a big public launch.