it is that there is no "one way" to get funding. I know one startup founder who bought herself a round trip ticket to Monaco. She put on her long black dress and walked into the swankiest casino and up to the highest stakes Roulette wheel After watching for a while she announced that she was bored since this wasn't very risky and as an Entrepreneur the odds against her succeeding were 3:1 And that she would bet that against anyone at the table.
She then (she's a tall statuesque blonde) sashayed to the bar. Within minutes she had two men discussing investment terms with her. Her company is still running, fully independent of VCs