I used to be able to create startups from scratch, however, the next project I have in place requires a ton of money to acquire equipment and talent. Without this large sum of money, it's just a fancy idea with no where to move and this project, by no means is a one man show.
Initially, I had secured funding and partnered with, who would be my CFO. However, the CFO attempted to interweave a political agenda into our business strategy. I disagreed and we went our separate ways. I'm about making money and only money!
I'm not used to pitching my idea and I can't do everything on my own. I realize where my strengths and weaknesses are. Can anyone help guide me with their experience pitching ideas and obtaining funding?
The political agenda can benefit in a few ways. But if we feel it risky to have as a part of the team, you've taken a right decision. Even I don't like that.
As you said, your product is a medicine – I would suggest contacting pharmaceutical companies or people having that background. You should meet people having contacts at such companies or VCs that invest in healthcare products. That can help you get the funding.
Not knowing what executing your idea entails, have you considered that a political agenda enhances fundraising and recruiting? As a software engineer very much oriented towards computer science, I have enough moral and political philosophy in me (much of CS is founded on mathematical philosophy, which is why you get so many Richard Stallman's) that I would *never* work on a project controlled by someone in it only for the money.