Venture Capital funding is not only difficult to secure, it's also not the best choice for every startup. Before engaging with VCs, founders need to understand what their role is and what it means for the business. "While startups are driven by their founder's passion for creating something new, startup investors have a much different agenda — a return on their investment. And not just any returns, VC's expect large returns," writes Steve Blank. If, as a founder, you're aiming for rapid growth, to create value for your investors, and sell the company, here are the six steps you need to take towards acquisition.