As stated on Voat's server-overload page, they're currently in negotiations with potential VC (venture capital) firms, in order to secure funding for Voat. While this is not at all surprising, this is the same path that eventually led to Reddit being influenced by moneyed-interests. Fortunately (extremely fortunately, as it turns out) we can do better...
A few weeks back, the final part of the JOBS act that allows small-investors (i.e. people that make less than $200k per year) to invest in startup companies was passed.
Equity Crowdfunding Arrives, Finally
How amazing would it be for Voat to employ this method of funding for their new venture, instead of taking the path of having some heartless VC firm trade startup money for a large interest in the company? With this path, the users would also be the owners. The message would be that Voat, a brand new startup looking to pick up the ball that Reddit dropped, is using the brand-new equity crowd-funding process to not only get off the ground, but also keep their users at the center of the business.
The process would simply be something similar to a Kickstarter page, where instead of paying to get a sticker or a shirt, you instead get a small stake in the company. Rather than begging for donations, why not actually give something back to the people that are willing to get Voat going in these early days?
This is a fantastic opportunity both for the guys behind Voat and the new users that will make up their community. Why waste it on some boring VC firm that only cares to squeeze some money out of Voat?