Rushkoff summarizes ideas from his book Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus on how Silicon Valley, often operating like a sped up, supersized version of Wall Street, is destroying sustainable business. His solution is to look to small, local businesses that focus on providing something of actual value to actual customers.
Another source of venture funding is the government. Not just directly in contracts, subsidies, or employment; but indirectly in meeting the needs of a labor force to do the work they want to do. UBI or a job guarantee, along with other social services like universal health care, food assistance, public internet and utilities could allow for just that.