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To grandfather a subscriber is to keep them on a dormant (retired) plan that is no longer on sale to new customers. Generally it is not worth the disruption of forcing old (grandfather) customers to switch only a new deal, but better to let them continue paying at the same old rate.
I've seen a two non-profit startups recently in Brazil and the UK build MVP web products for c. $1500. But in both cases it was impossible to get the quality of work needed to make something they could sell.
For that level of cash, I suggest you find a salaried job for a year, save up some more money while finding better developer contacts and then try again.
IMHO, it's not worth discussing equity for that kind of sum.
I've worked for 3 startups which were basically listing sites for business or content already out there.
You have covered the key point in your question - is the information in the public domain? And would the venue owner want that information to be spread widely
For example, in order of most acceptable to least is:
1. Scraping venue websites which are actively promoting for business
2. Listing venues which don't have a public website or listing but you know are open for business
3.Calling for a quote about a specific private event and then guessing pricing based in that quote
Number 3 or worse won't win you any friends in the industry - and that is important for your model I imagine!
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