Hey, it is totally great to have people like you join HostingDiscussion.com!
Thank you for taking the time to introduce yourself and your goals. You are certainly in the right place if you want to expand your knowledge about the hosting industry. We have amazing members who collectively know an answer to ANY question, so feel free to ask away.
From what I know in the many years that I follow this industry, is that going to venture capitalists off the bat is not the best idea. Most of the successful hosting companies started as small shops, with the right ideas and management. You are already familiar with what reselling us. Just go with a single dedicated server, focus on your local market and try to rely on your existing clients to spread the word, which is always the best method of advertising there is. Sooner or later you'll be on your way.
The point I am trying to make is that you CAN be successful without serious financing from VCs.
Anyway, just saying welcome and let me know if you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly.