Assuming a venture-backed startup with seed financing that plans to raise further rounds: does it make sense to buy things or should it go for renting/leasing?
"Renting" something (office equipment, computers, cloud servers, Adobe Photoshop) for a fundraising period of 12-18 month is usually cheaper than buying it, which gives the company a better cash flow. The money will last longer, which should help to increase the valuation for the next round.
Additionally, investors want the company to create value instead of owning fixed assets.
When should a startup buy and when should it rent?