Sam Hogg

Sam Hogg is a venture partner with Open Prairie Ventures, a Midwest-based venture-capital fund investing in agriculture, life-science and information technology.

Wise Words for Startups: No Money, More Problems
Money Mistakes

Wise Words for Startups: No Money, More Problems

For both the company and the investors, a lack of funds means a surplus of trouble.
3 Ways VCs Can Add Value to Your Startup Beyond the Cash
Venture Capital

3 Ways VCs Can Add Value to Your Startup Beyond the Cash

Turns out, there are other perks besides cash.
Founders: When Fundraising, Ask for More Than You Think You'll Need
Fundraising

Founders: When Fundraising, Ask for More Than You Think You'll Need

To preserve equity, fight for a higher valuation rather than paring back much-needed cash.
When It Comes to Equity Stakes, There's No Need for Contention
Finance

When It Comes to Equity Stakes, There's No Need for Contention

We take a look at the issue from both the investors' and founders' point of view.
Secure That First Investor, and the Rest Will Come
Venture Capital

Secure That First Investor, and the Rest Will Come

Venture capital's dirty little secret: investors don't like going it alone.
Why Today's Bullish Economy Is Bad for VCs, But Good for You
Venture Capital

Why Today's Bullish Economy Is Bad for VCs, But Good for You

A stable economy means less competition for scoring investment.
Considering VC for Your Business? Here's What You Need to Know.
Venture Capital

Considering VC for Your Business? Here's What You Need to Know.

Three questions to ask yourself when deciding whether or not you should take an investment from a company.
More Money, More Problems: The Down Side of a Mega Valuation
Finance

More Money, More Problems: The Down Side of a Mega Valuation

The bragging rights may be tempting, but achieving a jaw-dropping valuation for your company can cause problems down the line.
Why So Many Startups Never Reach Their Second Funding Round
Finance

Why So Many Startups Never Reach Their Second Funding Round

Seed funding often gives a company more opportunities to fail, not succeed.
Why Updated VC Models Are a Win for Entrepreneurs
Finance

Why Updated VC Models Are a Win for Entrepreneurs

Good companies are always desirable, but the level of demand right now is unprecedented.
The Case for an Early Buyout
Finance

The Case for an Early Buyout

Being acquired by a bigger company early in your venture's life cycle can be a sweet deal in its own right.
Why Venture Capitalists Don't Care About Your Pitch
Finance

Why Venture Capitalists Don't Care About Your Pitch

Ideas are really the easy part of a startup; what VC's are increasingly looking for is the ability to execute.
3 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Kindergarteners
Growth Strategies

3 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Kindergarteners

Don't over-think it: Embrace your inner 5-year-old and go with your gut.
Why So Many VC Firms Invest in the Same Companies
Finance

Why So Many VC Firms Invest in the Same Companies

How to understand venture capital's herd mentality.