Sam Hogg is a venture partner with Open Prairie Ventures, a Midwest-based venture-capital fund investing in agriculture, life-science and information technology.
Too many startups neglect the most important goal: determining why someone would want to buy what they're selling.
The ugly side of made-for-TV venture capital
V.C. and crowdfunding each have a place in the entrepreneurial landscape.
For both the company and the investors, a lack of funds means a surplus of trouble.
Turns out, there are other perks besides cash.
To preserve equity, fight for a higher valuation rather than paring back much-needed cash.
We take a look at the issue from both the investors' and founders' point of view.
Venture capital's dirty little secret: investors don't like going it alone.
A stable economy means less competition for scoring investment.
Three questions to ask yourself when deciding whether or not you should take an investment from a company.
The bragging rights may be tempting, but achieving a jaw-dropping valuation for your company can cause problems down the line.
Seed funding often gives a company more opportunities to fail, not succeed.
Good companies are always desirable, but the level of demand right now is unprecedented.
Being acquired by a bigger company early in your venture's life cycle can be a sweet deal in its own right.