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