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.

The Truth About Bridge Loans
VC

The Truth About Bridge Loans

Need a loan? Ask your investors.
China's Effect on the U.S. VC Game
Venture Capital

China's Effect on the U.S. VC Game

A VC pro explains the benefits and drawback of finding funding overseas.
3 Things VCs Are Looking For
VC Funding

3 Things VCs Are Looking For

Pitching to a venture capitalist? Be ready to answer questions about these three topics.
Is Your Business Idea Too Weird for a VC?
VC

Is Your Business Idea Too Weird for a VC?

If your business doesn't firmly fit the mold, don't be discouraged.
How VCs Value Companies
VC Funding

How VCs Value Companies

How do you measure the value of a pre-revenue company? Here's a bit of insight.
Create Value -- Not Just Buzz -- For Your Customers
Pitching investors

Create Value -- Not Just Buzz -- For Your Customers

Too many startups neglect the most important goal: determining why someone would want to buy what they're selling.
Why One Entrepreneur Isn't Taking the Bait When It Comes to ABC's Shark Tank
Shark Tank

Why One Entrepreneur Isn't Taking the Bait When It Comes to ABC's Shark Tank

The ugly side of made-for-TV venture capital
How Venture Capital and Crowdfunding Can Be Mutually Beneficial
Money

How Venture Capital and Crowdfunding Can Be Mutually Beneficial

V.C. and crowdfunding each have a place in the entrepreneurial landscape.
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.