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.

25 Recent Stories

Secure That First Investor, and the Rest Will Come
Money

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
Money

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.
Money

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
Venture Capital

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
Venture Capital

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
Venture Capital

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
Payments & Collections

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
Venture Capital

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
Startup Basics

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
Venture Capital

Why So Many VC Firms Invest in the Same Companies

How to understand venture capital's herd mentality.
Zombie VC Firms Can Be an Entrepreneur's Nightmare
Venture Capital

Zombie VC Firms Can Be an Entrepreneur's Nightmare

Entrepreneurs, beware: When a VC firm shuts down, the obligation to deliver a return on the investment rarely goes away.
Why VCs Often Turn Away Promising Investments
Venture Capital

Why VCs Often Turn Away Promising Investments

If you are rejected, don't automatically assume it's your business plan that's the issue. It could be the firm's approach to its fund's investment cycle.
JOBS Act Legislation Opens Up Crowdfunding
Financing

JOBS Act Legislation Opens Up Crowdfunding

Under the new legislation, the typically small round of capital that flies under the regulatory radar for most startups has been expanded to $1 million a year.
The Truth About Getting Funded
Venture Capital

The Truth About Getting Funded

VC funding isn't the end of the entrepreneurial journey, it's the beginning of a new trip -- here's how to navigate it.
3 Reasons to Skip the Business Plan
Your Business Plan

3 Reasons to Skip the Business Plan

Starting a business is like a prizefight, you can project a path but the road is still full of surprise punches.
'J Curve' and Other Buzzwords Investors Don't Want to Hear
Angel Investors

'J Curve' and Other Buzzwords Investors Don't Want to Hear

Don't hide behind jargon. Seasoned investors know B.S. when they hear it.
What Investors Really Want to Hear in Your Pitch
Venture Capital

What Investors Really Want to Hear in Your Pitch

A good concept is one thing, but investors are more likely to consider these three criteria -- and they can make or break your pitch
Three Tips for Calculating Your Company's Cash 'Runway'
Cash Flow & Money Management

Three Tips for Calculating Your Company's Cash 'Runway'

Knowing how long your business can run on red is a crucial measure of its potential for success.
Three Questions to Ask Potential Acquirers
Selling Your Biz

Three Questions to Ask Potential Acquirers

Being well-informed about potential acquirers doesn't require a crystal ball, but it can help fund your future.
Do Entrepreneurs Make Their Own Luck -- Or Not?
Selling Your Biz

Do Entrepreneurs Make Their Own Luck -- Or Not?

Some entrepreneurs find themselves in the right place at the right time. In business, as in anything, some people have all the luck.
How to Sell Your Company -- And Not Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out
Selling Your Biz

How to Sell Your Company -- And Not Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out

Consider these three tips to develop an exit strategy for your business.
Three Reasons a Buyer Might Pay More for Your Business
Selling Your Biz

Three Reasons a Buyer Might Pay More for Your Business

Before you decide to put your business up on the block, make sure you fully understand how much what you're offering is worth to buyers.
Why Small Companies Have the Innovation Advantage
Startup Basics

Why Small Companies Have the Innovation Advantage

Why big companies would rather buy your company instead of launching their own competitive version.
Why I Decided to Take the Money and Sell My Startup
Cash Flow & Money Management

Why I Decided to Take the Money and Sell My Startup

The founder of 2-year-old digital card startup GiftZip.com decided to sell to gift-card behemoth SVM. He shares his views on the dangers of not doing the math.

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