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.

How 'No' Might Become 'Go' in the World of Venture Funding
VC Funding

How 'No' Might Become 'Go' in the World of Venture Funding

An expert offers some reflections on rejections.
How to Get Top Talent When You Have a Bare Bones Budget
Small Business - Big Impact

How to Get Top Talent When You Have a Bare Bones Budget

Your startup isn't generating enough cash to pay decent salaries. Now what?
The Bright Side of a Bad Pitch
Pitches

The Bright Side of a Bad Pitch

VCs hear it all, but the bad ideas can be as worthwhile as the good ones.
SCUBA Diving and Seed Money are More Connected Than You Think
Ready To Launch

SCUBA Diving and Seed Money are More Connected Than You Think

An expert explains the pitfalls that come after securing funding.
Inside the Smart Game of Late Fundraising Rounds
VC Funding

Inside the Smart Game of Late Fundraising Rounds

Late-stage capital is more common now. Here are 3 reasons why.
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?
Small Business - Big Impact

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
Ready To Launch

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.