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

22 Recent Stories

Considering VC for Your Business? Here's What You Need to Know.

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.
April 22, 2014 in Money
More Money, More Problems: The Down Side of a Mega Valuation

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.
March 9, 2014 in Venture Capital
Why So Many Startups Never Reach Their Second Funding Round

Why So Many Startups Never Reach Their Second Funding Round

Seed funding often gives a company more opportunities to fail, not succeed.
February 4, 2014 in Venture Capital
Why Updated VC Models Are a Win for Entrepreneurs

Why Updated VC Models Are a Win for Entrepreneurs

Good companies are always desirable, but the level of demand right now is unprecedented.
January 12, 2014 in Venture Capital
The Case for an Early Buyout

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.
November 28, 2013 in Payments & Collections
Why Venture Capitalists Don't Care About Your Pitch

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.
November 26, 2013 in Venture Capital
3 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Kindergarteners

3 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Kindergarteners

Don't over-think it: Embrace your inner 5-year-old and go with your gut.
November 19, 2013 in Startup Basics
Why So Many VC Firms Invest in the Same Companies

Why So Many VC Firms Invest in the Same Companies

How to understand venture capital's herd mentality.
November 15, 2013 in Venture Capital
Zombie VC Firms Can Be an Entrepreneur's Nightmare

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.
November 1, 2013 in Venture Capital
Why VCs Often Turn Away Promising Investments

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.
October 18, 2013 in Venture Capital
JOBS Act Legislation Opens Up Crowdfunding

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.
September 28, 2012 in Financing
The Truth About Getting Funded

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.
September 20, 2012 in Venture Capital
3 Reasons to Skip the 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.
July 22, 2012 in Your Business Plan
'J Curve' and Other Buzzwords Investors Don't Want to Hear

'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.
June 18, 2012 in Angel Investors
What Investors Really Want to Hear in Your Pitch

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
May 19, 2012 in Venture Capital
Three Tips for Calculating Your Company's Cash 'Runway'

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.
April 10, 2012 in Cash Flow & Money Management
Three Questions to Ask Potential Acquirers

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.
March 2, 2012 in Selling Your Biz
Do Entrepreneurs Make Their Own Luck -- Or Not?

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.
February 4, 2012 in Selling Your Biz
How to Sell Your Company -- And Not Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out

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.
January 17, 2012 in Selling Your Biz
Three Reasons a Buyer Might Pay More for Your Business

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.
December 7, 2011 in Selling Your Biz
Why Small Companies Have the Innovation Advantage

Why Small Companies Have the Innovation Advantage

Why big companies would rather buy your company instead of launching their own competitive version.
November 15, 2011 in Startup Basics
Why I Decided to Take the Money and Sell My Startup

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.
September 30, 2011 in Cash Flow & Money Management