Sam Hogg

Entrepreneur Contributor

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

Why This VC Won't Fund Startups That Serve Startups
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Why This VC Won't Fund Startups That Serve Startups

Beware of launching a company that just serves another one.
Why the Smart Money Invests B2B, Not B2C
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Why the Smart Money Invests B2B, Not B2C

An expert explains the upsides of creating a B2B company .
5 Steps for Making the Most of Investor Assistance
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5 Steps for Making the Most of Investor Assistance

What to do when investors arrive, claiming they're there to help.
How to Do Well With 3 Types of Do-Gooder Investors
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How to Do Well With 3 Types of Do-Gooder Investors

It's possible, but you'll need to form the right purpose-driven business.
How to Be a Successful Failure
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How to Be a Successful Failure

The way you handle collapse determines how soon you start again.
How 'No' Might Become 'Go' in the World of Venture Funding
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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The Truth About Bridge Loans

Need a loan? Ask your investors.
China's Effect on the U.S. VC Game
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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
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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?
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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
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How VCs Value Companies

How do you measure the value of a pre-revenue company? Here's a bit of insight.