DNT Welcomes Sam Hogg (From Startup to Acquisition)

From: Thanh T.
Sent on: Monday, January 9, 2012 12:11 AM

Wednesday, Jan 11 at 6-8PM at TechTown

Food & drinks will be available courtesy of TechTown.


To bring in the New Year, we have Sam Hogg, founder of GiftZip.com & Hogg Investments, as our special guest speaker. He's an entrepreneur with a successfully startup that was acquired after 36 months. Come and hear Sam's story on Wed, Jan 11. 

Bio: Sam Hogg conceived GiftZip.com in an MBA supply chain class in 2008.  The internet business was an aggregation platform for electronically deliverable gift cards, similar in concept to a gift card kiosk in a grocery store but completely online.  Within a year GiftZip.com was selling e-gift cards for 200 of the largest retailers in the world.  In July 2011, after 36 months of operation, the East Lansing-based company was purchased by SVM LP of Chicago, the global leader in innovative gift card solutions. Sam currently leads early stage investments in energy/IT technologies for Detroit-based NextEnergy, managing their seed fund and being a general partner of Nth Power Fund IV, a $180M San Francisco-based energy tech fund.  He is an adjunct instructor at Albion College and is a monthly contributor for an early stage finance column in Entrepreneur Magazine.


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