Brent Hill and Barry Schuler (DFJ Growth) advise the founder of FEM in a recent Inc. article. "FEM needs a strategy to get to the end result, which is video ad distribution. It can start with specific niches, like women's fitness, and expand." READ MORE
Our own Brent Hill was featured in Chicago Booth's Chicago Conversation series on venture capital. Check out the video, which also includes Jason Heltzer (OCA Ventures), Guy Turner (Hyde Park Venture Partners) and others. Check out the video
ifbyphone mentioned in a Crain's piece about technology companies moving to downtown Chicago. "Companies big and small — from Motorola Mobility Inc. to Ifbyphone Inc. — have made the move, lured primarily by young talent that isn't interested in commuting to the burbs." Read More
CHICAGO – April 23, 2014 – Ifbyphone, the leader in voice-based marketing automation, today announced the availability of its Spring 2014 Release, with first-of-its-kind capabilities and enhancements that enable marketing and sales teams to better monetize sales calls from smartphone users and manage the call activity of their own mobile salesforce. The Spring 2014 Release makes Ifbyphone [...]
Bruce discusses VC in general and Origin's approach to VC in this 15 minute segment.
...The highest multiple return award likely goes to Origin Ventures, which backed GrubHub’s first three rounds out of its second fund, and held on to a 5% stake. At its current value of $125 million, that stake ought to be enough to return the fund several times over... READ MORE
"How did two young guys with a business plan become a two billion dollar public company in eight years? GrubHub had some unsung champions on its side during its formative stage who deserve special credit, not just for their role at GrubHub but more broadly for what they’ve done to make Chicago the startup hub [...]
"Origin Ventures was an early investor in GrubHub, the Chicago-based internet company that went public today. The IPO is not only a success for Origin Ventures, but also for the city. For a look at the evolution of Chicago’s technology scene, I spoke with Eric Olson, associate at Origin Ventures." READ MORE
We couldn't be prouder of the team at GrubHub. What an amazing ride and, in some ways, it is just beginning as they enter the world of publicly traded companies. From here (circa 2006): To here (circa 2014): Below you'll see Matt Maloney and Mike Evans (GrubHub co-founders), our own Bruce Barron, the GrubHub senior [...]
Art Norman introduces Whittl, a web app dedicated to helping you get your to-do-list done.