An early-stage venture capital firm investing in software and marketplace businesses for Digital Natives.
In 2018, Origin Ventures led the Series A round of 15Five, the leader in continuous performance management software. In July of 2019, 15Five raised a $30M Series B.
In January of 2018, Origin made a seed investment in Chicago-based Cameo, a marketplace for celebrity video shoutouts. Since then, Cameo has raised $62M of additional capital from top venture capital funds to fuel its tremendous growth.
Origin Ventures led Chicago-based Tovala's Seed round in 2016 and its Series A round in 2017. Origin has supported Tovala's growth its pre-product phase, when CEO David Rabie was a student of Managing Partner Jason Heltzer.
Evolving behavior of Digital Natives provided an opportunity for GrubHub to allow consumers to connect with restaurants via their smartphones. Origin Ventures led GrubHub’s Seed & Series A rounds. The company was valued at $2.4B at its IPO in 2014.
Who We Are
As Former Operators and Engineers, We are Experts in Early-stage Technology
We are operators and venture capital veterans, with an average of 15 years of experience. We've walked in the shoes of founders and understand the challenges of making countless decisions with imperfect information.
What We Do
Investing in the Digital Native Economy
Millenials and Gen-z grew up with the Internet, social media, and smartphones. These technologies anchored the behaviors and preferences of these generations at work and as consumers. We invest in startups that create new products, services, and markets borne by these generational differences and fueled by the inevitability of generational transition.
Initial check size
Seed & Series A
Our investment team
is made up of
operators and engineers
Specialization in software and marketplace businesses,
Investing in B2B and B2C models
Investing across North America from
Chicago & Salt Lake City
Our offices in Chicago and Salt Lake City give us access to software and marketplace deals across North America. We’ve invested across the United States from our offices, including in San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Salt Lake City, Kansas City, and Boise. We have active portfolio companies in fourteen North American cities. We’re proud of the ecosystems we call home and will travel to meet great entrepreneurs anywhere, anytime.
Our track record of success is driven by our values and alignment with our founders and investors.
As former operators and engineers, we approach every interaction with our company values in mind and are committed to maintaining inclusive and safe workplace environments both at Origin Ventures and our portfolio companies. We believe that this approach leads to shared success, evidenced by our first two funds achieving top 5% performance.
In addition to capital and governance, a dedicated team provides support for the Origin Ventures Network, our engaged community of portfolio companies. We provide ongoing resources and tools to help founders navigate the common challenges facing early-stage companies.