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20 for 20 — Episode 1: GrubHub and the Spurs

In 2019, we celebrate our firm’s 20-year anniversary with 20 short storiesand lessons learned by investing over $150M in more than 70 companiesand the entrepreneurs behind their origin. These are their stories. GrubHub and the Spurs Today marks the 5-year anniversary of Grubhub’s 2014 IPO on the NYSE. Origin Ventures was the first investor in [...]

By |April 4th, 2019|

I Heart Your Work: Our Investment in 15Five

“Effective teamwork begins and ends with communication.” – Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Kryzyzewski (aka “Coach K”) In their October 2016 article in Harvard Business Review titled “The Performance Management Revolution”, authors Peter Capelli and Anna Tavis laid out many reasons why up to 70% of multinational companies were moving away from an annual employee [...]

By |December 3rd, 2018|

Talking Heads: Our Investment in Cameo

We first met Cameo in October 2017, when a one-hour introductory meeting with the founding team turned into a two-hour chalk talk. We liked it right away. Cameo is a Chicago-based company that allows consumers to purchase short video shout-outs from a long list of “talent” - celebrities, entertainers, and athletes. Two days after that [...]

By |November 27th, 2018|

Teem Acquired by WeWork

WeWork has acquired our portfolio company Teem. Teem is a Salt Lake City-based software company that provides innovative meeting room scheduling and workplace analytics. Since we first met the company in 2015, Teem has installed their software in tens of thousands of office locations, and touched millions of users in some of the most innovative [...]

By |September 12th, 2018|

Social Selling and E-Commerce: Our Investment in DirectScale

Direct selling has been a significant part of the American economy for over one hundred years. From the early days of traveling salesmen pitching cure-all elixirs and bibles, the industry evolved as brands like Stanley Home Products, Tupperware, and Mary Kay Cosmetics brought the ‘party plan’ into American households. More than 20.5 million people participated [...]

By |June 11th, 2018|

The Video Advertising Journey – Our Investment in ViralGains

Spending on digital video ads has continued to rocket forward. In 2017, an estimated $23.8Bhttps://www.statista.com/statistics/272856/worldwide-online-video-advertising-spending-forecast/  will be spent on video advertising worldwide, representing 82% growth over the same figure in 2015. With click through rates on pre-roll ads at 0.4% (i.e., 1 click every 250 adshttps://www.iab.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Innovid_2016_Advanced_Video_Benchmarks_Final_US_Updated_2_26_16.pdf ), marketers have accepted that video advertising is largely [...]

By |November 28th, 2017|

Fighting the Internet’s Bad Guys: Why We Invested in AppDetex

In the 10 years since the first iPhone was released, the number of applications in the Apple mobile app store has swelled to over 2 million. There are another 2.2 million apps on the Google Play store. There have been 268 billion total mobile app downloads, which have generated over $77B in mobile commerce every [...]

By |November 3rd, 2017|

Why We Invested in Fountain (Formerly OnboardIQ)

Between contract workers, the new on-demand and “gig economy,” and traditional hourly workforces, nearly 60% of the American workforce is employed on an hourly basis. Despite the growth in hourly workers, software solutions for the Human Capital Management (HCM) market have historically focused on salaried employees. Incumbent applicant tracking systems are designed to enable recruiters [...]

By |September 12th, 2017|

Our Investment in Kidizen

In late March, we announced our investment in Minneapolis-based Kidizen, leading a $3M Series A round. We first heard about Kidizen when we traveled to Minneapolis for office hours with the companies participating in the Techstars Retail Accelerator.   As an early-stage investor in marketplace companies, we’re very curious about new and novel ways that buyers [...]

By |April 27th, 2017|