About Jason Heltzer

Jason is a venture capitalist, business school professor and former software engineer. Jason is a Partner at Origin Ventures and he has been in the venture business since 2001.

Why We Invested in Tovala

On a cold day in early 2015, I met David Rabie-- yet another eager Chicago Booth MBA student who signed up for my office hours. He pitched a student run angel fund at school. Over the course of several months, David's project was confronted with obstacle after obstacle. I was certain the project was dead [...]

By |July 18th, 2017|

Why Origin Invested in Atavium

We are pleased to share that Origin has invested in Minneapolis-based data storage startup, Atavium, as a part of an oversubscribed $8.6M investment round. IDC predicts the amount of data stored annually will increase 10x by 2025, and CIOs are struggling to keep up with this ever-increasing data storage need. Compounding matters, CIOs who manage [...]

By |May 17th, 2017|

Reflection on our new fund

Bruce, Steve, Brent, and I are excited to announce we have closed our fourth fund, exceeding our target with an $80M fund focused on series A investments in software, marketplaces and content startups. This is an exciting new chapter for Origin Ventures. Steve Miller and Bruce Barron started the firm in 1999 with their own [...]

By |April 27th, 2017|

The Future of the Venture Capital Business

The deep irony about the venture business-- a business that lives and dies by innovating/disrupting other industries-- is that it hasn't experienced much change since General Georges Doriot aimed to get veterans back to work after WWII. That's changing now. Crowdfunding and new software platforms are commoditizing the primary activities of a venture fund (sourcing, [...]

By |April 12th, 2017|