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Jul 28 2021

Invoice Less, Create More: Our Investment in Lumanu

A few months ago, I was at a post-wedding brunch (my first big event since getting vaccinated!), when a friend came scrambling in just as the event was winding down. She was late because she was finishing her taxes… an arduous process that involved 14 separate 1099s and a mountain of receipts.  This friend is a Creator. In the traditional sense of the word, she is a professional singer and ...
Jul 20 2021

Origin Ventures Promotes Scott Stern and Prashant Shukla to Partner

Venture capital is a team sport. A great team makes better decisions, wins more deals, and provides more resources to companies. Investing in startups is like whitewater rafting. A great team navigates rapids by playing different roles on the boat. There is a navigator, the paddlers, and the fearless souls in front surveying obstacles while getting drenched. Should the adventurers harness the current of the river at the right spot, ...
Jul 14 2021

Why I Joined Origin Ventures: Angela Smith

I am thrilled to join the Origin Ventures Team as the first hire in Utah, helping Brent Hill grow Origin’s presence in both Utah and the Western United States.  My path to Origin Ventures was nontraditional. I spent the first 6 years of my career as a social studies teacher in Houston, TX and East San Jose, CA. Teaching low-income communities forced me to confront the many issues my students ...
Jun 29 2021

Infrastructure for the Circular Economy: Our Investment in Hammoq

Ty Blunt would endlessly scour online marketplaces, stores, and estate and garage sales for hidden gems – Nintendo games, antiques, arbitrage products – anything he thought could fetch a decent premium. He quickly grew his reseller business to almost $2M a year in revenue, living out of the warehouse that held his inventory. But as he scaled, the administrative burden of running his business – listing and delisting products across ...
Jun 23 2021

Why I Joined Origin Ventures: Jacquie Marshall Siegmund

I initially approached the Origin Ventures team out of curiosity: I wanted to learn about venture investing and I was impressed with their portfolio, thesis, and values. I asked if I could volunteer my time in exchange for being a fly on the wall in their meetings and discussions. They agreed, and after a few weeks I was hooked. The fit was mutual, and, shortly thereafter, I joined the investing ...
Jun 21 2021

Sneakerheads Find their Home: Our Investment in SoleSavy

On January 19th, 2021, I added myself to the waitlist for a paid sneaker enthusiast community called “SoleSavy”. A quick Twitter search revealed hundreds of posts from members raving about what the platform enabled them to do: acquire hard-to-find sneakers at reasonable retail prices. Once I was accepted off the waitlist by the CEO and co-founder – Dejan Pralica, who has personally processed more than 5,000 members – I discovered ...
Jun 4 2021

“Not my Bag” is Now a Good Thing: Why We Invested in Vivrelle

Reviewing my monthly credit card bill is a chore I often dread as my eyes scroll through the rows on the statement. But there is always one glimmer of joy, with a charge I'm delighted to pay – my monthly membership in Vivrelle. For $99 per month, I have access to a shared closet of luxury fashion accessories and a large network of benefits from brand partners. I love fashion ...
Feb 2 2021

Nothing is Certain Except Death and Taxes: Why we Invested in Prisidio

One of the most unsettling shows I’ve ever watched is Hoarders. Each episode is a journey into a condemned living space, choked with unnecessary trinkets and papers. The show is personal for me, as my aunt was a hoarder. After she died, while piecing together her financial life was a painstaking archeological affair, it revealed the singular advantage of hoarding: every piece of information we needed was in her townhome. ...
Feb 2 2021

Better Collectively: Why we Invested in Anthill

Every ant knows the formula of its ant-hill, every bee knows the formula of its beehive. They know it in their own way, not in our way. Only humankind does not know its own formula. – Fyodor Dostoevsky As investors who are obsessed with the Future of Work, Origin Ventures has invested in its fair share of companies that are revolutionizing the workforce. For the vast majority of VCs, this ...
Jan 25 2021

A New Standard in Online Shopping – our Investment in BlackCart

  At Origin Ventures, we like to invest in companies that make the world “the way it should be.” The average American family has a median checking account balance of $2,000 and younger generations have an average credit limit of <$10,000. Putting a hold down of even a few hundred dollars can meaningfully pinch the available credit or bank balance for wide swaths of Americans. Enter BlackCart, which allows online ...
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