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Jun 12 2017

We’re Hiring: Senior Associate for Origin

Earlier this year at our annual off-site team meeting, our team plotted out the strategy for the next ten years of Origin Ventures. We tweaked our deal evaluation process, reviewed our portfolio in depth, and discussed strategic changes in light of the changing VC landscape. We also did an in-depth review of our current team and the gaps we have to accomplish our goals set out by our recently-closed $80M ...
Jun 7 2017

Blue Apron Food, for Thought

As investors across a variety of food service related companies (Tovala, Tock, and GrubHub), we at Origin Ventures are constantly looking to further our understanding of this trillion dollar segment of the US economy. We are also avid eaters ourselves, so whether it is fine dining (Tock), on the go (GrubHub), or at home (Tovala), the future of this industry isn’t just financial, it’s personal as well. That’s why we ...
May 17 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 very large unstructured datasets can no longer throw hardware at the problem-- systems either reach ...
Apr 27 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 meet sellers, both in B2B and B2C contexts. CEO Dug Nichols and co-founders Mary Fallon ...
Apr 27 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 capital. Now, 18 years later, we've built off the success of large exits of Grubhub ...
Apr 27 2017

Origin Ventures Closes $80M Fourth Fund

Early-stage VC fund announces five investments; opens Salt Lake City office   Chicago, IL (April 27, 2017) — Origin Ventures is pleased to announce the final close of its fourth venture capital fund at $80M, bringing its total assets under management to more than $135M.    Founded in 1999 by Steve Miller and Bruce Barron, Origin Ventures is an early-stage technology investor focused on high-growth software, marketplace, and content businesses. ...
Apr 24 2017

AppDetex Raises $5.5 Million to Accelerate Growth

AppDetex receives funding to expand its cutting-edge technologies for global brands to combat online and mobile threats.   Boise, ID (April 18, 2017) – AppDetex, a Boise-based software company providing online and mobile brand protection to global brands, announced today that it has raised $5.5 million to expand its products and accelerate growth. EPIC Ventures led the round with participation from Origin Ventures and existing investors. Founded in 2012 by ...
Apr 12 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, fundraising, assisting companies). In the first roughly 70 years of the business, firms have set ...
Apr 12 2017

We’re Hiring: Marketing & Community Manager for Origin

Whether it’s a smart oven that cooks prepared meals by scanning a barcode, a marketplace for kid’s clothes, or software that sells tickets and accepts reservations to the world’s greatest restaurants, our companies are working on big problems. With a fraction of the resources, they are innovating against industry giants. None of this is easy. We know this first hand – our team at Origin is composed of former operators ...
Mar 20 2017

Origin Ventures Leads Series A Funding Round in Kidizen

Origin is excited to announce its participation in the the Series A round for Kidizen! The official press release is below. Kidizen Raises Over $3M in Series A Funding to Fuel Growth Kidizen, the nation’s largest platform to share, shop, and sell kid style, today announces it has closed a $3.2 Series A funding led by Origin Ventures with participation by Royal Street Ventures, Corigin Ventures, Irish Angels, and Mergelane. ...
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