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Jun 10 2022

Coaching for ‘Reformers’ to ‘Peacemakers’, ‘Analysts’ to ‘Explorers’: Why We Invested in Cloverleaf

We’ve all done it. You land at a new job or grad school, and you take a personality survey - maybe it’s Myers Briggs or DISC or Enneagram.  You click through all the questions, get your results, and are amazed at just how accurately it really does describe your personality. Your colleague tells you about their results. You think… “this is super insightful, and I’m going to use these insights ...
Apr 12 2022

Chopping Up Compute: Why We Invested in Salad Technologies, Inc.

There are nearly 2 billion PC gamers across the world. Their digs vary dramatically, from a desktop setup in the bedroom to a dark gaming cave in the basement. But their rigs have a lot in common - often characterized by having high performance computer chips, high speed network connectivity, and an abundance of storage capacity. Those high-end computing resources make gaming extremely entertaining - allowing multiplayer environments with realistic ...
Mar 31 2022

Airing the Dirty Laundry on the Front Porch: Why We Invested in SudShare

A ride to the airport, a walk for the dog, a grocery or meal delivery, or a video birthday message…are all just a phone tap away. With over 2.5 million mobile apps, there’s an endless number of products and services available in our pockets and purses. Origin Ventures has been investing in the Digital Native economy for several years, identifying high-growth software, marketplace, and consumer businesses with unique growth catalysts ...
Mar 23 2022

This Live Shopping Thing: Why We Invested in ShopThing

I have always loved to shop.  As a kid, my mom and I would drive two hours to Buffalo NY, crossing the border from Toronto, to spend a day at the Walden Galleria Mall. There, I would go back to school shopping at stores like Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister that had yet to make their way to Canada. In middle school, weekends were spent at Yorkdale Shopping Center, visiting ...
Dec 21 2021

A Better Last Mile Experience: Why We Invested in Veho

The mile. Originating with the Roman Empire and refined to its current distance by the British in the late 1500’s, the mile has become a primary unit of measurement in the United States - and has many colloquial uses. Some people talk a mile a minute, some are willing to go the extra mile, and some will take a mile when only given an inch. On the cinder track of ...
Nov 17 2021

No Brakes Needed: Accelerating the Digital Transformation of Auto Dealerships

  We are pleased to announce that Origin Ventures has led Utah-based Carketa’s $6M Seed round, with participation from Crosslink Capital, Hack VC, Lancaster, and I2BF.   The investment is our second in auto tech, following our 2018 investment in BacklotCars.  When we made that initial investment, we joked in our blog post that “we finally met a used car salesman that we like.”  Well now… we’ve found another one!   In ...
Nov 9 2021

Origin Ventures Closes Oversubscribed Fifth Fund at $130M

Origin Ventures Closes Oversubscribed Fifth Fund at $130M Today we announced the launch of our newest fund, Origin Ventures V, with a final closing of $130M. We will continue to invest in innovative, rapidly growing companies that are defining the Digital Native Economy - and backing the ambitious entrepreneurs that found them. We initially set a target on the fundraise of $100M - then came Covid-19 and all of the ...
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 ...
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 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 ...
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