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Sep 18 2019

The Trucking Safety Tipping Point: Why We Invested in Idelic

Transport accidents are the third-leading preventable cause of death in the United States, and they continue to climb. In 2019, there were 43,024 U.S. road fatalities – 11.5% of which involved trucks. The number of people who died in large truck crashes rose 27 percent from 2009 to 2013. Driving a car is one of the most dangerous activities Americans do regularly, and trucks are a large part of the ...
Sep 17 2019

I Can See It In Your Face: Our Investment in Voxpopme and the Future of Market Research & Customer Experience

  We are pleased to announce Origin Ventures’ investment in Voxpopme, an enterprise software company that allows brands to capture video feedback to measure customer satisfaction and gather market research. Voxpopme enables brands to use the power of video – featuring full sight, sound, and motion – to better capture consumer sentiment in real-time. Origin Ventures led a $9M Series A financing. The company – whose name is derived from ...
Aug 19 2019

20 for 20 — Episode 4: Thank you, Mr. Muir

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. Thank you, Mr. Muir Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.–John Muir John Muir (b. 1838 – d.1914) ...
Jul 30 2019

Origin Ventures Promotes Stern, Shukla, Leichtman

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. We are very happy to announce three promotions at Origin Ventures:  Scott Stern to Vice President Prashant Shukla to Vice President Devon Leichtman to Director of Platform In 2016, Scott joined Origin Ventures as a Senior Associate and ...
Dec 12 2018

The Best Violin Teacher You Never Had: Origin’s Investment in Trala

The next time a budding musician searches “best violin teacher near me,” he or she may find a link to an app, not a teacher. Origin Ventures recently announced its participation in a $1.29M seed investment in Chicago-based startup Trala. Other investors include LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, Techstars Ventures, and executives from Duolingo. The Techstars company has built an app that can teach anyone to play violin using Julliard-approved methodologies ...
Dec 10 2018

Why We Invested in BacklotCars

We finally met a used-car salesman we liked. Justin Davis is CEO of Kansas City-based BacklotCars, and while he’s not selling cars directly, BacklotCars’ marketplace has made it much easier for auto dealerships to buy and sell used cars between each other. Car dealerships have long bought and sold used cars from each other directly, usually at live auctions. For example, Carl’s Cars, based in Milwaukee, can’t find buyers for ...
Nov 27 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 initial meeting, I tried Cameo by booking a video from European soccer star Kevin Prince-Boateng ...
Sep 26 2018

Why We Invested in Wove

As Series A investors, a majority of our capital and attention goes towards helping our portfolio companies grow and scale their sales and marketing organizations. So we know firsthand the many challenges that marketers face, especially when marketing directly to consumers. As paid social advertising platforms have matured, they have become efficient at capturing a large percentage of the advertisers’ willingness to pay. In turn, companies are finding it difficult ...
Sep 12 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 companies in the world – including Airbnb, LinkedIn, Snap, Palantir, Slack and Evite. Teem had ...
Aug 28 2018

Origin Summer Marketing Summit Recap

In July, the Origin team hosted marketers from across our portfolio and extended network to our 2018 Summer Marketing Summit here in Chicago. The 30-odd attendees drove the day’s content by leading conversations around topics they selected ahead of time. The daylong event included robust discussions on marketing best practices, areas for improvement, recommended tools and resources, and more. Find key takeaways below. Powering Up: Marketing Tech Stack Mastering software ...
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