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Oct 13 2020

“What Mattress Was That?” Origin Ventures’ Investment in Glimpse

A Glimpse of the Future of Product Placement   Showrooms and malls have been in decline as the share of retail spending via e-commerce steadily grows year-after-year – a trend that the COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated. The opportunities for consumers to sample products in showrooms and stores are becoming scarce and brands need new ways to place products in front of consumers for sampling, feedback, and impressions. Origin Ventures is ...
Sep 23 2020

Pics…Or It Didn’t Happen! Our Investment in Blueboard

The campus at the University of California at Berkeley includes an oversized bulletin board, where students and organizations can post a variety of announcements – ride sharing, concerts, stand-up comedy nights, and kitesurfing lessons are just a few examples. Known as the “blueboard,” it has become a vital source of entertainment news and information for students. The original “Blueboard” on the campus of the University of California (Berkeley) In 2015, ...
Jun 24 2020

B2B Sales Amid COVID: Building from the Bottom Up

The past months have changed the way we live, work, and play. Companies of all sizes, including those in Origin Ventures’ portfolio, are re-assessing their internal processes. The focus on capital efficiency shifts the focus from rapid sales growth to sustainable sales. Now is a good time to redesign go-to-market strategy in the increasingly competitive SaaS market. Shake up the sales team, focus on customer personas, redefine territories, or build ...
May 25 2020

COVID-19: Battling the Disruption in SaaS Sales

COVID-19 has created widespread impact for startups. Perhaps no functional area has been disrupted more than the sales organization for B2B software companies. Origin Ventures recently facilitated a sales leadership discussion with our B2B SaaS portfolio companies to discuss and share strategic and tactical shifts in their sales processes. The questions we used to frame the discussion included: For benchmarking purposes… what’s your Q1 and Q2 updated forecast vs. your ...
Apr 16 2020

Show Me The Money – Our Investment in Everee and the Future of Payday

We are pleased to announce our investment in Everee. Origin Ventures is co-leading a $10M Series A financing for this Salt Lake City-based software company. The round was co-led by Signal Peak Ventures. Changing Paydays for a Changing Workforce Since 2008, the ‘gig economy’ has allowed individuals to create an income from a variety of on-demand jobs. In addition to flexibility, one of the primary benefits of freelance work is ...
Oct 18 2019

Tovala To The TV: The Journey from Seed to Screen

There are many things that bind us together at Origin. One of our values – and a daily refrain – is that we believe it's a privilege to work with entrepreneurs. Working with startups is not all glory and fame. While we are not taking nearly the risk of entrepreneurs performing high wire acts with no nets, we ride through the ups and downs of companies' fortunes alongside founders. The ...
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