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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 ...
Apr 18 2018

The New Frontier: Entrepreneurship in Utah

With last week’s (confidential) filing of Pluralsight’s imminent IPO and the rising speculation that Domo will file for IPO any day now, the world is finally seeing what we at Origin have known for some time: there’s something special going on in Salt Lake City. Although Origin Ventures began as a Chicago-based firm, we actually have two offices – our primary one in Chicago, and another in Salt Lake City. ...
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 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 ...
Oct 5 2016

Tock raises $7.5M to Accelerate the Growth of its Restaurant Booking and Analytics Platform

Chicago, IL (October 4th, 2016) — Tock announced today it has raised $7.5M in its first round of institutional capital. The investment was led by Origin Ventures with participation from leading restaurateurs, chefs and hospitality groups, including Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises and Will Guidara and Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park. The new funding will enable the rapidly growing company to expand into new markets and continue building its product ...
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