Chicago, IL – October 23, 2013. Origin Ventures, a Chicago-based early stage venture capital firm, today announced that Eric Olson has joined the firm as an Associate. Mr. Olson will help evaluate and manage investment opportunities for the firm’s $45M Fund III, which was announced earlier this year.
Eric joins Origin Ventures after he led the implementation of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Economic Growth Plan for the Chicagoland region. Prior to leading the Economic Growth Plan, Eric was a management consultant at A.T. Kearney, and was an Associate at DFJ Portage Ventures.
Eric was an early employee at Chicago-based and venture-backed FeedBurner, where he led publisher adoption of the company’s RSS management tools. After FeedBurner was acquired by Google in 2007, Olson authored a Harvard Business School case study about the company – “Lather, Rinse, Repeat: FeedBurner’s Serial Founding Team”.
Olson re-joins former FeedBurner colleague Brent Hill, an ex-Twitter executive who became a Partner at Origin Ventures earlier this year. “Eric has a passion for entrepreneurship, and has repeatedly demonstrated an ability to gain the trust and confidence of company founders. He’s a real asset to the start-up community.”
“Origin Ventures has a track record of identifying successful start-ups in software, e-commerce, and ad technology,” said Olson. “I am looking forward to helping entrepreneurs in emerging markets secure the capital needed for growth, and building their companies into market leaders.”
Olson co-founded TECH Cocktail, a national media and events company focused on catalyzing tech sector growth in under-served areas. A member of the 2009 Crain’s 40 Under 40 list, Olson has advised numerous startups.
Eric holds a B.S. in Finance with a minor in Information Systems from Bentley University in Waltham, MA. He was a member of the Bentley Investment Group, an organization that manages a portion of the University’s endowment fund. He received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he remains active with the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship.
About Origin Ventures: Origin Ventures (www.originventures.com) is a Chicago-based early stage venture capital firm. Founded in 1999 by Steve Miller and Bruce Barron, the firm closed its $45M Origin III fund in January 2013. Representative investments include iNest (acquired by IAC), Grubhub, Shoutlet, ifbyphone, Campus Explorer, Whittl, and Aisle50. Contact: Bruce Barron – 312.644.6499 – firstname.lastname@example.org