Team

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Brent Hill

Managing Partner

Brent joined Origin Ventures as a partner in January 2013, and leads the firm’s office in Salt Lake City. He serves on the Board of Directors of BacklotCars, 15Five, Fountain, Apptentive, Everee, Voxpopme, Pronto, Measured Insurance, Kidizen, Mighty, and Bound. He is a board observer for DirectScale, Appdetex, and ViralGains. Previous investments include Ahalogy (acquired by Quotient), Teem (acquired by WeWork), Grubhub (NYSE: GRUB), Tubemogul (NASD: TUBE), and Wire (acquired by Remitly).

Jason Heltzer

Managing Partner

Jason joined Origin Ventures as a partner in 2014 and began his career in venture capital in 2001. Jason is currently a board member or observer for TockTovala, and X-Mode.

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Alex Meyer

Managing Partner

Alex Meyer joined Origin Ventures as a partner in 2019. Previously, Alex served as Vice President for Global Business Development at SAP, founded the Harvard Business School Angels Chicago, and has held senior advisory and operating roles at Deloitte and Hollywood based House of Blues, Inc.

Steven N. Miller

Founding Partner

Steven N. Miller is a founding partner of Origin Ventures. Prior to co-founding Origin, Steve spent 10 years at Quill Corporation, a direct marketer of office products started by his family in 1956. His experience there included running the Canadian distribution center as well as P&L responsibility for a $30 Million product line. Steve’s final two years at Quill were devoted to starting up the e-commerce operation. He wrote the business plan for the company’s first web site, quill.com, and managed the team that executed it to $15 Million in annual revenue. In 1998, the Miller family sold Quill to Staples and achieved a $1 Billion exit.

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Bruce N. Barron

Founding Partner

Bruce N. Barron is a founding partner of Origin Ventures. He is an observer to, or member of, the Boards of Directors of DialogTech, Archer Education, and Tock. He previously served on the GrubHub (NYSE: GRUB) Board of Directors. In addition, he serves on the boards of the American Cancer Society, the Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities, and Israel Cancer Research Fund Chicago and International Chapters. Bruce was named a Crain’s Chicago Business Tech 50 member in 2013. He also provides funding for the Origin Ventures Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the University of Illinois.

Scott Stern

Vice President

Scott Stern is a Vice President at Origin Ventures, having joined in February 2016 as an intern while in business school, and full-time as senior associate in August 2017. He serves as a board member for Origin portfolio company Idelic and a board observer for BacklotCarsFountain, Kidizen, and Tovala.

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Prashant Shukla

Vice President

Prashant is a Vice President at Origin Ventures, joining the firm as Senior Associate in May 2017. He serves as a Board Observer for Origin portfolio companies 15Five, Everee, ProntoMeasured Insurance, Mighty, and Trala.

Devon Leichtman

Director of Platform

Devon Leichtman is Director of Platform, having joined Origin Ventures in July 2017 as Marketing and Community Manager. In addition to handling Origin’s marketing campaigns and web presence, Devon works directly with Origin’s community of portfolio companies. He helps Origin’s investments grow by providing the resources, connections, and community they need to succeed. He hosts in-person summits and manages the Origin Ventures Network (OVeN). He is a founding board member of Chicago Blend and co-chair of VC Platform Global Community.

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