Origin Ventures Podcast

Origin Ventures Podcast

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The Origin Ventures podcast discusses all things tech, startup, and venture capital with startup founders and executives, experts in our network, and other investors. Origin Ventures is a Seed and Series A venture capital firm investing across the United States and Canada. Visit originventures.com for more details about us, to sign up for our newsletters, and other content!


Guest Spot on Float or Founder: Toronto Startups and Origin Strategy
Jan 21 • 51 min
On this episode, Devon and Prashant are guests on the Float or Founder podcast, which focuses on Toronto startups and entrepreneurs. Float or Founder hosts Samantha Lloyd and Lisen Kaci talk with Devon and Prashant about what makes an ecosystem like…
Why Cyber Insurance Is Broken & How We Can Fix It with Bonsai Analytics CEO Jack Vines
Sep 17, 2019 • 23 min
[Startup Series] Jack Vines, Co-Founder and CEO of Bonsai Analytics, wants to disrupt the cyber insurance industry. Prashant and Jack chat about cyber under-insurance, risk mismeasurement, how regulation will affect the sector, and why Jack chose to build…
A Perspective on Online Content Moderation, Technology’s Use in Policing, & Government Regulation of Platforms and “Big Tech” from Brennan Center for Justice Counsel Angel Diaz
May 11, 2019 • 31 min
[Network Series] Angel Diaz, Counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice, and Prashant chat about what the right amount of moderation is on platforms like Facebook and Twitter, how technology can be (mis)applied in policing, the government’s role in…
Origin Ventures Co-founders Steve Miller and Bruce Barron on 20 Years in Venture Capital
May 2, 2019 • 32 min
[Investor Series] 20 for 20 – Episode 2. In 2019, we celebrate our firm’s 20-year anniversary with 20 short stories and lessons learned by investing over $150M in more than 70 companies and the entrepreneurs behind their origin. These are their stories.…
Dote CEO Lauren Farleigh on her social-powered mobile “dream mall for Gen Z”
Jan 9, 2019 • 31 min
[Startup Series] Lauren Farleigh, co-founder and CEO of Dote, joins Prashant to chat about her three-sided marketplace startup (a mobile-first, social-powered “dream mall for Gen Z”), raising money from venture capitalists as a woman, working with her…
BacklotCars CEO Justin Davis on Disrupting the Auto Dealer Auction Industry
Dec 18, 2018 • 21 min
[Startup Series] Justin Davis founded BacklotCars to disrupt a traditional marketplace: wholesale auto dealership auctions. Auto dealers buy and sell cars from each other often, but until Davis built his platform, they mostly did so at physical auctions –…
Creating Great Content and Monetizing a B2C Audience – Lisa Weinstein, Curiosity.com CEO
Nov 19, 2018 • 28 min
[Startup Series] Curiosity.com CEO and media veteran Lisa Weinstein joined Devon to discuss Curiosity’s mission to create “educational positivity” on the internet, how Curiosity is monetizing its audience in a sometimes-daunting ad market, and what may…
Cameo CEO Steven Galanis on Building a Celebrity Shoutout Marketplace
Nov 7, 2018 • 14 min
[Startup Series] Steven Galanis, CEO of Cameo, addressed Origin Ventures’ investors at our 2018 annual investor meeting in a candid fireside chat with partner Brent Hill. Galanis discussed the growth of his business, a marketplace for personalized video…
Maximizing the performance and happiness of frontline employees w/ Jordan Ekers, CCO @ Nudge Rewards
Oct 26, 2018 • 27 min
[Startup Series] Jordan Ekers, the Chief Customer Officer at Nudge Rewards, and Prashant talk about how Nudge Rewards is improving the performance, engagement, and job satisfaction of frontline employees, the future of retail and hospitality, the…
A Tech General Counsel on H.R., Law, Education, Culture, Diversity, & His Blog on Pulitzer Winners
Oct 12, 2018 • 38 min
[Network Series] John Orta, General Counsel at Nextdoor, and Prashant chat about the challenges John faces as a General Counsel, how he has woven together his J.D. and M.B.A. degrees, how he thinks about culture and diversity in tech, being an “in-house”…
Technology’s Impact on Healthcare w/ Stanford M.D. Vivek Y.
Sep 20, 2018 • 33 min
[Network Series] Vivek Yedavalli, a Clinical Neuroradiology Fellow at Stanford, and Prashant chat about the impact of A.I. and technology on his field of radiology as well as other specialties, how and where Vivek thinks technology can best improve…
Solving the Dinner Problem with Tovala CEO David Rabie (Devon)
Sep 14, 2018 • 33 min
[Startup Series] Tovala co-founder and CEO David Rabie and Devon discuss how David created and built his “dinner solution,” the Tovala oven and meal kit service. They also touch on the experience David gained at yCombinator, funding his product via…
Breaking into a VC Career, Exciting SaaS Categories, & Buy or Sell w/ Oren Yunger, GGVC (Prashant)
Sep 6, 2018 • 23 min
[Investor Series] Venture Investor Oren Yunger and Prashant Shukla discuss Oren’s personal journey into venture capital, his advice on how others should think about a career in VC, exciting categories in SaaS, and play a little Buy or Sell with Slack,…
Growth of esports & the Socialization of Gaming with Jim Drewry, Gamer Sensei CEO (Devon Leichtman)
Aug 30, 2018 • 26 min
[Startup Series] Portfolio company Gamer Sensei CEO Jim Drewry and Devon discuss how his passion for gaming led him to lead Gamer Sensei, the growth of the esports industry, and how games like Fortnite swing the pendulum back towards gaming being a social…
The Future of Mobility & Related Policy w/ Justin Erlich of Voyage (formerly Uber) (Prashant Shukla)
Aug 23, 2018 • 30 min
[Network Series] Justin, Voyage’s Head of Strategy & Policy and the former Head of Policy at Uber, and Prashant talk about Justin’s career journey, what he’s focused on at Voyage, autonomous vehicle safety, how he sees the urban mobility story unfolding,…
Design Philosophy, Impact, Hiring, Management, & Careers w/ Matt Stein, Metromile (Prashant Shukla)
Aug 9, 2018 • 32 min
[Network Series] Matt, the VP of Product Design at Metromile, and Prashant talk about design philosophy, effective design impact, breaking into a design career, hiring and managing a design org, and Matt’s personal victories and challenges.
SaaS Marketing, Scaling, and Remote Teams: Interview with Stella Garber of Trello (Devon Leichtman)
Jul 31, 2018 • 26 min
[Network Series] In this conversation, Stella and I talk about how she built Trello’s product and messaging as the sole marketing person, scaled its team, and managed a remote team. Read main takeaways from the interview, coming soon to Origin’s blog.