Origin Ventures Podcast

Origin Ventures Podcast

By Origin Ventures
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!
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
[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 moderating online speech, and regulating "big tech". Angel also shares some advice to entrepreneurs and investors on mitigating the "automating of inequality" and/or bias reinforcement in algorithms and product design. Intro and outro music is "Origin." by Misc.Inc
31:33
May 11, 2019
Origin Ventures Co-founders Steve Miller and Bruce Barron on 20 Years in Venture Capital
[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. When Steve Miller and Bruce Barron founded Origin Ventures in 1999, the venture capital industry was in a different place than it is today. In this interview, the two Origin Partners discuss how and why they founded the firm, what they've learned over two decades as general partners, their experiences with GrubHub, predictions for the future of Origin Ventures, and much more from 20 years working together. Intro and outro music is "Origin." by Misc.Inc
32:00
May 2, 2019
Dote CEO Lauren Farleigh on her social-powered mobile "dream mall for Gen Z"
[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 investors at Lightspeed and Harrison Metal, hiring, diversity in the technology ecosystem, and her well-honed obsession with metrics from her days at PocketGems. Intro and outro music is "Origin." by Misc.Inc
31:04
January 9, 2019
BacklotCars CEO Justin Davis on Disrupting the Auto Dealer Auction Industry
[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 – an inefficient and expensive process ripe for disruption. BacklotCars also offers financing, inspection, and transportation to make auto dealers' lives easier. Justin and Devon talk about Justin's background, how he's managed to disrupt a traditional industry, and what's next for BacklotCars. Intro and outro music is "Origin." by Misc.Inc
21:57
December 18, 2018
Creating Great Content and Monetizing a B2C Audience – Lisa Weinstein, Curiosity.com CEO
[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 come next for the company as it expands its audience across platforms.  Intro and outro music is "Origin." by Misc.Inc.
28:15
November 19, 2018
Cameo CEO Steven Galanis on Building a Celebrity Shoutout Marketplace
[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 shoutouts from celebrities. He touches on his company's promising growth, how he's built Cameo with very little marketing, and what's next for the company. Intro and outro music is "Origin." by Misc.Inc
14:32
November 7, 2018
Maximizing the performance and happiness of frontline employees w/ Jordan Ekers, CCO @ Nudge Rewards
[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 challenges involved in building a company, and the growing technology ecosystem in Toronto. Intro and outro music is "Origin." by Misc.Inc
27:19
October 26, 2018
A Tech General Counsel on H.R., Law, Education, Culture, Diversity, & His Blog on Pulitzer Winners
[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" lawyer vs. working at a law firm, and discuss a blog he runs on Pulitzer-prize winning fiction novels. Intro and outro music is "Origin." by Misc.Inc
38:16
October 12, 2018
Technology's Impact on Healthcare w/ Stanford M.D. Vivek Y.
[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 healthcare outcomes, and how to design systems and government involvement to properly harness technology. Intro and outro music is "Origin." by Misc.Inc
33:59
September 21, 2018
Solving the Dinner Problem with Tovala CEO David Rabie (Devon)
[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 Kickstarter, building a strong team, relationships with investors, and much more. Intro and outro music is "Origin." by Misc.Inc
33:52
September 14, 2018
Breaking into a VC Career, Exciting SaaS Categories, & Buy or Sell w/ Oren Yunger, GGVC (Prashant)
[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, SurveyMonkey, Lyft, and Uber. Intro and outro music is "Origin." by Misc.Inc
23:54
September 6, 2018
Growth of esports & the Socialization of Gaming with Jim Drewry, Gamer Sensei CEO (Devon Leichtman)
[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 activity. Intro and outro music is "Origin." by Misc.Inc
26:27
August 30, 2018
The Future of Mobility & Related Policy w/ Justin Erlich of Voyage (formerly Uber) (Prashant Shukla)
[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, electric scooters and governments, and ways in which policy can help create a better transportation future. Intro and outro music is "Origin." by Misc.Inc
30:11
August 23, 2018
Design Philosophy, Impact, Hiring, Management, & Careers w/ Matt Stein, Metromile (Prashant Shukla)
[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.
32:24
August 10, 2018
SaaS Marketing, Scaling, and Remote Teams: Interview with Stella Garber of Trello (Devon Leichtman)
[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.
26:54
July 31, 2018
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