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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 for more details about us, to sign up for our newsletters, and other content!
17 Episodes
[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 his solution in Utah. We also discuss how Jack's background in the CIA helps him today, his days as a sportswriter, and what he looks for in investors. Intro and outro music is "Origin." by Misc.Inc
[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
[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
[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
[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
[Startup Series] 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.
[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
[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
[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
[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
[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
[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
[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
[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
[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.
[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.
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 Toronto appealing to investors, how Origin supports its portfolio companies post-investment, and more. Many thanks to Sam and Lisen for having us on – subscribe to their show at
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