Chicago-based early stage venture capital firm Origin Ventures has hired Eric Olson as an associate. Olson will help evaluate and manage investment opportunities for the firm’s $45 million Fund III, which was announced earlier this year.
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 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
“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