We invest in startups and partner with large organizations to co-create software we believe in.
Saving Money Has Never Been So Easy
Load Yowza!! on your iPhone or Android and, as soon as you launch it, it goes to work finding coupons and deals in your geographic area — from as close as within a mile of you or as far as 50 miles away. Get deals on everything from a nice, new outfit to a lovely, delicious dinner.
No clipping. No stashing coupons in your wallet or purse. No need to remember which location that restaurant coupon was good for. The offers are on your smartphone for you to use when you're ready.
A Trusted Community for Social Discovery
Best of All Worlds empowers global social discovery within an intimate and trusted community. Not endless online noise. Discover people, common passions, and compelling information for tomorrow, not yesterday, in worlds of shared interests and friends.
Best of All Worlds was founded by Erik and Louise Wachtmeister to return relevance, trust, and usefulness to the online world. Best of All Worlds is based in Stockholm.
The World's Marketplace for Cause-Brands
Roozt lets you discover the coolest, trendsetting, cause-oriented brands all under one roof. That means no more scouring blogs, facebook walls, or google searches to find that fav new brand that's helping save the world with their business.
Just by the click of a button you can discover a new favorite brand, learn about their impact, shop from their products, and earn rewards by sharing with your friends. Finally an online shopping site that you can relate to.
Twitter Relationship Management
“Refollow helps you discover, manage, and protect your Twitter social circle - the best out there. And setting up parameters to eliminate unwanted noise - THE best I've used so far.”
Refollow is one of the most popular account management tools on Twitter, once having over 500,000 active users. In late 2010, Twitter forced Refollow to reduce its number of api calls, thus becoming a paid service for those features. Thanks for the revenue boost!
The World's Largest LGBTA Professional Network
dot429 is a multi-platform network connecting LGBT professionals and allies online and in person. Founded by 500 of the most successful and influential LGBTA entrepreneurs, business people, designers, and entertainers, dot429 serves as a go-to destination for the LGBTA professional set.
dot429 provides an opportunity for this community to connect and expand their business networks, further their careers, stay current on the latest happenings in the LGBTA professional community, and more.
Winner of the 2011 LAUNCH Best Technology Award
NewAer's ProxPlatform enables any smartphone to automate behaviors based on who or what is detected in its physical space.
ToothTag, the showcase app, demos the power of the platform and is now available on Android. The platform was just recently opened to select developers to build their own plug-ins and apps that leverage NeuAer's proximity data.
NewAer was founded in 2010 and is based in Los Angeles.
Indie Comics Straight From the Creators
Balloon'd provides the best iPad comic reading experience possible. Users can easily import cbz or cbr files via Itunes and Balloond converts them into an iPad optimized format.
Balloon'd has also partnered with indie comic creators to bring access to thousands of comics users have never seen before. The platform allows publishers to monetize their content while providing their readers with the best possible user experience.
Get Into Your Game
Bet Tracker is poised to be an extremely valuable service to both brick-and-mortar and online casinos around the world. Sports gamers want to know what's going on with their action at all times. Bet Tracker gives constant, real-time updates and win/loss probabilities for football, basketball, baseball, hockey, and more.
Bet Tracker is the only mobile solution that allows sports gamblers instant access to all of their bets and provides unsurpassed end-game prediction models that are constantly updated with live feeds from every game.
Founded in 2009 and based in Los Angeles, the team has forged partnerships with several key players in the online gaming industry.
Bet Tracker is the only solution of its kind on all major platforms of smartphone (Android, iPhone, and Blackberry) as well as a robust web interface. Users have immediate access anywhere and everywhere.
Future growth is explosive for Bet Tracker and new laws allowing additional freedoms in actually placing mobile bets will accelerate that growth.
Why not develop your mobile application only once?
jQuery Mobile is an open-sourced, touch-optimized web framework for smartphones and tablets.
The jQuery Mobile framework is a good solution to problem of writing unique apps for different mobile devices, eliminating the need to hire separate Android, iOS, BlackBerry, WinMo, PalmOS, Symbian, bada and Meego developers.
Built on top of jQuery and jQuery UI, it has a flexible, and easily themeable design. The code is lightweight and performs well on nearly any mobile device or platform.
Mobile development has always been a minefield of different operating systems and devices. Until now, it’s never been possible for developers to write it just once and forget it.
The aim of jQuery Mobile’s community of dedicated contributors is to provide tools to build dynamic touch interfaces that will adapt gracefully to a range of device form factors. The system will ultimately include both layouts (lists, detail panes, overlays) and a rich set of form controls and UI widgets (toggles, sliders, tabs).
Originate is an active investor and contributor (cash and development time) to the jQuery Mobile project and continues to support this new and innovative technology.
Based in Sweden, RIKA is a digital innovation tool for company executives and governments to bring together interdisciplinary teams, as well as customers and suppliers, to drive realtime change and innovation.
Submitted solutions are ranked by the participants and the best solution is presented to top management without them having to read all the submitted material. The tool can be used in day-to-day operations or on specific occasions such as strategy days or conferences.
What if your laptop battery could last 10 days without a charge?
Ardica Technologies is developing the world’s best compact, fuel cell technologies. Micro fuel cells open the door to true mobility in terms of personal electronics.
The team is working with leading companies and the US military to apply their unique and patented technologies to dozens of innovative products from long-lasting personal computing batteries to self-heating winter wear.
Ardica was founded in 2004 by an outstanding collection of Stanford Engineers and is based in SF.
Love your children AND the planet.
The Little Seed is a leading lifestyle brand among eco-friendly parents.
Supermoms Paige Goldberg and Soleil Moon Frye founded their LA boutique in 2008 and it has blossomed into the dominant brand in the world of safe, organic clothing for infants and children.
Originate worked hand in hand with the Little Seed team to completely redesign the online store to capture the unique spirit of their brick and mortar roots.
Bringing innovation to eco-conscious shopping is one small way Originate supports Tree Hugging with Style.
The Modern Alternative to Smoking
Ploom has reinvented smoking. Instead of burning carcinogens, the patented Ploom system vaporizes tiny pods of flavored tobacco.
Founded by a team of Stanford superstars, Ploom is the answer to what smoking should be in the 21st Century.
Ploom is based in the historic Dogpatch area of San Francisco and has some very exciting next-generation technology in the works.
The #1 Most Downloaded iPhone Panorama App
PanoLab is an elegant, free tool that enables photographers to assemble panoramas directly on the iPhone. You simply align photos that you pull from your photo library or capture on the fly. Once you've finished building your panorama, save it back to your photo library for viewing and sharing.
PanoLab applies perspective correction and linear projection to make many photos from one viewpoint align into a cohesive wide-angle view. PanoLab joins up to 30 images both vertically and horizontally into a full sphere view.
How many people are watching on the web? Nielsen found the answer…
GlanceGuide was designed to be the easiest to use and most powerful online video analytics engine on the Web.
The solution has the ability to integrate into a variety of browser based media players, collect and analyze video analytics information, and allow the user to produce detailed reports.
Neilsen (The Nielsen Ratings) acquired GlanceGuide in a cash deal in 2010. The purchase successfully accomplished the need to improve Neilsen’s online video analytics and provide increased visibility for online advertisers.
How do you improve your company’s green activities?
CSRware is an industry pioneer in the delivery of sustainability management software, helping your company go green while still maintaining ROI.
The CSRware platform takes advantage of Web 2.0 technologies, delivering a highly interactive and intuitive user experience. The hosted model provides security, scalability, and data protection, and assures that the most up-to-date regulations, metrics, and formulas are applied to the analytics.
CSRware was Originate's first portfolio company, founded in 2006.
Play Photo DJ With Your Digital Pics
Pix Remix allows iPhone users to turn their photos into creative, shareable shows with just a few playful gestures. Want to publish it to Facebook? It’s just a finger flick away, and the same goes for emailing to friends or sharing on Twitter.
Make a clever collage or sassy slideshow right from your iPhone without any need for extra photo-manipulation software.
Pix Remix was created in partnership with Jump Associates.
A Kid Mode for Every Device
Should you let your six-year-old play with your iPhone? With Zoodles, the answer is yes.
Zoodles allows your child easy access to age-appropriate games and content while providing security features that keep your phone’s settings from being altered by little, roaming fingers.
Zoodles is also available for Android phones and via the web, giving you multiple methods for finding safe Internet content and fun games for kids age eight and under.
Creators of Original Vibes
PlayNetwork is a provider of in-store entertainment for retail, restaurant, and hospitality environments, having created peerless media experiences for some of the world's top brands.
Originate worked with Channel M, which was acquired by PlayNetwork in 2010. Channel M developed award-winning, highly targeted content for retail in-store television networks, making it perfectly aligned with PlayNetwork's overall direction.
How do you test the best software engineers and save interviewing time?
Open Applicant is one of the most successful open source applicant tracking systems in the market today. It’s free, easy to use, and extremely powerful. The OA system was designed to allow for maximum vetting of potential software engineers before reaching the interview stage while still being quick and efficient for the candidates taking the test.
Originate uses OA successfully to pre-screen all of our eventual new hires. It is a valuable tool in our recruiting arsenal to hire and retain the best engineers.
What do you get if you cross Facebook with genomic data?
Genomera is leading the charge in the personal genome and crowd-sourced genetics arenas. Some have coined it the “Facebook of genetics.”
In the not-too-distant future, everyone will have easy access to their own personal genomic data. The question then becomes, "What do you do with it?” Genomera answers this question through powerful social and technical analytics. The ultimate goal is to help people improve their health and live longer, fuller lives by understanding and utilizing their individual DNA architecture.
Genomera was founded in 2010 and is headquarted in Mountain View, CA.
Technology Meets Fashion
Thrive is a fashion design house that leverages technology in everything from design, prototyping, and production to inspiration, presentation, and the creative process.
Thrive is based in Downtown Los Angeles and promotes multiple brands that creatively blend technology and fashion. Lines such as Mia Via and Gianetta can be found at Nordstrom and other large retailers, and the flagship line, THRIVE Los Angeles, can be found in top boutiques around the world.
Secure Cloud-Based Messaging
CloudPrime is the glue between a company’s existing hard-wired and cloud-based infrastructures.
CloudPrime provides the best, most secure cloud-based messaging service on the market and it also allows enterprises to build secure, scalable, and easily deployable application interfaces without modifying existing network infrastructure.
Global businesses trust CloudPrime to integrate offices, connect groups, and build interfaces between cloud-based and data-center-based apps.
Online gifting made easy
Lottay makes giving gift cards far more personalized, flexible, and secure. Rather than being limited to certain dollar amounts or vendor types, Lottay allows users to send cash via their PayPal account for any type of gift or experience imaginable. By logging on to Lottay.com, you can pick an e-card from the designs provided, or exercise your creativity and design a personalized e-card of your own; then, you simply add a message or even attach photos directly from your Facebook account, indicate how much cash you want to send through PayPal, and your e-card is delivered as a surprise through email, Facebook, and a unique gift page that you also create. Now your friends can know you’re thinking about them with an unexpected gesture for a $3 Latte through Lottay, or you can be creative with gift suggestions like movie tickets, songs for their MP3 player, or a schedule of fun events for a night out on the town. Lottay brings the thoughtful back to gift-giving.
What’s sexy about NAS? Ask LSI…
Before cloud computing became the rage, ONStor was the answer to storage scalability.
ONStor delivered the only fully scalable clustered NAS solution for the enterprise.
Built for large-scale server and storage consolidation, ONStor's hardware let enterprises start with an affordable entry configuration and then scale seamlessly as requirements grew.
ONStor was acquired by LSI Storage on July 22, 2009.
Geosemble’s technology has been adopted and funded by several prominent government and military organizations, including DARPA and the US Army.
GeoXray, the core product, uses advanced AI and business intelligence techniques to filter disparate information specific to a geographic area and presents the combined data into a single UI that allows organizations to make better decisions faster.
GeoSemble is a spin out of USC.
Do you have sensitive data? We’ll help you put it in the cloud.
nScaled was originally developed under the name “LegalCloud,” but the cloud-based data center service was so popular within the legal industry that it had to be offered to other industries and services. nScaled is changing the way highly sensitive data is stored, backed-up, and retrieved by hundreds of small and medium sized offices throughout the world.
nScaled demanded a unique solution in order to alleviate security concerns of potential customers while still allowing for the flexibility and instant scalability that cloud-based services offer. The nScaled cloud is a highly distributed architecture throughout nScaled’s world-class data centers and within each client's LAN environment on micropod devices.
nScaled’s Cloud Console (SaaS) application reaches into the LAN to control distributed infrastructure around the globe, recovering workloads and managing backups, archive, and other infrastructure functions. Benefits include reduced capital outlays, less overall cost, service type billing, lower complexity, and improved performance.
The hybrid cloud architecture allows workloads to migrate between the LAN and the cloud over secure encrypted connections. The fully featured VMware environment, 10Gb network, and all Dell data centers provide enterprise-class performance, security, and reliability.
nScaled is supported by the world's leader in hosted services, Rackspace. Their strong partnership is one of the reasons for nScaled's tremendous growth and adoption.
nScaled was founded in 2008.
Bar Karma is the first-ever completely crowd-sourced television show, from the mind of game designer Will Wright, creator of SimCity and Spore. The show is produced in collaboration with Current TV and Albie Hecht, founder of Spike TV and former head of Nickelodeon Entertainment.
The concept is simple: harness the creative juices of a large community of people to make a great television program. The implementation is the trick. The process starts with ideas being storyboarded and developed by the thousands of collaborators within the Bar Karma community and then voting on the winning story-lines. The winning story-lines are then written, produced, and filmed by Current TV. All of this collaboration takes place using online or mobile StoryMaker tools for users to upload and generate content, vote on ideas, and churn out the winning show.
Originate has conceptualized and developed all of the mobile tools (iPhone, iPad and Android) for this exciting experiment/show and is proud to partner with such visionaries in the entertainment industry.
The future is bright for social entertainment and Originate feels that Bar Karma will be viewed in several years as a groundbreaking turning point in television and entertainment.
Bar Karma currently airs Friday nights at 10:00 pm on Current TV.
Advanced Bio-Marker Trend Analysis
Soar BioDynamics was developed in partnership with Dr. Thomas Neville and is a powerful personal health analytics company that helps physicians determine whether their patients have prostate cancer without performing unnecessary tests and biopsies.
The development of Soar’s Dynamic Screening algorithms has allowed doctors and their patients to compare data utilizing thousands of similar people around the world.
Snap and Seek
SnapSpot allows users to share photos through location based albums anywhere on earth. There are thousands of albums waiting to be found on every continent, and new albums created every minute.
SnapSpot uses GPS to track locations as users hunt for albums. When an album is found, users can see photos from everyone else who's been there, and leave their own photos for future visitors to see. They can even choose a photo to keep as a memento in their own collection.
How do restaurants replace their antiquated paging systems and jump into the 21st century?
Mobile Hostess is a service that allows restaurant patrons to stroll the surrounding areas without fear of getting out of range when their table is ready.
Mobile Hostess seamlessly integrates the web, mobile devices and marketing tools to bring a rich and enjoyable experience to restaurants and their guests. Mobile Hostess leverages these technologies to deliver streaming wait time, mobile paging and new marketing/sales channels to restaurants and guests.
We brought together nearly 100 of the most talented entrepreneurial software developers, designers, and strategists in the world to find opportunities to do what we love most: build great software with great people.
Because we believe in what we do, we also invest in what we do. For start-ups, this means equity for development and helping build in-house teams when the time is right. For an enterprise, this is shared investment in strategic initiatives or product-based revenue sharing. And for NGO's & the public sector, these are joint projects with an opportunity to make a difference in people's lives. We invest through unique shared-risk shared-reward models designed to create perfect alignment, inspired innovation, and creation of shared value.
We use an agile approach to build software. This means we believe in transparency, flexibility, and speed. And we’re really good at it. There are so many open source libraries and frameworks available now that great developers can build production quality software faster and cheaper than others can offer third party software customizations or licenses. We will literally transform a perfect vision into a perfect product while you watch.
Our strength is iOS, Android, Rails, Scala, Java, jQuery, MongoDB, Neo4j, Lucene, and a few others we usually won't admit. We've created successful software in health care, education, gaming, social media, eCommerce, networking, hospitality, virtualization, and even fashion.
Bottom line... if you are the great people (or team) we are looking for and need help building your software vision, talk to us. If we believe in your vision and can build what you need, we will find a way to become successful together.
Investment: For early-stage start-ups, we invest capital and our elite team of engineers, designers and strategists in exchange for equity. Like all investment firms, we require full due-diligence and approval from our investment committee. We invest in solid teams, high potential markets, unique ideas, and interesting IP. You should expect us to complete our process in 2-4 weeks should we choose to invest.
Equity Blend: For early and mid-stage start-ups with some funding, we provide design and development resources for a combination of cash and equity. This costs less than hiring consultants (and often less than hiring in-house) since we take our upside in equity, options, or warrants. Our fast-track due-diligence process normally allows us to structure this type of deal in less than a week.
Success Incentive: For later stage startups, large companies, and government organizations, equity is often not an option. We believe that there is amazing opportunity for start-up-like innovation to happen at this stage. We are flexible in structuring deals that are primarily cash-based, but include incentives such as options, bonuses, shared IP, or other incentives for meeting performance goals. In fact, we will insist on at least giving a discount in exchange for an upside opportunity since we believe in always working as an aligned partner.
Revenue share: For start-ups or companies with a specific product-based strategy, there is often a clear path to revenue. We can partner in product development and share the upside in future revenue. We bring product design, development, deployment, and strategy to the partnership. We look for partners that bring domain expertise, industry relationships, monetization channels, marketing budget, and user acquisition expertise.
EIR Program: For the entrepreneur that is still working through an idea, learning the business, or bootstrapping their product, the timing may not yet be right to go all-in to create a start-up. And since bills don’t stop for entrepreneurship, many entrepreneurs work full time jobs or consult while they devote their nights and weekends to their dream. We believe there is a better way, and our Entrepreneur in Residence program is our answer. Originate hires entrepreneurs full or part-time then allows them time, resources, and support to devote to their own endeavor. When the time comes to go all-in, we want to be the first to invest.
Team Build-out: For the start-up on a mission to build their own in-house team, we have a unique model to get there faster. Originate can fill resource gaps while we help you recruit. We build in-house teams that we both believe in, and transition them for long-term success - all through our model of shared-risk, shared-reward. This creates full alignment and saves our partners time and money. Great engineers and products attract great engineers.
Rob stands by the principle that the most important element for success in any venture is finding smart, self-driven talent and trusting them to succeed. This has led to bringing together some of the best talent from various industries to implement the vision of a better venture model.
Prior to Originate, Rob co-founded Lumitrend, Inc., a mobile software company. Lumitrend developed a mobile content management platform that wirelessly synchronized contacts, photos, music, and videos between mobile devices and an online data-store. Lumitrend was acquired by Asurion Insurance Services in 2006. Rob subsequently served as Director of Products at Asurion after the acquisition to ensure a smooth transition of the technology and team.
Previous ventures included Meadows Consulting, a technology consulting firm that provided software development for companies such as Qualcomm, Amadeus, and Amazon, and THRIVE Los Angeles, a high-end fashion line. Rob began his career as a software engineer at IBM and a software architect at Slam Dunk Networks, and still enjoys writing code.
Jeff has served on the board of Originate since inception and now runs the day-to-day operations of the strategy group after merging his financial consulting firm, Scheinrock Advisory Group, with Originate Labs in early 2010. Jeff is a CPA with extensive experience in international financial markets, corporate finance, capital structure, acquisitions, and strategic investment; additionally, he teaches entrepreneurship at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Jeff was previously the Chief Investment Officer of GKM Newport Generation Funds from 2003 to 2007, a fund of funds managing $1 billion for investments into venture capital and private equity buyout funds. Jeff also served as Vice Chairman/CFO of Kistler Aerospace Corporation and formulated the capital raising plan for a successful raise of $350 million in equity in 1997.
From 1989 to 1996, he served as Vice Chairman of Finance and Strategic Planning for Packard Bell NEC Electronics, Inc. While at Packard Bell, Jeff negotiated equity investments, set up operations throughout Europe and Asia, and was responsible for all administrative functions including personnel, real estate, accounting, finance, MIS, planning, and budgeting. Jeff negotiated in excess of $1 billion in bank debt and $3 billion in trade credit from companies such as Intel, Microsoft, and Panasonic.
Doug Mandell is the founder and managing partner of the Mandell Law Group, PC, a boutique law firm specializing in employment law, technology transactions and providing general counsel services to technology companies. Last year, Doug served as the General Counsel of LinkedIn Corporation, a company he has represented since its inception. Doug is a recognized expert in the consumer internet space and has also served as the general counsel of ememories, one of the first online photo-sharing websites and the general counsel of Tornado Development, a venture backed unified-messaging software company. Doug was also an attorney with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in the Intellectual Property and Employment Law Groups and Littler Mendelson, P.C.
Doug has been recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer for the past three years, an honor reserved for the top 5% of attorneys in the Bay Area. Doug is on the Board of the Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) for San Francisco and serves as the chair of the Governance Committee for EO Global.
Originate is home to some of the top entrepreneurial engineers in the world.
With 7 offices comes 7 top-notch Engineering Directors who manage the Originate engineering teams and provide technology leadership. With past experiences like Google, Cisco, Merrill, TechStars, and MIT, the Engineering Directors have seen it all and bring some of the best practices to the table along with the Originate way.
Craig brings a combination of strategy, finance, and operational expertise to an enterprise. At Originate, he is responsible for leading the investment team, and his portfolio responsibilities include companies in location based services, digital media, and consumer software. He is also CEO of Lottay, a venture backed crowd funding start-up.
Prior to Originate, Craig worked at a strategic advisory firm where projects included M&A, financing, and strategy projects with entertainment, social media, and advertising companies. He also worked at an international development organization in Washington, DC where he was part of the team that ran the 2004 and 2005 elections in Iraq and Afghanistan. Craig holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and bachelor’s degrees in economics and finance from the University of Arizona.
Matthew has spent thirteen years in interactive, mobile, and digital media. After graduating from Stanford University where he was an NCAA Champion and a member of the US Men’s National Swim Team, he co-founded a company that used digital television signals to augment early stage location based services like e-911. He has since developed both content and strategy for numerous media companies from Disney and Warner Bros. to smaller studios with a focus on short form, mobile, and interactive programming. Since graduating with an MBA from UCLA Anderson, Matthew worked at the Boston Consulting Group and with the Digital Distribution team at Warner Bros. He is now the Vice President of Product Innovation at Originate, where his portfolio responsibilities include entertainment, social media, and gaming projects.
Matt brings over thirteen years of business development, pricing, operations, revenue management, marketing and sales experience to Originate. Matt has worked at high growth start-ups such as JetBlue as well as at established Fortune 500 Companies such as Apple. He has taken idea/conception/incubation stage firms and transformed them into profitable and recognizable consumer facing products, corporations and global brands leveraging his knowledge of software integration/development, project/product management, pricing, digital marketing, analytics and consumer research.
Matt began his career as part of the start-up team at JetBlue Airways. During his tenure at JetBlue, he focused on a variety of operational areas ranging from planning, pricing, market research, and revenue management to managing jetblue.com, running multi million dollar digital advertising budgets across search, email and display and driving product strategy behind the consumer-focused web applications. Prior to Originate, Matt worked in business development at Yodlee with a focus on strategy, partnerships, marketing, mobile, product development and SaaS sales. Matt holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a BA in Economics from Boston College. Matt currently resides in Santa Monica and splits his time between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Richard Morganstern is the former President of Tech Coast Los Angeles Network, one of the leading sources of funding for early-stage startups in Southern California, and he currently serves on their Executive Committee. His experience and expertise is broad, ranging from law, to business and finance. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Bars of California and New York, and various Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal. Richard was the Managing Partner of a Beverly Hills based intellectual property and business litigation and counseling law firm; following his time there, he became the Chairman of a NASD-licensed investment banking firm, which focused on arranging funding for early-stage tech companies. Richard is a key mentor and Senior Advisor at Originate.
Lloyd Taylor specializes in helping companies scale successfully. His professional work has included scaling LinkedIn's infrastructure to support it's rapid growth; developing, implementing and operating an infinitely scalable global physical infrastructure for Google's server farms; building out a worldwide performance measurement infrastructure for Keynote Systems; and developing one of the first managed hosting architectures while at Digex.
Lloyd's pro bono work includes funding and advising a select group of non-profits working on zero-dependency methods for ending poverty throughout the world.
Founder of NeuAer, Dave Mathews is a consumer-focused inventor specializing in mobile, convergence and digital entertainment. He has worked at the startup stages of projects like boxee, Slingbox and is an inventor of the CueCat consumer bar code reader. In addition to holding over 60 U.S. patents, Dave has appeared as a technology expert or host on some 300 television shows, written for PC Mag, and is a founding contributor of O'Reilly's MAKE Magazine.
After the dot-com bubble burst, he was tapped by the Chairman of RadioShack to help re-kindle the spirit of innovation within the retail giant. Through his efforts, several products made it to market and many technologies were created with the help of his Asian and US based teams.
Dave is a frequent public speaker, technology expert for broadcast media outlets and sits on the advisory board of several early stage companies.
Brendon Grunewald is founder and CEO of IceVista, a company that provides operational improvement strategy development and implementation, financial restructuring and merger and acquisition services toward investors, shareholders, their portfolio companies and organizations of all sizes.
He has served as CEO and board member of Sinfilo, where he took the company from incorporation to one of the best known WLAN operators in Europe with a successful exit in October 2003. Prior to that he held various executive positions at several companies including Siemens in Germany. Mr. Grunewald is founder of 70South, a recognize leader in Antarctic news and educational information, is active in Antarctic and polar conservation and education and continues to travel extensively. Mr Grunewald has and continues to serve on company boards or act as an executive or board advisor. Mr Grunewald speaks English, Dutch and German.
As an Engineer at Originate, you will work with industry-standard, well-documented tools and you can look forward to short development cycles with clear objectives. We use a variety of tools and languages, and while having strength in some of these is helpful, we do not expect any engineer to know all of them. We value the ability to learn new skills over having a deep familiarity with each of these specific areas. Some common tools we use and characteristics we look for:
• Backend Languages: Ruby on Rails, Java, Scala
• Mobile Devices: Android, iOS and small amount of Blackberry and Windows Mobile; extra appreciation for talent developing across platforms
• Expertise in security, hardware, telephony, or image manipulation
Interested? Good, we are too. Send your resume, cover letter, and your github or live projects to email@example.com
We need bright designers who communicate well with clients. Specifically, we look for:
• We look for designers who can nail it on the front-end, and provide that fine-tuned CSS/HTML touch
• We want people who can work well in small teams or solo
• It’s imperative to have a command of Creative Suite
Interested? Awesome, we want to hear from you. Send your book and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Originate attracts a wide variety of talents within Finance, Business Strategy, IT, Project Management, and Recruiting. If you are interested in working with us, don’t hesitate to contact email@example.com and tell us more.
Will be speaking at Startup Weekend Las Vegas tomorrow. Come check it out! #SWLV http://t.co/idy6RFoEFI
Looking forward to judging the #LAHacks event today in Santa Monica! @AngelHack #AngelhackLA
This is a pretty amazing set of resources for any start-up (or enterprise for that matter): http://t.co/1ywMz0OyiI
Jeff Scheinrock curates a round table discussion between prominent entrepreneurs and investors at UCLA Anderson: http://t.co/fJTaixHmyA
Also happy to be sponsoring Medhack coming up soon: http://t.co/kbT4r0SyfH
Excited that we are doing another Balmer Peakathon in LA! http://t.co/kN3Mk8EZrk
NewAer's first commercial... We're so proud :) http://t.co/ocZKFwrq59
Big push from the team last night to launch the new "passion"-based features in Best of All Worlds. Looks great!
In New York with Rick Smolan to unveil the Human Face of Big Data collaboration http://t.co/AFQqdyGX
Check out Roozt on the Today Show! http://t.co/sd7GTAwH
We're meeting great students at the #UWCF career fair today. Clearly Madison is the place to be!
We're hosting at Scala meetup! http://t.co/OhqowSbg
We're about a week away from the Best of All Worlds web launch! http://t.co/sXARhoVr
Met the partners at Deep Fork Capital today. Great guys and we love the space they are playing in.
We made 2093 in the Inc. 5000. Next year we will try harder! http://t.co/KfoKKR27
Best of All Worlds in WSJ today: http://t.co/uMh6BM7w
At Le Web in London - very cool venue. http://t.co/U4OBPc5X
Best of All Worlds in NY Post today: http://t.co/9JugXlb5
Haha missed that - good catch! RT @sillylogger: lol, i like how they include the google analytics on the page twice... 2x the page views eh?
We've created the first entrepreneur house in Stockholm: http://t.co/o8YQqxUO
Louise Wachtmeister is presenting Best of All Worlds at Webbdagarna in Stockholm http://t.co/3Rj4oJ9N
Great article by one of our favorite entrepreneurs, Dave Mathews, on GPS and proximity: http://t.co/mc3k3Vnd
We just launched our new gift giving platform, ChipIngine: http://t.co/Snf8xCjA - let us know what you think!
The "most popular Startup Weekend on earth" according to their rep. Go LA! http://t.co/MFgj6rDR
Nice article on Refollow: http://t.co/AcW0MBc0
Here's the video from the LeanLA accelerator panel: http://t.co/tzlnBxVn
15 second code review of my Tout unfollow script :) http://t.co/aRXKXM1S
Arianna Huffington says trust is the next big thing for the Internet. Just trust her :) http://t.co/U5wlFsei
Haha thanks! RT @ronnieledesma: Rob, with all due respect, I have no idea who you are BUT I'm loving your Tout channel. Please keep Touting!
What's the value of a Facebook "like" for a brand? #DLD12 http://t.co/ddJz5sPv
We're throwing our first coding party/experiment next month in our new LA office: http://t.co/UCLnl8uo
The more I write in Scala, the more I want all of those unnecessary years of Java syntax back!
Looking forward to @DLDConference in a couple weeks in Munich!
Lots of great pitches at our event this weekend, but the winner was HipeJobs! http://t.co/kYPX4kVN
About to kick off our weekend startup event in Stockholm: http://t.co/yreuERBQ
GoodMorning event in Stockholm #gm2011 http://t.co/Os2TXGtk
Looking forward to @SSESupdates GoodMorning.se tomorrow morning in Stockholm!
Getting very close to closing our first investment in Stockholm...
Biz Stone talking about founding Twitter at the EO Alchemy conference http://t.co/xYUVKxlA
Scala/Lift has now become the most popular choice for new web projects at Originate
After looking at many EU cities, we've officially decided to open an office in Stockholm. Sverige här kommer vi!
Excited to be attending the Sweden-US Entrepreneurial Forum in Stockholm #sweus http://t.co/nJ3zWbAE
Take a look at our first release of Refollow for Facebook and tell us what you think! http://t.co/BT3Qb3vH
Checking out the Spotify office in Stockholm. http://t.co/8wpaaTe2
Some good sites for idea research. Amazingly you might not be the only one doing what you're doing :) http://t.co/a7twb3rs
Great meeting today with Bhavik who runs http://t.co/gaI0zLk
Spending a couple months in Stockholm meeting with entrepreneurs, investors, and smart start-up people. Great things are happening here!
Any hackers who haven't checked out Hacker Dojo in Mountain View, you're missing out! http://hackerdojo.com
We've decided to make PixRemix free! Let us know what you think (we partnered with Jump Associates): http://aapl.me/pixremix
Geosemble got the cover story on the GeoWorld magazine this month: http://bit.ly/placelord
Sorry for the Refollow downtime yesterday! DDOS on our DNS provider. Time to move to GoDaddy premium DNS. http://j.mp/kWLDEf
Denise and Corey lead the charge to remodel the office while Adam and Nikki crank out those eod deliverables! http://twitpic.com/5ieec3
Just kicking off startup weekend in Las Vegas! http://twitpic.com/5genoh
@SWVegas Looking forward to our first Startup Weekend in Las Vegas on June 24th! #SWLV
Ready for a packed day of learning at O'Reilly's Foo Camp http://twitpic.com/5a3u26
After 5 years of trying, we were finally able to buy http://originate.com!
Dave Mathews talks about ToothTag and NeuAer on This Week in Startups: http://j.mp/jPpcZA
Supporting Dave from NeuAer at #TechCocktailLA with #Sprint4G http://twitpic.com/524yub
Peter from XPrize speaking at Metal breakfast this morning http://twitpic.com/50o3jk
Half hour until Google Code Jam round 1!
Our Bar Karma app is nominated for a couple PromaxBDA awards! http://aapl.me/barkarma
Looking for 20 volunteers to help alpha test our new version of Refollow for Facebook. Let us know if you are interested!
We need to hire at least 10 more devs if you know anyone looking to upgrade :) Ruby, Java, iOS, Android, RIM, etc.
Facebook says future of mobile is html5. Google says go native. http://twitpic.com/4pvjsc
John Donovan, CTO AT&T, says their biggest challenge is scaling bandwidth. Get ready for metered data usage! http://twitpic.com/4psu5b
Michael Abbott, VP Eng. at Twitter, talking about their mobile strategy. Will it involve TweetDeck? No comment.. http://twitpic.com/4pk0fi
Matt Marshall, founder of VentureBeat is kicking off their Mobile Summit. http://twitpic.com/4pjood
Looking forward to the VentureBeat Mobile Summit tomorrow and Tuesday.
Our friend DJ talking about Color at #Where20 http://twitpic.com/4nob33
So it's not just us who wishes we could hire 20 great mobile developers right now? WSJ article: http://j.mp/hFqSi9
Facebook has their priorities straight! http://twitpic.com/4l0anm
Headed to Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto this afternoon with @SFEO for an Entrepreneurs Organization regional event
Met so many great people at Summit Series this weekend. Lisa Katayama sums it up well: http://bit.ly/fljT9L
Looking forward to Summit at Sea this weekend with some really amazing people! http://summitseries.com
Larry King is talking this morning at METal breakfast in L.A. http://twitpic.com/4dlhse
@WebMarketing123 is coming to talk about driving users at our Entrepreneur's University tomorrow!
The first version of our new website is launched! Let me know what you think: http://originatelabs.com
We survived our amazing weekend retreat in a big house on the beach in L.A. (and almost broke a world record!)
Everyone from Originate is headed to L.A. on Thurs for a 2 day retreat (and to play a few rounds of Werewolf!)
John talks about contributing to jQuery Mobile: http://bit.ly/f3tEj6
We've really enjoyed working with the team at http://zoodles.com on some cutting-edge mobile development!
We are getting close to the launch of our new website, branding, and all that good marketing stuff!
We are getting excited for the premiere of the first crowd sourced episodes of @BarKarma and the release of our iPad app!
We collaborated with Will Wright and Current TV on our latest app - check it out: http://aapl.me/barkarma
Headed to Miami to check out Art Basel.
Originate is headquartered in Silicon Valley and has established offices in some of the key entrepreneurial cities across the world.