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Chris Olsen

For Tech Investors, The Midwest Is Flyover Country No More

Kvamme started Drive with fellow Sequoia Capital alumnus and Ohio native Chris Olsen as a way to take advantage of the flurry of startup activity the two men saw coming from the region. In part, investors can thank exits like the Groupon public offering for Chicago-based firms and ...

Bringing Silicon Valley VC to the Midwest The Term Sheet: Fortune's deals blogTerm Sheet

" Kvamme's partner at Drive Capital is Chris Olsen, a Cincinnati native who also was a Silicon Valley-based partner for Sequoia Capital. "As a kid, everyone wanted to go to Miami of Ohio and then go work in a management training program at Procter & Gamble ( PG ), which isn't exactly ...

Venture Capitalists Are Overfunding California, And It's Hurting The Rest of the Country

Two former California venture capitalists, Mark Kvamme and Chris Olsen, left Sequoia Capital and are now trying to capitalize on unfunded opportunities in the Heartland through their Columbus, Ohio-based venture capital firm Drive Capital. “The reason that we started this firm, it has ...

Venture firm Drive Capital is looking for entrepreneurs and deals in Pittsburgh, Partner Chris Olsen...

Chris Olsen, partner and co-founder of Drive Capital, the Columbus, Ohio-based venture capital firm with a recently raised $250 million fund and an appetite for deals in the Midwest, is readying an April 15 trip to Pittsburgh where he and his colleagues will meet with entrepreneurs for ...

Mark Kvamme’s Drive Capital raises another $43.5 million, giving VC firm $224 million to invest in M...

The venture capital firm founded last year by former JobsOhio chief Mark Kvamme and fellow Sequoia Capital transplant Chris Olsen aims to raise a total of $300 million for investing in Midwestern startups, according to a Dec. 27 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Drive ...

Channel IQ lands $12 million from Kvamme VC firm Drive Capital

The four-year-old company allows manufacturers and retailers to monitor online sales channels, through a Big Data platform that oversees 200,000 retail web sites, said Drive Capital partner Chris Olsen. “Channel IQ is a great example of world-class technology companies being built in the ...

Greater Madison Chamber's neXXpo focuses on future of business

Chris Olsen, co-founder and general partner at Drive Capital, whose $250 million fund focuses on investments in the Midwest, said he is impressed by the opportunities in Wisconsin and the rest of the region. "I think people will be surprised by the number and quality of companies coming ...

Former Norwest Venture, JumpStart Ventures execs join Drive Capital as partners

Mark Kvamme and Chris Olsen have tapped two new partners for their burgeoning venture capital firm. Drive Capital LLC added Robert Hatta, who will assist the firm’s portfolio companies in hiring, and Ned Schwartz, who will identify investments in health care information technology and ...

OnFarm, The First Crowdfunding Investment From AgFunder, Closes Seed Round

Earlier in January, Farmlogs raised $4 million from Drive Capital, the midwestern venture firm launched by former Sequoia Capital partners Mark Kvamme and Chris Olsen. In part, investors can thank the whopping $1.1 billion exit venture firms including Founders Fund, Khosla Ventures...

Placing bets on Midwest tech growth

Chris Olsen believes the next great tech firm could emerge right here from the heartland. Sure, Silicon Valley is home to most tech household names (Apple, Facebook, Twitter, eBay and so many more), with New York (Tumblr) and Boston (Trip Advisor) creeping up, but as he sees it, why not ...

Ohio State University has invested millions with friend of Gov. John Kasich and Gordon Gee, but off...

OSU's commitment to Drive Capital, launched this year by Silicon Valley veterans Mark Kvamme and Chris Olsen, is worth about $50 million, sources familiar with the arrangement told Northeast Ohio Media Group. It is unknown who recommended the investment or whether the university sought ...

The Next Silicon Valley?

Mark D. Kvamme and Chris Olsen co-founded Drive Capital, a venture capital firm dedicated to investing in businesses in the Midwest. Kvamme noticed something special about the region after serving a six-month stint for Ohio Governor John Kasich. "He was surprised by what he saw," ...

Ex-Sequoia partners raise $250 mln for Silicon Valley-style startups in Midwest

Mark Kvamme and Chris Olsen, formerly partners at venture-capital firm Sequoia Capital, announced Tuesday that they had raised the funds to nurture companies in states often overlooked by traditional venture cash. Their new fund, Columbus, Ohio-based Drive Capital Fund I, will focus on ...

Gordon Gee wanted to seek donation from Kvamme after Ohio State deal was done, records show

On the positive side, they liked the experience of Kvamme and business partner Chris Olsen, both of whom previously worked for the Silicon Valley-based Sequoia Capital. Also listed as in the positives column: Kvamme's "network in the State of Ohio from his time at JobsOhio. " An April 5 ...

Mark Kvamme still a champion of Ohio business, this time as a venture capitalist

His partner and co-founder at Drive Capital, Chris Olsen, said the venture capital community clustered on the coasts typically overlooks prospects in the Heartland. But that is changing, Olsen said, as the costs of doing business in Silicon Valley soar and as immigrant ...

Drive Capital announces investments in CrossChx and Roadtrippers COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 7, 2013 /P

... plan road trips, and CrossChx, which provides patient identification and security technologies for healthcare facilities, are consistent with Drive Capital's commitment to Midwest-based companies and investments, said Drive Capital's co-founders and principals, Mark Kvamme and Chris Olsen...

Ohio State was the only state university asked to invest in former JobsOhio chief's fund

Northeast Ohio Media Group reported last week that Drive Capital, led by Kvamme and business partner Chris Olsen, has received a $50 million investment from OSU. At least 12 of the 13 other public universities in Ohio have not invested in or been approached in Drive Capital, according to ...

Midwestern U.S. Investors Aim to Reverse Startup Funding Chill

Drive Capital, a Columbus, Ohio, firm led by former Sequoia Capital Partners Mark Kvamme and Chris Olsen, has raised $250 million for a first fund. And now Capital Midwest Fund plans to seek $100 million for a third technology and health-care partnership aimed at the Midwest...

The Daily Startup: Goldman Sachs Places Bet on Professional Social Networks in Spiceworks Deal

Also in today’s VentureWire: Former Sequioa Capital Partners Mark Kvamme and Chris Olsen have closed a first fund for their new firm, Drive Capital, raising $250 million to invest in a blend of early- and growth-stage tech startups, especially in the Midwest…JMI Equity led a $38 million ...

The Daily Startup: Khosla Ventures Joins HealthTap's New Round

New venture firm Drive Capital, launched by Sequoia Capital alums Mark Kvamme and Chris Olsen, is reaching out to limited partners about raising a $300 million fund, VentureWire has learned. Based in Columbus, Ohio, the firm will look for deals in the Midwest, according to a person ...

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