OVP Staff
March 5, 2014

Osage Venture Partners Promotes David Drahms to Partner; Names Michael Phelan as Venture Partner

OVP is pleased to announce that David Drahms has been promoted to Partner from Principal and Michael Phelan has joined the firm as a Venture Partner. David is an integral part of OVP’s team, and the promotion recognizes David’s contributions to OVP and to the OVP portfolio.  Mike Phelan was previously CEO of SevOne and has deep […]

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Nate Lentz
January 13, 2014

Shopping for Healthcare Made Easy

United Healthcare recently launched an online health care shopping service that makes it easier and more affordable for consumers to make appointments with local health care professionals, including for same-day and next-day appointments.  As per the press release, myEasyBook enables consumers to make appointments online with a click of a mouse and compare in-network care providers […]

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Nate Lentz
June 18, 2013

BMC LBO: “Those Who Forget The Past Are Doomed To Repeat It”

For the next five years, will interest payments trump innovation at BMC?   If so, that is bad news for their customers, and ultimately for BMC. Reading the news of the BMC leveraged buyout by Golden Gate, Bain, and others gave me déjà vu.  6x debt to equity ratios are tough to swallow and even tougher […]

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Sean Dowling
June 13, 2013

Let Others Know You Know Your Customer

Pitch events, during which entrepreneurs have a short (typically four to eight minutes) period of time to present their business to an audience of potential investors, partners, and customers serve as a staple of the venture calendar.  The exact value of the format for both entrepreneurs and investors is probably better served for another post, […]

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Nate Lentz
June 7, 2013

Why We Invested in Canvas

In conjunction with the recent announcement of their funding round, Canvas asked me to write a guest post on their blog that summarized our reasons for making the investment.  In case you missed it on their blog, I have reposted our response here: My kids – ages fourteen, twelve, and ten – are often my greatest critics when it comes to Osage […]

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OVP Staff
May 16, 2013

Congratulations to PACT Winner InstaMed and Finalists SevOne and Halfpenny Technologies

Last week, the Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT) held the 2013 Enterprise Awards, their annual black-tie awards gala.  This year the event was held at the Valley Forge Casino and featured flash mobs of dancers and other once in a lifetime occurrences (we hope). Each year top technology companies and life science companies […]

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Nate Lentz
May 2, 2013

Cash is King

We recently held our annual gathering of the CEOs of the Osage Venture Partners enterprise technology portfolio companies.  These sessions always prove valuable for us as investors and seem to be enjoyed and appreciated by the CEOs in attendance.  While there is value in the structured agenda and the content that we prepare, many of […]

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Sean Dowling
April 25, 2013

Reflections on Phorum Philly

A few weeks ago, Phorum Philly celebrated its second year, once again delivering on its goal to serve as “a technology conference for business and technology executives that focuses on how enterprises can maximize the business value of specific disruptive technologies.”  Overall the conference offered a strong demonstration of the wealth of assets Philadelphia offers to foster […]

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Nate Lentz
March 6, 2013

Kudos To Marissa Mayer: It’s All About the Culture, Not the Commute

There has been a lot written about the recent decision by Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo!, to stop letting people telecommute and require them to work in Yahoo! offices.  Suddenly she is the anti-feminist, anti-freedom, anti-Silicon Valley Satan.  I would guess that her shareholders would disagree.  On July 17th, 2012, the day she was named […]

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Nate Lentz
February 5, 2013

Raising Capital for a Venture Fund: A Lesson in Humility and Empathy

We just issued a press release announcing that we have completed fund raising for Osage Venture Partners III.  Having closed on just under $66 million, we beat our target of $60 million and surpassed the size of OVP II by more than 50%.  It feels great!  We continue to execute the strategy we have pursued for the […]

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