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Venture 53 Announces Strategic Investment in Optym

Venture 53 proudly announced today its strategic investment in Optym, a trailblazer in optimization solutions for the transportation industry.

Dallas, TX, January 23, 2024 - Venture 53, a pure-play industry-focused transportation and logistics fund, proudly announced today its strategic investment in Optym, a trailblazer in optimization solutions for the transportation industry. The investment comes as a testament to Optym's unparalleled leadership in transportation optimization as acknowledged by industry expert and Venture 53 Co-Founder Pat Martin.

"Optym got their name right! They are the clear leader in optimization in the transportation industry,” Martin said. “Every transportation company will see immediate ROI after implementation of their software. This is one of the smartest companies I have ever seen.”

Founded in 2000 by Professor Ravi Ahuja, Optym’s solutions have served railroads, airlines, and less-than-truckload (LTL) and full truckload (FTL) carriers by providing key optimization solutions to improve operational efficiency. To date, Optym has saved its clients over one billion dollars and counting. Optym currently optimizes more than one hundred thousand routes each month and makes over thirty thousand drivers more efficient.

“As we sit in the trough of a freight market, there’s never been a better time for transportation companies to reconsider how they run their operations,” Optym CEO & Founder Ravi Ahuja said. “Venture 53, whose strategic vision aligns with our own commitment to innovation, sees that opportunity to bring optimization to transportation and will help Optym continue to deliver exceptional value to our clients and beyond.”

Venture 53, known for its meticulous selection of growth companies across transportation and logistics, employs a proprietary formula to identify disrupters with the most promising potential. This strategic investment in Optym aligns seamlessly with Venture 53's commitment to supporting integrated technology solutions that address age-old challenges in supply chain efficiency. "In Venture 53, the '53' comes from being the largest maximum footage trailer on the road,” Dan White, Venture 53 Co-Founder said. “Just like a trailer can be packed differently, so too can a fund. Venture 53 takes on a limited number of companies in our transportation and trucking micro verticals. Then, we work with these companies' founder and senior leadership to drive some of the best exit valuations in the industry.”

The collaboration between Optym and Venture 53 marks a significant milestone in the transportation industry, promising groundbreaking advancements in optimization technology. As Optym continues to lead the way in shaping the future of supply chain efficiency, Venture 53's strategic investment solidifies its position as a key player in fostering innovation and growth in the sector.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Venture 53: Amy Mack

Optym: Jacob Eischen


About Venture 53

Venture 53 is a pure-play venture capital firm focused on the supply chain technology, transportation, and logistics business. We don’t get distracted by anything else. We find promising industry-changing companies, and then we work with their founders to move them from promising to proven, resulting in better paths to profit and improved valuations. Venture 53 is addressing age-old challenges in supply chain efficiency by investing in those companies that can make a real impact. All of this is done with speed to be on the front end of change. With three funds already trucking, Venture 53 is quickly becoming known as the first stop for funding in the industry. The firm is based in Atlanta, Georgia, and Richmond, Virginia.

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About Optym

Backed by decades of experience, research, and development, Optym makes transportation operations more efficient. By combining industry experience with cutting-edge optimization techniques, our solutions determine the best decisions for the complex challenges unique to today's transportation and logistics companies. Optym holds a portfolio of innovative optimization solutions designed to tackle the biggest challenges facing transportation operators today.

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