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Our Top Posts from 2018

Happy new year! Each week we like share our thoughts on a range of topics from vertical markets to general startup advice and our reflections on investing. We’re proud to say that we wrote a blog post every week in 2018 – and we’ve done that now for the past three years. In case you didn’t ...

2018: Year in review and a look ahead

2018 was a big year for Version One, and it’s hard to believe another year is drawing to a close. We invested in seven new companies and participated in many follow-on rounds. Of the new investments, one is in encryption, one is in security, one is in consumer hardware, one is in bio/healthcare, ...

Tech Sector Growth Map of Canada updated for 2018 – Focus on Toronto

New venture capital investments data shows that the tech startup scene is heating up in Canada. See our map for all the top deals. ...

Episode 92: Bitcoin and the Future of Digital and Cryptocurrencies with William Mougayar

Earlier this year, Jon Prial spoke to entrepreneur and blockchain expert William Mougayar on the use of tokens as mediums of exchange, the importance of trust and how to establish it on the blockchain, and even CryptoKitties. In this bonus episode, you’ll hear more from William as their conversat ...

Episode 91: The Future is Robots and AI-Powered Software with Suzanne Gildert

Are we headed for a real-life version of Westworld? In this episode, Jon Prial welcomes Suzanne Gildert, the Founder and CEO of Sanctuary AI, a startup that builds human-like robots called synths, or synthetic humans, complete with human-like bodies and minds. Together, they discuss robots and AI-p ...

Buy Canopy Rivers for a double, says GMP Securities

Recently listed Canopy Rivers (Canopy Rivers Stock Quote, Chart: TSXV:RIV), the venture capital arm of licensed cannabis producer Canopy Growth Corp. , is set up nicely for international expansion through its joint venture with North American greenhouse produce business PharmHouse, says GMP Securit ...

Announcing our investment in Lolli – Bitcoin for everyone!

When Lolli launched in August, co-founder Alex Adelman wrote, “Over 60% of Americans have heard of bitcoin, but very few actually own any.” For all of us in the tech bubble, this is a good reminder of the relative inaccessibility of cryptocurrency. Many of us have Coinbase accounts (a V1 portf ...

Announcing Version One Fund III

We are very happy to announce the launch of Version One Ventures III with $45M USD ($57M CAD) in commitments. With Fund III, we’re doubling down on all that has worked in our previous funds – our strategy, geography, investment thesis and philosophy. It’s an exciting time to be launching a ne ...

Episode 87: Trust and the Data Scientist’s Dilemma with Kathryn Hume

Is it unethical if your company doesn’t do it’s due diligence on avoiding bias? In this episode, Jon Prial talks with Kathryn Hume, the Vice President of Product and Strategy at integrate.ai. Kathryn and her team recently published a paper entitled “Responsible AI in Consumer Enterprise” wh ...

Six Things I Learned From Seeing Tony Robbins Live

One of the things on my business bucket list has been to see Tony Robbins speak live. So, when I heard he was coming to Toronto, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Last week, I headed off to a cavernous convention center in suburban Toronto, along with 6,000 other people. Several speakers – so ...