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Version One is an accelerator for innovative start-ups with a fresh approach to solving important and difficult problems. They invest in category leaders that leverage network effects to build a defensible product. Version One has invested in over 50 internet companies such as Frank and Oak. Angel List, Booster, and more.

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Boris Wertz

Boris Wertz is one of the top tech early-stage investors in North America and the founding partner of Version One. He is also a board partner with Andreessen Horowitz. Before becoming an investor, Boris was the Chief Operating Officer of which sold to Amazon in 2008. He was responsible for marketing, business development, product, customer service and international operations – leading a team of 60 people. This deep operational experience helps him guide other entrepreneurs to start, build and scale companies. Boris finished his PhD at the Graduate School of Management (WHU), Koblenz, majoring in Business Economics & Business Management. In 2005, he was named the Pacific Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year.

Angela Tran Kingyens

As Version One’s associate, Angela manages the day-to-day activities of the fund, from identifying new and interesting entrepreneurs and startups, to advising portfolio companies on product, and data and hiring projects. She is also a member of the Computer History Museum‘s NextGen advisory board. Angela is based in Palo Alto, where prior to joining Version One, she co-launched Insight Data Science, a YC-backed startup designed to help PhDs transition from academic research to careers in industry via a six-week training program. She is an alumna of the University of Toronto, holding a BASc in Engineering Science, and a Masters and PhD in Operations Research and Financial Engineering.

Awards & Publications

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Pacific Region, Canada (2005) Top 40 under 40 nominee by Business in Vancouver (2010) BC Angel of the Year (2011)

Latest Articles

Investing in hardware and the data layer

Over the past couple of months, we have written about a range of themes that have been interesting to us lately. Through public brainstorming, we have met some inspiring entrepreneurs, been introduced to some cool companies and received some great f...

The increased risk profile of start-ups

Start-ups, by definition, are risky. But traditionally, start-ups have looked for the least risky position in the value chain. And for many, this is being a platform. Successful platforms build an ecosystem of contributors that create content for th...

Learn from our nightmare: tips to prevent getting hacked

Here at Version One, we had two nightmarish weekends in early February when our accounts were hacked by pretty sophisticated and aggressive hackers. As we’ve since learned, hackers love weekends, because it’s a time when targets may not realize ...

Three Questions with Bala Subramaniam: Marketplaces

I recently caught up with my good friend Bala Subramaniam, who is the Head of Fulfillment at Instacart. You may remember Bala’s talk on supply-demand equilibrium at our data-driven marketplace meetup back in May 2017. Bala is a seasoned product,...

Investing in digital health and wellness apps

We are continually refining our thesis on healthcare, from looking at clinical-grade at-home diagnostics to biotech and therapeutics. Our previous posts on this topic haven’t included digital health and wellness apps, but these consumer-facing p...