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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 AbeBooks.com 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

Announcing Flow, a new blockchain for entertainment applications

Our portfolio company Dapper Labs, the creators of CryptoKitties and the Dapper Wallet, today announced Flow, a new blockchain for entertainment applications. Why do we need another blockchain, you ask? And wasn’t CryptoKitties built on Ethereum? ...

Reflections on my first year as GP (and six years in VC!)

The first week of September is my VC anniversary. This milestone is always a great forcing function to reflect on the past year, my contributions to the startup community, as well as my overall goals. I’ve now been in VC for six full years, and I...

The Version One Promise to Founders

The venture capital market has become very noisy over the past few years, especially on the early-stage side. Not a day goes by that a new fund isn’t being announced. Entrepreneurs have an increasing amount of financing options – that’s good n...

My journey of finding a coach so far…

Inspired by Bill Campbell’s influence and having seen firsthand how our founders and CEOs have grown as a result of having an executive coach, I recently put out a call on Twitter for recommendations for coaches. I received a ton of recommenda...

How times have changed in twenty years…

It was 20 years ago next month that we started JustBooks, creating a marketplace that connected buyers and sellers of used, rare, and out-of-print books. We initially launched in Germany before expanding into the UK and France, and then sold the com...