Tech

The state of COVID-19 testing

In these unprecedented times, we know that controlling the spread of novel coronavirus requires social distancing and testing. While all of us are doing our parts to stay at home, there’s a lot of confusion, chaos and frustration surrounding coronavirus testing in the US.  Before going further, ...

Security tips for work from home

With many companies moving to work from home (WFH) over the past few weeks, our portfolio company Kobalt (which provides security as a service for small-and mid-sized companies) has been getting a lot of calls from organizations that have had suffered incidents related to remote work. This is not o ...

Version One quarterly news and COVID-19 response

This has been the longest quarter ever. Early January seems like an eternity ago. Countries, communities and households have been turned upside down.  This time of year, we normally provide a portfolio update that highlights the various product launches, accolades and funding announcements from th ...

Thoughts on the State of DeFi

The last couple of weeks have been quite a test for cryptocurrency markets in general and DeFi in particular. On Black Thursday (March 12), BTC/ETH prices declined by ~50% and DeFi’s flagship project, MakerDAO, ended up with ~$5 million USD in unbacked DAI. You can read Tom Schmidt’s excellent ...

The novel coronavirus could accelerate digital healthcare

It’s been over five years since my friend Jonathan Libov and I wrote a blog series on digital healthcare. I revisit these posts every so often – most recently, when I wrote the 2020 edition of our areas of interest in healthcare. Each time I go back, I’m reminded that despite so much developm ...

BTC + DeFi = FTW

I recently shared some thoughts about DeFi in light of recent market turmoil. While I remain extremely bullish on p2p finance in the long run, I believe there are at least 3 major questions to answer in the short term: 1) what blockchain/layer is most appropriate for DeFi scalability, 2) what use c ...

Is this the crypto inflection point we’ve been waiting for? 

If you spend a lot of time in crypto (like we do here at V1), it can be easy to lose sight of how non-crypto investors and entrepreneurs think about the space. The huge ICO run-up in 2017 brought a lot of attention to the vertical. Since then, many have stopped following the progress or have become ...

B2B Marketplaces Revisited

Twenty years ago – in the midst of the Web 1.0 boom – expectations were high for B2B (product) marketplaces. The assumption was that online platforms would completely automate all supplier-customer transactions including retailing, wholesaling, and procurement. Yet today, the world of B2B marke ...

The API-as-a-marketplace

As we’ve been spending time on B2B marketplaces and dev tools/platforms, we’ve come to realize that there’s an interesting sub-category that combines elements of both: the API-as-a-marketplace. What is an API-as-a-marketplace? Just like a traditional marketplace, an API-as-a-marketplace has t ...

Announcing our investment in DemandStar, a marketplace for government procurement  

Today we’re excited to announce that we led DemandStar’s $2m seed round. The Seattle-based company provides an online marketplace for business-to-government commerce – it connects local and national suppliers with government procurement officers.  It should come as no surprise that governmen ...