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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

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Version One quarterly news and COVID-19 response

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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 unb...

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 ...