Helping others to achieve greatness is what venture capital is all about.
Boris Wertz is one of the top tech early-stage investors in North-America and the founding partner of version one ventures. His portfolio encompasses over 40 early-stage consumer internet and enterprise companies, including Edmodo, Flurry, Frank & Oak, Indiegogo, Julep, Top Hat, and Wattpad. He sits on the boards of Clio and Indochino among others. Boris is a venture partner of Munich-based Acton Capital Partners, a consumer Internet fund that is focused on later stage companies with an established track record of revenues and profitability. He is also one of the founders of GrowLab, a Vancouver-based start-up accelerator.
Before becoming an investor, Boris was the Chief Operating Officer of AbeBooks.com, the world’s largest marketplace for new, used and rare and out-of print books which got sold to Amazon in 2008. Boris joined the company in 2002 after JustBooks, the German company he co-founded in 1999, was acquired by AbeBooks. At AbeBooks, Boris was primarily responsible for marketing, business development, product, customer service and international operations and lead a team of about 60 people. This deep operational experience helps Boris to help other entrepreneurs start, build and scale companies passing on some of the lessons he learned the hard way over 8 start-up years.
He successfully finished his PhD as well as his graduate studies at the Graduate School of Management (WHU), Koblenz, majoring in Business Economics / Business Management. In 2005, Boris was named the Pacific Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winner and in 2011 a Top 40 under 40 nominee by Business in Vancouver as well as BC’s Angel Of the Year.
Angela Tran Kingyens
As the Version One analyst, Angela is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the fund, including helping to identify new and interesting entrepreneurs and companies in our three focus areas (e-commerce, SaaS, and marketplaces/platforms). She also works with our existing portfolio companies on data & hiring projects.
Angela received her PhD in Operations Research and Engineering from the University of Toronto where she taught classes like “Entrepreneurship and Business for Engineers” and “Leadership and Leading for Groups and Organizations.” As a data scientist with a passion for leadership development, she aspires to cultivate talent with data.
Angela is located in Palo Alto, where she co-launched a YC education startup focused on helping recent PhD graduates transition from academic research to careers in industry. She also runs the San Francisco Bay Area Skule Alumni Chapter for University of Toronto engineering graduates living in the Bay Area.