People

With investments in over 50 companies and ten years of experience we help you create remarkable, long-term impact.

Our core beliefs guide our investments and we actively share our learnings and viewpoints to help today’s innovators make a difference.

Our portfolio

North America

Boris Wertz

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Boris is founding partner of Version One and one of the top tech early-stage investors in North America. Born in Germany and based in Vancouver, Boris takes a wide-angle view to find great companies all across North America: from New York and Toronto to Seattle and LA. He is a board partner with Andreessen Horowitz and is well-respected for his uncanny ability to find the next generation of leaders.

Today, Boris is focused on crypto/blockchain, marketplaces and SaaS, looking for the best teams who solve big problems in a unique way. As an investor and former entrepreneur, Boris knows when to push and when to ease off, while always remembering that he is an advisor, not a player.

Before becoming an investor, Boris built an online marketplace for used and out-of-print books in 1999, selling the business to AbeBooks.com where he became COO and led a team of 60 people. After AbeBooks.com was sold to Amazon, he moved into investing, first as an angel and now with Version One.

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. Boris is passionate about science, technology, and entrepreneurship and sits on the boards of Science World and Canada Learning Code. He is also involved as a mentor with the Creative Destruction Lab in Toronto and Vancouver.

San Francisco, CA

Angela Tran

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General Partner at Version One, Angela is a native Torontonian and naturalized US citizen who calls San Francisco home. Investing in the US and Canada, she has a unique perspective on both ecosystems. An engineer by training, Angela’s desire to help others and work with people who are bringing about positive transformational change led her to the world of VC, where she has quickly made a big impact.

Angela focuses on health/bio, AI/ML, social platforms and other startups leveraging network effects. While she loves data, she believes that good investing is both value- and data-driven.

Prior to Version One, Angela 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. With this experience, she is uniquely poised to help startups accelerate data science as a key differentiator. She helps founders hire data scientists and grow their teams, and can be found as a data scientist in residence, working onsite at portfolio companies.

Angela received her PhD in Operations Research & Financial Engineering from the University of Toronto. She is a trustee on the board of the Computer History Museum where she chairs the NextGen advisory committee. She is a board member for the C100 and is involved with the Creative Destruction Lab in Vancouver.

San Francisco, CA

Max Webster

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Max is focused on investing in and helping entrepreneurs build an open internet, financial system (bitcoin/crypto), and energy grid. Based in San Francisco, he is excited about both deep tech and projects from across the world, especially in emerging markets. You can read more about his values here and investment theses here.

Prior to joining Version One, Max was an entrepreneur in cryptocurrency and solar energy. Most recently, he founded Entiende Bitcoin, a consultancy focused on increasing access to bitcoin/stablecoins in Latin America for clients like Bitso and Give Crypto. Prior to EB, Max was part of the founding team at Bright, the leading residential solar company in Mexico backed by investors like Y Combinator and First Round Capital. He spent 5 years living and working in Mexico City and graduated from Yale with a degree in Political Science.

Outside of work, Max enjoys rapping, reading, programming, playing basketball, drinking green tea, and hanging out with dachshunds. 

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