With approximately a dozen Seed and Series A investments, it has been a busy year since the initial launch of Version One Ventures. That means it’s time to get some help and I’m excited to announce the hiring of Version One’s first analyst, Angela Tran Kingyens. Angela will be joining the team as of September 1. She’ll be working in the Bay Area, but also has very close ties to Toronto.
Once you get to know Angela, her background and experience, you’ll no doubt be as impressed as I was. She 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.
As the Version One analyst, Angela will be 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 will also work with our existing portfolio companies on data & hiring projects. Her expertise and interests are a perfect fit for all these responsibilities.
Over the coming years, Version One will be investing in the best entrepreneurs across all the major start-up ecosystems. Having a strong presence in the Bay Area, along with Angela’s close ties to Toronto, will certainly help us identify and work with the most interesting entrepreneurs in these key areas.
Join me in welcoming Angela to the Version One team!