To understand us as investors, it’s important to know the core beliefs and values that guide us.
We believe in technology’s ability to solve problems and disrupt the global landscape — across industries, disciplines, populations, and continents. Whether it’s improving service delivery, democratizing access to resources, simplifying collaboration, or tackling other social challenges, we want to help today’s innovators make a difference. We’re committed to supporting your vision for making society and the world a better place.
Network effects are a key dynamic behind many successful tech companies and are crucial for ensuring lasting adoption and continued product value. They’re also critical for building smarter products and staying competitive as technology evolves.
While the first wave of network effects connected people through marketplaces and social platforms, the past few years have seen network effects rising from AI and machine learning applications. Now, with the emergence of Blockchain, we’re beginning to see enormous potential for network effects within decentralized crypto-platforms.
We want to work with partners who are ready to make waves and are dedicated to helping you make a remarkable, long-term impact.
While talent and great ideas can exist anywhere, opportunity is not always equally distributed. We aim to help bridge that gap — empowering entrepreneurs in any location to find the opportunities they need to realize their vision and grow successful businesses.
We know that every minute you spend fundraising is one less minute spent building your business. That’s why we strive for a turnaround time of just a few days. We value your time and keep things moving briskly, so you can stay focused.
The seed stage is the most formative time for a startup and often, where you need the most support. This key stage is where we believe we can add the most value — whether it’s helping you with hiring, finding product market fit, building your company culture, or getting your next financing round. We lead or co-lead with an investment of ~$500k and often back our startups through multiple rounds.
We’re committed to building strong relationships with all of our entrepreneurs. That begins with earning your trust — something we strive for from the very first meeting.
Our job is to support you and act as your biggest advocate, but we also never shy away from asking the important questions and providing tough feedback when necessary. Having run our own companies, we pass on as much of our operations knowledge as possible to help you build a successful venture. Our ultimate goal is simple: to be the first investor called when a founder needs advice.
We will never stop challenging ourselves to be better mentors, attract the right deals, and pick the best opportunities. We’ll always work tirelessly to help our founders be their best selves and make the biggest impact. It’s been our mission from day one.
Thus far, Version One has invested in over 50 companies. If you have a deep domain knowledge and a bold vision to change the world, we want to hear from you.
It was 20 years ago next month that we started JustBooks, creating a marketplace that connected buyers and sellers of used, rare, and out-of-print books. We initially launched in Germany before expanding into the UK and France, and then sold the company to our North American competitor AbeBooks in 2001.…