Q3 2018 Summary: Portfolio News and Activities

It’s the beginning of October. Fall is underway, and it’s time to summarize all the key news and announcements from last quarter. And we have a lot of exciting things to share in the coming months, so stay tuned!

Announcements and Accolades

Headout announced their $10M Series A, led by Nexus Venture Partners and V1. If you haven’t already checked it out, Headout is a mobile app that lets you book last-minute activities   

Cleargraph (Distributed Systems) joined Coinbase to continue their work on human-friendly decentralized identity. We’re particularly proud and excited for this development, as it’s two portfolio companies joining forces! You can read more about the acquisition from Coinbase and on Wired.

The one millionth CryptoKitty was born last month! Outside of exchanges, CryptoKitties is the most-used smart contract in the history of blockchain.

Sales automation company Outreach was named to Forbes’ Cloud 100 list and made its first acquisition. They acquired Sales Hacker, a media company focused on sales professionals that runs conferences and produces podcasts, webinars and other original content.

Blockstack is currently hosting a global speaker series, Decentralizing the World, where thought leaders discuss and present on key topics related to decentralization, the new internet, censorship, token economies and more. You can read more about it and find upcoming stops here.

Launches

Coinbase is opening up their platform for more cryptoassets, as there are now thousands of digital assets of all types, including coins, tokens, forks, stablecoins, and collectibles. They launched a new process to rapidly list most digital assets that are compliant with local law. You can read more about it on the Coinbase blog.

Dialog (Helpful) launched. It is a community dedicated to live, spoken conversation online. Their aim is to create a space for intelligent, empathetic conversation (which we all know can be hard to find on the Internet today).

Placenote SDK 1.6.6 is now out with a full-fledged Unity Simulator so you can run mapping, localization, and metadata saving/loading directly in the editor. Learn more about it here.

And last but not least, Celo (pronounced /?tselo/, meaning ‘purpose’ in Esperanto) shared their mission with the world – to use blockchain technology to advance financial inclusion and build a monetary system that creates the conditions for prosperity for all.  

Our own news

These past few months have been an exciting time at Version One. We officially announced Angela’s promotion to General Partner and have opened the search to add an associate to our team. These events will certainly increase our investing capacity. As we mentioned above, we have lots more exciting things to share in Q4 so stay tuned!

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