Our top posts of 2019Version One
Another year, another 50 blog posts. We’ve now reached four straight years of publishing at least once a week.
For those of you who have been reading our blog over the years, you know that we traditionally share a year-end summary post, recapping all the highlights for the fund and firm. But we recently summarized much of this in October with the post one year into Fund III. So we’re going to send off 2019 by sharing some of our favourite and most popular blog posts from the past 12 months, in case you missed some of them.
We’re most excited about our startup handbook which was launched a few weeks ago: it’s a compilation of best practices for company building from post-seed to Series B. This is our third e-book… we previously wrote about social platforms and marketplaces. On the latter topic, we are planning to release the 3rd edition of the marketplace guide in the new year so stay tuned for updated content around current trends (e.g. managed marketplaces) as well as lessons learned from investing in another 5 marketplace startups since kicking off Fund III.
While we are always candid, we did write more details about Version One in 2019. For example, this year we shared:
- Missed opportunities in our anti-portfolio
- Our performance: charting return multiples and how it looks over time
- And lessons learned from getting hacked: prevention tips here
We continue to be thesis-driven around network effects. And thematically, we are still very excited about:
- Bio/healthcare: We wrote about opportunities in femtech, managed marketplaces for healthcare, smart toilets and microbiome studies, digital health and wellness apps, and possible investment strategies for biotech and therapeutics.
- Crypto/blockchain: In case you missed them the first time around, you can read our thoughts on the four waves of crypto disruption (and where they are today) and where the value of tokens are.
If you are building a network-effect company, we hope to have the opportunity to get to know you in the new year, and see if we’re the right fit to help you build a great business.
Thank you all for reading our blog throughout the year. We are constantly striving to be transparent, concise, timely and relevant, so we appreciate any and all the feedback that you have for us.
We wish you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season and look forward to seeing you all again in 2020.
– Boris & Angela 🙂