Boris Wertz

Early-stage investor - Version One VC. Fmr Co-founder AbeBooks (sold to Amazon)

Entrepreneur turned investor. Co-founder AbeBooks (sold to Amazon), early-stage investor through Version One VC.

The current portfolio of 100+ investments, including Ada, Booster Fuels, Coinbase, Dapper Labs, Jobber, Outreach, Shippo and Uniswap.

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 former 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/web 3, climate/energy, marketplaces and SaaS, looking for the best teams who uniquely solve big problems. 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 where he became COO and led a team of 60 people. After 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.


Fundraise, Mentors, Strategy