Version One Ventures
Boris Wertz is the founder of version one ventures, an early-stage fund that has made over 35 investments in consumer internet, SaaS and mobile companies across North-America. Previously, Boris was the Chief Operating Officer of AbeBooks.com, the world's largest marketplace for new, used and rare and out-of print books which got sold to Amazon in 2008. Boris joined the company in 2002 after JustBooks, the German company he co-founded in 1999, was acquired by AbeBooks. Boris successfully finished his PhD as well as his graduate studies at the Otto Beisheim School of Management (WHU), Koblenz, majoring in Business Economics / Business Management. Current investments include Chloe & Isabel, Edmodo, Flurry, GoInstant (sold to Salesforce), Indiegogo, Indochino, Julep, Sparkbuy (sold to Google), Suite101, Top Hat Monocle, Wattpad and Yapta.
Chris is the Founder & CEO of SignalFire, an early stage venture capital fund. He focuses on investments in consumer Internet, software and mobile with particular emphasis on seed stage investments and working with Entrepreneurs-In-Residence to launch new businesses. Previously, Chris was a Partner with General Catalyst Partners where he led the firm's successful seed investment activities and served as a Venture Partner on the firm's main fund. Previously, Chris was a Vice President with Bessemer Venture Partners where he led investments in digital media & mobile companies. Prior to BVP, he was a consultant with Bain & Co where he advised on large scale technology buyouts. Prior to Bain, Chris spearheaded the successful turnaround of Skybitz, a wireless enabled SaaS company, where he led Product Management, Finance & Business Development. Earlier in his career, Chris founded an investment advisory firm for angel investors & private equity funds and served as a Venture Advisor to an early stage venture capital fund where he led investments in SkyBitz and Applied Semantics (acquired by Google). He started his career on Wall Street in the private equity group of Cowen & Company. Chris received a BA in International Relations & Business from Tufts University & the Fletcher School of Diplomacy. He has been published in Harvard Business Review, Institutional Investor, The Journal of Private Equity and other leading publications.
Version One Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm that invests in the consumer internet, SaaS and mobile sectors throughout North America. The firm was founded in 2012 and is based in Vancouver, British Columbia.
OMERS Ventures is a venture capital firm. The firm was formed in 2011 and is based in Toronto, Ontario. the firm invests in consumer software, enterprise software, mobile, hardware, technology, telecommunications healthcare information technology, digital media and advertising, social media, consumer internet, networking and infrastructure sectors.
DCM Ventures is a venture capital firm that invests in seed, early and mid-stage technology companies based in the United States and Asia. The firm invests in the mobile, consumer internet, communications and infrastructure, software and service sectors. The was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Menlo Park, California with additional offices in Tokyo and Beijing.
China Growth Capital is an early stage venture capital firm that was founded in 2006 and headquartered in Beijing, China. The firm invests in tech startup companies. It also invests in companies operating in the SaaS, fintech, online education, and consumer internet sectors.
Battery Ventures is a global, technology-focused investment firm that invests in the software, information technology, service, web infrastructure, mobile, consumer internet, mobile and industrial technology sectors. The firm was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. It also makes venture capital and private equity investments.
Sandy was a co-founder & CTO of Meebo, a consumer Internet company that helped consumers and publishers connect socially. She led Meebo’s engineering team and eventually joined Google’s social team after Meebo was acquired in 2012. She co-founded Honor in 2014, a company dedicated to helping older adults age at home.
Lukasz Gadowski is a Co-Founder and serves as Advisor at Point Nine Capital. Gadowski is a Co-Founder and serves as Managing Director at Team Europe Management. He serves as Entrepreneur in Residence at Target Global. Lukasz is an internet entrepreneur and investor. His track record includes: Co-founder at Delivery Hero; Co-founder and CEO at Spreadshirt; Co-founder and Advisor at Point Nine Capital (early stage VC). Founding Investor and/or Company Builder at studiVZ, Mister Spex, brands4friends.com, SponsorPay, HitFox Group, Kauferportal, and others. Lukasz serves or served as Chairman at most of the aforementioned companies. Further, he is Co-founder and was founding editor at gruenderszene.de, today one of Europe's largest entrepreneurship magazines. Besides holding board positions, Lukasz is an active investor. As to investment focus, beyond consumer internet and market places Lukasz is currently interested in aeronautics (all things which physically fly as well as related technologies) and eying more tech fields for the future, like the field of robotics and reinforcement learning.
Juney Ham serves as the Chief Marketplace Officer at Hired. He also serves as Chief Operating Officer at Porch. He is also an Angel Investor. Juney Ham is a Co-Founder and serves as President at Upside Financial. Juney has been in the consumer Internet space for more than 11 years, in roles ranging from engineering to product development to online marketing. He was Director of Online Marketing for Airbnb, and VP of Global Paid Search at Expedia before starting Upside with Tom. Juney has a BS in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania, where he and Tom were fraternity brothers.
Mukul Singhal is a Co-Founder and serves as Partner at Pravega Ventures. Mukul Singhal served as Principal at SAIF Partners. Mukul has over 10 years of venture investing experience in India. In the past, he has led investments and served on the boards of companies like UrbanClap, Industry Buying, TravelTriangle, NoBroker, AutoNinja, PropTiger, Bobble App and Tracxn. He invests in Consumer Internet, Mobililty and Marketplaces. He holds a B.Tech from IIT Kanpur and an MBA from ISB, Hyderabad.
Nurzhas Makishev is the Founder and serves as Partner at NKM Capital. He also is an Angel Investor. He launched NKM Capital with the mission of backing extraordinary entrepreneurs with fundamentally aligned investment terms. Prior to NKM Capital, Nurzhas was an angel investor in over 50 leading consumer internet, media, and technology companies. He has led personal and fund investments in Lyft, Hyperloop One, Ripple, eShares, Cruise (acquired by GM), Robinhood and other iconic companies. Before founding NKM Capital, Nurzhas has spent over 12 years in the technology industry, as an investor, entrepreneur, product manager, engineer, and researcher. He was an early stage investor at Venrock and IP Group, partnering with industry-changing entrepreneurs in NYC tech and investing in science-driven startups. While in Silicon Valley, Nurzhas led programmatic video ads strategy at Google, managed enterprise financial apps development at Oracle and cofounded news summarization and coalition loyalty startups. He began his career developing peer-to-peer, AI systems in Andy Lippman's research group at MIT Media Lab, followed by investment banking stints at J.P. Morgan and Bank of America in NYC. Nurzhas received an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, an MBA from the Wharton School, where he was elected Managing Director of Wharton Venture Partners, and a pair of Bachelor's Degrees in Economics and Computer Science and Engineering from MIT, where he attended on full scholarship.
Marco DeMeireles is a Principal at Balyasny Asset Management, focused on public and private technology investments across Consumer Internet, Digital Media, Enterprise Software, HCIT and IT Infrastructure businesses globally. Marco has sourced and led the Firm’s current investments in Avant, Coinbase, Cuebiq, Orbital Insight, Outcome Health (fka ContextMedia), and Peloton where he serves as Balyasny’s shareholder representative. At BAM, Marco's investment experience spans Venture Capital, Growth Equity, Public Equities (equity long/short) and personal LP investments into leading fund managers. Prior to joining BAM, Marco was with Technology Crossover Ventures, focused on growth stage investments, and began his career in Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division advising Technology clients based in Menlo Park. While at Morgan Stanley, Marco worked with companies in the storage, hardware, software, security, digital media and consumer internet sectors on a variety of transactions including public equity offerings (Palo Alto Networks), debt financings (Rovi, HP), leveraged buyouts (Dell/Quest) and strategic M&A assignments (Cisco/Meraki). Marco began his career as an Analyst in Morgan Stanley's New York office, with prior work experience at Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers. Marco holds a B.A. in Economics with a Concentration in Leadership Studies from Williams College.
Akshay joined Lightspeed India Partners Advisors LLP (LSIP) in 2015 from Flipkart.com, where he was a founding member of the Corporate Development team and spearheaded early-stage investments in the e-commerce, mobile tech, and consumer internet eco-systems. Akshay previosuly co-founded Whalelogix, a seed-funded e-commerce data-science startup in San Francisco. Prior to Whalelogix, he was a member of the investment team at Accel Partners where he focused on early-stage consumer investments in India. Earlier in his career, Akshay advised private equity funds in evaluating investments during his time at the US and India offices of Bain & Company. Akshay is passionate about the tech startup eco-system and has served as a mentor at Microsoft Ventures India as well as to several entrepreneurs. Akshay holds an MBA from The Wharton School, Philadelphia and graduated with Highest Honors with a B.S. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech.
Dan Rose is an entrepreneur and angel investor from Palo Alto, California. Dan is the Vice President of Partnerships for Facebook. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for REDF. Prior to that, he was associated with Amazon, serving in various designations over a period of 7 years. He seeks to invest in consumer internet, information technology, cloud computing, PaaS, SaaS, enterprise software, mobile, entertainment, food and beverages and media based companies operating in the Silicon Valley.
Norwest Venture Partners
Ethel focuses on early and late stage venture investments in enterprise software and infrastructure including areas such as big data, SaaS, healthcare IT, mobile and cloud. Before joining NVP in 2008, Ethel worked at Index Ventures where she evaluated investment opportunities in technology sectors ranging from mobile and consumer Internet to open source enterprise software. Prior to Index Ventures, Ethel was a private equity associate at Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, where she conducted due diligence and assessed buyouts in the consumer products, healthcare and retail sectors. Previously, Ethel was a member of Morgan Stanley’s Media & Communications M&A Group, where she specialized in strategic advisory work for such clients as Comcast and AT&T. Ethel has also held positions at IBM’s Tokyo Research Laboratory and Netscape Communications Corporation. Ethel holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, a master of science degree in management science and engineering and a bachelor of science degree in computer science from Stanford University.
CAA Ventures is a corporate venture arm of Creative Artists Agency that is based in Los Angeles, California and was founded in 2013. The firm invests in the consumer internet sector with an emphasis on mobile platforms, social media, crowdfunding, online video, publishing, games and e-commerce industries.
Rishi Mallik started his career in the consumer internet space at companies like Mozilla and Cooliris (acquired by Yahoo). Rishi transitioned into the mobile space in 2007 and joined the founding team of Qik at the age of 21. At Qik, Rishi led Business Development closing deals with 6 of the 7 top mobile handset manufactures and 3 of the 4 top US mobile carriers. He later became the Head of Product for Qik and led the development and launch of the first mobile video chat application in the US (16M users). Qik was acquired by Skype for $150M and Rishi became the Principal Program Manager of Mobile for Skype. At Skype, he led video initiatives across all platforms including the launch of Skype Video Messaging (>250M users). Skype was acquired by Microsoft for $8.5B. Rishi graduated from Stanford University where he was the VP of the Business Association of Stanford Engineering Students. He has three patents in the mobile space, is on the Board of Advisors for two companies, and is an avid Bhangra dancer.