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.
signals Venture Capital
Marcus is a Managing Partner. He’s an experienced Venture Capital investor with an extensive background in building and financing digital businesses, making them work and assembling world-class teams. As an investor in European technology companies, he’s been working closely with several high profile companies successfully exited to strategic and Private Equity buyers. Before joining signals Venture Capital, he worked at renowned Growth and Later Stage VC Acton Capital Partners for many years, and as a Venture Partner for Henq Capital Partners from The Netherlands. Prior to becoming a VC, he ran the European business of Abebooks.com (sold to Amazon.com in 2008) as Managing Director, led all e-commerce activities at AOL Germany and was one of the first people to work for Amazon Germany. He holds a degree in Economics and Management from Technical University of Berlin. Marcus is a long distance runner, too, something that fits nicely with the long-term perspective they are taking with their portfolio companies.
Ascendo - VidaLingua
Founder & CEO of VidaLingua, publisher of multilingual dictionaries for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry & Mac. VidaLingua's mission is to ''bring language apps to life'' by allowing users to extend dictionaries and phrasebooks with their own content.