Boris Wertz's Second Life as an Investor

Posted by Rob Lewis

Great article in BC Business Magazine this month about W Media Ventures' Boris Wertz titled Second Life.

In the write up reporter David Jordan looks at Wertz's path from his native Germany to AbeBooks in Victoria, BC and then his transition from entrepreneur to investor over the past couple years.

At 36, Boris Wertz is the old man on the block. Navigating the hallway inside a heritage Yaletown building toward his fifth-floor offices, you pass nameplates for a handful of young startups: Zefr Media, Idelix Inc., Techvibes Media Inc. Open the door to Wertz’s W Media Ventures and you first see a rented cubicle bearing the name TeamPages. Inside, a couple of 20-somethings in jeans and T-shirts are staring intently at a monitor, plotting strategy for the upstart web developer.
But if he’s a senior citizen in the web space, Wertz is one old man the kids might want to listen to. Before hitting 35 he managed to do what Facebook, Twitter and thousands of other popular websites have yet to accomplish: turn a profit. And since founding his own venture capital company in 2008, he has sought out a handful of startups that are doing the same.

While Techvibes may be a little biased as we are one of the many companies that Wertz has invested in over the years, Wertz is definitely doing his part to jumpstart the tech startup space in Vancouver.

For anybody that has had a chance to pitch Boris on a business idea, you're probably a little surpised that the BC Business Photographer didn't capture a shot of Wertz in 'his office' at Blenz at Hamilton and Helmcken. Rest assured the photo above was taken during his 30 second commute.

Company:
W Media Ventures
Website:
http://www.wmediaventures.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

W Media Ventures is a Vancouver-based venture capital firm focusing on Consumer Internet opportunities in the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. We are looking for entrepreneurs that want to build remarkable companies in the fields of digital media, e-commerce, social networks or platforms. Having founded and run Internet companies ourselves, we not only understand the space but also the challenges of starting... more


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Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis

Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of Techvibes.com.  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more



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