Lunch with Smart People hits the Road

by Rob Lewis | Business

Ph03nix New Media's Jon Lam was in town last week and got a chance to sit down with Vancouver venture capitalist Boris Wertz for his 2nd Lunch With Smart People (LWSP).

JL: At such an early age, you’ve already had a lot of accomplishments. AbeBooks is the latest feather in your cap. See article> What’s next in your brilliant future? Maybe talk about some of your portfolio companies and where they’re going.

BW: I think overall what I really want to do is help consumer internet companies in BC and Alberta develop faster and better, and hopefully help build a few big companies in this region. So, we’re focusing on different areas: e-commerce, media, and platform. Partly early stage, partly later stage. So that’s where the vision is. At some stage, I could imagine going back and starting my own company again. I’m not done with that, but right now, my focus is on being an investor and helping our portfolio companies. Sometimes really operationally, like in Nexopia, where I’m running the ship for the moment. But it could well be, that down the road in 5-10 years, I’m starting my own company.

I'm not sure if BIV's Curt Cherewayko got a chance to dine with Wertz but he covered his story last week as well.

Disclosure: Wertz is a Director of Techvibes Media Inc.

W Media Ventures
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... more

Ph03nix New Media Inc.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Our goal is to inspire the world to learn. But that inspiration must start with you. Be inspired. And let that inspiration flow through everything that you do. Make software that inspires adults & kids to want to learn more. more

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Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis

Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  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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