W Media Ventures

W Media Ventures

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 up a company.

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Canadian Superangel Boris Wertz Launches $15 Million Micro-VC Fund
This morning Vancouver superangel Boris Wertz announced on his blog the launch of Version One Ventures, a new $15 million micro-VC fund. Version One is the first early-stage fund focused on web and... more
Vancouver’s Launch Academy is a Hybrid Incubator, Accelerator, and Alternative Education Centre
Recently, three Meetup groups combined their efforts to attract 350 eager participants for the Lean Crossroad event. Learning lessons from the likes of Eric Ries (via video feed), Flowtown founder... more
Is Angel Financing the Preferred Path to Exit for Canadian Companies?
Is angel financing the preferred path to exit for Canadian companies? If you're in Vancouver you can find out on Wednesday, May 16. The Association for Corporate Growth will be hosting a luncheon... more
Being Canadian Might Just be the Best Way to Break into Silicon Valley
There is a PayPal mafia, a Facebook mafia. and a Twitter mafia. They're all powerful networks of entrepreneurs and investors based in Silicon Valley. Now, there is a “Canadian mafia”... more
90% of Internet Startups in Vancouver Come to This One Superangel
In Vancouver, every internet startup seeking seeking angel funding is familiar with one name: Boris Wertz. The CEO of W Media Ventures—the W standing for Wertz—Boris is... more
Jobber raises Seed Round for Cloud-Based Field Service Management
Edmonton's Jobber announced today that it has raised a seed financing round led by Vancouver superangel Boris Wertz of W Media Ventures. Additional investors include Berlin's Point Nine Capital and... more
Help a Canadian Angel get recognized by TechCrunch
Today is the last day that TechCrunch is taking nominations for their 2011 Crunchies. This year's Crunchies are the fifth annual competition and award ceremony recognizing and celebrating the most... more
Canada - The Land of SaaS?
When Bessemer Venture Partners recently published their map of major cloud players, I was surprised to see so many Canadian companies on there. Shopify, TribeHR, Unbounce, Clio, Hootsuite, Radian6... more
5 Tips on raising Angel Money
At last month's VEF event BC's 2011 Angel Investor of the Year Boris Wertz moderated a Angel Investing panel that included Initio Group's Mike Edwards and Eastside Games' Jason Bailey as well as... more
BC's Angel of the Year to moderate VEF's 'Latest Trends in Angel Investing' (Only 8 tickets left!)
There are only 8 spaces left for "The Latest Trends in Angel Investing," a Vancouver Enterprise Forum event that will be moderated by BC's Angel Investor of the Year, Boris Wertz of W Media... more
Vancouver's SilkStart raises Angel round that includes Boris Wertz
Vancouver Super Angel Boris Wertz is living up to his new title of 2011 BC Angel Investor of the Year. Today local startup SilkStart Technology Inc. announced that it has closed a new round of... more
30th Angel Forum names Boris Wertz BC Angel Investor of the Year
The 30th Angel Forum took place Monday in Vancouver and over 100 entrepreneurs, investors and sponsors were in attendance. Among them were over 50 registered investors and 18 presenting companies.... more
TiE arrives in Vancouver with impressive roster of panelists
On Wednesday, February 23, TiE is coming to Vancouver for an evening of appetizers and presentations from key social media and technology professionals at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. TiE, whose... more
Startup Visa Canada looks for changes in 2011
Last September Vancouver's Danny Robinson wrote an open letter to Tony Clement, federal minister of industry, explaining why Canada needed to have a better Startup Visa to try to attract talented... more
Super Angel Boris Wertz shares his secrets
Today in the Globe and Mail Cathryn Atkinson tackled the topic of Super Angels and spent some time with Vancouver's own Boris Wertz to learn some of his secrets. Super angels typically invest... more
ALL IN is not a wise strategy
I have seen my fair share of entrepreneurs that were “all in” – mortgaged their house to the max to get their start-up going, using their credit card limits to make the next... more
After Angelgate, a good moment to go back to the basics
By now, everybody should have heard about Angelgate, from Arrington’s initial walk into the secret meeting of Silicon Valley super-angels to Dave McClure’s blog post as a response to... more
How to become a (successful) angel investor
Angel investors are crucial for every start-up ecosystem and Canada certainly needs more of them (especially of the super-angel kind!). But angel investing is not only good for the start-ups... more
Techvibes TV: Boris Wertz, founder of W Media Ventures, at the GROW 2010 Conference
The GROW 2010 technology conference took place last week at the Vancouver Convention Center, and Techvibes was on location with an on-site studio conducting video interviews with a... more
Vancouver's Summify lands seed round from W Media Ventures
Last week Techvibes reported that Bootup Labs incubated Summify had pivoted their startup into a Social News Reader. Today they announced that they have received a round of angel financing from... more
What GROW means for the Vancouver tech community
For the next 3 days the Valley descends on Vancouver for the GROW conference and you can feel a real excitement in the local tech community about hosting entrepreneurs like Tony Hsieh (Zappos)... more
Edmonton's Empire Avenue secures Seed Investment led by W Media Ventures
Boris Wertz of W Media Ventures and an undisclosed group of angel investors has provided seed funding to Edmonton's Empire Avenue - the world’s first influence stock market. Techvibes... more
Bootup Labs 2.0 - now with more money and fewer startups
Vancouver seed-accelerator Bootup Labs announced tonight that Wertz joins board, first funding completed, portfolio reduced. There's no doubt that tonight's annnouncement was accelerated by a... more
Boris Wertz's Second Life as an Investor
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... more
Vancouver VC wants an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for 2010
Vancouver-based VC W Media Ventures is one of the premier early-stage Consumer Internet investors in the Pacific Northwest and Founder Boris Wertz is looking for an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for... more
The Challenge for Canadian VC’s
VC funds go through challenging times world-wide but the situation in Canada is probably worse than in many other places. Most VC’s in this country have been focused on the domestic market,... more
How the government can help build the tech sector
Boris Wertz is a Techvibes Guest Contributor and this post was published on his blog earlier today. I often get asked what governments can do to help build a tech sector so I wanted to put... more
First Round Capital's Office Hours a hit in Vancity
First Round Capital visited Vancouver last Thursday night to host Office Hours at the Agro Cafe in Yaletown and attendance was strong. Partnering up with Boris Wertz of Vancouver's W Media Ventures... more
First Round Capital visits Vancouver for coffee
Philadelphia's First Round Capital just announced that they're coming to Vancouver to host an Office Hours event.  The First Round Capital team had such a good time, at our inaugural... more
Lunch with Smart People hits the Road
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,... more
Why these tough times are good for Canadian Start-ups
These are definitely tough times for start-ups and it is amazing to see how quickly the mood has changed, from continued optimism despite the looming sub prime market meltdown to sheer panic after... more
Boris Wertz Departs AbeBooks.com
After five years as COO of AbeBooks.com, the world’s largest Internet marketplace for books, Boris Wertz is transitioning out of a day-to-day operational role to start a Vancouver-based venture... more

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