Entrepreneur turned investor. Co-founder AbeBooks (sold to Amazon), early-stage investor through @versiononevc (50+ investments, including Indiegogo, Flurry, Frank & Oak, Indochino, Wattpad, Edmodo). Husband and dad of 4.
I like to help entrepreneurs think through their business strategy - how to scale a company, hire the right people to take it to the next level or what kind of investors to get on board.
I am a product guy at heart. I like thinking through product strategy and how to create the most amount of value for a customer.
One of my investment areas is Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and I have made half a dozen of investments in that space (Clio, Jobber, Frontdesk, Unbounce, Top Hat Monocle). Happy to share sales & marketing strategies and discuss business models.
I co-founded a marketplace business (JustBooks / ABeBooks - sold to Amazon in 2008) and have invested in half a dozen B2B and B2C marketplaces since (e.g. Indiegogo, tindie, GroupTalent, Clarity). Happy to share my experiences as entrepreneurs and investor in this space.
I have successfully raised money as a startup founder and I see hundreds of startups fundraising every year as a VC. Happy to share best practices.
Besides SaaS and marketplaces / platforms I focus on e-commerce as an investment area. I have made investments in different areas from vertically integrated commerce (Indochino, Frank & Oak, Julep) to MLM models (Chloe & Isabel) to commerce marketplaces (tindie).
You usually only recognize the commissions as revenues and use the term "Gross Merchandise Value" (GMV) to describe the size of the marketplace (value of all transactions going through the site)
Build a great product and get some early traction. Assemble a top-notch term of co-founders. Understand your space like nobody else. Be good at telling a great story and communicating your vision.
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It was really helpful to talk to Boris. He listened to the questions and gave really simple feedback on what to be thinking about and doing.
As always extremely value add. Boris has amazingly deep insights on marketplaces and what I loved the most about his advice, he only gives it after he understands your unique business model, which is one of the many reasons why his advice is always actionable.
Boris is a fantastic source of knowledge. The answers were spot on and will save me allot of time and money for my new start up. I highly recommend him for anyone interested in start ups and especially marketplaces.
Boris was very helpful. He took sometime to review our deck before the call and had very specific and helpful advice. Thank you Boris!
Boris was very helpful and gave us a lot of interesting insights to think about. Thank you.
Boris was quick to know what advise to offer and has already put us on a better path
Used him for fundraising consulting. He was quick to get off the phone, received very generic answers, I didn't even get to explain to him the "why" or "our team", two of the biggest things investors will look for. Before he gave me generic answers.
Boris had some great insight on the fundraising process. Very helpful, thanks Boris!
Great feedback! To the point and clear with actionable suggestions.
Amazing advice, straight to the point. Thank you Boris!