Recapping Q4 2019

Happy New Year! Here at Version One, we are very excited for 2020, but before we kick off a new year, we want to recap some of the highlights from last quarter. Q4 2019 was a busy quarter for us, and here’s some select news on the Version One family.  Let’s ride the momentum into 2020!

Fundraises and accolades

We announced our investment in Scanwell Health, which closed a $3.5M seed round. They provide accessible, at-home testing for everyone – starting with at-home testing for urinary tract infections.

We also announced our participation in Nexus Mutual, an Ethereum-based insurance mutual, that can create an alternative risk sharing platform and bring insurance back to the people. If you missed it, you can read our announcement here.

Congratulations to Manny Medina and everyone at Outreach, which was named the Fourth Fastest Growing Company in North America on 2019 Technology Fast 500™. Outreach was named to this prestigious list thanks in part to triple-digit year-over-year revenue growth and the largest customer base in the sales engagement category.

Jobber was also added to Deloitte’s 2019 Technology Fast 500™ list – in addition to being recognized as the second fastest growing software company in Canada! Both lists are based on growth from fiscal years 2015-2018, a period over which Jobber grew 625%. You can read the write up in the Financial Post here.  

Lolli was named to CNBC’s 2019 Upstart 100 list (they were the only bitcoin-related company on this year’s list).

Ada was named a G2 leader in chatbot software. G2’s recognition is based on verified reviews and real users (in other words, the people actually using Ada).

And last but definitely not least, Headout was named one of 14 Awesome Tech Startups You Should Work for in the New York Area by Comparably.

Product launches

Abstract now offers AdobeXD support. You can read more about it on their blog.

UPS is collaborating with Shippo to simplify shipping for small and medium-sized businesses. Shippo was also included in the Squarespace Extensions launch.

Dolly continued to expand its geographical reach, adding Hartford and New Haven, CT.

Figure 1 launched Season 2 of their popular podcast.

Lolli continued to add new partners from Expedia to Nike. Earn bitcoin while you shop at partnering brands/e-retailers, and follow Lolli’s blog for up-to-date additions.

Booster Fuels expanded its app-enabled, on-demand fueling services to fleets in Seattle, its first market in the Northwest.

Gencove met its new low-pass sequencing imputation and analysis SaaS which is now enterprise-ready. You can read all about it here.

Guesser launched multi-outcome markets! You can now choose your prediction from a number of different outcomes.

Placenote released v1.8 of their SDK. What’s new? Mapping Quality Indicator, Localization Thumbnail, Custom Point Clouds, New Sample Apps, New Docs and more!

Coinbase launched Coinbase Pro mobile app for advanced users. With Coinbase Pro, you can set up advanced order types, such as limit orders. You can download the Coinbase Pro mobile app on iOS — the Android version is coming soon.

And, Blockstack had its annual hard fork.  

If you want to stay up to date with all of our portfolio news throughout the year, be sure to follow the Version One Twitter account.

And if you’re interested in joining any of these great startups, please reach out to us. Our portfolio companies are always hiring!