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Kara Visits Index Lunch and Tests the Entrepreneurs

So I went to the getting-to-know-you lunch thrown by Europe-based Index Ventures, the venture firm that has made some splashes in Silicon Valley, with its success investing in Web phone pioneer Skype and its flashy new investment in online video service Joost.

The group, which includes former Silicon Valley player Danny Rimer, whom I interviewed in this post yesterday, threw a schmoozy gathering for its tech partners and some of the start-ups it is investing in and the press at the Four Seasons in Palo Alto.

Thus, I decided to play make-an-elevator-pitch with some of the entrepreneurs of the start-ups there, seen in this video. I also talked to Danny Rimer’s two older brothers, also at Index, and included in the video my chat with Neil Rimer, who talked about the difference between doing tech in Europe and in Silicon Valley.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus