Kara Swisher

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Kara Visits a EuroVC: Accel's Simon Levene

I have known Simon Levene for a long time–he’s been working in the European operations at a handful of Web companies, such as @Home, Time Warner and Yahoo, over the years and is now working as a venture partner at the European branch of Accel Partners, the Palo Alto, Calif., backer of Facebook and other Web 2.0 companies. The London office has about $500 million under management.

Levene always has a sharp view of the scene and is often sharp-tongued–exactly how I prefer my VCs. In our talk, he liked mobile–one must in cellphone-heavy Europe–but not so much widgets, which earned him my undying gratitude for saying so.

Here is my video of him talking about the venture landscape in Europe:


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik