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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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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work