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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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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