Simon Levene

Co-founder and Partner

Hi, I'm Simon. I was born in London to a family of second/third generation immigrant-entrepreneurs – folks who came to Britain in some instances as refugees, and on whose shoulders I stand.


I moved to the US for grad school (in political thought and philosophy) aged 21, just as the web was emerging, and stayed for over a decade. An early adopter of online services, in 1993 I downloaded Netscape’s Mosaic, the first browser, and began surfing the web with a 14.4k modem. It was an epiphany.  After another stint at grad school earning an MBA, I headed west to Silicon Valley, the epicentre of the Internet ecosystem.


From 1996-2000, I was an early employee at @Home Network, a startup founded in 1995 to pioneer the broadband Internet we take for granted today. I co-founded @Home’s international efforts and then led bus dev/corp dev for that group.  In four years this ramped to $70M revenue and 500 employees in 10 countries (as a whole, the company grew to 4,000+ employees). @Home was one of the poster children of the first Internet wave, and flew high post-IPO before crashing due to a byzantine ownership structure and an ill-fated merger with Excite.


After a spell on the beach, my friend and partner Toby Coppel, helped to recruit me to Yahoo! in 2001, where I spent four years as VP Corp Dev in a small team that came together following the dotcom crash. Yahoo! was then the #1 website globally, and a great platform from which to enter the nascent search and mobile businesses, and double down on shopping, travel, finance, geo/maps, voice, photos, games and many other emerging web “verticals”. It was intellectually fascinating to work alongside a deep bench of world-class talent across such wide-ranging consumer-facing applications, and deliver product to (then) the web’s biggest audience.


As a result of these operating experiences at Silicon Valley darlings, twice-over I am a member of a fantastic diaspora of alumni, represented at many exciting startups today. A huge positive from the creative destruction inherent in our space.


I joined the venture community in 2006 and learnt the business as a partner at Accel in London. This offered a fantastic apprenticeship and platform to forge strong relationships with many entrepreneurs and fellow investors.


Outside the startup world, I love to spend time with my amazing Danish fiancé and our young family. I also enjoy reading, sharing good food and wine with friends, and nature.

Simon Levene

Co-founder and Partner

Hi, I'm Simon. I was born in London to a family of second/third generation immigrant-entrepreneurs – folks who came to Britain in some instances as refugees, and on whose shoulders I stand.


I moved to the US for grad school (in political thought and philosophy) aged 21, just as the web was emerging, and stayed for over a decade. An early adopter of online services, in 1993 I downloaded Netscape’s Mosaic, the first browser, and began surfing the web with a 14.4k modem. It was an epiphany.  After another stint at grad school earning an MBA, I headed west to Silicon Valley, the epicentre of the Internet ecosystem.


From 1996-2000, I was an early employee at @Home Network, a startup founded in 1995 to pioneer the broadband Internet we take for granted today. I co-founded @Home’s international efforts and then led bus dev/corp dev for that group.  In four years this ramped to $70M revenue and 500 employees in 10 countries (as a whole, the company grew to 4,000+ employees). @Home was one of the poster children of the first Internet wave, and flew high post-IPO before crashing due to a byzantine ownership structure and an ill-fated merger with Excite.


After a spell on the beach, my friend and partner Toby Coppel, helped to recruit me to Yahoo! in 2001, where I spent four years as VP Corp Dev in a small team that came together following the dotcom crash. Yahoo! was then the #1 website globally, and a great platform from which to enter the nascent search and mobile businesses, and double down on shopping, travel, finance, geo/maps, voice, photos, games and many other emerging web “verticals”. It was intellectually fascinating to work alongside a deep bench of world-class talent across such wide-ranging consumer-facing applications, and deliver product to (then) the web’s biggest audience.


As a result of these operating experiences at Silicon Valley darlings, twice-over I am a member of a fantastic diaspora of alumni, represented at many exciting startups today. A huge positive from the creative destruction inherent in our space.


I joined the venture community in 2006 and learnt the business as a partner at Accel in London. This offered a fantastic apprenticeship and platform to forge strong relationships with many entrepreneurs and fellow investors.


Outside the startup world, I love to spend time with my amazing Danish fiancé and our young family. I also enjoy reading, sharing good food and wine with friends, and nature.

Hi, I'm Simon. I was born in London to a family of second/third generation immigrant-entrepreneurs – folks who came to Britain in some instances as refugees, and on whose shoulders I stand.


I moved to the US for grad school (in political thought and philosophy) aged 21, just as the web was emerging, and stayed for over a decade. An early adopter of online services, in 1993 I downloaded Netscape’s Mosaic, the first browser, and began surfing the web with a 14.4k modem. It was an epiphany.  After another stint at grad school earning an MBA, I headed west to Silicon Valley, the epicentre of the Internet ecosystem.


From 1996-2000, I was an early employee at @Home Network, a startup founded in 1995 to pioneer the broadband Internet we take for granted today. I co-founded @Home’s international efforts and then led bus dev/corp dev for that group.  In four years this ramped to $70M revenue and 500 employees in 10 countries (as a whole, the company grew to 4,000+ employees). @Home was one of the poster children of the first Internet wave, and flew high post-IPO before crashing due to a byzantine ownership structure and an ill-fated merger with Excite.


After a spell on the beach, my friend and partner Toby Coppel, helped to recruit me to Yahoo! in 2001, where I spent four years as VP Corp Dev in a small team that came together following the dotcom crash. Yahoo! was then the #1 website globally, and a great platform from which to enter the nascent search and mobile businesses, and double down on shopping, travel, finance, geo/maps, voice, photos, games and many other emerging web “verticals”. It was intellectually fascinating to work alongside a deep bench of world-class talent across such wide-ranging consumer-facing applications, and deliver product to (then) the web’s biggest audience.


As a result of these operating experiences at Silicon Valley darlings, twice-over I am a member of a fantastic diaspora of alumni, represented at many exciting startups today. A huge positive from the creative destruction inherent in our space.


I joined the venture community in 2006 and learnt the business as a partner at Accel in London. This offered a fantastic apprenticeship and platform to forge strong relationships with many entrepreneurs and fellow investors.


Outside the startup world, I love to spend time with my amazing Danish fiancé and our young family. I also enjoy reading, sharing good food and wine with friends, and nature.

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