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Robin Klein - Venture Partner
Robin joined the London office of Index Ventures in April 2010 as a Venture Partner. He is a founding partner of The Accelerator Group, a seed investment company specialising in e-commerce, digital media and Internet services.
He is currently Chairman of Quickbridge (Wonga), Moo and MyBuilder and sits on the boards of EDITD, Farfetch, FreeAgent, OneFineStay, Skimlinks and Zoopla. Robin is a governor of Rhyl primary school and a past Chairman of Great Ormond Street hospital's funding company.
Robin has 25 years of operating experience, 20 years of which as entrepreneur and 14 years of investing experience and he has been on the boards of three publicly quoted companies. In his last operating role as Chairman and CEO of Innovations, he conducted the very first UK ecommerce transaction in May 1995.
Since starting his investment career in earnest in 1998 by co-founding The Accelerator Group (TAG) with his son, Saul, they have made over sixty investments. Some of TAG's exits include Agent Provocateur (3i) where Robin was Chairman for five years, Sit Up TV (Virgin Media), board member for 4 years, Lastminute (IPO), Last.fm (CBS), Dopplr (Nokia), Lovefilm (Amazon), Fizzback (Nice Systems), Slideshare (Linkedin), Tweetdeck (Twitter) and Mashery (Intel).
Robin is passionate about helping to build the European technology start-up ecosystem and actively supports Saul in the promotion of Seedcamp and OpenCoffee. He has a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering and an MSc in Industrial Engineering.
For more information, you can follow Robin on Twitter @robinklein or read the TAG blog or about Robin.
Skype is a global P2P telephony company that is changing voice communications by moving voice calling to the Internet. Acquired by eBay in October 2005.
- Danny Rimer, Saul Klein, Mike Volpi
- Communications, Consumer
- Early stage
- Sep 12 2005
- eBay to Acquire Skype
- Mar 15 2004
- SKYPE Closes 'B' Round Funding from Top Venture Capitalists