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Q&A

Q&A with venture capitalist Robin Klein

Robin Klein is the founding partner of UK seed venture fund, Local Globe. He was previously a partner at the venture capital firm, Index Ventures.

15 Feb 2017

Sum up what you do in a sentence.

I help great founders build great companies.

Why did you decide to get into this?

It was a natural evolution for me, from being an entrepreneur and building a few of my own companies.

What has been the wisest thing anyone has ever told you?

Figure out what is really important to you and focus on that.

When were you last surprised by something?

I’m surprised almost every day. Amazing entrepreneurs are being produced younger and younger. There appears to be no lower age limit, but I am still surprised by people like Herman Narula who, at the age of 24, launched Improbable, an audacious company.

What’s the best ever invention?

The internet. (Or the wheel.)

Does modern capitalism work?

Imperfectly, but better than most other systems we’ve tried over the years.

What would you go big on if you became PM?

Education, education, education.

What would you outlaw?

Arrogance.

When/where would you like to go in our time machine?

Victorian England.

Where’s your bucket list destination? 

North Carolina, USA. Fascinating colonial history closely tied to British history. I want to see the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia which was designed by the architect of my house, Rick Mather.

One thing you watched recently that you’d recommend?

The Crown. The most ambitious and brilliantly executed series production by Netflix – the modern version of the great film studios.

Who would be your three dream dinner guests? 

Warren Buffett, Desmond Tutu and Jeff Bezos.

If we hit ‘most listened to’ on your music, what would come up? 

Mozart’s Requiem.

What’s your death row meal? 

Don’t wish to contemplate.

Who’s your hero?

Bill Gates. In his quiet, unflashy manner, he created and built one of the great, enduring technology companies and then gave back billions in an active and thoughtful way.

What superpower do you wish you had?

Infinite memory.

Do you have any regrets?

None. Don’t dwell on the past. Try to keep looking forward.

This story is taken from Courier Feb/Mar 2017.