A European early-stage investor who backed 3 buzzy unicorns going public this year says a Silicon Valley rolodex is key to picking future winners – News Nation USA

Hoxton’s Hussein Kanji (centre) said that contacts in Silicon Valley are crucial for picking top-tier startups in Europe.

  • Hoxton Ventures wrote early checks for three European unicorns that will go public this year.
  • Partner Hussein Kanji believes being able to pick up the phone to Silicon Valley is crucial in Europe.
  • A record €45.3 billion ($54.7 billion) was invested into European startups by VCs in 2020.
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A rolodex of Silicon Valley contacts is key to picking top European startups, according to an early-stage investor who backed three unicorns going public this year.

Hussein Kanji is a partner at London-based venture capital firm Hoxton Ventures, which was founded in 2013 and wrote early checks for food-delivery firm Deliveroo, cybersecurity company Darktrace, and health-tech startup Babylon.

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