Update: Google has sent us the following clarification, which has yet to be corrected in the FT article:
"There are 4 general partners for Google Ventures Europe, not 5. MG Siegler, a Google Ventures general partner will move to London for short a period of time to serve as a liaison between the US and European operations, but keeps his current title."
The money quote gets delivered by David Drummond, Google’s senior VP of corporate development:
”As we look out around the world, we realise that the tech ecosystems are getting bigger and stronger. Nowhere is this more true than in Europe. Every European capital I travel to I see these start up clusters. Its obvious that great companies will come out of these ecosystems.”
They already are, David, they already are.
According to the FT report, the five partners will work from offices in Clerkenwell in London but make investments across Europe, and report to Google Ventures chief Bill Maris.
Google Ventures is coming to Europe! Thrilled to work with my fellow partners @thulme @petermread @avidl @parislemon http://t.co/Supa11KCUy— @ediggs Thu Jul 10 08:44:00 +0000 2014
It's been a lot of work helping to get @GoogleVentures Europe off the ground over the past few months. Still much more to do.— @parislemon Thu Jul 10 06:52:29 +0000 2014
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