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Adam Valkin joins General Catalyst Partners

Venture capital firm General Catalyst Partners has appointed Adam Valkin as a general partner in its Boston office, effective January 2013.

In this role, Valkin will focus on sourcing early stage investments and working with existing companies in General Catalyst’s portfolio by using his experience to mentor young entrepreneurs.

Valkin has spent the last 16 years working with early stage businesses in Europe, Israel and the US as an investor and entrepreneur. He joins General Catalyst from Accel Partners, where he was a venture partner in the firm’s London office focusing on investments in internet and mobile services. At Accel Valkin led investments in several early-stage companies including Dragonplay, Hailo, fiverr and Qriously, and also worked with Myheritage, Seeking Alpha and Spotify.

“Adam joined Accel almost three years ago and has been a valued member of our team. We are sorry to see him leave but fully support his decision to relocate to Boston to be with his family,” says Kevin Comolli, partner at Accel. “We are thrilled that he will be joining such a great team at General Catalyst to continue his venture capital career.”

Prior to joining Accel, Valkin was global head of digital media and new business at television production company Endemol. He was previously a partner at venture capital firm Arts Alliance where he was involved with its investments in Kenshoo, Propertyfinder, Prepay Technologies and was a co-founder, investor and interim chief executive of Love Film which was sold to Amazon.com in 2011.

"We've had a long working relationship with Accel Partners and to have a member of its esteemed London team join GC is a real honour for us," says Joel Cutler, partner at General Catalyst. "With Adam's track record of building and guiding successful companies, he's a great fit with our focus of entrepreneurs investing in entrepreneurs."

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