Saul Klein’s List Of Europe’s Next Billion-Dollar Tech Companies

Where will the next billion-dollar startups come from? The tech world and most VCs tend to be parochial, looking at Silicon Valley, maybe New York, and a few other hot markets like China and Brazil. But what about the Old Country?

Yesterday, I was having coffee with Saul Klein, a partner at Index Ventures and co-founder of Seedcamp. He believes that in every major city across Europe, Russia, and Israel, there are “a legion of companies that are capable of achieving billion dollar valuations and in some cases are likely to be able to do close to a billion dollars in revenues over the next 3 to 5 years.”

I asked him to name five while I pointed my iPhone video camera at him, and he was able to give me a much longer laundry list , which I’ve added below (along with some others he sent me afterwards). I’ve indicated which ones are Index investments and where each one was originally founded. Which of these will get into the billion-dollar club? (Note that some of these already are billion-dollar companies. You can click through to their Crunchbase profiles to learn more about each one).

Skype (London, Index)
Playfish (London, Index)
Wonga (London)
ASOS (London, Index)
Mind Candy (London Index)
Net-a-Porter (London, Index)
Betfair (London, Index)
Klarna (Stockholm)
Spotify (Stockholm)
Wix (Tel Aviv)
Conduit (Tel Aviv)
Fon (Madrid, Index)
Privalia (Barcelona, Index)
Criteo (Paris, Index)
Vente-Privee (Paris)
SoundCloud (Berlin, Index)
LogMeIn (Budapest)
AVG Technologies (Prague)
Kaspersky Lab (Moscow)
Ozon (Russia, Index)
Yandex (Moscow) (Moscow)