Plumbing for Data
Mike Volpi on Why Index is Investing in Confluent
Avoiding the Pitfalls of Benchmarking
Steve Cadigan on why Google's best practices may not work for your company.
Deciphering the Buzz Around Security
Shardul Shah on why enterprise security is currently at an inflection point.
Pure Storage's Scott Dietzen Chats With Index's Mike Volpi
Pure Storage CEO Scott Dietzen Shares How He Transitioned Back to Startup & What Keeps Him Up At Night
The Medieval Village and the Irish Entrepreneur
Security is one the hottest areas of venture investing these days—an unsurprising development, given the ever-increasing frequency and severity of the attacks on enterprises.
Joining the Index family
Ilya Fushman on Why He's Joining Index Ventures
The Index Family dinners: where entrepreneurs share their experience
What Index looks for in an investment
Index Ventures has been lucky to be involved with many exciting and successful entrepreneurs and startups.
Molecular Partners sets the price range for its IPO
Molecular Partners AG, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of a pioneering class of protein therapeutics called DARPins™ for the treatment of severe or life-threatening diseases, announced today the launch of its initial public offering (IPO) on SIX Swiss Exchange with the publication of the offering and listing memorandum and the start of the bookbuilding process.
THIS IS KANO
The Computer Anyone Can Make Is Now Available to The Public.
What if local commerce got Amazon superpowers?
We live in a mobile-first world. The majority of the world’s population will experience the Internet from their mobile device first, and even if they grew up with computers and the web, the majority of their screen time will be on mobile. Ecommerce will be no exception to that.
Curbside Launches New Way for Shoppers to Find, Buy and Pick Up Products at Local Stores
New Company Also Announces $9.5M in Funding from Index Ventures, Yahoo! Co-Founder Jerry Yang’s AME Cloud Ventures, Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors and Others
There’s No Such Thing as Raising Too Much Money
Competition between startups over who can raise the most money has grown increasingly cutthroat.
The Village Economy
At Index we love to observe and debate change. If you spot change, you spot opportunity.
From Seed to A: Robinhood's Aim is Right on Target
Often at Index, we’re asked about how we build conviction; how do we know, or at least have a strong gut feeling, that we’re backing the right entrepreneurs with the right idea, the right platform, at the right time. The question has extra resonance at seed stage, when there’s little for potential investors to go on, other than a minimum viable product (MVP) and hopefully a captivating, well-honed pitch.
SwiftKey shares the secrets of a successful app launch
In a crowded marketplace it can be hard to be seen. How do you make sure as many users as possible find out about your app when you launch?
Bringing the Farmers’ Market to your Door: Index Leads $21M Series B in Good Eggs
I must say, that regardless of where I’ve lived, the delight of picking up fresh fruits and vegetables from a Farmers’ Market remains a true joy. There’s no denying the rising trend of consuming local, fresh, sustainable foods.
Codecademy founders Zach Sims and Ryan Bubinski on remaking education and teaching the world to code.
"I look at the world through a hacker’s lens"
Lookout co-founder John Hering, on solving post-PC security.
Memo to boards: the internet is staying
Let’s be clear on one point: the internet changes everything. It’s changed how we experience entertainment, news and culture; it’s changed our social and family lives, how we work and even how we engage in war and politics.
Lookout Raises $150M to Extend Its Mobile Security Platform to Large Enterprises
Lookout, the leader in mobile security, announced today that it has completed a $150 million round of financing. Building on a base of more than 50 million consumer subscribers, including millions of paying customers, the company will use these new funds to extend its reach to large enterprises through new product development and expanded go-to-market efforts.
A Robot in Every Home
Anki CEO and co-founder Boris Sofman on consumer products that interact with – and learn from – their physical environment.
Trello raises $10m Series A funding from Index Ventures and Spark Capital
Swoon Editions makes a handsome debut with £4m funding
Swoon Editions, the ‘new design every day’ online furniture business announces £4 million Series A funding round to expand its business in the UK.
Funding Circle announces $65m investment to fuel international growth of marketplace lending
Funding Circle, the world’s leading online marketplace for business lending which has lent more than half a billion dollars to over 5,000 businesses, today announced it has raised $65 million in a Series D funding round led by Index Ventures with participation from existing investors, Accel Partners, Union Square Ventures and Ribbit Capital.
Autobutler and the Six Characteristics of a Successful Online Marketplace
Online marketplace for car repairs, Autobutler, raises €5.8m to transform the garage experience for European car-owners
London & Copenhagen - Autobutler, the leading online platform for car maintenance and servicing, has raised €5.8m in a round led by Index Ventures, to expand across Europe, with initial focus on Germany and the UK.
Seedcamp Launches $30m Fund
Global investors from China, Russia, Europe and the Valley join forces to back ‘Seedcamp 2.0’ – a more extensive and ambitious approach to accelerating startups that will back 100 ventures over the next four years, with the aim of creating $1B businesses from across Europe.
Bringing innovation to our educational systems: Why Index invested in Edmodo
The recent debate around the adoption of the Common Core is emblematic of the need for transformation in the educational systems of the US – and, perhaps around the world. While we have enjoyed a dramatic rise in social and productivity services as consumers, our children have been largely left with technology solutions from the last century for their learning. Many of the old-school ways of educating our youth clearly aren’t working anymore – from a lack of STEM classes, to disparate achievement rates, to out-of-control costs. That’s why we’re excited to announce that we led a $30 million round in Edmodo, a safe platform where teachers and students can collaborate, share content, and leverage educational apps to augment in-classroom learning.
Big Data, Information Services and the Power of Knowledge
Since the term was first coined, ‘Big Data’ has become an industry buzz word, whose original meaning and potency has faded somewhat with overuse. Investors and entrepreneurs alike have long been chasing big data plays with little thought as to what such a term actually means. Simply put, ‘big data’ refers to the terabytes of data that technology has enabled us to produce, collect, store and mine. But in the majority of instances, data in itself has limited value.
Credit Benchmark raises $7m to reshape the credit risk information market and increase transparency
Launches a ‘contributed data’ model to build anonymized consensus estimates in institutional credit risk. A dozen global banks already committed to supplying data. Consensus coverage extends from sovereigns, banks and large corporates to SMEs, emerging markets and funds. New York office to open later this year.
The Global Bitcoin Opportunity: Why Index is Backing Xapo
Bitcoin is undoubtedly one of the most heated topics of discussion in the technology world. Whether bullish or bearish, consumers, regulators, banks, governments, and tech companies all have something to say about the rise of the world’s first mainstream virtual “currency”.
BlaBlaCar: meet the ‘idealists’ who are set to change how the world travels
Paris-based long-distance ride-sharing startup BlaBlaCar announced a $100 million Series C funding round led by Index Ventures today. As part of the round, Index’s Dominique Vidal and Martin Mignot will be joining the board. Here, Dominique and Martin explain why Index is so excited about what lies ahead for the company.
BlaBlaCar secures a $100 million round to transform city-to-city travel around the world
Company aims to build a global people-powered transport network.
ArtBinder, the Leading Mobile App for Galleries, Raises $3.17m for Product Innovation and Global Expansion
NEW YORK – ArtBinder, the pioneering app which enables galleries to present artworks remotely using simple, intuitive tools, today announces that it has raised a total of $3.17 million in a Series A round led by Index Ventures.
Osper reinvents banking for young people
Osper, the new Prepaid Debit Card and mobile banking app launches today, reinventing the world of money management for under 18’s.
Socialbakers Completes $26M Financing for International Expansion and Innovation
Series C round is one of the largest for a social analytics company outside North America
Versartis Secures $55 million in Series E Financing
REDWOOD CITY, CA - Versartis, Inc., an endocrine-focused biopharmaceutical company that is developing a novel, long-acting form of recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH) for the treatment of growth hormone deficiency (GHD), today announced that it has completed a $55 million Series E financing.
Blaze launches laserlight for cyclists to save lives
The Laserlight projects an image ahead of the cyclist to tackle the most common cause of cycling accidents - vehicles turning across an unseen bike.
Egalet Announces Pricing of Initial Public Offering
WAYNE, Pa. - Egalet Corporation ("Egalet") today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 4,200,000 shares of its common stock at a public offering price of $12.00 per share.
The Cambridge Satchel Company Raises $21M From Index Ventures
The Cambridge Satchel Company, the leather goods brand and maker of the original and best satchel, today announces funding of $21m from Index Ventures, backers of global brands and fashion retailers including ASOS, Moleskine, Net-á-Porter and Nasty Gal.
Trustpilot Secures $25 Million Funding to Accelerate Growth
New York – London – Copenhagen – Trustpilot, the leading review community for online shoppers, today announces it has raised $25m in Series C financing.
MyOptique Group announces £8 million funding
MyOptique Group, Europe's leading online optical retailer selling prescription glasses (Glasses Direct, MyOptique), sunglasses (Sunglasses Shop) and contact lenses (LensOn), today announced it has secured £8 million in investment and appointed a new Chairman to bolster its aggressive international expansion plans.
MetaPack accelerates international growth following £20m investment
MetaPack, the leading provider of delivery management solutions for retailers, announces today a £20m investment from Index Ventures, a leading venture capital investor in growth companies.
SoftBank and GungHo Announce Strategic Investment of USD 1.5 Billion in Supercell
SoftBank and GungHo today announced that they have entered into an agreement with Supercell.
Futurelytics raises $800K to bring easy-to-use prescriptive analytics to companies of all sizes
Futurelytics Inc., a prescriptive analytics platform that helps businesses derive value from their data, announced that it has closed a Series Seed financing round of $800K. The company will use the funds to accelerate product development, initiate new strategic partnerships and expand internationally, initially to the US and the UK.
Criteo Prices Initial Public Offering
Criteo S.A. (CRTOF), a leading global technology company that specializes in performance display advertising, today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 8,082,580 American Depository Shares, representing the company's ordinary shares, at a price to the public of $31.00 per American Depositary Share.
Funding Circle Launches In U.S. With $37M Investment
Online business lending pioneer joins forces with San Francisco-based Endurance Lending Network.
Outbrain Raises $35 Million in New Funding Round
Latest Round Brings Outbrain's Total Funding to $99M, Comes on Heels of CFO Hire and Aggressive Growth
Lacoon Aims to Set New Benchmarks for Enterprise Mobile Security
Lacoon announces general release of MobileFortress and an $8M Series A funding round led by Index Ventures.
Monsanto to Acquire The Climate Corporation
Investment creates industry-leading capabilities to meet the needs of farmers in the agriculture information age and expands near and long-term opportunity for Monsanto's business and Integrated Farming Systems platform.
Flipboard Raises $50 Million
Palo Alto, Calif. — Today Flipboard Inc. announced it has closed its Series C financing round, adding $50 million in capital to accelerate the company's vision of improving the discovery, curation and creation of great content that moves the world forward.
FuzeBox Targets Global Expansion, Raises $26M
Targeting global expansion, FuzeBox, a leading cloud-based provider of real-time communication and collaboration solutions, today named former Yammer and Salesforce.com executive David Obrand as CEO, and announced $26 million in Series B financing led by Hermes Growth Partners with additional funding from Series A investors Index Ventures, Khosla Ventures and Insight Venture Partners.
SwiftKey raises series B to expand product portfolio, fuel global expansion
Company behind best-selling keyboard app SwiftKey raises $17.5M to expand product portfolio and fuel major US push.
Pure Storage Closes $150M Funding Round with Top Tier Public Market Investors
Valued at Over $1B with Strong Sequential Quarterly Growth, All-Flash Pioneer Is Industry's Fastest Growing Enterprise Storage Company; Adds Industry Veteran Frank Slootman to Its Board.
NumberFour AG Announces $38M Series A Financing
NumberFour AG, founded in 2009 by Marco Boerries to re-imagine how small businesses are run, announced today it has secured $38 million in Series A financing led by Mike Volpi from Index Ventures.
PhotoBox Group enhances its social and mobile platform with acquisition of StickyGram.com
PhotoBox Group, Europe’s leading provider of personalized products and operator of the PhotoBox and Moonpig.com brands, is pleased to announce the acquisition of StickyGram.com, a fast-growing, online premium print brand that leverages Instagram to turn its digital photos into delightful magnets.
Bain Capital Ventures and Index Ventures Invest in Novus
Novus, a New York-based company founded by former portfolio managers, engineers and data scientists to help the world's top institutions and investors generate higher returns, today announced that it has received an investment from Bain Capital Ventures, the venture arm of Bain Capital, and Index Ventures.
Swipely Secures $12 Million Series B Financing to Accelerate Growth
Swipely, the simple way for local merchants to accept payments, understand customers and grow revenue, today announced it has completed a $12 million Series B round of financing.
$6 million investment round in London start-up TransferWise
TransferWise, the peer-to-peer international money transfer business, has secured a $6 million investment round led by Valar Ventures, the venture fund founded by Facebook’s first outside investor and co-founder of PayPal, Peter Thiel -- his first Valar Ventures investment in Europe.
Shapeways Announces $30M Round
The promise of 3D Printing for all - designers and consumers, alike - takes a significant step forward as Shapeways, the leading 3D Printing marketplace and community, today announced a $30 million Series C round of financing, led by Andreessen Horowitz.
Wealthfront Announces $20 Million Funding
At Wealthfront, our mission is to provide the high-quality financial advice offered by the best financial institutions and private wealth managers, without the high account minimums or costs, writes CEO Adam Nash.
Auxmoney raises $12 million from Index Ventures and Union Square Ventures
auxmoney, Germany's leading online marketplace where private consumers can borrow directly from private investors, secures $12 million funding from Index Ventures (other investments include Skype and Dropbox) and Union Square Ventures (other investments include Twitter and Lending Club).
MOLESKINE S.p.A.: successfully completes IPO
Moleskine S.p.A. today announced the successful completion of the Initial Public Offering of its ordinary shares, for the purpose of admission to listing on the Electronic Stock Market (MTA), organised and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A., with a demand that, within the price range, was more than 3.6 times superior to the total offer.
Farfetch raises $20m to fuel expansion
Condé Nast International has led a $20m investment in farfetch, the world’s leading e-commerce marketplace for independent fashion boutiques, it was announced today by Jonathan Newhouse, Chairman and Chief Executive.
Elasticsearch Closes $24M Series B and Exceeds Two Million Downloads Milestone
Elasticsearch, the company behind the popular real-time search and analytics open source project, today announced it has secured $24 million in Series B financing led by Mike Volpi from Index Ventures.
The New Perimeter: Why We Invested in Adallom
Since SaaS emerged as a viable enterprise model over a decade ago, IT directors have lost sleep many nights worrying how to secure the ever-growing, ever-morphing, perimeter-less network known unassumingly as the 'cloud'. And that challenge is only getting more complex by the day.
Mobile-focused brokerage for all
With technology reshaping and demystifying all aspects of financial services, from foreign exchange and insurance to asset and wealth management, Index is very excited to be part of an early stage investment in Robinhood (www.Robinhoodapp.com), an iOS (and soon, Android) app, which is transforming the way people invest in individual stocks.
Saul Klein's Keynote at Dublin Web Summit
Majority World Report 2013: Risk and Reward
The best startup in Europe we can't invest in
Everyone is rightly excited about the wall of amazing tech-enabled startups being born in Europe and Israel, disrupting massive industries including media, marketing, fashion, retail, travel, finance and transportation.
A Letter to German Entrepreneurs
As the European startup ecosystem matures, you would expect young entrepreneurs to enjoy ever-increasing access to useful advice from mentors, business leaders, experienced entrepreneurs, legal advisors and investors.
Clinical Trial Transparency
Today, the majority of clinical trials that are run never report their results in a form that is accessible to the public.
“Don’t Trust the Horse, Trojans!”
The myth of the Trojan horse is epic, but you might not remember an important character - Lacoon.
Supercell Achieves Orbit
In 2010, the thirtieth year of SoftBank’s existence, its founder Masayoshi Son outlined the company’s vision for the next 30 years.
Helping Farmers Protect Their Crops From Adverse Weather
This morning Monsanto announced its acquisition of The Climate Corporation. Index Ventures led Climate’s seed round and co-led or participated in every round the company has raised since.
LSE readies for lift off
There comes a time in the life-span of any large, successful company when they consider an IPO.
Meet The "Mind-Reading" Startup
We at Index are leading a $17.5m Series B round into London-based app developer SwiftKey (TouchType Ltd), makers of the best-selling Android app of 2012, the SwiftKey virtual keyboard.
It has often been said that one of the key features that distinguishes “big pharma” from biotech is access to the latest technological platforms to aid efficient drug discovery and development.
The Man Who Cured Ageing?
When Disraeli supposedly said “The only two certainties in life are death and taxes” he could not have imagined that little over a century later, such rock-solid logic could be under threat.
ProFibrix, a rising star of pharma companies
Since 2007, Index Ventures has been the largest shareholder in a rising star of pharma companies, ProFibrix - a visionary company whose lead product aims to save lives and speed recovery for patients undergoing bleeding during surgery and after trauma.
The zero person biotech company
Comparing the founding of two virtual drug development companies, Funxional Therapeutics in 2006 and XO1 earlier in 2013 proves at least one thing: in just seven years it has become dramatically easier and quicker to create a virtual drug development company.
Incremental innovation lives on
In 2010, in my blog, DrugBaron, I declared the death of incremental innovation and wrote the obituary.
Why We Are Investing in Rad
Index Ventures is leading a €2.5m Series A investment alongside Angel investors in Paris-based Rad, a discovery platform for cool fashion, art and design products and I will be joining the board. Here is why we are excited to be working with them.
Financial services facing surge of disruption
If ever there was an industry overripe for disruption it was financial services. With its arcane fee structures, drawn-out decision-making processes and the sheer opaqueness of its operations, the sector has long been almost impervious to change.
Why We Are Investing In Capitaine Train (Again)
Ichorcumab: the blood of the gods?
Index Ventures recently completed an $11M Series A investment in XO1, an asset-centric company established with the sole objective of developing the monoclonal antibody Ichorcumab under license from Cambridge University.
Anki: why the demo sealed the deal
If ever there was a case of a demo sealing the deal, then this was it. From the moment we saw Anki Drive cars racing around their track, our minds were made up. Those hundreds of hours I’d spent as a kid, battling electric-powered cars against my friends came flooding back.
Where to start an ‘Asset-Centric’ Biotech Firm?
In an era of payer austerity and funding challenges, more and more biotech entrepreneurs and investors, alike, are realizing the considerable risks associated with simultaneous development of multiple assets and instead opting for a more streamlined approach that has come to be known as “asset-centricity.”
The end of retail (as we know it)
The carnage on the British High street - and its Main Street, USA equivalent - is no blip. The cycle of decline, which has seen a run of recent closures of UK household name retailers and a total of more than 200 medium or large retail businesses going bust over the past five years, is here to stay.
How Shapeways landed a landmark $30m
Delighted to report that today Shapeways announced a $30m fundraising led by Andreesen Horowitz.
Why we invested in Supercell...
While many looked at Supercell’s phenomenal rise and assumed that, statistically speaking, its best days had to be behind it, my partners and I took the contrary view and decided to lead a €100 million investment in the company.
Rethinking wealth management
When our good friend, Andy Rachleff, started Wealthfront with Dan Carroll a few years back, they held a revolutionary belief about how money should be managed. Having been a trustee of several university endowments, Andy had seen how larger and more sophisticated investors managed their funds.
The UK’s Growth Dilemma
As they reach the stage when they’re approaching profitability, fast-growth companies have a choice: they can either focus on profits - or on market share and scale. Our preference is that they continue to focus on growth.
The economics of freemium
Economics is occasionally derided as a phony science. Frankly I struggled with it school and university so to me this description really resonates. How can the graphs and formulae in the textbooks ever really capture the behavior of complex organizations and impulsive consumers?
We are the 8%
“Flatlining”, “pre-recovery”, “stagnant”, “sluggish” - we’re running out of adjectives to describe the UK’s seemingly moribund economy. Stripped of its AAA rating last weekend, it shrank by 0.3% in the final quarter of last year , and - amid signs of a possible triple dip recession - more of the same is predicted for 2013.
Finding insight in Big Data
200,000 downloads per month don’t happen everyday in the enterprise software universe, especially when you’re talking about a piece of infrastructure software enabled search in Big Data.
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