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
Culture Amp secures $6.3m in Series A funding to grow culture-first companies
Airbnb, Uber, Pandora, Adobe, Pinterest, Warby Parker, Lyft, Etsy, GoDaddy among the companies using Culture Amp for employee surveys.
The Opportunities and Challenges of Building a Lasting Ecommerce Brand
As an investor, I have a particular fondness for the ecommerce space—not because I’m particularly fashion-savvy, but because I find investing in ecommerce more challenging than investing in apps or services.
Managing Hypergrowth at LinkedIn: The Importance of Iteration
Index Ventures Mentor-in-Residence Steve Cadigan on the importance of using an iterative approach to leadership.
Visa to Acquire TrialPay
TrialPay’s Innovative Offers Platform Extends Visa’s Suite of Merchant Solutions
Peoplevox raises $6M to offer state-of-the-art warehouse management software to booming e-commerce sector
Peoplevox, the leading provider of software-as-a-service warehouse management system, today announces a $6 million investment led by Index Ventures to help e-commerce companies modernise their warehouse operations. In a competitive and fast-growing market, seamless warehouse management is mission critical for all e-commerce players, with ineffective systems resulting in delayed, cancelled or wrong orders – which are damaging both to brand and customer loyalty.
Supporting Zebras not just Unicorns
Now that nearly two billion people have smartphones in their pockets and software is profoundly changing the way we live and work, national and local governments around the world are paying serious attention to how the Internet is changing GDP. In an increasingly connected world, cities and countries are vying to attract the entrepreneurs and innovators who not just drive economic growth, but can also help to deliver against long-term policy objectives.
British Gas to Acquire AlertMe, Pioneer in Connected Home Technology, In Deal Estimated at £65m
AlertMe today announces it has entered into an agreement for the sale of the company to British Gas (part of the Centrica plc group) in a deal estimated to be worth £65m ($100m).
GSK strengthens early stage vaccine pipeline with acquisition of GlycoVaxyn AG
GSK today announced that it has acquired GlycoVaxyn AG, a specialist vaccine biopharmaceutical company based in Switzerland.
Glycovaxyn: the vision of a brilliant ETHZ biochemist turns into reality
It was the spring of 2006 when Michael Wacker and Urs Tuor walked in the Index offices in Geneva, pitching the new company they had co-founded with Michael Stucky.
A 10 Year Journey: Q&A with Quentin Gallivan on Pentaho’s Road to Success
On Tuesday, Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., announced its intent to acquire Pentaho.
Hitachi Data Systems Announces Intent to Acquire Pentaho to Deliver More Value From Big Data and the Internet of Things that Matter
Acquisition delivers data integration, business analytics expertise, and foundational technologies that accelerate big data value
Online Furniture Marketplace Move Loot Raises $9M
Move Loot, the first full-service online marketplace for pre-owned home goods, has teamed up with the e-commerce experts at venture capital firm Metamorphic Ventures and raised $9 million in new funding to prepare for rapid geographic expansion.
‘Be creative with a deal you can’t afford’ and ‘get on a plane’
Pro tips on M&A from serial acquirer and MyHeritage CEO Gilad Japhet.
Datadog Raises $31M in Series C Funding Round Led by Index Ventures
New round enables company to strengthen the leadership position and growth trajectory for its cloud monitoring platform.
Deliveroo raises $25m in Series B funding to transform the food delivery experience
Investment will fuel UK and international expansion of meal delivery from favourite local restaurants.
TransferWise raises $58m as it rolls out global expansion plans
Andreessen Horowitz the venture capital firm created by Netscape and Opsware founders Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz - has led a Series C $58m round in Europe’s leading financial tech start-up TransferWise. TransferWise’s existing investors, including Sir Richard Branson, Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures, Index Ventures, IA Ventures, and Seedcamp, also participated in the round.
Interana Secures $20 Million in Series B Funding Led by Index Ventures
Data Analytics Company Expands Reach With New Customers, Making Data a Part of Everyone's Day
Gaining Insights: Interana ushers the era of data democratization
Plus size fashion retailer navabi announces €25m worth of funding
navabi, the global leader in women’s premium plus size fashion, has announced a new funding round worth €25 million.
Investing in the Enterprise in 2015
Enterprise technology investing is probably in one of the most interesting places it has been in the last 20 years. The confluence of critical technology transition, open source software, mobility, and the consumerization of the enterprise has created fertile ground for the next generation of iconic enterprise companies.
Stack Exchange Raises $40 Million Series D Financing
Stack Exchange, Inc., best known for Stack Overflow, a site where millions of developers have built and curated the largest online repository of programming knowledge in the world, today announced a $40 million round of Series D funding led by Andreessen Horowitz.
Welcoming Our Newest Mentor-in-Residence, Steve Cadigan
Platforms of Purpose
As we close out 2014, I thought it appropriate to repost something I had written about what we think is one of the most important trends that took shape this year.
Merck Acquires OncoEthix, a Privately Held Oncology Company Developing Novel BET Inhibitors for Hematological and Solid Cancers
Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, announced today that it has acquired, through a subsidiary, OncoEthix, a Swiss-based privately held biotechnology company specializing in oncology drug development.
Adyen’s mission to build new payment rails for the world
Jan Hammer on the payment technology company that’s set to change how the world transacts.
Adyen Raises $250M in Funding to Accelerate Growth of Its Global Payments Platform
Funding for Leading Global Payments Technology Company Led by General Atlantic with Significant Investments from Temasek and Existing Investors, Index Ventures and Felicis Ventures.
Hortonworks Announces Pricing of Initial Public Offering
Hortonworks, Inc. today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 6,250,000 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $16.00 per share.
Understanding Brand: Lessons from Sonos Brand Chief Greg Perlot
Greg Perlot, chief brand officer at Sonos, and Mike Volpi were joined by a group of entrepreneurs at Index Ventures to discuss how a tech and product oriented company with a complex message transformed into a true consumer lifestyle brand.
Nginx closes $20M to deliver the modern web experience
Nginx, Inc., the engine powering applications and content for the modern web experience, today announced that it has closed a $20 million Series B1 round led by NEA.
Paris is Back: 30 years in the making, Paris' tech scene has reached escape velocity
In October 2013, in what turned out to be a seminal moment, Criteo raised $250m when it listed on the Nasdaq. It is now valued at over $2bn, confidently taking on Google in its core competency of online performance advertising. It employs more than 500 employees, many of them engineers, in a flamboyant contemporary building in the heart of Paris.
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.
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.
Deliveroo raises £2.75m to expand delivery of quality restaurant food across the UK
Fuelled by strong demand from both restaurant owners and consumers in Central London, Deliveroo expands deliveries across the city and signs up new restaurants including Carluccio’s and Tommi’s Burgers.
Versartis Presents Positive Six Month VRS-317 Phase 2a Clinical Study Results
Long-Acting VRS-317 Efficacy and Safety Comparable to Daily Growth Hormone Therapies
MyOptique Group serves its millionth customer and raises £16 million
MyOptique Group, Europe’s leading online optical retailer, today announced it has secured £16 million (€20m) additional investment, bringing the total raised in its current Series C funding round to £35 million (€43m). At the same time it has posted its year end results, showing EBITDA profitability for the second year running.
Algolia Tops off Seed Round At $2.8M With New Investment Led By Storm Ventures
Search-As-A-Service API Enables Developers To Increase Conversions, Relevance, Scale, And Speed Of Search On Any Mobile Application Or Website.
HouseTrip names George Hadjigeorgiou Chief Executive Officer
Founder Arnaud Bertrand continues as President of the global holiday home company.
Canon acquires Milestone to make major advance in network video surveillance business
Canon, world leader in imaging solutions, today announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Denmark-based Milestone Systems A/S, a world leading provider of open platform video management software, via its subsidiary Canon Europa N.V.
SavingGlobal raises €7.5m to spark ‘saving without borders’ revolution
Investment to fuel new phase of growth in core German market, prior to pan-European expansion. Contracts signed with 3 new bank partners in the last 4 weeks.
High profile tech investors throw $25m behind startup calling for greater transparency in banking
London-based TransferWise to invest new funds in raising consumer awareness of “excessive and opaque” foreign exchange fees.
Arista Announces Pricing of Initial Public Offering
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Arista Networks, Inc. (NYSE:ANET) today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 5,250,000 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $43.00 per share.
Elasticsearch Raises $70 Million in Series C Financing
Elasticsearch to accelerate mission of making it simple for businesses worldwide to obtain meaningful insights from data.
Codecademy Goes Global to Help Millions-Strong Community Succeed in Today's Workforce
TheFamily raises $1M to expand its activities in the French startup ecosystem
TheFamily, the strategic startup shareholder in France with a portfolio of 126 companies, has raised $1M of funding from Index Ventures and a number of angel investors.
Revolutionary music keyboard firm ROLI raises $12.8m to scale production
London music start-up ROLI, whose award-winning product, the Seaboard GRAND, met with unexpectedly strong demand creating waiting lists of up to a year, is now poised to scale production and expand globally.
Centrify Announces $42 Million in Funding
Centrify Corporation, the leader in Unified Identity Services across data center, cloud and mobile, today announced it has raised $42 million in funding with participation by strategic investors Samsung Ventures, Fortinet Inc. and Docomo Capital.
Zendesk, Inc. Announces Pricing of Initial Public Offering
Zendesk, Inc. today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 11,111,111 shares of its common stock at a price of $9.00 per share. The shares are expected to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on May 15, 2014 under the ticker “ZEN.”
Sinch Launches Communications Platform for Mobile Developers
Sinch today announced the launch of its communications platform enabling iOS and Android developers to add a layer of voice and messaging to their apps for free or at fraction of the cost of competitors.
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso, Founder and CEO of Nasty Gal
In 2002, Sophia Amoruso was hitchhiking up and down the West Coast, dumpster diving for meals and dabbling in petty thievery. Fast forward to 2014: Sophia Amoruso is the Founder and CEO of Nasty Gal, the fastest growing online fashion retailer in the country.
auxmoney Raises $16M to Take Crowdlending Mainstream
auxmoney, Germany’s leading online marketplace for peer-to-peer loans, where private consumers can borrow up to €25,000 directly from private and institutional investors, today announced an investment round of $16 million.
Bitcoin payments pioneer BitPay raises record $30M in Series A led by Index Ventures
BitPay, the world leader in business solutions for Bitcoin digital currency, today announces a Series A funding round of $30M (€22M), led by Index Ventures, with participation from Horizons Ventures, Founders Fund, Felicis Ventures, RRE Ventures, TTV Capital, Sir Richard Branson, and AME Cloud Ventures.
iZettle Raises €40M ($55.5M) Series C
Growth investor Zouk Capital is joined by Dawn Capital, Intel Capital and early investors Creandum, Greylock, Index, Northzone and SEB
Europe’s largest peer-to-peer car rental service Drivy raises €6m to expand internationally
Drivy hits 250,000 users mark and 20% month-to-month growth, as people forgo buying a car to rent one from neighbours instead. Average car owner on Drivy makes €1,000 a year from a car that would otherwise sit idle.
OZON Holdings Announces $150 Million Investment from Sistema and MTS to Support Continued Company Growth
OZON Holdings Limited (“Ozon Group” or the “Company”), Russia's leading e-commerce group, today announced that it has completed a $150 million funding round (the “Transaction”).
The Business of Fashion Introduces BoF Careers
Today, The Business of Fashion is pleased to introduce BoF Careers (1), a global talent marketplace embedded at the heart of the fashion ecosystem, where top professional talent and the industry's leading companies can connect and interact.
Digital Health Start-Up, Big Health, Raises $3.3 million Series A Round
Creators of online sleep improvement programme, Sleepio, announce plans for US office
Pure Storage Raises $225M, Valued at Over $3B by Leading Public Market Investors
With Plans for Continued Business Acceleration, Pure Storage Raises New Capital to Meet Market Demand, Expand Global Footprint and Preserve Long-Term Independence in Pioneering the All-Flash Future for Enterprise Storage.
Squarespace Raises $40M in Series B Funding
Squarespace, the leading all-in-one website publishing and e-commerce platform used by hundreds of thousands of businesses, today announced it has raised $40 million in Series B funding from global growth investor General Atlantic.
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.
Next Generation Banking
Building a local food delivery network
London-based food delivery start-up, Deliveroo, announced a £2.75 million Series A funding round led by Index Ventures today. As part of the round, Martin Mignot will join the board. He explains below why Index has decided to lead the round and is so excited about what is coming next for the company.
Patreon raises $15M Series A led by Index, to enable more creators to earn a living from their art
Velazquez and van Gogh could never have created some of the world’s greatest masterpieces without patrons. I like to remind my Italian partners that the concept of patronage preceded the House of Medici by millennia! Of course, it was just a matter of time before the Internet Economy would enable anyone to participate in supporting their favorite creator. So today, we’re thrilled to lead a $15 million Series A round of funding in Patreon, the world’s first online network that connects modern-day patrons with creators of all kinds.
Bitcoin: how to win over consumers
Mainstream adoption of bitcoin will occur once the currency evolves from being a store of value into a medium of exchange.
The Danish Connection
Saving Private Savings
Our new fund for building iconic businesses
Today we’re delighted to announce our new €400m ($550M) early stage fund both to invest in and support the passionate and ambitious entrepreneurs looking to build the S&P 500 of the next 20 years.
"My story could never have been incubated"
Nasty Gal pioneer Sophia Amoruso on creating a game-changing online fashion brand from scratch.
How to grow a company through acquisitions
PhotoBox President and Group Chief Executive Stan Laurent on M&As
Israel’s Startup Velocity
Why Israel’s tech ecosystem became a world leader.
Payment without borders: Why we’re backing BitPay
The number of people online and connected globally today has reached 3 billion – more than 40% of the world’s population. As that figure rises exponentially, and increasing swathes of our daily lives migrate to the Internet, the ability to transact safely, seamlessly and in confidence, across-borders, has become ever more important.
Lost in translation (American exuberance v British reserve)
Lost in translation (American exuberance v British reserve).
Farfetch Brings Home $66 Million in New Funding
For fashionistas, there’s nothing quite like stumbling upon a chic boutique, perhaps hidden on a winding cobblestone street in Barcelona or Paris, where every item seems to be ‘just your style’.
Next generation healthcare
Peter Hames, co-founder of Big Health, on re-imagining a healthcare company.
The Flash (Sales) Mob
Secret Escapes co-founders Alex Saint and Tom Valentine on how to nail it at flash sales.
The Tech cluster phenomenon powering Europe’s startup boom
Where is Europe’s Silicon Valley? This is the inevitable opening question the U.S.- tech media has for a European venture capitalist.
Signal in the Noise
Hortonworks CEO Rob Bearden on enterprise-grade Hadoop and the Big Data opportunity.
Disrupting the Multi-trillion Wealth Management Industry: Wealthfront Raises $35M Round
London’s Digital Revolution Is Incomplete
London’s position as the centre of Europe’s digital revolution is assured -- at least for now.
A Perfect Storm: Now is the Time for Multibillion Dollar Open Source Companies
At Index we’ve been investing in open source for 12 years and have never seen such a ‘perfect storm’ for open source companies to make the jump from scrappy-and-free to large-and-profitable.
MOO: 'Scaling can be painful'
MOO CEO and Founder Richard Moross on serving customers in 200+ countries.
SwiftKey CEO and co-founder Jon Reynolds on marketing an app to millions and scaling to the U.S.
Don’t cook, JUST EAT
JUST EAT’s executive team on making marketing count
Criteo: It's all about the team
It was November 2007 and I had just joined Index to launch the firm’s new growth fund, when a close member of my network, Pascal Gauthier, told me about a company called Criteo.
We give a voice to ideas
Squarespace CEO Anthony Casalena on "solving" publishing and why we will all need a place to live online.
The Etsy Factor
Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson on reinventing retail and why community must have soul.
HouseTrip CEO Arnaud Bertrand on how to launch -- and scale -- a global sharing economy business.
Another Cambridge Phenomenon
Index Ventures backs The Cambridge Satchel Company.
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