The Revolution Will Be Streamed
By James Higa, Index Ventures mentor-in-residence.
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
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.
Next Generation Banking
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HouseTrip names George Hadjigeorgiou Chief Executive Officer
Founder Arnaud Bertrand continues as President of the global holiday home company.
The Danish Connection
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.
Saving Private Savings
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.
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.
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 Business of Fashion announces $2.1m seed funding, to build next generation fashion media company
The Business of Fashion (BoF) announced today that it has raised $2.1m in seed funding, securing a minority investment from a group of prestigious global investors spanning the worlds of fashion, media and technology.
Prescription Eyewear Limited extends clear leadership position in online optical market
Prescription Eyewear Ltd, the parent company of myOptique.com, SunglassesShop.com and GlassesDirect.com, announced today that it has added LensOn, the leading Nordic online contact lens seller, to its growing portfolio of market-leading brands.
Trustpilot raises €10 million in a round led by Index Ventures
Trustpilot, the leading provider of trusted company reviews, has closed a €10 million funding round led by Index Ventures, joined by existing investors SEED Capital Denmark and Northzone.
CipherCloud closes $30m investment round
CipherCloud, the leader in cloud information protection, today announced that it has secured $30 million in funding from Andreessen Horowitz.
Growth in online luxury marketplace attracts investment from Index Ventures, Spark Capital and Benchmark
1stdibs, the world's largest online luxury marketplace for rare and desirable objects, announced today a new investment from Index Ventures and Spark Capital designed to fuel the company's international expansion, marketing and adoption of new technology.
MyHeritage acquires Geni.com and raises $25m in new funding round
Family history network buys rival and advances international expansion with new funds.
Datadog Announces $6.2m investment from Index Ventures and RTP Ventures
Datadog, an innovator in the IT monitoring space, today announced a $6.2M A-round of funding, co-led by Index Ventures and RTP Ventures, an affiliate of ru-Net Holdings, with participation from existing investors IA Ventures, Amplify Partners, Contour Ventures and NYCSeed.
Socialbakers, global leaders in social media analytics, raises $6m in a round led by Index Ventures
Socialbakers, the company major global brands rely on for social media analytics, announced today it has secured $6 million funding to further expand its category-leading social media measurement platform.
Pentaho secures $23m C Round to expand development, engineering, sales & marketing
Delivering the future of business analytics, Pentaho Corporation today announced that it has raised a $23 million C round led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA), with participation from additional existing investors Benchmark Capital, Index Ventures and DAG Ventures.
Big Switch Networks Raises Series B
Big Switch Networks, the leading platform-independent Software-Defined Networking (SDN) company has closed a $25M Series B funding led by Redpoint Ventures and joined by Goldman Sachs, and existing investors Index Ventures, Khosla Ventures, and others.
Microsoft Reaches Agreement to Acquire StorSimple
Microsoft Corp. and StorSimple Inc. today announced that Microsoft has reached a definitive agreement to acquire StorSimple, a leader in Cloud-integrated Storage (CiS) solutions.
Secret Escapes wins further funding and plans global expansion
Secret Escapes, the independent online luxury travel club, which runs exclusive flash sales of four and five-star hand-picked hotels and holidays worldwide, has secured £8 million of new funding to strengthen the company's lead in the UK market and support international expansion plans.
Housetrip.com Announces $40 Million Series C Investment
HouseTrip.com, one of the largest holiday rental websites in the world, today announces a USD$40M Series C funding round led by Accel Partners, with existing investors Balderton Capital and Index Ventures also participating.
Zendesk announces $60 Million financing
LONDON, UK - Zendesk, the proven cloud-based customer service software provider, today announced the completion of $60 million of new financing.
Nasty Gal Secures $40 Million
Nasty Gal, the global e-tailer for fashion-forward girls, today announced that Index Ventures has completed a $40 million Series B investment in the company out of its growth fund. Danny Rimer of Index Ventures has joined the company’s board.
Pure Storage Receives $40 Million Cash Infusion to Accelerate Growth
Pure Storage, the all-flash enterprise storage array company, today announced that it has closed an oversubscribed $40 million Series D funding round led by Index Venture’s Senior Partner Mike Volpi; existing investors Greylock Partners, Redpoint Ventures and Sutter Hill Ventures also contributed to the round.
FuzeBox Announces $20M in Series A Funding
FuzeBox, the global leader in real-time visual collaboration across mobile and desktop devices, today announced it has closed a $21 million Series A financing to scale its products, sales and marketing efforts worldwide.
Data From Sequenta's Lymphosight Presented
Sequenta, Inc. announced today that data demonstrating the power of its DNA sequencing-based LymphoSIGHTTM platform for the detection of Minimal Residual Disease (MRD) was presented during the European Hematology Association (EHA) meeting in Amsterdam.
onefinestay raises $12 million in funding to launch unhotel in New York City
onefinestay, the world's first unhotel, a new category of upscale accommodation, which lets visitors stay in a distinctive home while the owner is out of town, has raised $12 million in Series B financing led by US venture capital firm Canaan Partners.
Our new €350m fund to invest in early stage innovation
Today we're delighted to announce our new €350m early stage technology fund. It's the final piece of €1bn of new capital we've raised in the last 12 months to complement the international platform we have been building to invest in both early stage and growth technology as well as life sciences companies.
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.
Great VCs come from a range of backgrounds
The most successful venture-backed companies are those with great entrepreneurs, disrupting a market at just the right time. Clearly the capital and claimed expertise of VCs do not on their own create a winning company.
First Dibs for Index
When Net-a-Porter launched in 2000, Natalie Massenet, the company’s inspiring founder, faced considerable scepticism about the very premise of her new venture. Why would women ever buy expensive clothing online?
‘The Nielsen of social measurement'
I recall three things about my first visit to the Socialbakers team in Prague, in the autumn of 2010. The first was the size of their office: they were working in a cramped cubby-hole in the loft of a six storey building, shivering through the winter.
A new beginning in networking
When Guido and Kyle were looking for a name for their newly founded company, they were struggling to come up with something that captured the breadth of their vision for what they foresaw as the future of the networking business. They could have found another randomly-generated five or six letter Latin-sounding name, but that didn’t seem to do the vision or the company justice.
Gianni Garotta: on to the next thing
This month Gianni is retiring. We have been working together for almost 10 years.
Investors should not be wary of VC-backed tech
The ‘campaign’ to kickstart the London tech IPO market is underway. The blog posts that Neil Rimer and I both published have attracted a lot of press attention. The engagement we’ve had with No10 and the LSE should result in some small but important regulatory changes that should be seen as important steps towards making London a major hub for tech IPOs.
Yesterday, over 130 people, largely drawn from Cambridge, London and Oxford, attended the first ever ‘Playground’ event, aimed squarely at young academics thinking about biotech start-ups.
The Lionel Messi of Biology?
He turned 46 years old last week, and at the end of 2011 he chose to leave a coveted academic position as Principal Investigator in the Department of Medicine at Cambridge University (UK).
Secrets to success in a complex market
When Ursheet and Guru started their venture, c, in the summer of 2009, it wasn't always so obvious that they would be the winners in Cloud Storage market. In fact, it wasn't entirely clear that there was a market for cloud-integrated enterprise storage.
Go big, stay at home
Here at Index, our conference rooms often play host to ardent debates. Robust discourse over where we should invest is an ingrained part of our culture. But when it comes to the fundamental issues that allow us to act on our mission of promoting the entrepreneurial ecosystem, we are generally in violent agreement.
A pure innovator’s dilemma
In his book, The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail, Clay Christensen authored one of the most influential thought pieces to impact the technology community.
Tech and the City
From our vantage point at Index, the centrality of the Tech sector to economic growth -- particularly during the economic slowdown of the last few years -- is all too clear.
Fuzebox: rising from the ashes
In the venture capital business, you occasionally see companies rising from the ashes of a venture disaster. Companies go down to their last month of payroll and yet find a way to survive and, later, flourish.
5 Reasons Why I Fell in Love with Codecademy
I have worked in and around technology since 1993 with some of the world’s most amazing developers in Boston, Seattle and Tallinn. But I am a literature major who never learnt to code beyond some very basic BASIC on my BBC Micro in 1983.
Our new €350m fund for early stage innovation
Today we’re delighted to announce our new €350m early stage technology fund. It’s the final piece of €1bn of new capital we’ve raised in the last 12 months to complement the international platform we have been building to invest in both early stage and growth technology as well as life sciences companies.
Who will open the London IPO window?
While investors (myself and my partners included), entrepreneurs, politicians and government officials collectively ballyhoo the coming of age of the London start-up scene and its steady stream of high-caliber entrepreneurs pursuing bold plans, we seem to be glossing over the fact that a key component of the ecosystem is sorely lacking.
How JUST EAT delivered to become a global leader
Today’s news that Just Eat has raised $64m to complete their European conquest and continue their expansion outside Europe (India, Canada, Brazil, etc.) is validation of a both a winning recipe and talented team of chefs.
There’s something about entrepreneurs
There’s just something about entrepreneurs. Irrespective of what business they’re in, there’s an energy and intensity about them that marks them out from others and makes them easy to spot.
I had a professor in college who explained financial markets by saying that the world was full of those looking to receive and those looking to provide certain cash flows with very specific parameters, such as timing, size, yield, currency, etc.
The “Asset Centric” investing model
In his blogpost David Grainger, calls it “chocolate flavored-poison”: creating biotech companies with multiple drugs to diversify risk makes us feel more comfortable about the endeavor ahead, but in the end it does more much more harm than good. Here’s why.
The Index asset-centric platform
Any biotech entrepreneur who’s ever spent time with their IT counterparts notices one thing in particular; how young these guys are. It’s a feature of the IT world that business tend to succeed or fail quickly, which means that a technology entrepreneur has several attempts at building a successful company over the course of their careers.
Micromet: a BiTE at cancer?
Last week, Amgen has announced the completion of the acquisition of Nasdaq-listed German company Micromet Inc., valuing it in the proximity of US$1.2b.
Thrilled to be investing in Nasty Gal
We are very excited to announce that Sophia and the Nasty Gal team have agreed to partner with Index to build the next stage of what is already an incredibly successful startup.
Dassault Systèmes Aquires Netvibes
From its base in the heart of Paris, Nevibes had been first to market with a completely customizable personal home page.
Is "more" always "better" for biotech start ups?
The data is mixed. Solution: have the lead investor perform like a lead investor. Conventional wisdom and good sense would argue that it is good news for an early stage biotech company to announce the backing by a large investors syndicate (4 or more).
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