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
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.
Index Ventures Launches New €150m Life Sciences Fund
Index Ventures today announced the launch of its first fund solely dedicated to making investments in the life sciences sector.
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).
Worklight acquired by IBM
At face value, this could be just another (welcome!) blog about a great acquisition, but scratch a little deeper and today's news that Worklight are about to be acquired by IBM is a story of staggeringly creative entrepreneurship at work.
IBM Advances Mobile Capabilities with Acquisition of Worklight
IBM Advances Mobile Capabilities with Acquisition of Worklight
Outbrain Raises $35 Million USD in Series D Funding; Led by Index Ventures
NEW YORK - Outbrain, the leading content discovery platform, today announced that it has closed its Series D round of funding of $35 million, bringing its total financing to $64 million. Index Ventures led the round with participation from Outbrain's existing investors: Carmel Ventures and Lightspeed Venture Partners.
Thoughts on our first decade in London
We first started investing in London in 2001 when we backed two American former consultants - Josh Hannah and Vince Monical - who had moved here to start Flutter, the business which later became Betfair.
When the Swiss Make a Move……
Index’s roots are in Geneva, Switzerland. So we know that large Swiss government organizations are generally not “early adopters” of technology.
Zuora Raises $36 Million
Zuora, the subscription commerce and billing leader, today announced that it has received $36 million in a Series D round of funding.
The Elephant is in the Room
We’ve been looking for the elephant in the room for some time. We knew he was there, but we just couldn’t find him. It’s clear that he is now here and his name is Hortonworks. As such, we are very excited to announce today that Index Ventures has made an investment in Hortonworks.
Announcing the new €500m Index Growth fund
Observing the venture industry over the past 15 years, one notices that successful startups have often been sold before reaching their full potential, especially in Europe. In some cases an early exit is appropriate.
Taking Stock on the last 12 months at Index
Today as we announce the news that we’re launching Index’s second growth equity fund, a new €500m fund to invest in fast-growing businesses, it seems like a good chance to take stock and give a little context.
Investing adventures in the Arctic Rim
One area where we are committed to enhance our proposition to entrepreneurs and invest more time and money is the Nordic and Baltic area.
Possibly the smartest company in the world
Having noticed that Melbourne seemed to be popping up as a hot-spot over the last few years with the emergence of Atlassian and 99designs, I asked Steve Lipchin, a business school friend who recently moved there from South Africa, to let me know what companies he thought we should look at.
iZettle Rings Up €8.2 Million ($11.2 Million) In Series A Funding
STOCKHOLM - iZettle, the social payments company, today announced it has received €8.2 million ($11.2 million) in Series A funding led by Index Ventures with co-investor Creandum and further investment from Charles Dunstone, CEO and Co-founder of The Carphone Warehouse.
Dropbox Raises $250 Million in Series B Funding
Dropbox, a service that lets people bring their documents, photos and videos everywhere and share them easily, announced today that it has completed a $250 million Series B financing.
Red Hat acquires Gluster
Hats off to the founders, AB and Hitesh, for a unique product vision and superb technical execution. Congratulations on a great outcome to Ben Golub and the entire Gluster team in Bangalore and Mountain View!
Salesforce acquires Assistly
The ubiquity of Facebook, Twitter (soon possibly Google+) is having a dramatic impact on how businesses engage with customers.
Basecamp for the Next Social Revolution?
Just a short note to offer big congratulations to the amazing team at The Gifts Project on their acquisition by eBay.
The Ozon.ru story
OZON’s announcement of the largest ever investment in a Russian eCommerce company marks a fantastic achievement for the whole team, and all of us here at Index are very proud to be playing a small role in this remarkable story.
Centrify: next-gen identity management
Our crack IT man, Daniel O'Hanlon, was struggling a few months ago. A lot of us at Index had moved over to Macs and iPhones, but he had built Index's entire identity and access management system around Microsoft Active Directory (AD).
Citrix acquires market leading Cloud.com
Today, Cloud.com has announced that it is being acquired by Citrix. It is a bittersweet moment for us at Index as we have loved working with Sheng and the team at Cloud.com, but Citrix made an offer that the team couldn’t refuse.
Big Switch: Virtualizing IP Networks
The IP Networking industry has matured significantly from the go-go days of the 90s. In that era, companies like Cisco, Wellfleet, Synoptics and Cabletron grabbed headlines the way Facebook and Twitter do today.
Playfish Co-Founder and cloud pioneer joins Index
We are delighted to announce that Sami Lababidi has started to work part-time at Index Ventures as an Entrepreneur in Residence. Sami was absolutely pivotal in the success of Playfish but always extremely humble and generally left the promotional slots to be filled by Kristian Segerstråle and Sebastian De Halleux.
Franklin and the Art of Business Development
The 1770s and 80s were tumultuous and exciting times in America’s history. The “founding fathers” had catalyzed the nascent country into declaring its independence from England and architected the foundation for what was to become one of the most remarkable ascents of national power over the next 300+ years.
Doubling Down on London - East & West
Over the last 5 years many of us have made the 3.2 mile trip between Conduit St and Old St countless times. While we love to travel, as we’ve learned with our move to the US, there comes a time when you have to put down some roots.
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