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
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 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.
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.
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.
14 things you need to know about building and launching on iOS 8
Hosted by Funding Circle in the colourful canteen at their City of London headquarters, teams from some of Europe’s brightest startups gathered earlier this month to hear how Shazam, SwiftKey and Big Health fared when they created and launched apps on iOS 8. Here are some of the tips and insights they shared at the meet-up, which was co-hosted by Index.
The Dawn of a New Creative Economy
Smartphone tools and direct-to-fan services give today's innovators an edge over the incumbents. Prepare for a talent explosion.
The Finnish Phenomenon
Supercell’s CEO Ilkka Paananen on the rise of Finnish games developers and why the future of entertainment is all about mobile.
Stacking the odds and leveraging your product: 10 things you need to know about growth hacking your startup
Around 30 founders from our portfolio companies gathered at Index in London last week to hear Qualaroo marketing gurus Sean Ellis and Morgan Brown on growth hacking.
Wealthfront Raises $64 Million
The company with over $1.5 billion in client assets under management now has $100 million in cash reserves to fuel growth and serve millennial investors.
Thrive Capital and Index Ventures Invest in Justworks’ Next-Generation PEO Platform
Takes $6 Million Funding to Expand Enterprise-Level Payroll and Benefits for Growing Businesses.
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
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.
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.
Lookout appoints Jim Dolce as new CEO and John Hering as Executive Chairman
Lookout appoints Jim Dolce as new CEO and John Hering as Executive Chairman
London Stock Exchange Welcomes Just Eat - First High Growth Segment IPO
London Stock Exchange today welcomes JUST EAT, the first company to be admitted to London Stock Exchange’s High Growth Segment.
King Announces Pricing of Initial Public Offering
LONDON and STOCKHOLM -- King Digital Entertainment plc (NYSE: KING), a leading interactive entertainment company for the mobile world, today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 22,200,000 of its ordinary shares at a price to the public of $22.50 per share.
Hortonworks to Extend Leadership of Enterprise Hadoop and Expand Ecosystem with $100M Funding
Hortonworks, the leading contributor to and provider of enterprise Apache™ Hadoop®, today announced an oversubscribed $100 million funding round led by funds managed by BlackRock and Passport Capital, joined by all existing investors.
Versartis Announces Pricing of Its Initial Public Offering
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., -- Versartis, Inc., (Nasdaq:VSAR) an endocrine-focused biopharmaceutical company, today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 6,000,000 shares of its common stock at a public offering price of $21 per share, before underwriting discounts and commissions.
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.
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.
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.
13 lessons from the Salesforce frontline
Index companies and Salesforce discuss how to get the most out of CRM.
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.
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.
“Don’t Trust the Horse, Trojans!”
The myth of the Trojan horse is epic, but you might not remember an important character - Lacoon.
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.
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