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
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.
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.
"My story could never have been incubated"
Nasty Gal pioneer Sophia Amoruso on creating a game-changing online fashion brand from scratch.
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.
How to grow a company through acquisitions
PhotoBox President and Group Chief Executive Stan Laurent on M&As
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.
Israel’s Startup Velocity
Why Israel’s tech ecosystem became a world leader.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sonos Lands $135 Million
Sonos, the developers of the high-end wireless home audio system, has raised $135 million in funding led by private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts.
iZettle Lands EUR25 Million ($31.4 Million) In Series B Funding
STOCKHOLM -- iZettle, the social payments company, today announced it has completed a EUR25 million ($31.4 million) Series B round of funding led by Greylock Partners and Northzone.
Just-Eat Secures $64 Million in Funding
London based Just-Eat, the world’s largest online takeaway ordering service, today announced the closure of a financing round of $64m (€48m) led by funds managed by Vitruvian Partners, a European private equity firm, with Index Ventures, Greylock Partners and Redpoint Ventures also participating.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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