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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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