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
Chartbeat Doubles Total Money Raised, Launches New Tools
Chartbeat CEO Tony Haile is thrilled to announce the company has doubled its current funding with a $15.5 million Series C investment.
Creative Destruction at a Broker Near You
Wealthfront's Burton G. Malkiel and Adam Nash in The Wall Street Journal: Technology is changing the game for small investors, so long as regulation doesn’t derail progress.
Campus Job Raises $7.8M, Expands Platform to Offer Full-Time Positions
Campus Job, the largest online marketplace for college students to find part-time jobs and internships, today announced the close of a $7.8 million dollar Series A funding.
Media, rebooted: Saul Klein in conversation with the FT on the reshaping of the media industry
For more than a decade now, media bosses have been grappling with a seemingly intractable problem: how to make money from distributing content that is costly to produce, but few are willing to pay for.
What comes after the family?
Restlessness is a key element of the entrepreneurial spirit and as anyone who knows me well will tell you, I am an entrepreneur to my very bones. After eight amazing years where Index has been my home, I will be moving on this summer to follow my passion — creating new companies and working with founders at the formational stages of their businesses as they plot product, team and go-to-market strategy.
Funding Circle announces $150 million investment to fuel growth
Investment comes as lending through the Funding Circle marketplace passes $1 billion globally, benefitting over 8,000 businesses in UK and US.
Slack Raises $160M at $2.8B Valuation
Daily active users more than doubled since beginning of year.
Etsy Prices IPO at $16 Share
The online and offline marketplace announced the pricing of its initial public offering.
Skyport Systems Raises $30M Series B Funding for Hyper-Secured Infrastructure
Index Ventures-led round to support go-to-market and R&D for critical asset security.
Adallom Secures $30 Million in Series C Growth Capital
Cloud access security broker Adallom today announced the closure of $30 million in new funding.
'Becoming Steve Jobs' podcast
In the first of a series of Index podcasts from Second Home, veteran technology journalists Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli talk to Rohan Silva, Second Home’s co-founder, and Index’s Neil Rimer, about their new book ‘Becoming Steve Jobs’.
What the NHS should do to drive innovation at scale within the UK healthcare system
In 2014, $4bn was invested in digital health start-ups in the US alone. Insurers, employers and providers are all coming to recognise the benefits that technology can offer. Yet, on this side of the pond, in England, key decision makers have been far slower to act, depriving the local healthcare system of much needed innovation.
Check Point Software To Acquire Lacoon Mobile Security
Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd., the largest pure-play security vendor globally, today announced its intention to acquire Lacoon Mobile Security. Lacoon is leading the industry in providing a solution to secure the entire mobile device, with the best advanced threat catch-rate for enterprise-grade mobile security platforms.
Stealth Security Startup Niara Has Raised $20 Million in Series B Funding
Niara, a stealth security analytics company, today announced it has closed a $20 million Series B financing round led by Venrock, with additional participants including New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Index Ventures.
Founder stories: Podcast with Drivy's Paulin Dementhon
Martin Mignot from Index Ventures chats with CEO and founder of Drivy Paulin Dementhon. Drivy, the world’s leading peer-to-peer car rental company with 500,000 users and 26,000 cars on its platform, has just acquired challenger Buzzcar and raised €8m for international expansion.
Europe’s largest peer-to-peer car rental service Drivy acquires Buzzcar and raises €8m for international expansion
Drivy, the world’s leading peer-to-peer car rental company, has acquired challenger Buzzcar and raised €8m for international expansion from BPI’s Ecotechnologie Fund and Via-ID (Mobivia Group, former owner of Buzzcar) as well as early investors Index Ventures and Alven Capital. This third round of funding brings to €16 million the total amount raised by the company.
“Offer stock options wherever possible”: Factual Founder Gil Elbaz’s 10 Things to Know About Building and Retaining A Great Team
With two highly-respected companies under his belt, entrepreneur Gil Elbaz has played an indispensable role in the evolution of data accessibility.
Everything Must Go – why a retail revolution is transforming the industry for the better
Technology-powered innovation is rapidly reshaping industries as diverse as financial services and entertainment, changing delivery and business models, stripping out middle men and pitching agile, nothing-to-lose upstarts against even the largest of incumbents.
Property Partner raises £5.2m to build 'global stock exchange for residential property'
Residential property crowdfunding platform, Property Partner, today announces a £5.2m funding round to transform the way people invest in the residential property market.
Contemporizing Collectibles: How 1stdibs CEO David Rosenblatt Is Leading the Digital Charge in Luxury
Janssen Pharmaceuticals acquires 100% of XO1
Index Ventures is very pleased to announce that its Cambridge-based portfolio company, XO1 Ltd, has been acquired by pharmaceutical company Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Minerva Neurosciences announces $31m financing
Minerva Neurosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq:NERV) today announced that it will raise approximately $31 million of gross proceeds in a private placement offering to several institutional investors, including 6,281,661 shares of common stock and warrants to purchase up to 6,281,661 shares.
Climbing the Mountain: What Zuora CEO Tien Tzuo Thinks About When Scaling A Company
Zuora Chief Executive Tien Tzuo knows a thing or two about scaling companies.
Zuora Receives $115 Million Investment as Subscription Economy Goes Mainstream
Today's $115 million funding announcement from Zuora underscores the significant shift all companies are making toward subscription business models. The latest funding round brings the total amount of capital raised by Zuora to $250 million.
Culture Amp secures $6.3m in Series A funding to grow culture-first companies
Airbnb, Uber, Pandora, Adobe, Pinterest, Warby Parker, Lyft, Etsy, GoDaddy among the companies using Culture Amp for employee surveys.
The Opportunities and Challenges of Building a Lasting Ecommerce Brand
As an investor, I have a particular fondness for the ecommerce space—not because I’m particularly fashion-savvy, but because I find investing in ecommerce more challenging than investing in apps or services.
Managing Hypergrowth at LinkedIn: The Importance of Iteration
Index Ventures Mentor-in-Residence Steve Cadigan on the importance of using an iterative approach to leadership.
Visa to Acquire TrialPay
TrialPay’s Innovative Offers Platform Extends Visa’s Suite of Merchant Solutions
Peoplevox raises $6M to offer state-of-the-art warehouse management software to booming e-commerce sector
Peoplevox, the leading provider of software-as-a-service warehouse management system, today announces a $6 million investment led by Index Ventures to help e-commerce companies modernise their warehouse operations. In a competitive and fast-growing market, seamless warehouse management is mission critical for all e-commerce players, with ineffective systems resulting in delayed, cancelled or wrong orders – which are damaging both to brand and customer loyalty.
Supporting Zebras not just Unicorns
Now that nearly two billion people have smartphones in their pockets and software is profoundly changing the way we live and work, national and local governments around the world are paying serious attention to how the Internet is changing GDP. In an increasingly connected world, cities and countries are vying to attract the entrepreneurs and innovators who not just drive economic growth, but can also help to deliver against long-term policy objectives.
British Gas to Acquire AlertMe, Pioneer in Connected Home Technology, In Deal Estimated at £65m
AlertMe today announces it has entered into an agreement for the sale of the company to British Gas (part of the Centrica plc group) in a deal estimated to be worth £65m ($100m).
GSK strengthens early stage vaccine pipeline with acquisition of GlycoVaxyn AG
GSK today announced that it has acquired GlycoVaxyn AG, a specialist vaccine biopharmaceutical company based in Switzerland.
Hitachi Data Systems Announces Intent to Acquire Pentaho to Deliver More Value From Big Data and the Internet of Things that Matter
Acquisition delivers data integration, business analytics expertise, and foundational technologies that accelerate big data value
Online Furniture Marketplace Move Loot Raises $9M
Move Loot, the first full-service online marketplace for pre-owned home goods, has teamed up with the e-commerce experts at venture capital firm Metamorphic Ventures and raised $9 million in new funding to prepare for rapid geographic expansion.
Datadog Raises $31M in Series C Funding Round Led by Index Ventures
New round enables company to strengthen the leadership position and growth trajectory for its cloud monitoring platform.
Deliveroo raises $25m in Series B funding to transform the food delivery experience
Investment will fuel UK and international expansion of meal delivery from favourite local restaurants.
TransferWise raises $58m as it rolls out global expansion plans
Andreessen Horowitz the venture capital firm created by Netscape and Opsware founders Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz - has led a Series C $58m round in Europe’s leading financial tech start-up TransferWise. TransferWise’s existing investors, including Sir Richard Branson, Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures, Index Ventures, IA Ventures, and Seedcamp, also participated in the round.
Interana Secures $20 Million in Series B Funding Led by Index Ventures
Data Analytics Company Expands Reach With New Customers, Making Data a Part of Everyone's Day
Plus size fashion retailer navabi announces €25m worth of funding
navabi, the global leader in women’s premium plus size fashion, has announced a new funding round worth €25 million.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Glycovaxyn: the vision of a brilliant ETHZ biochemist turns into reality
It was the spring of 2006 when Michael Wacker and Urs Tuor walked in the Index offices in Geneva, pitching the new company they had co-founded with Michael Stucky.
A 10 Year Journey: Q&A with Quentin Gallivan on Pentaho’s Road to Success
On Tuesday, Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., announced its intent to acquire Pentaho.
‘Be creative with a deal you can’t afford’ and ‘get on a plane’
Pro tips on M&A from serial acquirer and MyHeritage CEO Gilad Japhet.
Gaining Insights: Interana ushers the era of data democratization
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
I must say, that regardless of where I’ve lived, the delight of picking up fresh fruits and vegetables from a Farmers’ Market remains a true joy. There’s no denying the rising trend of consuming local, fresh, sustainable foods.
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.
Memo to boards: the internet is staying
Let’s be clear on one point: the internet changes everything. It’s changed how we experience entertainment, news and culture; it’s changed our social and family lives, how we work and even how we engage in war and politics.
A Robot in Every Home
Anki CEO and co-founder Boris Sofman on consumer products that interact with – and learn from – their physical environment.
Autobutler and the Six Characteristics of a Successful Online Marketplace
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.
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”.
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