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
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.
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.
Lost in translation (American exuberance v British reserve)
Lost in translation (American exuberance v British reserve).
Farfetch Brings Home $66 Million in New Funding
For fashionistas, there’s nothing quite like stumbling upon a chic boutique, perhaps hidden on a winding cobblestone street in Barcelona or Paris, where every item seems to be ‘just your style’.
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”).
Next generation healthcare
Peter Hames, co-founder of Big Health, on re-imagining a healthcare company.
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
The Flash (Sales) Mob
Secret Escapes co-founders Alex Saint and Tom Valentine on how to nail it at flash sales.
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
The Tech cluster phenomenon powering Europe’s startup boom
Where is Europe’s Silicon Valley? This is the inevitable opening question the U.S.- tech media has for a European venture capitalist.
Signal in the Noise
Hortonworks CEO Rob Bearden on enterprise-grade Hadoop and the Big Data opportunity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I think the Government is listening to us
Following hard on the heels of the Home Office's announcement relating to Entrepreneur visas, this week's budget had a distinctly enterprise supportive flavour.
Why we’re backing 'unhoteliers', onefinestay
Index Ventures is today delighted to be leading a $3.7m Series A funding round for onefinestay. Inspired by the boom in home exchanging, the phenomenon of couch surfing, and the growth in boutique hotels, onefinestay was founded in 2009 by serial entrepreneurs Greg Marsh, Demetrios Zoppos and Tim Davey, who between them have property management, logistics, investment and technology experience.
From Close Friend to Family
We’re really excited today to formally welcome one of our close friends, Simon Levene, into the Index family.
A Breakthrough Game Emerges
Today, I am really excited to finally announce a first investment for Index Ventures in mobile gaming.
A Detective, a Salesman, and a Coach
Eighteen months have gone by since I joined the Index family and became a venture capitalist. I still consider myself an outsider to the VC industry, but, time does fly when you are having fun…
Success has many fathers, but failure...
This morning, Amazon announced they had reached an agreement to acquire the remaining shares in Lovefilm International.
Putting down some roots
Today we’re excited to announce that Index is opening its fourth office and that Danny and Mike will be going to the Bay Area to get it going.
The London List
I'm singing in the rain Just singing in the rain/ What a glorious feelin' I'm happy again/I'm laughing at clouds So dark up above/The sun's in my heart And I'm ready for love - Lyrics Arthur Freed, music Nacio Herb Brown (dance moves Gene Kelly)
Index Seed, 6 months on
There is a tiny bit of PR wisdom to which I have tried to adhere most of my working life: "refrain from talking publicly about what you are going to do, talk about what you have done".
Thoughts on Shapeways, a true pioneer
I’m delighted to announce that, after long discussions and a lot of hard work on the part of Philips, our co-investors Union Square Ventures and Simon Levene and most specifically Peter Weijmarshausen and his team at Shapeways, that we have finalised our investment in the company.
We’re very excited to announce a great investment out of our Index Seed Fund. Groupspaces is a company founded by a couple of Oxford grads who have had an entrepreneurial twinkle in their eye from when they were back in school.
Going back to our roots: introducing Index Seed
Zippin' up my boots goin' back to my roots - Richie Havens (choose your poison disco or acoustic)
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