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InsightThe Revolution Will Be Streamed
By James Higa, Index Ventures mentor-in-residence.
InsightDeciphering the Buzz Around SecurityShardul Shah on why enterprise security is currently at an inflection point.
InsightIPOs: A how-to guide for tech startups
After a decade-long drought, there has been a rush of tech IPOs in the U.S. and Europe, and Index Ventures has been able to observe this at close hand through our investments in companies like Arista Networks, Criteo, Etsy, Hortonworks, Just Eat, King and Zendesk.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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”.
- BlaBlaCar: meet the ‘idealists’ who are set to change how the world travels
Paris-based long-distance ride-sharing startup BlaBlaCar announced a $100 million Series C funding round led by Index Ventures today. As part of the round, Index’s Dominique Vidal and Martin Mignot will be joining the board. Here, Dominique and Martin explain why Index is so excited about what lies ahead for the company.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.