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
Pure Storage Closes $150M Funding Round with Top Tier Public Market Investors
Valued at Over $1B with Strong Sequential Quarterly Growth, All-Flash Pioneer Is Industry's Fastest Growing Enterprise Storage Company; Adds Industry Veteran Frank Slootman to Its Board.
The Man Who Cured Ageing?
When Disraeli supposedly said “The only two certainties in life are death and taxes” he could not have imagined that little over a century later, such rock-solid logic could be under threat.
ProFibrix, a rising star of pharma companies
Since 2007, Index Ventures has been the largest shareholder in a rising star of pharma companies, ProFibrix - a visionary company whose lead product aims to save lives and speed recovery for patients undergoing bleeding during surgery and after trauma.
The zero person biotech company
Comparing the founding of two virtual drug development companies, Funxional Therapeutics in 2006 and XO1 earlier in 2013 proves at least one thing: in just seven years it has become dramatically easier and quicker to create a virtual drug development company.
Incremental innovation lives on
In 2010, in my blog, DrugBaron, I declared the death of incremental innovation and wrote the obituary.
NumberFour AG Announces $38M Series A Financing
NumberFour AG, founded in 2009 by Marco Boerries to re-imagine how small businesses are run, announced today it has secured $38 million in Series A financing led by Mike Volpi from Index Ventures.
PhotoBox Group enhances its social and mobile platform with acquisition of StickyGram.com
PhotoBox Group, Europe’s leading provider of personalized products and operator of the PhotoBox and Moonpig.com brands, is pleased to announce the acquisition of StickyGram.com, a fast-growing, online premium print brand that leverages Instagram to turn its digital photos into delightful magnets.
Why We Are Investing in Rad
Index Ventures is leading a €2.5m Series A investment alongside Angel investors in Paris-based Rad, a discovery platform for cool fashion, art and design products and I will be joining the board. Here is why we are excited to be working with them.
Financial services facing surge of disruption
If ever there was an industry overripe for disruption it was financial services. With its arcane fee structures, drawn-out decision-making processes and the sheer opaqueness of its operations, the sector has long been almost impervious to change.
Why We Are Investing In Capitaine Train (Again)
Ichorcumab: the blood of the gods?
Index Ventures recently completed an $11M Series A investment in XO1, an asset-centric company established with the sole objective of developing the monoclonal antibody Ichorcumab under license from Cambridge University.
Anki: why the demo sealed the deal
If ever there was a case of a demo sealing the deal, then this was it. From the moment we saw Anki Drive cars racing around their track, our minds were made up. Those hundreds of hours I’d spent as a kid, battling electric-powered cars against my friends came flooding back.
Bain Capital Ventures and Index Ventures Invest in Novus
Novus, a New York-based company founded by former portfolio managers, engineers and data scientists to help the world's top institutions and investors generate higher returns, today announced that it has received an investment from Bain Capital Ventures, the venture arm of Bain Capital, and Index Ventures.
Swipely Secures $12 Million Series B Financing to Accelerate Growth
Swipely, the simple way for local merchants to accept payments, understand customers and grow revenue, today announced it has completed a $12 million Series B round of financing.
Where to start an ‘Asset-Centric’ Biotech Firm?
In an era of payer austerity and funding challenges, more and more biotech entrepreneurs and investors, alike, are realizing the considerable risks associated with simultaneous development of multiple assets and instead opting for a more streamlined approach that has come to be known as “asset-centricity.”
$6 million investment round in London start-up TransferWise
TransferWise, the peer-to-peer international money transfer business, has secured a $6 million investment round led by Valar Ventures, the venture fund founded by Facebook’s first outside investor and co-founder of PayPal, Peter Thiel -- his first Valar Ventures investment in Europe.
The end of retail (as we know it)
The carnage on the British High street - and its Main Street, USA equivalent - is no blip. The cycle of decline, which has seen a run of recent closures of UK household name retailers and a total of more than 200 medium or large retail businesses going bust over the past five years, is here to stay.
How Shapeways landed a landmark $30m
Delighted to report that today Shapeways announced a $30m fundraising led by Andreesen Horowitz.
Shapeways Announces $30M Round
The promise of 3D Printing for all - designers and consumers, alike - takes a significant step forward as Shapeways, the leading 3D Printing marketplace and community, today announced a $30 million Series C round of financing, led by Andreessen Horowitz.
Why we invested in Supercell...
While many looked at Supercell’s phenomenal rise and assumed that, statistically speaking, its best days had to be behind it, my partners and I took the contrary view and decided to lead a €100 million investment in the company.
Rethinking wealth management
When our good friend, Andy Rachleff, started Wealthfront with Dan Carroll a few years back, they held a revolutionary belief about how money should be managed. Having been a trustee of several university endowments, Andy had seen how larger and more sophisticated investors managed their funds.
Wealthfront Announces $20 Million Funding
At Wealthfront, our mission is to provide the high-quality financial advice offered by the best financial institutions and private wealth managers, without the high account minimums or costs, writes CEO Adam Nash.
The UK’s Growth Dilemma
As they reach the stage when they’re approaching profitability, fast-growth companies have a choice: they can either focus on profits - or on market share and scale. Our preference is that they continue to focus on growth.
Auxmoney raises $12 million from Index Ventures and Union Square Ventures
auxmoney, Germany's leading online marketplace where private consumers can borrow directly from private investors, secures $12 million funding from Index Ventures (other investments include Skype and Dropbox) and Union Square Ventures (other investments include Twitter and Lending Club).
The economics of freemium
Economics is occasionally derided as a phony science. Frankly I struggled with it school and university so to me this description really resonates. How can the graphs and formulae in the textbooks ever really capture the behavior of complex organizations and impulsive consumers?
We are the 8%
“Flatlining”, “pre-recovery”, “stagnant”, “sluggish” - we’re running out of adjectives to describe the UK’s seemingly moribund economy. Stripped of its AAA rating last weekend, it shrank by 0.3% in the final quarter of last year , and - amid signs of a possible triple dip recession - more of the same is predicted for 2013.
Farfetch raises $20m to fuel expansion
Condé Nast International has led a $20m investment in farfetch, the world’s leading e-commerce marketplace for independent fashion boutiques, it was announced today by Jonathan Newhouse, Chairman and Chief Executive.
MOLESKINE S.p.A.: successfully completes IPO
Moleskine S.p.A. today announced the successful completion of the Initial Public Offering of its ordinary shares, for the purpose of admission to listing on the Electronic Stock Market (MTA), organised and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A., with a demand that, within the price range, was more than 3.6 times superior to the total offer.
Finding insight in Big Data
200,000 downloads per month don’t happen everyday in the enterprise software universe, especially when you’re talking about a piece of infrastructure software enabled search in Big Data.
Elasticsearch Closes $24M Series B and Exceeds Two Million Downloads Milestone
Elasticsearch, the company behind the popular real-time search and analytics open source project, today announced it has secured $24 million in Series B financing led by Mike Volpi from Index Ventures.
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