- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- $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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.