- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Criteo Prices Initial Public Offering
Criteo S.A. (CRTOF), a leading global technology company that specializes in performance display advertising, today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 8,082,580 American Depository Shares, representing the company's ordinary shares, at a price to the public of $31.00 per American Depositary Share.
- FuzeBox Targets Global Expansion, Raises $26M
Targeting global expansion, FuzeBox, a leading cloud-based provider of real-time communication and collaboration solutions, today named former Yammer and Salesforce.com executive David Obrand as CEO, and announced $26 million in Series B financing led by Hermes Growth Partners with additional funding from Series A investors Index Ventures, Khosla Ventures and Insight Venture Partners.
- 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.
- Who will open the London IPO window?
While investors (myself and my partners included), entrepreneurs, politicians and government officials collectively ballyhoo the coming of age of the London start-up scene and its steady stream of high-caliber entrepreneurs pursuing bold plans, we seem to be glossing over the fact that a key component of the ecosystem is sorely lacking.
- 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.