Index Ventures

  • MyHeritage Buys Germany's OSN, Now 540 Million Profiles Strong

    MyHeritage Buys Germany's OSN, Now 540 Million Profiles Strong

    Israeli genealogy site MyHeritage has completed its third acquisition, buying Germany’s OSN. OSN operates seven genealogy sites including Verwandt.de in Germany, Moikrewni.pl in Poland and Dynastree.com in the US. It was launched in 2007 just after LA-based Geni and, at first, it was just your typical German clone. But it added features and grew fast in older European markets like… Read More

  • Former MySQL CEO Marten Mickos joins Index Ventures as EIR

    Former MySQL CEO Marten Mickos joins Index Ventures as EIR

    Mårten Gustaf Mickos, former CEO of MySQL, has joined Index Ventures as Entrepreneur In Residence (EIR). The news comes four months after the man joined another VC firm, Silicon Valley-based Benchmark Capital, also as EIR. In a statement, Index Ventures says Mickos will focus on seeking out new investment opportunities within the European technology market, helping to identify and… Read More

  • Why VCs Should Take Their Own Advice

    Why VCs Should Take Their Own Advice

    The way venture capital firms are structured makes it almost impossible for outsiders to see what’s really going on inside those 1970s lodge-like Sand Hill Road offices. It’s an industry perfectly structured for sweeping problems under the rug, and as its fundamentals have declined over the last decade, that’s just what it’s been doing. But those big, lumpy problems… Read More

  • Confirmed: Skype Founders Settle With eBay And Others, Get 14% Stake In Skype, Not 10%

    Confirmed: Skype Founders Settle With eBay And Others, Get 14% Stake In Skype, Not 10%

    eBay has just announced that it has reached a settlement with the founders of Skype, clearing the way for the sale of the Internet communication company to a consortium formed by private equity firm Silver Lake Partners, Andreessen Horowitz and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. Index Ventures, a historical investor in Skype, is not going to be part of that buying party after all, and… Read More

  • Index Closes a New 350M. Euro Venture Fund

    Index Closes a New 350M. Euro Venture Fund

    London-based investing hotshot Index Ventures has just announced a new early-stage €350 million venture fund. To hear partner Bernard Dalle tell it, raising the fund was a breeze, with all existing limited partners re-upping their investments. He further said that good startups in London are having no problems raising venture capital and deal flow was just as strong. Really? Well, I guess… Read More

  • Index Puts $35 Million Into Cnet of Europe (BestofMedia) and $25 Million Into IP Surveillance (Milestone)

    Index Puts $35 Million Into Cnet of Europe (BestofMedia) and $25 Million Into IP Surveillance (Milestone)


    The IPO drought is just as bad in Europe as it is here. Filling in the gap for high-growth companies hungry for capital are late-stage growth venture funds, such as the 400-million-Euro fund launched last January by Index Ventures. “The IPO market being closed is helping us,” confirms Index partner Dom Vidal. Today, Index is announcing two big investments in that fund: $35… Read More

  • Index Ventures Raises $577 Million For Late-Stage Growth Fund

    Index Ventures Raises $577 Million For Late-Stage Growth Fund

    Bringing home the point that the venture cycle is maturing with later-stage deals sucking up more and more capital, London- and Geneva-based Index Ventures is launching a $577 million (400 million Euro) growth fund. It will invest in later-stage deals requiring $30 to $70 million each, and will focus mostly on European companies, including biotech. This is a departure for Index, whose… Read More