Index Ventures

Index says the City of London needs to step it up

The VC behind big European exits like Skype, MySQL and Lovefilm has been arguing that London should play host to more IPOs. Now Robin Klein, one of its high profile partners, is spearheading the attack with an appeal to government, investors and startups themselves.

Index goes big with $690m growth fund

It already has a reputation as Europe’s top investor in startups, but now Index Ventures is adding more firepower with the announcement of a €500m new growth fund aimed at making big bets on rapidly-expanding companies on both sides of the Atlantic.

WeatherBill morphs brand to focus on climate

Startup WeatherBill has built a business around offering farmers financial protection against weather, but the underlying goal of the company has always been to help companies adapt to a changing climate, the company’s CEO and Co-Founder David Friedberg told me.

Say cheese! UK photo printer snaps up rival for $195m

After years of effort and a long courtship, Photobox and Moonpig — two of Britain’s most venerable startups that print photos, books and greetings cards — are joining forces, with an acquisition that will create what they claim is the world’s leading personalized printing service.

Interview: Index Ventures Says This Is Not a Bubble

Index Ventures made its name as Europe’s most aggressive venture capital firm — backing Skype, Playfish and others. We caught up with partner Ben Holmes to find out whether the company is preparing for a bubble by opening its first office in the U.S.

Path Gets $8.5 Million. Ahem! Why?

Path, the San Francisco-based company that makes a photo sharing app has raised $8.5 million in new investment from KPCB and Index Ventures. That’s a lot of money for a company that has little traction or not even a hint of a business model.

Chartbeat Raises $3M Round For Real-Time Analytics

Chartbeat, which offers real-time website analytics, has closed a $3-million Series A round of financing from a group of VCs led by Index Ventures. This is the first external financing the startup has taken after being founded by betaworks, the venture group/incubator run by John Borthwick.

Etsy Raises $20M Led by Index Ventures

Etsy, the “eBay for crafts,” has raised a new $20-million round of financing — its fifth — according to several reports, as sales at the user-generated site continue to grow rapidly. The funding round is from a group of venture capital funds led by Index Ventures.

The Pivot: How Moo Got It Right & Became Profitable

In 2006 had it all: hype that comes along with top venture investors, a smooth-talking CEO, hot social services as partners and an iconic product. Today Moo is less hip, more low-key — and profitable. Here’s how the company did it.

Further Details Emerge As Skype & Its Founders Close to Settlement

There is a good likelihood that Skype; its founders, Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis; and a group of private equity investors led by Silver Lake Partners are close to settling their legal disputes, allowing eBay (s EBAY) to sell 65 percent of Skype for about $2 billion. I had first reported the news this past weekend. As part of the settlement, Zennstrom and Friis are likely to get a board representation, and there is some talk of Index Ventures being out of the deal as well.

Who Invested How Much to Buy Skype

[qi:gigaom_icon_voip] Earlier this week, a group of investors led by Silverlake Partners, a Silicon Valley-based private equity group, acquired 65 percent ownership…

Dating Site Lands

Dating site is looking to expand its business worldwide after receiving

VCs Have Their Heads in the Clouds

After spending the past few years pouring money into Facebook applications and me-too social networks, venture firms are starting to invest in infrastructure again, with both hardware and software plays tied to the cloud.

WooMe Raises Funding

We have been tracking a round of funding for WooMe, the online video speed-dating service, and latest word is that the deal…

P2P Start-Up AllPeers Closing Down

AllPeers, a personal P2P file-sharing startup based in Oxford, England, is down for the count. The company founders announced on AllPeers’ blog…