Index Ventures Posts

Index Ventures raises $542 million to invest in early-stage companies

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Index Ventures has announced that it has $542 million for a fund to invest in seed-stage companies that have raised under $20 million. Index Ventures said that it will invest primarily in European startups, but will make a few investments in U.S. companies as well. This new fund will go towards companies in the big data, financial services, fashion, mobile, e-commerce, and security markets. Some of the successful investments Index made were in Just Eat,, Zendesk, Criteo, and Arista Networks. Ever since Index was founded in 1996, the company raised around $4 billion.
[Source: The Next Web]

Auxmoney receives $16 million in funding

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Auxmoney is a peer-to-peer marketplace that has raised $16 million in Series B funding led by Foundation Capital. Partech Ventures, Scott Bommer, Index Ventures, and Union Square Ventures also participated in this round. Auxmoney has now raised a total of $29 million in funding.
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iZettle raises €40 million in funding

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iZettle AB is a Swedish mobile payment company that has raised €40 million ($56 million) in funding from several investors with a valuation of €200 million. Founded in 2011, iZettle received this round of funding from Zouk Capital, Creandum, Northzone, Index Ventures, Dawn Capital, and Intel Capital.

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Crowdrise raises $23 million

Crowdrise is a startup that was founded by actor Edward Norton, Robert Wolfe, Shauna Robertson and Jeffery Wolfe in 2009. The startup is known as a website for raising funding for charity. These individuals came up with the idea in 2009 when trying to raise money for Masai Wilderness Conservation Trust. They were originally looking to raise between $60,000 and $75,000, but ended up raising $1.2 million through its online platform. 

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Map app company Citymapper raises $10 million in funding

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Citymapper is a mapping app company that helps people figure out public transportation in large cities. The company has raised $10 million in Series A funding led by Balderton Capital with participation from Connect Ventures, Index Ventures and Greylock Partners.

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Just Eat’s market capitalization set at over $2.4 billion

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Just Eat is an online restaurant delivery company that has priced its initial public offering at 260 pence per share, which gives the company a market cap of £1.47 billion ($2.44 billion). Just Eat operates websites and mobile apps that lets users order food from local takeout restaurants. The IPO is expected to raise as much as £387.1 million if an over-allotment option is used in full. Just Eat said it would receive £100 million from the fundraising.
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Hadoop vendor Hortonworks raises $100M

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Hortonworks is a Hadoop vendor company that has raised $100 million in a new round of funding led by BlackRock and Passport Capital along with existing investors Dragoneer Investment Group, Tenaya Capital, Benchmark Capital, Index Ventures, and Yahoo! The new round of funding will be used for increasing its engineering efforts, scale operations, and growing the ecosystem. Hortonworks raised a total of $198 million in funding since launching in the middle of 2011.
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Socialbakers receives $26 million in funding

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Socialbakers is a social media analytics startup that is based in Prague and was founded in 2009. Socialbakers has received $26 million in Series C funding led by Index Ventures, with participation from existing investor Earlybird Venture Capital. Socialbakers tripled revenues in the last year and launched an ad analytics platform. The company also added over 1,000 customers and hired their first CMO.