Danny Rimer

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Danny Rimer
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Born Canada
Residence London, England
Alma mater Harvard University
Occupation Venture capitalist

Danny Rimer OBE is a partner at Index Ventures, a venture capital firm founded by his brothers David and Neil, and Neil's partner Giuseppe Zocco.[1] He established the firm's London office in 2002 and its San Francisco office in 2012, and has become a leading voice[2] on venture capital in Europe and Silicon Valley.

Early life[edit]

Rimer was born in Canada, but grew up in Geneva, Switzerland.[3] He graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in history and literature.[1] After graduating, Rimer moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in California.


While in the Bay Area, Rimer and some friends began a company to digitize images of famous artwork and sell the downloads. They made exclusive deals with galleries such as the Louvre and the Uffizi Gallery to commercialize the images.[1]

In 1994, Rimer joined Hambrecht & Quist (now owned by JP Morgan), where he began an Internet sector equity research group.[4] He was managing director and underwriting analyst for Amazon, Netscape and Verisign.[1] and helped to take Netscape public.[3]

Rimer became a general partner of The Barksdale Group in 1999, where he invested in a dozen companies including Crossgain (acquired by BEA Systems), Ofoto (rebranded as Kodak) and Tellme Networks (acquired by Microsoft), before joining Index in 2002 to establish the London office. He later co-founded the San Francisco office in 2012 with Mike Volpi.[5]

In his early years at Index, Rimer made a series of notable investments in infrastructure and services companies such as Skype, MySQL and Last.fm.[2] More recently he led the firm’s investments in Anki, Boku, Dropbox, Etsy (NASDAQETSY), Factual, Farfetch, Flipboard, 1stdibs, Glossier, Good Eggs, Hollar, Imzy, King Digital Entertainment (acquired by Activision in February 2016 for $5.9 billion);,[6] Niara, Patreon, RightScale, Viagogo, and Zesty.[7]

Rimer was previously a director at KVS (acquired by Veritas in 2004 for $225 million);[8] Last.fm (acquired by CBS (NYSECBS) in 2007 for $280 million);[9] Lovefilm (known as "The Netflix of Europe," acquired by Amazon for $317 million in January 2011);[10] MySQL (acquired by Sun Microsystems in 2008 for $1 billion and now part of Oracle);[11] Neoteris (acquired by NetScreen for $245 million in 2003)[12] and now part of Juniper Networks (NASDAQJNPR); Sky PLC (LSESKY); Skype (acquired by eBay for $2.6 billion and then by Microsoft (NASDAQMSFT) in May 2011 for US$8.5 billion);[13][14] and TrialPay (acquired by Visa (NASDAQV) in February 2017.[15]

Rimer has been named to the Forbes Midas List of top global VCs [16][17][18] five times and to Fortune Magazine's 40 under 40 list of business’s rising young stars.[2] In 2016, he was named one of the top 20 venture capitalists worldwide by the New York Times and CBInsights.[19] He is a fixture at the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, an annual gathering of business leaders, political figures, and major figures in the philanthropic and cultural spheres.[20]

Rimer was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to business and charity.[21]

Philanthropy and non-profit involvement[edit]

Rimer serves on the board of Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, a network of drop-in healthcare centers across the United Kingdom and Hong Kong, with the aim of helping cancer patients.[22] He was formerly on the Board of Trustees at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).[23]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Forston, Danny (11 June 2006). "Danny Rimer: In a nation of shopkeepers, great start-ups don't fly off the shelf". The Independent. London. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "40 Under 40: Danny Rimer". CNNMoney. Cable News Network. Archived from the original on March 2, 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Heilemann, John (8 August 2007). "The venture capital king of Europe". CNNMoney. Cable News Network. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "8 Rising VC Stars: Danny Rimer". CNNMoney. Cable News Network. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  5. ^ Ashton, James (9 August 2013). "Danny Rimer from Index Ventures: The Silicon Valley Exile Who Sees A New Internet Gold Rush On the Way". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Activision Blizzard Becomes "Largest Game Network in the World" With Candy Crush Dev Buyout". GameSpot. 23 February 2016. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "Danny Rimer". Index Ventures. Index Ventures. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Veritas Acquires KVS, Gains E-Mail Archiving Capabilities". CRN. August 31, 2004. 
  9. ^ "CBS Acquires Europe's Last.fm for $280 million". TechCrunch. Thomson Reuters. 30 May 2007. 
  10. ^ "Amazon Acquires LoveFilm, The Netflix of Europe". 12 May 2010. 
  11. ^ "Sun Picks Up MySQL For $1 Billion; Open Source Is A Legitimate Business Model". Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "NetScreen To Acquire Neoteris, SSL VPN Market Leader". 
  13. ^ "EBay Buys Skype for $2.6 Billion". PC World. September 12, 2005. 
  14. ^ "Why Microsoft Is Buying Skype for $8.5 Billion". GigaOM. May 9, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Visa Announces Acquisition Of TrialPay To Expand Its Offers Platform". TechCrunch. 27 February 2015. 
  16. ^ "Danny Rimer". Midas List. Forbes.com, Inc. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  17. ^ "Danny Rimer". Midas List. Forbes.com, Inc. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  18. ^ "Danny Rimer" (Midas List). Forbes. Retrieved 1 April 2016. 
  19. ^ "The Top 20 Venture Capital Investors Worldwide". The New York Times. March 13, 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2016. 
  20. ^ "Sun Valley: Where the money is". MediaFile. Thomson Reuters. 8 July 2009. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  21. ^ "(Supplement) no. 61803". The London Gazette. 31 December 2016. p. N14. 
  22. ^ "Board Committees at Maggie's". Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres. The Maggie Keswick Jencks Cancer Caring Centres Trust. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  23. ^ "Board of Trustees". SFMOMA. San Francisco Museum of Art. Retrieved 7 April 2015.