Index Ventures

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Index Ventures
Industry Venture capital
Founded 1996; 20 years ago (1996)
Headquarters Geneva, Switzerland, London, San Francisco and Jersey
Products Venture capital, growth capital
Total assets €2 billion
Number of employees

Index Ventures is a Europe- and San Francisco-based global venture capital firm, focused on making investments in information technology and life sciences companies.[1] Since its founding in 1996, the firm has invested in businesses in 24 countries.[2][3]


Index Ventures has its origins in a Swiss bond-trading firm called Index Securities, founded by Gerald Rimer in 1976.[4][5] In 1992, Rimer recruited his son, Neil, to join the firm and together they launched its technology investment arm, which would evolve into an independent entity, Index Ventures.[5][6][7] Index Ventures was officially founded in 1996 by Neil Rimer, his brother David and Giuseppe Zocco, [8] when they raised a pilot fund of $17 million, followed by a $180 million fund in 1998.[5] That year the firm also launched its life sciences practice, when Francesco De Rubertis joined as a partner.[9] Headquartered in Geneva and Jersey, the firm opened an office in London in 2002[10] and in San Francisco in 2011.[11]


The firm's partners include Ben Holmes, Bernard Dalle, Ilya Fushman,[12] Jan Hammer,[13] Danny Rimer, David Rimer, Neil Rimer, Dominique Vidal, Mike Volpi, and Giuseppe Zocco.

In February 2016, the firm announced Dick Costolo and Shardul Shah as partners.[14]

Index Ventures partner Danny Rimer has been named in Fortune’s “40 under 40” list of the top rising stars in business[15] and Forbes' Midas List of the top 25 deal makers in venture capital.[16]


Index Ventures has raised a number of venture funds, including Index Ventures I through VI;[17] Index Growth 1 and 2;[18] and a $200 million life sciences fund with backing from GlaxoSmithKline and Johnson & Johnson.[19]

In April 2015, Index Ventures raised $706 million, and designated it as Index Ventures Growth III.[20]

In February 2016, Index Ventures raised $550 million in its eighth funding round.[21]

In June 2014, Deliveroo raised a £2.75 million series A investment round from Index Ventures.


  1. ^ "Index Ventures' Danny Rimer on how to spot tech trends". The Guardian. September 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Index Ventures, a leading Euro VC, opens a Valley office". TechCrunch. January 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Index Venture Update: New Partners Shardul Shah & Dick Costolo Added to Team & Eighth Venture Fund Closes". Crowdfund Insider. 
  4. ^ "What They're Reading". New York Times. September 5, 1995. 
  5. ^ a b c "25 Rising Stars". Fortune. May 14, 2001. 
  6. ^ "Wall Street Journal Fast Forward: Speakers and Guests". 
  7. ^ "Levie, Damelin, Rimer, Onur, Klein, Khan To Speak At TechCrunch Disrupt Europe". TechCrunch. July 24, 2013. 
  8. ^ "A venture capitalist's European mission". FT. April 24, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Veni, vidi, V.C." (PDF). University of Geneva student magazine. November 6, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Index Ventures forth, bridging Silicon Valley with Silicon Roundabout". November 30, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Index Ventures Raises $700M Fund, Opens San Francisco Office (But Keeps Focus On Europe)". November 8, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Index Ventures Hires Dropbox Exec Ilya Fushman As General Partner". TechCrunch. May 20, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Europe's biggest venture capital fund told us what it looks for in a company". Business Insider. November 28, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Index Venture Update: New Partners Shardul Shah & Dick Costolo Added to Team & Eighth Venture Fund Closes". Crowdfund Insider. 
  15. ^ "40 under 40: Danny Rimer". Fortune. April 24, 2010. 
  16. ^ "The Midas List: Tech's Top Investors". Forbes. March 26, 2014. 
  17. ^ "The Index Ventures hits €350m for latest tech-focused fund". AltAssets. 18 June 2012. 
  18. ^ "Armed With New Fund, Index Ventures Hunts For The Next Billion-Dollar Tech Firm". 11 November 2011. 
  19. ^ "Index Launches Its First Life Sciences Fund: $200M And Partnering With Glaxo and Johnson & Johnson". TechCrunch. March 20, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Index Ventures raises $706M for new growth fund". VentureBeat. 
  21. ^ "Index Ventures Amasses $1.25 Billion to Back Tech Startups". Bloomberg. 

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