Index Ventures

Index Ventures is a venture capital firm that helps the entrepreneurs turn bold ideas into global businesses.

3.8
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Independent rating of Index Ventures VC fund

Overall rating:
3.8
(20)
Team quality
2.7
Professionalism
Personal qualities
None
Integrity
None
Respect and decency
None
Experience
None
Relevant expertise
None
Investment process
4.1
Approachability
Clarity of the process
None
Speed of the process
Responsiveness
Ease of the process
None
Due diligence
Value add
3.7
Supportiveness
Value add beyond financing
Board activity
Terms
Founder friendly
None
Help with follow-up rounds
None

About Index Ventures VC fund

Founded:
1996
Number of funds:
19
Number of investments:
998
Number of exits:
219
Headquarters:
Organization type:
Venture Capital

Portfolio - latest investments by Index Ventures VC fund

Founders' reviews of Index Ventures VC fund

Team quality
3.0
Professionalism
Investment process
3.8
Approachability
Speed of the process
Responsiveness
Due diligence
Value add
1.5
Supportiveness
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Round: Seed
Good for the Right Startup
Invested early in seed/A but then lost interest as not a quick unicorn, failure to follow on or even have the courtesy of regular contact. Avoid if you don’t fit their billion or bust model.
Team quality
4.0
Professionalism
Investment process
5.0
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Older than a year by non-portfolio founder
Round: Seed
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Strong Second Choice
Got what we were doing quickly, moved as fast as anyone else. While we chose to raise with someone that seemed to be a better fit in our niche, we will seriously consider them for the next round.
Team quality
1.0
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1.0
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Older than a year by non-portfolio founder
Round: Pre-Seed
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Bad Experience
Arrogant, aggressive and inappropriate
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Investment process
4.2
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Value add
4.0
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Older than a year by portfolio founder
Round: Seed
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Exceeding Enough
Supportive vc. Relatively easy process and good term sheet. Also great name on cap table to get talent. Not sure they add tons of other value for early stage companies but supportive cash may be enough!
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4.2
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4.8
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Round: Seed
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Keep Up the Good Work
As a first time founder I couldn’t have been more lucky to meet Index team. They’ve been very supportive in the best and worst moments of my venture, I highly recommend their integrity. Thanks Neil for the fun ride :)
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5.0
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Value add
4.5
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Round: Pre-Seed
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Benefits on Benefits
We had strong inbound interest in our Series A round, and chose Index over others. We're delighted we did, they've been brilliant on the deal (Term Sheet signed in 23 hours!) and since then, including helping us with talent acquisition, industry data, strategic input, and more. And they do great parties :-)
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Associates are Misrepresenting Index
Index needs to hire more qualified associates - preferably those with 5-7 years + experience in their previous roles.
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Arrogant, and Misguided
Index is still living off the success of a couple of big deals, although the current fund is mediocre. Extremely slow to respond, and a high turn around of bright associates, none of whom gets the tech business.
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Index Ventures
Received an unsolicited call from Index. Pitched an associate from Geneva over the phone. The associate was thoughtful, understood our solution and market and asked some good questions. We set the stage for an "A" round next year, but did crack the door for a smaller seed investment. We concluded the conversation with them getting back to us in a few days, he wanted to run it up the flag pole with others at his firm. Kept his word and indeed got back to us. They declined seed, but most definitely wanted to follow our progress and have an opportunity to consider our "A" round. They were cautious about investing in US companies given the distance. Thumbs up so far given the limited interaction.
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Could Be Arrogant, Aren't
We pitched Neil Rimer recently. Speaking about Index's recent exits he was humble and gave credit where due.
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Good Dialogue, Not Sure about Follow Up
I have met with a couple of guys a Index. They have been smarter more helpful upfront and clear about their interests than the averge top quartile VC.
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No Follow Up
Pitched thru a contact but never received any response...
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No Follow Up
Similar experience as below, positive initial interaction, then silence and no response to 3 calls.
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Danny Rimer Index Ventures
Caught up in minor celebrity thing, some big deals on the edge of, claiming too much credit, not giving credit to others along journey.
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Busy, Nice
So I met them for about 1/2 hour when I first moved here. We had a lovely chat and they identified some portfolio companies where I might add some value. Chatted a bit with one company who was actually there at the moment.
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Pleasant Interaction, Location Might Be an Issue
We pitched Index and received strong interest but ultimately decided that it would be in our best interests to have a local (US-based, West Coast) investor for many reasons specific to our company. The point person was Chris Barchak, and Neil Rimer came into the process later on. Both were incredibly nice people, and given our liking for them and Index's phenomenal reputation and track record, I would definitely recommend doing business with them.
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Bernard Dall @ Index
We met him and pitched him after being introduced to him to be a co-lead. He liked what he heard. Had a list of questions which we answered well. As he was putting his coat on he stated 8 reasons where we needed to put some work into our business plan. 6 were valid so we thank him for that. 2 were way off base... but then it was irrelevant anyway...
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No Follow Up
These guys have an awesome reputation and are very very well connected with other VC.
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How about a Call Back?
Pitched to these guys and got the "hey this is really cool" feedback but then they never followed up. I don't mind being told no or some euphemism for no, but it doesn't reflect well on a fund when they "mail it in".
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Dedicated to Building "Disruptive" Businesses
Danny Rimer is the face of the organisation that helped build Skype and has backed the likes of MySQLm, Last.fm and Video Island. I reiterate the word build because they truly do so and have rave reviews from entrepreneurs who have worked with them
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