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Title:     General Partner

Location:  Geneva, Europe

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Rated 3.3 / 5.0 by 28

Firm Information:

Company:   Index Ventures

Type:      Medium Private VC

URL:       Firm Homepage

PERSONAL SPECIALTY: None.

FIRM DESCRIPTION: Index is dedicated to working with entrepreneurs who have the drive and ability to build world-class technology companies that can become global players in their market. Index focuses on Europe but will also in vest in Israel and the US.

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Associates are Misrepresenting Index

Fund: Index Ventures

Posted by Anon on 2013-05-18

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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

Fund: Index Ventures

Posted by amanaplanacanal on 2010-02-22

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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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Where Failed former Golden Boys Hide in Safe Harbor

Fund: Index Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2010-01-18

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Index Ventures

Fund: Index Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-08-25

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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

Fund: Index Ventures

Posted by sockettrousers on 2008-06-05

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We pitched Neil Rimer recently. Speaking about Index's recent exits he was humble and gave credit where due.

Neil is really smart and can always be relied on to give good feedback on any business idea.

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Good Dialogue, Not Sure about Follow Up

Fund: Index Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-18

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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

Fund: Index Ventures

Posted by fundon on 2008-03-02

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Pitched thru a contact but never received any response...

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Danny Rimer Index Ventures

Fund: Index Ventures

Posted by laserbeam on 2007-08-17

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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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No Follow Up

Fund: Index Ventures

Posted by celerity on 2007-08-20

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Similar experience as below, positive initial interaction, then silence and no response to 3 calls.

Was particularly disappointed in this as really wanted to give Index good feedback, regardless of their interest in our particular venture - Rimer et al seem progressive and strong from events we've seen them at and gave encouragement that the European VC scene was catching up with west coast thinking, something we are very keen to support.

However inability to effectively manage the basics of deal flow management challenges this view.

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Busy, Nice

Fund: Index Ventures

Posted by rxdxt on 2007-07-10

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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

Fund: Index Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-06-22

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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

Fund: Index Ventures

Posted by FixItNow on 2007-05-14

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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

Fund: Index Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-04-17

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These guys have an awesome reputation and are very very well connected with other VC.

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How about a Call Back?

Fund: Index Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-04-10

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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

Fund: Index Ventures

Posted by Y2K on 2007-03-30

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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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