Neil co-founded Index Ventures, a venture capital firm in Geneva in 1996. His vision was to support the most ambitious entrepreneurs, bringing Silicon Valley- style investing to Europe at a time when “venture capital” was still a new term outside the US. As he recalled in a Financial Times interview: “We started every meeting with a slide that was literally ‘What is VC?’” 20 years on, while staying true to its European roots, Index has become one of the world’s leading venture capital firms, with principal offices in London and San Francisco.
Neil works with entrepreneurs on both sides of the Atlantic, among them the founders of Funding Circle, Roblox, Raisin, Pitch, Stack Overflow and Typeform. He has led Index investments in companies including Revolut, Betfair, Climate, Supercell and Trello.
Born in Montreal, Neil graduated in History and Economics at Stanford, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.