Neil co-founded Index Ventures 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 a new term outside the U.S. 20 years on, staying true to its European roots, Index has become one of the world’s leading VC firms, with principal offices in London and San Francisco. The firm has raised $7.25 billion, with more than 160 companies in its portfolio. Today, Neil works with entrepreneurs on both sides of the Atlantic, and has led Index investments in Betfair, Climate, Supercell, and Trello.
Born in Montréal, Neil studied at Stanford and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. He spent four years with Montgomery Securities in San Francisco, and joined Index Securities in 1990 — the predecessor of Index Ventures. Neil also serves on the board of Human Rights Watch, a non-profit, non-governmental organization.