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Michelangelo Volpi joins Index Ventures as partner

Index Ventures has appointed Mike Volpi, a technology industry veteran, as a partner.

Index Ventures has appointed Mike Volpi, a technology industry veteran, as a partner.

Volpi (pictured) is based in the London office as part of the venture team where he will lead early stage investments in the internet, telecom/networking and media sectors and contribute to the firm’s later stage growth fund.

During his 13 year career at Cisco, Volpi acquired more than 75 companies and served as chief strategy officer responsible for corporate strategy, business development, strategic alliances, and advanced Internet projects. Volpi then led Cisco’s billion dollar routing and service provider business.

For the past two years, Volpi was chief executive of Joost, an internet startup focused on online broadcast TV, and recently transitioned into the role of chairman. Volpi started his career at HP in 1989.

"Mike has been a close adviser to the Index family for more than 10 years. He has worked closely with several of our portfolio companies such as Skype, TrialPay, Joost, FON and Telegent, even serving on some of their boards, so it’s a natural progression to have him officially join our team," says Giuseppe Zocco, partner and co-founder, Index Ventures. "Mike’s world-class leadership qualities, transaction experience, and network make him a great addition to our partnership and will enhance our ability to serve our portfolio companies."

"Venture has become a global business and I’ve watched Index take their place as a marquee name by investing in industry-altering businesses such as Betfair, MySQL and Skype," says Volpi. "I’m excited to become part of this team and look forward to helping Index partner with the next generation of great entrepreneurs."

Index Ventures is a European venture capital firm active in technology venture investing since 1996.

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