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Industry Venture capital
Founded 2006
Founder Niklas Zennström
Products Venture capital, growth capital
Number of employees

Atomico is an international technology investment firm headquartered in London, with offices in Beijing, Istanbul, São Paulo, and Tokyo. Its founder and CEO is Niklas Zennström, a serial entrepreneur who co-founded Skype and Kazaa. The team includes Chris Barnes, Yann De Vries, Mattias Ljungman, Hiro Tamura and Teddi Wardi.


The company focuses on new consumer technologies that have the potential to transform markets, and places an emphasis on strong management. Zennström has stated that he founded the company in 2006 after "seeing that new technology would disrupt not just consumer markets, but the venture-capital industry itself".[1]

It has invested in more than fifty companies on three continents via three funds, Atomico Ventures I, the $165 million Atomico Ventures II and, most recently, Atomico III, which closed at $476 million in November 2013.[2]

The company has been involved with exits or substantial transactions in companies including Supercell (sold a majority stake to SoftBank, valuing the business at $3 billion in 2013), The Climate Corporation (acquired by Monsanto for $1.1 billion in 2013), Xobni (acquired by Yahoo! in 2013) and PowerReviews (acquired by Bazaarvoice in 2012).[3]

The company publicly states that it has an active approach to deal sourcing. Atomico runs an Open Office programme, in which the company visits cities around the world six to eight times a year searching for investments, and usually involving talks by Zennström to university students. He urges aspiring entrepreneurs to look for large market opportunities.[4]

In some deals Atomico invests alongside other investors, such as when it partnered with Accel Partners in March 2011 to lead a $42 million funding round in Rovio Mobile.[5] and its February 2011 investment in Fon.[6]


The firm's investments include

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  1. ^ "Why Facebook film The Social Network is essential viewing for entrepreneurs", The Sunday Telegraph, 13 March 2011.
  2. ^ Atomico corporate website
  3. ^ (
  4. ^ "Skype Founder To Students: Don’t Follow The Obvious Path", Venture Capital Dispatch WSJ Blogs, 11 March 2011.
  5. ^ Angry Birds creators Rovio raises £26.2 million, Reuters, 11 March 2011 [1]
  6. ^ "Atomico leads €10m investment round in Fon", Atomico press release.
  7. ^ Wauters, Robin (November 16, 2011). "Atomico Invests $4.2M In 6Wunderkinder: German Name, Global Ambitions". TechCrunch. Archived from the original on April 11, 2014. Retrieved April 11, 2014. 

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