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Technology has driven profound change in content creation and media distribution in the last few years. As end-users, the way we consume content has rapidly evolved too. We are no longer restricted to a handful of distribution channels, and data driven publishers serve us with highly relevant stories, videos, podcasts, memes and much more. Today, we expect content we love to be delivered to our timelines, where we can engage with it. If we can’t find what we want, we can curate it ourselves.

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On Tuesday 26th July 2016, Hailo and mytaxi announced plans to join forces to create Europe’s largest taxi e-hailing company with over 3 million customers and 100,000 registered taxi drivers in over 50 cities across nine countries.

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10.07.2016

AI being a discipline that has come of age emphatically in the last few years, significant European acquisitions like DeepMind, Swiftkey and, last week, Magic Pony, make a strong case that the region is at the vanguard of the current revolution.

To discuss how we can continue to build upon this momentum and support the European AI startup ecosystem, earlier this week we gathered a small group of visionary European entrepreneurs, academics and investors for a discussion.

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On July 4th 2016, ChemistDirect.co.uk and Pharmacy2U announced merger, establishing a clear digital-only leader in the burgeoning UK online pharmacy sector. The move creates a business with a customer base of 1.5 million, and brings together a combined team with unrivalled experience in digital pharmacy services.

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By The Atomico Team

Let's face it: Brexit was not the result we wanted. And while there is much still to be worked out — like how long the divorce will take, what rules will govern cross-border trade and immigration, how long the markets will take to settle down, and whether other countries may follow — what is certain is that the British people have spoken, and the British government will carry out the will of the people.

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We are delighted to announce that we have just led a $42m Series B round for Jobandtalent – a disruptive startup that solves two major pain-points in the world of recruitment: matching the right talent with the right jobs, and massively reducing the bureaucracy involved in the hiring process. We are very impressed with the founders’ vision and execution capabilities so we are excited to join Juan and Felipe on their mission to reduce unemployment and hiring inefficiencies around the world.

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London is one of the world’s leading hubs for financial services and has become a major centre for FinTech, with startups moving services like money transfers, wealth management and consumer banking online, reducing bureaucracy and costs.

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Visual mapping, like Google’s Street View, has traditionally been a complicated and lengthy process, resulting in significant time lags between the process of collecting the images and those images appearing online.

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Online grocery shopping has exploded globally, with particularly rapid adoption in the UK. Although the proportion of British shoppers buying their food online continues to grow – with the market set to double in value by 2020 to £17.2bn – online grocery shopping remains relatively underpenetrated at around 5% of total sales. Technology trends have allowed juggernaut supermarkets to innovate but the value chain itself has remained largely undisrupted. And growing consumer demand for convenient delivery of the highest quality, locally sourced food has remained largely underserved – until now.

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We’ve always believed that successful founders can play a vital role in the growth of startups and the development of our ecosystem as a whole. That’s why we set up Atomico, and why we recently announced partnerships with a number of top European entrepreneur-investors to support our next generation of superstar founders.

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We’re at a defining moment for European technology. We’ve proven beyond doubt that Europe’s entrepreneurs can achieve enormous success, with 41 European billion-dollar companies founded since 2003 – including 12 that reached the threshold since the beginning of last year alone. The question is no longer whether Europe can produce brilliant, global successes; it’s what we need to do to take it to the next level.

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Technology has completely transformed the way we search for and book our travel tickets. But with so many ways to get around and so many operating companies, it’s difficult to seek out the best deals. Berlin-based GoEuro has developed a single platform enabling people to find the fastest, cheapest and simplest way of getting from Amsterdam to Barcelona, whether by rail, bus, air or car.

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Like successful companies, successful ecosystems go through distinct stages. Having conducted one of the most comprehensive studies ever undertaken into European tech, it is clear to us that 2015 has been a breakthrough year in which our major hubs have gone to a new level.

View our report in full:

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Healthcare is one of the world’s biggest sectors and makes up around 8% of global GDP. Yet, despite being a multi-trillion dollar industry, large parts of it have yet to be significantly disrupted by innovative technology. Too many of its functions are broken and get in the way of good care. No one suffers from this more than patients, left to navigate through a fragmented and friction-filled system on their own.

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Education is a huge part of the global economy. It accounts for around 6% of global GDP and, more importantly, impacts the lives of almost everyone on Earth. Despite this, it has barely been disrupted by technology.

In some ways this is understandable, the education market is fragmented, heavily-regulated and difficult to crack.

But true entrepreneurs relish these challenges and this was the case when Masa Watanabe, the co-founder of DeNA – the hugely successful Japanese mobile and e-commerce company – founded Quipper in 2010. Quipper produces cross-platform, cross-device software that allows teachers to set and track assignments, answer students’ questions via IM, and monitor individuals’ learning progress.

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Atomico was founded on the belief that great technology companies can come from anywhere, not just Silicon Valley. We have always believed that the greatest opportunity available to investors today is in identifying these companies in tech hubs like Berlin, Helsinki, London and Stockholm, and adding genuine value to them through our experience and expertise.

This week we are extremely proud to see two of our portfolio companies achieve huge milestones that are testament to this belief.

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This is the best time in history to be a technology entrepreneur in Europe, or indeed outside Silicon Valley.

Over the past decade, the start-up world has undergone huge change. As data we published last year showed, the majority of billion-dollar internet companies founded since 2003 were actually built outside the Valley. For me personally, the journey has been eye-opening – from the early days at Skype, when most people dismissed the idea of building a company from Sweden, to today, when Atomico is proud to be an investor in Supercell, Truecaller, Klarna, ZocDoc and other successful companies that started life in places like Helsinki, Stockholm, New York, London and elsewhere.

How has a change this dramatic been possible in such a short time?

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Atomico has always believed that great companies come from anywhere and we continue to be passionate about the ideas and innovation we’re seeing in cities across Europe. Our head office is based in London, and in January we announced that we’d taken space at Factory in Berlin. Today we’re thrilled to announce our third European base at Stockholm’s SUP46 – one of Sweden’s most exciting incubators. We’ve been actively involved in Stockholm’s ecosystem for a number of years investing in Klarna, Wrapp and Truecaller and now we’re excited to double down.

Sweden has always been close to our hearts. It’s home to our founding partners and it’s where Skype – the first billion-dollar technology company outside Silicon Valley – was born. But our commitment to Sweden and the Nordics is rooted in the huge respect we have for the innovation and ambition of its entrepreneurs.

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In order to find the world’s best entrepreneurs and help them scale internationally, we’ve always believed in the importance of a global team with deep experience and world-class insight.

Today, we’re proud to be adding to our presence in London, Beijing, Tokyo, Sao Paolo and Istanbul, by taking space in Berlin too. Berlin has a fast-growing ecosystem that we’ve been actively involved in for many years, including making an investment in 6Wunderkinder, and now we’re excited to double down.

We’ll be taking space in a tech hub we greatly admire – Factory – and our team will be spending plenty of time there. If you’re an entrepreneur there, we look forward to seeing much more of you!

We’re also delighted to welcome Chris Barnes and Yann de Vries to the Atomico team, both of whom will bring decades of experience to our growing network.

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