When we first met David and Siraj, the founders of The Climate Corporation (or Weatherbill, as the company was called back in 2007), we were immediately struck by their vision, courage, foresight and ambition.

The team had set themselves a huge goal: the use of technology to take on the global insurance industry. Long before "big data" became a ubiquitous buzzword, they had seen the potential for data to impact the many millions of people around the world whose livelihoods are affected by the weather. In many ways, the scale of their global, disruptive ambition felt a lot like our ambition when we started out with Skype. Although Atomico now focuses on hyper-growth, later stage companies, back then we felt an instant connection and decided to be an early investor.

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There is a lot of debate at the moment about how the digital wallet battle will be won, and who will win it, with many believing that by the end of 2014 we will start to know the most likely winners and losers.

Social gifting, and its intersection with social marketing will be a key component of this battle, and Wrapp has so far succeeded in building the leading friend-to-friend marketing platform as well as the leading brand within the category, with the most traction in this space, with roughly ten times the activity of competitors. Crucially Wrapp has shown that it can drive millions of redemptions in offline stores using digital gift cards.

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Atomico has just hired Dan Hynes as our Managing Director for Talent. Dan, the former Director of Global Staffing at Skype join our growing Value Creation Team, a team dedicated to supporting our portfolio companies and sharing best practices.

Dan's arrival means we now have a dedicated resource to help our portfolio companies recruit great people to support their growth. It is the people who make the difference between a good company and a great one, and ultimately industries are redefined by the raw talent of individuals. Dan has unrivalled global experience, and a unique network and knowledge working with high growth companies that have successfully scaled globally.

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Anyone who has opened up the iOS app store over the last six months would have seen Supercell dominating the top grossing charts, and not just in western markets, also the much more mature and competitive Asian markets like China, Japan, and Korea, where free-to-play games are nothing new. For Supercell's founders Ilkka and Mikko and their team to achieve this with a game that is yet to be localised and is still just in English is nothing short of remarkable.

Interestingly, we do not invest in many games developers, even though the gaming industry is in the middle of a major disruption, driven by smartphone and tablets, and also the globalisation of platforms enabling the most successful companies to compete in all markets. In fact Supercell is only our third investment in this space, out of nearly 60 investments overall. There are 1000's of great games, and no shortage of quality developers, so why have we been so cautious? And why do we think Supercell is different?

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We are pleased to announce that W7 Brazil Capital and Atomico have invested $10m into Bebê Store – the leading online baby and children's goods website in Brazil with over $20m of annualised revenue, and $18m of total capital raised.

Bebê Store is an example of the second generation of emerging market ecommerce players. The first generation simply needed more capital than their competitors, as once a business was clearly ahead from a capital standpoint it became difficult for the other players to raise funds. This became a self-fulfilling prophecy where the best-funded got stronger, and the others struggled. However it is now much more capital efficient to start an ecommerce company, with open source back-ends, and high quality 3rd party logistics providers, that the battle has shifted to front-end innovation – i.e. the core strength of the product itself.

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Atomico is pleased to announce our $16 million investment in OneTwoTrip. Since OneTwoTrip’s launch in 2011, the company has established itself as the leading online travel agency in Russia, with over $450 million of annualised bookings.

OneTwoTrip offers a unique and truly globally competitive service in a way that few companies have been able to achieve. When we first spoke to Peter Kutis, the CEO and Founder of OneTwoTrip, in early 2012, we immediately understood that he was unique in having identified and executed on the real underlying needs of the travel market.

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Atomico is pleased to announce that it has led Fab's $105 million Series C round. Fab is the leading website in the US and Europe for design inspiration and sales. It is one of the fastest growing ecommerce companies of all time forecasting sales of around $150 million in 2012 which is well in excess of 5 times last year's sales.

In addition to this stellar growth, Fab is building an iconic global brand that is synonymous with great design. Just like our investments in Klarna and Rovio, we believe strong brands are crucial to build an emotional relationship with customers and suppliers, ensuring their long-term commitment and loyalty.

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Atomico, the technology investment firm founded by Niklas Zennström, also known as a co-founder of Skype, today announced the hiring of Shinichi Iwata, former President of Skype Japan, to head up their new Tokyo office. Shin joins Atomico’s growing network of Market Expansion Professionals, and will focus upon Japan.

Atomico invests in technology companies around the world, primarily in the internet area, and has made more than 50 investments on four continents. It looks for companies that have remarkable growth prospects and outstanding management teams. The firm is headquartered in London and has offices in São Paulo, Beijing, Istanbul, and now also Tokyo.

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London, UK – Friday 18th May 2012: Quipper, the e-learning start-up led by Masa Watanabe, a co-founder of Japanese mobile social gaming company DeNA, today announced that it has raised £2.3m ($3.6m) of Series A funding.

The London-based company also revealed that its users have answered questions on the platform 85m times since it launched in October.

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CONNECT/DAKOTA PARTS AND BEBÊ STORE HAVE GREAT OPPORTUNITIES, VENTURE CAPITAL FIRM SAYS

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – February 24, 2011- Atomico, the international venture capital firm founded by Niklas Zennström, also known as a co-founder Skype, today announced its first two investments in Brazil, following recent investments in other Latin American countries.

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Emergence Capital Partners, Kaszek Ventures, Atomico and Storm Ventures Invest in the Leading Online Restaurant Reservation System in South America.

23 February – Argentina – Restorando, the leading online reservation platform for restaurants in Latin America, announced that it has secured $3.2 million in Series A funding. The funding round is led by Emergence Capital Partners, a California-based venture capital firm focused on technology enabled services, with participation from Kaszek, a newly raised fund for Latin America by the founders of Mercadolibre (NASDAQ: MELI), Atomico, the London-based firm founded by Skype co-founder Niklas Zennström, and Storm Ventures. Concurrent with the funding, Santi Subotovsky from Emergence Capital and Alex Mendez from Storm Ventures joined Restorando’s board of directors.

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14.03.2011

The Social Network, the movie about the creation of Facebook, has won awards around the world. In the UK’s The Sunday Telegraph newspaper Niklas gave his views on the film, and the reasons why entrepreneurs should watch it.

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The Wall Street Journal’s Venture Capital Dispatch blog has produced an account of Niklas’s talk at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, which you can see here.

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Accel Partners and Atomico Ventures Co-Lead Investment Round with Felicis Ventures Participating

Espoo, Finland – 10 March, 2011 – Rovio, the creator of the Angry Birds entertainment franchise, today announced a $42m Series A investment in the company to facilitate its strategic expansion.

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Fon, the world’s largest WiFi network, announced today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, that it has secured €10 million ($13.5 million) in new funding led by Atomico, the venture capital firm founded by Niklas Zennström, co-founder of Skype. 

Coral Group and other existing Fon investors also contributed to the round designed to help Fon take advantage of the growing demand for WiFi from smartphone and tablet users, and to expand their efforts in the US and elsewhere. The funding follows previous rounds, which raised a total of more than €40m since the company was founded by serial entrepreneur Martin Varsavsky (Jazztel, Viatel) in 2006.

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