Atomico was founded on the idea that great companies can come from anywhere, and the ambition to find the world's best entrepreneurs and help them scale their companies globally. That means bringing together a team with deep insight, networks, and experience of scaling – from top-tier investment professionals, to our international team across China, Japan, Brazil and Turkey as well as London, to leaders in talent and communications.

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We have always believed that great companies and entrepreneurs can come from anywhere. Like athletes and artists, the qualities needed to be a world-class entrepreneur – vision, courage, technical knowhow, the ability to build a great team, and a deep competitive streak – are not confined to any one country. And the spread of the Internet, open source software and cloud computing over the past decade has removed many of the traditional barriers to starting a technology business.

That said, there are still many who believe that the majority of truly successful companies come from Silicon Valley alone, and that the other emerging ecosystems are still reaching maturity.

Given the speed of technological change and the number of entrepreneurs founding companies around the world, it can be hard to get an accurate picture of what’s going on. So we combined data from multiple sources along with our own research, and for the first time looked at the global distribution of Internet and software companies founded within the last decade that had reached a valuation of over $1 billion. Valuation isn’t everything and is in many senses a crude yardstick, but the billion-dollar mark is generally accepted to represent truly phenomenal success.

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Mobile phones are central to our lives, but despite all of today's tech advances, until recently little has been done to make the phone experience more intelligent, powerful and useful. For millions of people, it can still be hard work to make sure they have the right information to stay connected to businesses and people who matter to them, while avoiding nuisance calls from spammers who don't.

That's why we're delighted today to be investing in Stockholm-based Truecaller in a $60m Series C round, alongside Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Capital. Truecaller aims to help users connect as easily as possible, with more than 85 million people who use the service to search the right contact numbers and identify incoming calls.

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The $150B+ global news industry has been undergoing a profound transformation for well over a decade. News is more accessible and more widely consumed than ever before, but the means of delivery and the industry’s economic model are still undergoing significant disruption.

If the first wave of change was brought by the explosion of desktop Internet access, the second wave has been fuelled by the spread of smartphones and tablets, enabling entirely new ways to discover and consume news. Against this backdrop of ongoing disruption, there is a huge opportunity for products that are both loved by users and also work economically for news publishers.

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Bebê Store (www.bebestore.com.br), Brazil’s leading online baby goods retailer and a company we've been proud to back since 2011, has just announced the acquisition of its main competitor in the country – Baby (www.baby.com.br).

We’ve believed in founders Leonardo and Juliana Simão and their vision for Bebê Store for a long time, becoming their first outside investors. Since then, we've worked with the team to help scale the business and are delighted that they're consolidating their leadership of the market with this transaction. Baby has undoubtedly been a major player in Bebê Store’s field, having attracted over $50 million in investment prior to its acquisition, and the combination of their operations will help Leonardo, Juliana and the team take the business to a new level of success.

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Last week EVRYTHNG, the Internet of Things software company, made its latest announcement in its mission to connect – well – everything, with a new $7m investment round. The team has won awards and recognition as a pioneer in this fast-growing and global space, and as a previous investor we’re proud to be leading this funding round alongside Cisco Systems, BHLP and Dawn Capital.

EVRYTHNG’S good news capped off a strong start to 2014 for our friends across the world, with many of our portfolio companies continuing their impressive momentum with great news of their own.

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We love working with high-growth companies who we can help to scale domestically and internationally. In 2012 we invested in the outstanding team at Klarna, who are disrupting the huge and fast-growing online payment market – and we're delighted to say we're now increasing our investment by helping to back Klarna's acquisition of SOFORT in Germany.

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Niklas Zennström, Atomico's CEO and Founding Partner, has been recommended by the Election Committee to become a new member of the Board of H&M, the world's second largest global fashion retailer. We have long admired the way H&M has disrupted the traditional global fashion supply chain to become an amazing business with the largest market cap on the Stockholm stock exchange. An incredible story.

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We founded Atomico to help companies scale disruptive products globally. As entrepreneurs ourselves we know the challenges this involves, and we brought together our Value Creation Team, which includes many of the initial global team that scaled Skype, to help our portfolio companies expand into new markets and hire the talent they need.

Effective communication is another key piece of the puzzle. As they scale, our portfolio companies see tremendous value in being able to tell a clear and compelling story about their vision and achievements, and in building a global brand that will resonate with users, customers, partners and employees from Berlin to Beijing.

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Future Fifty recognises the UK’s most innovative and potentially transformative growth companies. It’s a great programme that helps the chosen businesses find support and advice from the UK Government and private sector experts to help them become world-class companies.

So we are delighted that ChemistDirect is one of this year’s very select group of Future Fifty. It’s a brilliant recognition of not only the hard work from CEO Stuart Rowe and everyone in the business – but a sign of the huge potential that the company has.

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Great companies can come from anywhere. Talent, ambition and success know no borders. And no matter where they start out, these days great companies can also scale internationally from anywhere. As we’ve seen recently, the very best are becoming global leaders and doing so faster than ever.

That doesn’t make it easy. Technology has simplified many things, but when it comes to expanding internationally, the business and cultural challenges remain hard – most people underestimate just how hard. But it’s vital to building lasting success at scale.

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We know that great companies can come from anywhere, and we spend a lot of time with entrepreneurs outside Silicon Valley who have the potential to build international, category-winning businesses. So when we first met Berlin-based entrepreneur Christian Reber, we knew that he and his co-founders were creating something special with 6Wunderkinder and their beautiful to-do list product Wunderlist.

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We could not be happier for our friends at Supercell. Today’s news that Softbank and GungHo have made a strategic investment in Supercell, giving them a 51% share that values the company at $3B, is an amazing story for a company that released its first two games, Clash of Clans and Hay Day, just over a year ago. We take our hats off to what Ilkka Paananen and Mikko Kodisoja, Supercell's co-founders, and their truly phenomenal team have achieved so far – and the even more exciting part is that there is a lot more to come.

When we first met Ilkka and Mikko, we were immediately struck by their global ambition, clear strategy and a genuine passion for building a business with a strong culture of talented people. They deeply understood that a strong brand needs not just passionate customers, but also passionate employees. The more time we spent with them and their team, the more excited we became.

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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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