In the latest of our occasional series of interviews with founders and CEOs – distributed each month through the Atomico newsletter, which you can sign up to here – we talk to Remo Gerber of Lilium…

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Nearly a century after Henry Ford gave up on his vision of mass-produced ‘Model Ts of the air’, the dream of ‘anywhere, anytime flying’ moves a step closer today with the announcement that Lilium has raised a $90m Series B funding round.   Led by our friends at Tencent, with Twitter and Medium co-founder Ev Williams’ Obvious Ventures and Lichtenstein-based LGT Group also joining us in this Series B round, the Munich-based startup, which is building the world’s first five-seat all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) jet, will shift into accelerated development mode, bringing the company’s vision of ubiquitous and affordable zero-emissions air taxis – summoned at the tap of a smartphone – closer to realisation.     As we wrote when we announced our Series A investment in Lilium’s breakthrough tech in December 2016, we believe exceptional entrepreneurs, empowered by technology, are best-placed to solve some of humanity’s most entrenched and seemingly intractable problems.     Lilium addresses several of them: gridlocked cities with public transportation systems groaning under demand they cannot expand quickly enough to serve; pollution choking town and city centres; lengthy, mind-numbingly slow daily commutes reducing our downtime and family time; parts of the world with […]

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It is no secret that the global transportation sector is being re-defined by technology and that this is leading to fundamental changes in how people live.   The ride-sharing model is the clearest example of this from a consumer perspective, allowing people to give up individual car ownership, generating personal savings and yet still feel like they are more mobile. This transformation continues with the mainstream adoption of fully electric challenger car brands like Tesla, and next generation companies like Lilium with electric vertical takeoff and landing jets for mass commuter transport!

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As humans we progress incrementally – through constant advances in technology, science, commerce and many other endeavours. We build bit-by-bit on what has gone before, gradually improving our world.   But there are also genuine breakthrough moments, seismic shifts that change the way we think and define what the future will look like.   To be privy to these moments, and even involved in making them happen, is a true honour.   As a founder they are what you strive for and the memory that most endures.

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At Atomico we believe that the truly ambitious and talented entrepreneurs are now most likely to solve the greatest challenges we face – none more so than making the planet more sustainable.

Lilium Aviation is exactly what we mean by this, and we’re delighted to be extending our investment in the Munich-based company. So, why are we so excited about the company?

First, it’s clear that transportation around the world no longer works. While congestion in cities rises exponentially, making it harder and harder for people to move about, so does pollution. By 2035, there could be 2bn cars on the road. And with air travel excluded from the Paris Climate agreement, the result is obvious – an unsustainable planet.

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Today it’s possible to reach almost any corner of Europe by public transport via hundreds of individual air, train and bus companies. However, in the absence of a simple way to compare routes, availability and cost, figuring out the best way to get anywhere continues to be a pain point for millions of travellers.

Last year we invested in GoEuro, a Berlin-based company led by Naren Shaam, which is transforming the way we search and book intra-city travel tickets across Europe. In just three years Naren has put together a world-class team and built from scratch a real-time booking platform for buses and trains connecting more than 500 transport providers across 12 countries in Western Europe – that’s up from 150 providers when we first invested.

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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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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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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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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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