We used to be told that what you learned in school would last you a lifetime. In today’s rapidly changing world, that no longer holds true. The rate of change across the average adult career has increased so much in the past decade that there is a growing need for lifelong learning solutions. There are millions of lifelong learners around the world. These people are hungry for new skills and to hone old ones. To explore a new passion. To keep growing.   When we first met founder David Rogier, we were blown away with both the ambition and precision of his vision for Masterclass. David had a bold idea – to make knowledge from the world’s masters accessible to all for lifelong learning – and over the past three years has been working with his team to turn that vision into a reality.   What if you could take acting classes with Helen Mirren? Or cooking classes with Gordon Ramsay? Or filmmaking classes with Martin Scorsese? MasterClass has turned what sounds like a farfetched vision that would only ever be accessible by a few into a reality for everyone, anywhere.   At Atomico, we embrace continuous learning because […]

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Today, we’re delighted to announce our investment in Lime. Led by co-founders Brad Bao and Toby Sun, Lime is an organisation driving behavioural change at mass scale and lightning speed.   We set out to back founders who can address the world’s biggest challenges, and improve the way we live. Moving more people more frequently, decongesting cities, and improving air quality for those who live there, are certainly monumental challenges. Lime’s e-bikes and scooters tackle them in a sustainable, affordable, and convenient way.   At Atomico, as mobility continues to be disrupted, we are looking to back multiple solutions – especially if consumers love it and it is better for the city too. One of those areas is micro-mobility.   The ability to unlock, jump on and off Lime’s distinctive electric scooters anywhere is already delighting city-dwellers in over 70 locations across the US. In San Francisco, each of the company’s scooters is used an average of nine times a day.  It is clear the ‘form factor’ of the electric scooter is going to be a hit for shorter journeys where ride-hailing, public transport or even walking is not quite right.   The team has ambitious plans for European expansion, and we […]

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We have been saying for some time that the European technology ecosystem is at an inflection point, but 2018 is the year Europe turned that corner.   When Atomico started, very few people believed that Europe could produce multiple billion-dollar companies. Since then, there have been over 60 and – already in April – European tech once again made the world sit up and take notice that we can produce global category-defining software companies, worth tens of billions of dollars and take them public. But this is not the time to become complacent. Now, more than ever, we believe with deepest conviction and a sense of pressing urgency that Europe has the right ingredients for far greater tech success in the decade to come. The funding is available, there is a healthy new crop of ambitious founders and, with over 5.5m developers across the region, we also possess the key talent. However, scaling a world-leading business is difficult and ambitious entrepreneurs still need guidance, support and advice from experienced tech leaders and experts.   We are committed to Atomico’s role as a pivotal platform in the European tech ecosystem by providing the very best expertise and guidance to our founders […]

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Thanks to the internet and mobile revolution, consumers today expect an always-on approach to service from the brands and companies they love. Yet to date it has been nearly impossible for companies to achieve the reverse – an always-on way of engaging with their customer base, at global scale, to quickly and accurately understand their evolving needs and behaviours.   Data released by ITU, the UN agency for information and communication technologies, shows that 80% of young people now use the internet, and this number is only set to increase as more and more of the developing world comes online in the coming decade. More than half the world’s population is predicted to not only be online by 2020, but to be using a mobile device as their primary method of accessing the internet. That’s a lot of mobile devices enabling the real-time exchange of information between people. When you add all this together, it seems counter-intuitive that the closest industry we have to trying to understand how real people engage with the world around them is an incumbent $40B a year research market that is still dominated by large network agencies, static surveys and cold calling.   We all […]

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Happy New Year!   At Atomico, we’re looking forward to the exciting year ahead finding and investing in Europe’s most ambitious founders at Series A and beyond.   To do that we know we need to provide founders with the very the best team, which is why we’ve spent the last few years assembling a unique mix of investors, founders and operators all of whom have hard-won experience they can share. But we’re never complacent and to kick of 2018, we’re proud to announce the addition of two Venture Partners.   Carter Adamson & Alexis Bonte After working with us as Executives-in-Residence for one and two years respectively, Alexis Bonte and Carter Adamson, have agreed to become fully fledged Atomicans and are joining us permanently.   Alexis will continue to combine his advising and sourcing work at Atomico with his leadership role as CEO of eRepublik Labs, which was acquired by Stillfront in June 2017, his new role at Atomico will make it easier for him to share his deep understanding of the games, blockchain and travel sectors to help us find and work with the best founders. In particular Alexis has an extensive network in his native France, as […]

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Our thesis is that great companies now come from everywhere and so we’re always on the move, looking to find the most ambitious entrepreneurs, to help them execute their plans to improve the way we live. At Atomico we invest in global opportunities where we know that we can help scale a business in specific markets around the world. One of the places we’ve been spending time recently, and where we see clear momentum around the tech scene, is Los Angeles. And we believe we’ve unearthed a global category leader in LA-headquartered Clutter.

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Farmdrop, the online grocery platform that connects farmers and producers directly with local customers, makes us all feel good about what we do. Investing in ambitious founders who are using technology to disrupt large sectors is our job. But when those companies are also profoundly transforming a facet of people’s lives, making them better, healthier and more sustainable, we are thrilled.

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It’s long been our conviction that entrepreneurs will solve humanity’s greatest and deepest challenges. With the global population expected to reach 9.7bn by 2050, and the rate of urbanisation increasing, we face few greater challenges than rising pollution and congestion in our cities. As our streets become ever more crowded, we need to rethink and reconfigure the way we live and move around – especially over short distances. In China alone, the population makes around 1.8bn daily trips, but around 45% of those trips are shorter than 5km. Furthermore, fixed stations and stops often don’t serve travellers for “the last mile” of their journey. Cycling is the answer – it’s faster than walking, and provides better accessibility, for a lower cost – with the benefit of no carbon emissions.

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The way we find a place to live or to stay on holiday has changed radically in recent years. Technology has transformed the way we search for a new house or find a room to sleep in while we’re on holiday – whether that’s a hotel, an empty house or a spare room. Yet outside the world of holiday rentals, regularly securing a new place to live remains a laborious and complicated process, particularly for students.

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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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