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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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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This post originally appeared on Medium. If you ask a passerby about France, you are likely to get bombarded with clichés — you’ll get the wine, the cheese and the baguette thrown back at you within 30 seconds. If you’re lucky, you may get something on Camus or Baudelaire (but then you have really lucked out, so do pinch yourself). French tech is probably the last thing that would come up in the conversation. This, though, has been quietly, and rapidly, changing — the tech scene in France is gaining massive traction.

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Today we are proud to announce our new fund. At $765m Atomico IV is one of the largest venture capital funds ever raised in Europe and will enable us to do more of what we love: work with the most ambitious founders who combine disruptive technology with the vision to build global category winners.

We’ll continue to invest in companies, from Series A onwards, that have achieved product market fit and are ready to scale. You can read our manifesto that guides every decision we make here.

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Pipedrive is something of a special investment for Atomico. During their time at Skype, many of our team experienced first-hand the outstanding talent and entrepreneurial spirit that’s fostered in Estonia, including Niklas Zennström, co-founder of both Skype and Atomico. Skype was built in Estonia, and Estonian talent was absolutely fundamental to the development and success of the business. We’re now delighted to be making Atomico’s first investment in an Estonian company – something of a homecoming for us.

The majority of small businesses still use spreadsheets and complicated manual tools to manage their sales processes. While there are numerous established CRM solutions for the enterprise market, the CRM market tailored specifically for SMEs is untapped, and huge (estimated at over $10bn).

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The supply chain is one of the last core functions of business to be disrupted by technology. In many sectors, today’s supply chain is no different to the supply chain used by Henry Ford, with people still using pen and paper to manually record inventory, and telephone calls to manage relationships with suppliers. The supply chain has also been poorly served by legacy players and handheld barcode scanners that are slow, unreliable and can cost five times more than software compatible with off-the-shelf smartphone technology.

With the advent of the on-demand economy and increased levels of competitiveness, the time is ripe for supply chain disruption, and Scandit is leading the way.

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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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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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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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Online video content has exploded over the last few years, and consumers have come to expect high-quality video anywhere, and on any device. As we go forward, this presents a huge technical challenge. It’s the web’s next big problem, but it’s also a huge market opportunity: the time spent watching online video is still less than 20% of linear TV programming. As the viewing habits of millennials become the norm, and new technology like VR and 360 degree video comes to fruition, the web will need to adapt.

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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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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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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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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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