Atomico invests $4.200,000
Today Niklas Zennström (co-founder of Skype) has invested, with his venture capital firm Atomico, $4.2 million into our team and forthcoming product, Wunderkit. The investment means so much to us in so many ways, and we’re honored to have the support of Niklas and his team as we go forward.
We are always looking for the best investors: Investors that will offer us impeccable guidance, who believe in what we do, who will follow us hand-in-hand as we change the world. Atomico is an investment firm that actively looks for companies with this mentality, and has funded more than 50 companies on four continents.
A beautiful partnership
Niklas Zennström is someone we admire. Along with Janus Friis, Niklas created the free music-downloading service Kazaa. It was controversial, to say the least. He went on to found many other companies, but one stands out from the crowd. Niklas continued his work with Kazaa’s basis (peer-to-peer sharing) and this gave birth to Skype.
In 2006, he founded Atomico, an investment firm that now has offices in London, São Paulo and Hong Kong. He and his team seek out and back radically disruptive companies; ones that are, or will become, category winners. Some of the companies in its portfolio include Rovio (the makers of the smash-hit Angry Birds), Last.FM and Jolicloud. As we can see from his (albeit very quick) described history, Niklas was radical and disruptive himself. He thought outside the box, and created things that truly changed our lives.
Skype redefined how people around the world communicate. With a novel idea and the will to challenge the old order, Niklas changed the course of history. Well, this is what we want to do too. For us, it is a match made in heaven. We’re so excited to have Niklas on board with us as we change the way people collaborate and work, with our next product Wunderkit. This is the first time Atomico have invested in a German startup, and based on the amazing community here and the amount of other game-changing startups in Germany, I’m sure it won’t be the last.
Redefining productivity, together
The investment will accelerate product development, with a focus on Wunderkit. Funding such as this is not easy to find, especially with the kind of core values Atomico has. It will ensure our products will redefine the productivity market again and again, and that we can source the best people on the planet to make it happen.
“I am thrilled to have world-class investors like Atomico partnering up with us. Atomico shares the belief that outstanding companies are created by great individuals with innovative ideas. With this round of funding, we will be able to scale our products, radically disrupt the productivity marketplace and reach millions of new customers all over the world
- Christian Reber, CEO 6Wunderkinder
“We are delighted to make this investment. The company has brilliant management, has already got great traction in the market, and has a huge opportunity in front of it. We were particularly impressed by the international outlook of the team, and the potential for growth in markets across the world. This is precisely the kind of investment that we love to make at Atomico
- Niklas Zennström, CEO Atomico
Niklas is also trying to shape the future of entrepreneurship in Europe. In a bid to push innovation, he is speaking at the Technische Universität in Berlin today at 17:30, and anyone interested in entrepreneurship is warmly invited to attend. More information can be found here. His talk promises to be informative, helpful and motivational. If you’re a founder and want some advice from an entrepreneur that’s been through it all – and succeeded – we strongly suggest you be there.
So, the stage is set. We were a small company with a big idea, and day by day our team is growing and our idea is becoming a reality. Along the way we’ve had incredible success with Wunderlist, and we’ve helped over 1.4 million people organize their daily lives. With Wunderkit so close, and the mighty support of Niklas and Atomico behind us, nothing will compare to what’s on the horizon. Wunderkit will be with you in the coming weeks. The future is very bright, for all of us.