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After an incredible 13 years at Atomico, I’m excited to share that I will be starting my own firm, Moonfire Ventures, focused on early stage investment. In the meantime, I will remain in a transitioning role at Atomico for the next six months.

While this will be a gradual change, I’m full of hope for what’s to come, I’m also deeply thankful for what has been — and all the people who have had an impact on me along the way.

I’m thankful for having worked with a world-class group of people at Atomico, who taught me an incredible amount and made me aim higher every single day. …


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Work is fun in the future

This post was written by Atomico’s future of work team: Annalise Dragic, Christina Fa, Dan Hynes, and Mattias Ljungman.

Last month we announced our partnership with Peakon, the world’s leading employee retention platform. Peakon is a great example of a company solving for the new demands of how we work and it’s an area we are passionate about. We wanted to step back and explain a bit more about how Atomico thinks about the future of work.

The global human resources market is a $400B market currently, but we believe the future of work represents an even bigger opportunity. Why? Because the future of work is connected to how we live, where we live, how we relax, how we get around, even how we raise our children and what skills we equip them with. Future of work solutions will also touch all industries, as technology and software continue to change the nature of work everyone is doing. …


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by Mattias Ljungman, Stephen Thorne and Alexis Bonte.

In part two of our series on games investing at Atomico (you can find Part One here), I am joined by my fellow Games Team members and co-authors Stephen and Alexis as we lift the lid on our evaluation framework for any companies considering raising venture capital, we share the inside track on how Atomico works with our games company founders, and, finally, we share our view on what’s next for games in Europe in 2018 and beyond.

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Part One: Landscape and heritage.

If there’s one area of the technology ecosystem in which Europe out-guns the Valley and — China aside — the rest of the world, it’s in games.

The European games industry is a non-stop unicorn juggernaut: more than a quarter (25.9%) of all the billion dollar-plus games companies founded over the last 15 years were born here. Among them, of course, a slew of Scandinavian household names such as Supercell (Finland), King (Sweden/UK), Rovio (Finland), Mojang (Sweden) and games engine-maker Unity (Denmark). …


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Station F in Paris — Credit: Patrick Tourneboeuf

As I prepare to board a flight to Munich for the annual DLD conference, I was reminded of a time late last year when I found myself in Paris meeting a number of companies.

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I took the opportunity to make my first visit to Xavier Niel’s ambitious new venture Station F — the largest startup campus in the world. I was struck by the fact that Station F is right in the heart of a city that has not traditionally been known as a vibrant European start-up ecosystem.

In 2017 the perception changed forever.

As I watched Paris’ startup renaissance unfold at an extraordinary pace last year, I started thinking more seriously about how tech ecosystems have developed — especially here in Europe. …


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There was a time when Sweden was one of European tech’s best kept secrets. While London and Berlin had the spotlight firmly shining on them, Stockholm and Sweden were barely mentioned. This was despite companies like Spotify, Mojang, Skype, Klarna and King having been built there over the last ten years.

However, with an influx of venture capital, exits and a coming together of the tech community with the monthly Stockholm Tech Meetups and the annual Stockholm Tech Fest happening this week, the noise coming from the north is no longer ignored, with Sweden now rightly considered one of Europe’s strongest tech hubs. …


The future is being invented in Europe

By Mattias Ljungman

I want to start by making a prediction: I believe that in the next 10 years we will see a $100B company with technology at its core emerge from Europe.

Back in 2006 when we started Atomico, investors thought we were nuts when I said we wanted to find and back Europe’s next billion dollar company. Fast forward to today and Europe has dozens of billion dollar companies, and now we even have two ten billion dollar companies in Supercell and Zalando. These are not outliers, they’re a taste of things to come.

This growth trend only sharpens the focus on the real story: technology is causing seismic shifts in everything from manufacturing, food production, transportation, the way we work and play, and even climate change. Much of that technology is being invented here in Europe. A new generation of European founders is building remarkable companies based on deep technology — AI/VR/AR/robotics/connected devices — and they’re beating the world in the most important game in town. Increasingly, the world’s giant corporations — tech and non-tech alike — are turning their attention and pocketbooks to Europe’s deep tech talent. …


Lean In, Not Brexit

Why the British tech community has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shape Europe’s future

A lot has been said recently about whether or not the UK should leave the European Union when Britons go to the polls on June 23rd.

From a technology industry perspective, proponents of the stay campaign have highlighted three main effects of a Brexit: stopping the free-flow of skilled labor would hurt Britain’s technology companies, who would then find it harder to scale into Europe’s 500 million people market. …

About

Mattias Ljungman

Co-founder of Atomico, Searching for disruptive business models. Investor in Supercell, Viagogo, Climate Corp, Peakon, Ohbibi, Klarna, Truecaller and more

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