Niklas Zennström Overview

  • Investor Type
  • Angel
  • Investments
  • 20
  • Portfolio
  • 10
  • Exits
  • 4

Niklas Zennström General Information


Mr. Niklas Zennstrom is a Co-Founding Partner and serves as Chief Executive Officer at Atomico. He also serves as Advisor at Vay. He serves as the Board Member at Oden Technologies. He served as Board Member at Fon and Farmdrop. In 2006 Niklas created Atomico to help entrepreneurs primarily outside Silicon Valley to scale their businesses domestically and globally. It has so far invested in more than 50 companies on four continents and Niklas works closely with a number of leaders of portfolio companies so that they benefit from his own experience as an entrepreneur. Before starting Atomico, Niklas co-founded Skype, where he held the position of Chief Executive Officer from its inception until September 2007. In 2005, Skype was sold to eBay Inc for $3.1bn, the largest European venture capital exit to date. Subsequent to this, Skype was bought back by a consortium that included Niklas and was sold to Microsoft for $8.5 billion cash in 2011. In 2006, Niklas was recognized by Time Magazine as one of its 100 Most Influential People, and he has received numerous awards for entrepreneurship including being voted Entrepreneur of the Year in the European Business Leaders Awards (2006), the KTH Great Prize from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden (2009), the Oxford Internet Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award (2011), H.M. The King's Medal (2013), and the Gold Medal from the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (2013). In 2007, he co-founded Zennstroom Philanthropies, where he is actively involved in combating climate change, improving the state of the Baltic Sea, and encouraging social entrepreneurship. Niklas is also a keen yachtsman and has won three Mini Maxi World Championships and one TP52 World Championship with his yacht racing team Ran. He also served as Executive at Firstminute Capital. He serves as Board Member at Lilium Aviation and Orbital Systems. He is an experienced entrepreneur, previously co-founded and managed globally successful technology companies including Skype, Kazaa, Joost, and Joltid. Niklas holds dual degrees in Business and MSc Engineering Physics/Computer Science from Uppsala University in Sweden and he spent his final year at the University of Michigan. He served as an Advisor at Jolicloud. He is also an Angel Investor.

Contact Information

Primary Investor Type
Angel (individual)
Primary Office
  • Stockholm
  • Sweden

Niklas Zennström Investments (20)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
Prion (Educational Software) 01-Oct-2019 Later Stage VC 00000 Educational Software Generating Revenue 000000 0000000ö0
00000000 (00000000 14-Feb-2019 0000 00000 00.00 Educational and Training Services (B2C) Bankruptcy: Admin/Reorg 000000 0000000ö0
0000. 20-Sep-2018 00000 00000 0000 Financial Software Generating Revenue 000000 0000000ö0
000000 14-Mar-2018 00000 00000 00.000 Information Services (B2C) Generating Revenue 000000 0000000ö0
0000 10-Oct-2017 00000 00000 00000 Automotive Generating Revenue
0000 (000000000 00 10-Oct-2017 0000 00000 00.00 Financial Software Generating Revenue 000000 0000000ö0
00000 (00000000000 01-Jun-2017 00000 (00000 Educational Software Generating Revenue 000000 0000000ö0
0000. 15-Apr-2017 0000 00000 00.000 Financial Software Generating Revenue 000000 0000000ö0
Orbital Systems 12-Apr-2017 Later Stage VC 000.00 Household Appliances Generating Revenue 000000 0000000ö0
Beekeeper 21-Mar-2017 Early Stage VC 0000 Communication Software Generating Revenue 000000 0000000ö0
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Niklas Zennström Exits (4)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size
Eastnine (Educational and Training Services) 19-Aug-2021 Bankruptcy: Admin/Reorg
000000 01-Apr-2021 000000000 00000000
Automile 07-Oct-2020 Buyout/LBO 00.000
Cleo. 01-Jan-2019 Merger/Acquisition
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Niklas Zennström Team (1)

Name Title Deals Funds Boards Office
Niklas Zennström Angel Investor 00 0 0 London, United Kingdom
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Niklas Zennström Co-Investors (57)

Name With Exits Lead Partner Series Industry
LocalGlobe 3 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
Errol Damelin 0 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
Siraj Khaliq 0 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
Taavet Hinrikus 0 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
Balderton Capital 0 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
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