Niklas Zennström Overview

  • Investor Type
  • Angel

  • Investments
  • 22

  • Portfolio
  • 10

  • Exits
  • 6


Niklas Zennström General Information


Mr. Niklas Zennstrom is the Founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer, Partner & Board Member at Atomico. He serves as Board Member at Neko Health. He is also an Angel Investor. He also serves as Advisor at Vay. He served as the Board Member at Oden Technologies. He served as Board Member at Fon, Pipedrive and Farmdrop. In 2006 he created Atomico to help entrepreneurs primarily outside Silicon Valley to scale their businesses domestically and globally. He has so far invested in more than 50 companies on four continents and he works closely with a number of leaders of portfolio companies so that they benefit from his own experience as an entrepreneur. Before starting Atomico, he 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 him and was sold to Microsoft for $8.5 billion cash in 2011. In 2006, he 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. He 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 an Executive at Firstminute Capital. He serves as Board Member at Lilium Aviation and Orbital Systems. He is an experienced entrepreneur, who previously co-founded and managed globally successful technology companies including Skype, Kazaa, Joost and Joltid. He 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.

Business Details

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

Niklas Zennström Investments (22)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
Isometric 18-Jul-2023 Seed Round 0000 Business/Productivity Software Generating Revenue 000000 0000000ö0
Neoplants 07-Apr-2022 00000 00000 000.00 Other Consumer Durables Generating Revenue
Orbital Systems 08-Feb-2022 00000 00000 000.00 Household Appliances Generating Revenue 000000 0000000ö0
Prion (Business/Productivity Software) 01-Oct-2019 00000 00000 00000 Business/Productivity Software Generating Revenue 000000 0000000ö0
Eastnine (Educational and Training Services) 14-Feb-2019 0000 00000 00.00 Educational and Training Services (B2C) Bankruptcy: Liquidation 000000 0000000ö0
Cleo 20-Sep-2018 00000 00000 00.00 Financial Software Generating Revenue 000000 0000000ö0
WeFarm 14-Mar-2018 00000 00000 00.000 Social/Platform Software Out of Business 000000 0000000ö0
Bzzt 10-Oct-2017 00000 00000 00000 Logistics Generating Revenue
Grid 10-Oct-2017 Seed Round 00.00 Financial Software Generating Revenue 000000 0000000ö0
Prion (Business/Productivity Software) 01-Jun-2017 Angel (individual) Business/Productivity Software Generating Revenue 000000 0000000ö0

Niklas Zennström Exits (6)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size
Bzzt 12-Oct-2023 Merger/Acquisition
Eastnine (Educational and Training Services) 22-Nov-2022 0000000000: 000000
WeFarm 16-Aug-2022 000 00 00000000
Wolt 31-May-2022 000000000000000000 00.000
Itcher 01-Apr-2021 Secondary Transaction - Private
Automile 07-Oct-2020 Buyout/LBO

Niklas Zennström Investments by Industry, Year, and Region

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Niklas Zennström Team (1)

Name Title Deals Funds Boards Office
Niklas Zennström Angel Investor 00 0 0 Stockholm, Sweden

Niklas Zennström Co-Investors (21)

Name With Exits Lead Partner Series Industry
Collaborative Fund 1 Series chart Industry bar
Entrepreneur First 0 Series chart Industry bar
Investment Öresund 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
Karl-Johan Persson 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
True Ventures 0 Series chart Industry bar

Niklas Zennström FAQs

  • Who is Niklas Zennström?

    Niklas Zennström is an angel Investor who has made 22 investments.

  • What kind of investor is Niklas Zennström?

    Niklas Zennström is an angel investor.

  • What does Niklas Zennström do?

    As an angel investor, Niklas Zennström invests personal money into promising companies, typically in exchange for equity.

  • How many board seats does Niklas Zennström hold?

    Niklas Zennström holds a board seat in Orbital Systems.

  • What has Niklas Zennström invested in?

    Niklas Zennström has made numerous investments in companies like Isometric, Neoplants, and Orbital Systems within the Business/Productivity Software, Consumer Durables, and Household Appliances industries.

  • What has Niklas Zennström invested in recently?

    Niklas Zennström's latest investment was on 18-Jul-2023 in Isometric, a company within the Business/Productivity Software industry.

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