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Orca wants to give boating navigation its ‘iPhone moment’

Boating is a hobby steeped in history and tradition — and so is the industry and those that support it. With worldwide connectivity, electric boats, and other technological changes dragging the sector out of old habits, Orca aims to replace the outdated interfaces by which people navigate with a hardware-software combo as slick as any other modern consumer tech. If you’re a boater, and I know at least some of you are, you’re probably familiar with two different ways of chart-plotting, or trackin...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Gadgets, Transportation, Hardware, Samsung, Tech, Tesla, TomTom, Cto, Atomico, Brunswick, Sea Ray, Johan, Orca


Katana raises $11M Series A to be the SaaS powering ‘manufacturing entrepreneurs’

Katana, an Estonian startup that has built manufacturing-specific enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for SMBs, has raised $11 million in Series A funding. Leading the round is European venture capital firm Atomico, with participation from angel investors Ott Kaukver (Checkout.com CTO), Sten Tamkivi (CPO Topia, formerly Skype), Sergei Anikin (CTO, Pipedrive) and Kairi Pauskar (former TransferWise HR Architect). Previous backer 42Cap also followed on, bringing the total investment raised ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, London, San Francisco, Tech, ERP, SaaS, Shopify, Atomico, Katana, Ben Blume, Recent Funding, CTO Sten Tamkivi CPO Topia, Skype Sergei Anikin CTO Pipedrive


Atomico promotes SaaS and enterprise-focussed investor Ben Blume to partner

Atomico, the European venture capital fund that typically invests at Series A and Series B, has made a number of internal promotions, including making SaaS and enterprise-focussed investor Ben Blume a partner at the firm. The step up from principal to partner comes after 8 years spent at Atomico, which Blume first joined in 2013 as an associate. In 2017, he was promoted to principal and has built a reputation within the VC firm and beyond after leading an array of promising and successful invest...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Europe, Tech, Autodesk, Atomico, Blume, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bain Company, Graphcore, Andrew Anagnost, Hinge Health, Ben Blume, Hillary Ball, Luca Eisenstecken, Queens ' College Cambridge Also


Macron promotes European tech ecosystem in an interview with Zennström

French President Emmanuel Macron sat down with Niklas Zennström for an interview on the European tech ecosystem. Macron listed everything that’s needed to create European tech giants that compete with the biggest American and Chinese tech companies. According to him, Europe needs to focus on “financing, integration of our markets and an actual single market, regulation for privacy and technological innovation, and having European data, a European cloud and European technologies to be sure tha...
Tags: Europe, France, China, Tech, Policy, Skype, Niklas Zennstrom, Atomico, French Tech, Emmanuel Macron, Macron, Zennström, La French Tech, GAFA, Atomico As Zennström, Elysée Palace for Macron


Making sense of Klarna

Sebastian Siemiatkowski, the co-founder and CEO of Klarna — the Swedish fintech “buy now, pay later” sensation that is currently Europe’s most valuable private tech company — is dismissive of the suggestion that non U.S. companies should relocate to Silicon Valley if they really want to grow. “We did hear that and I think it’s very poor advice,” he says. An overheated market for tech talent and the fickle nature of employees that are constantly job-hopping, he argues, make it harder to build a c...
Tags: Startups, TC, Facebook, Europe, New York, London, Sweden, Finance, America, San Francisco, Tech, Paypal, Atlantic, Poland, Denmark, Silicon Valley


Firstminute Capital launches second $111M fund, featuring a who’s-who of founders as LPs

London HQ’d Firstminute Capital has announced its second early-stage venture fund of $111m (£87m). Founded and cornerstoned in 2016 by Brent Hoberman CBE (best known as co-founder of lastminute.com and MADE.com), together with Spencer Crawley (formerly of Goldman Sachs), this new fund comes after the first fund of $100M, giving Firstminute $211M assets under management, investing across Europe and the US at the seed stage. Firstminute’s team of 18 is based in London, Stockholm and Berlin and now...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, UK, London, La, Berlin, US, Goldman Sachs, North America, Eric Schmidt, Brexit, Atomico, Index Ventures, Partner, Crawley


Firstminute Capital launches second $111 fund, featuring a whos-who of founders as LPs

London HQ’d Firstminute Capital has announced its second early-stage venture fund of $111m (£87m). Founded and cornerstoned in 2016 by Brent Hoberman CBE (best known as co-founder of lastminute.com and MADE.com), together with Spencer Crawley (formerly of Goldman Sachs), this new fund comes after the first fund of $100M, giving Firstminute $211M assets under management, investing across Europe and the US at the seed stage. Firstminute’s team of 18 is based in London, Stockholm and Berlin and now...
Tags: TC, Europe, UK, London, La, Berlin, US, Tech, Goldman Sachs, North America, Eric Schmidt, Brexit, Atomico, Index Ventures, Partner, Crawley


Firstminute Capital launches second $111 fund, featuring a who’s-who of founders as LPs

London HQ’d Firstminute Capital has announced its second early-stage venture fund of $111m (£87m). Founded and cornerstoned in 2016 by Brent Hoberman CBE (best known as co-founder of lastminute.com and MADE.com), together with Spencer Crawley (formerly of Goldman Sachs), this new fund comes after the first fund of $100M, giving Firstminute $211M assets under management, investing across Europe and the US at the seed stage. Firstminute’s team of 18 is based in London, Stockholm and Berlin and now...
Tags: TC, Europe, UK, London, La, Berlin, US, Tech, Goldman Sachs, North America, Eric Schmidt, Brexit, Atomico, Index Ventures, Partner, Crawley


Autodesk CEO Andrew Anagnost explains the strategy behind acquiring Spacemaker

Autodesk, the U.S. publicly listed software and services company that targets engineering and design industries, acquired Norway’s Spacemaker this week. The startup has developed AI-supported software for urban development, something Autodesk CEO Andrew Anagnost broadly calls generative design. The price of the acquisition is $240 million in a mostly all-cash deal. Spacemaker’s VC backers included European firms Atomico and Northzone, which co-led the company’s $25 million Series A round in 2...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Real Estate, Cloud Computing, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Autodesk, Norway, Northzone, Vision, Atomico, PROPtech, Andrew Anagnost, Building Information Modeling


Spacemaker, AI software for urban development, is acquired by Autodesk for $240M

Autodesk, the U.S. publicly listed software and services company that targets engineering and design industries, has acquired Norway’s Spacemaker, a startup that has developed AI-supported software for urban development. The price of the acquisition is $240 million in a mostly all-cash deal. Spacemaker’s VC backers include European firms Atomico and Northzone, which co-led the company’s $25 million Series A round in 2019. Other investors on the cap table include Nordic real estate innov...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, Tech, M&a, Autodesk, Norway, Northzone, Atomico, Exit, AEC, Oslo Norway, Andrew Anagnost, Anagnost, Ben Blume


Atomico just backed in-game advertising startup AudioMob in a $1.5 million seed funding round

AudioMob cofounders Christian Facey (left) and Wilfrid Obeng AudioMob In-game advertising startup AudioMob has raised a $2 million seed funding round backed by the likes of Supernode and Atomico.  The firm was founded earlier in 2020 by Christian Facey and Wilfrid Obeng, who met while working at Google's Dublin headquarters.  The firm is currently taking part in Google For Startups, the tech giant's accelerator program aimed at up-and-coming firms.  Speaking to Business Insider, CEO Facey ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Technology, London, Advertising, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Fundraising, Warner Music, Dublin, Daniel Ek, Cto, Atomico, Facey


Warner Music and Atomico just backed in-game advertising startup AudioMob in a $2 million seed funding round

AudioMob cofounders Christian Facey (left) and Wilfrid Obeng AudioMob In-game advertising startup AudioMob has raised a $2 million seed funding round backed by the likes of Warner Music and Atomico.  The firm was founded earlier in 2020 by Christian Facey and Wilfrid Obeng, who met while working at Google's London headquarters.  The firm is a veteran of Google For Startups, the tech giant's accelerator program for up-and-coming firms.  Speaking to Business Insider, CEO Facey said fundraisi...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Technology, London, Advertising, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Fundraising, Warner Music, Daniel Ek, Cto, Atomico, Facey, Tech Insider


Why Florida residents may soon be seeing jet-powered ‘flying taxis’

Florida is renowned for its strange news stories. In recent weeks alone, one resident reported an alligator in her garage that turned out to be a pool floatie; another discovered a python in her washing machine; and a horse needed to be pulled out of a septic tank by firefighters. Still, don’t dismiss Orlando residents who report seeing flying taxis overhead because they may just be coming. Lilium Aviation, a five-year-old, Munich, Germany-based, venture-backed startup that designs and makes ele...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Florida, Germany, Tech, Tesla, Aerospace, Orlando, Niklas Zennstrom, Atomico, Tencent Holdings, Baillie Gifford, Munich Germany, Dusseldorf Airport, Cologne Bonn Airport, Lilium Aviation


London Business School and LocalGlobe launch new VC course aimed at women, Black and Asian candidates

With the UK’s Black Tech Fest on this week it’s timely that a new executive education course aimed at those wanting to enter the venture capital industry has been launched to serve previously under-represented groups, especially women, Black, Asian and other minorities. London Business School and LocalGlobe, one of Europe’s leading seed investors, worked together to created two new programs to provide formal business education for roles across the VC world. The Newton Venture Program courses wil...
Tags: TC, Europe, UK, England, Israel, Digital, Tech, USV, Newton, Atomico, London Business School, BAME, Chartered Institute, Limited Partners, British Business Bank, EU Africa


Qatalog, the ‘virtual workspace’ rebundling SaaS tools to help teams function better, raises $15M

Qatalog, a London-based startup that has developed a “virtual workspace” that brings together disparate SaaS tools to help teams function better, is disclosing $15 million in Series A funding. Leading the round is European venture capital firm Atomico, with participation from Salesforce Ventures, and angel investors Jacob de Geer (CEO/co-founder of iZettle), Chris Hitchen (partner at Inventures, founder Getprice), and Thijn Lamers (former EVP at Adyen). As part of the investment, Atomico partner...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, London, Tech, Salesforce Ventures, Atomico, Jacob de Geer, Paul Forster, Rauf, Mosaic Ventures, Chris Hitchen, Irina Haivas, Taavet Hinrikus TransferWise, Thijn Lamers, Qatalog


MessageBird, the ‘omnichannel platform-as-a-service,’ raises $200M Series C at $3B valuation

MessageBird, the Amsterdam-headquartered cloud communications company, has raised $200 million in Series C funding in a round led by Silicon Valley’s Spark Capital. The new investment gives 2011-founded MessageBird a whopping $3 billion valuation, and includes participation from Bonnier, Glynn Capital, LGT Lightstone, Longbow, Mousse Partners and New View Capital. Existing investors Accel, Atomico, and Y Combinator also followed on. Notably, MessageBird spent its first six years largely bootstra...
Tags: TC, Europe, Ipo, Tech, Amsterdam, Silicon Valley, Latin America, Sap, Twilio, Accel, Atomico, Intercom, Europe Asia, Messagebird, Robert Vis, Vis


Caroline Brochado and Sophia Bendz on the boom in Europe’s early- and growth-stage startups

As part of Disrupt 2020 we wanted to look at the contrasting positions of both early and later-stage investing in Europe. Who better to unpack this subject than two highly experienced operators in these fields? After a career at Spotify and then as a VC at Atomico, Sophia Bendz has rapidly gained a reputation in Europe as a keen early-stage investor. She recently left Atomico to pursue her early and seed-stage passion with Cherry Ventures. Bendz is a prolific angel investor, with a total o...
Tags: TC, Spotify, Europe, London, US, Tech, Economy, United States, Venture Capitalists, Atomico, Startup Company, Angel Investor, Partner, Valley, Cherry Ventures, EQT Ventures


12 Paris-based VCs look at the state of their city

Four years after the Great Recession, France’s newly elected socialist president François Hollande raised taxes and increased regulations on founder-led startups. The subsequent flight of entrepreneurs to places like London and Silicon Valley portrayed France as a tough place to launch a company. By 2016, France’s national statistics bureau estimated that about three million native-born citizens had moved abroad. Those who remained fought back: The Family was an early accelerator that encouraged...
Tags: Security, Food, Startups, TC, Apps, Europe, London, Enterprise, Education, France, Berlin, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, B2C, Francois Hollande, Paris


Some of the brightest minds in Europe are joining us at Disrupt

TechCrunch Disrupt is right around the corner. And this year, we’re trying something different — we’re taking Disrupt virtual. That’s why we’re excited to announce that we used this opportunity to invite a slate of incredible European speakers to join TechCrunch on our virtual stage on September 14-18. It represents a great opportunity to learn more about the European tech ecosystem. And if you’re already familiar with the area, it’s a good way to discover what everyone’s thinking on the current...
Tags: TC, Spotify, Europe, London, Berlin, Tech, Prague, Tencent, Silicon Valley, New York Stock Exchange, Atomico, Helsinki, Balderton, General Partner, Kanji, Cherry Ventures


Industrial-grade VR company Varjo picks up ~$52M in Series C funding

Varjo, the Finnish startup that has developed a virtual and mixed reality headset capable of “human-eye resolution” for use in various enterprise applications, has closed a $51.7 million in Series C funding. Backing the round is Tesi, NordicNinja, and Swisscanto Invest by Zürcher Kantonalbank. Existing investors including Lifeline Ventures, Atomico, EQT Ventures and Volvo Cars Tech Fund have also followed on. It brings total raised by Varjo to around $100 million to date. The company is also ann...
Tags: TC, Europe, Global, Tech, Middle East, Virtual Reality, Siemens, Audi, Boeing, Atomico, Emerging-technologies, Immersion, Volvo Cars, North America Europe, EQT Ventures, Lifeline Ventures


Industrial-grade VR company Varjo picks up $54M in Series C funding

Varjo, the Finnish startup that has developed a virtual and mixed reality headset capable of “human-eye resolution” for use in various enterprise applications, has closed a $54 million in Series C funding. Backing the round is Tesi, NordicNinja, and Swisscanto Invest by Zürcher Kantonalbank. Existing investors including Lifeline Ventures, Atomico, EQT Ventures and Volvo Cars Tech Fund have also followed on. It brings total raised by Varjo to around $100 million to date. The company is also annou...
Tags: TC, Europe, Global, Tech, Middle East, Virtual Reality, Siemens, Audi, Boeing, Atomico, Emerging-technologies, Immersion, Volvo Cars, North America Europe, EQT Ventures, Lifeline Ventures


Digital mortgage company Habito completes £35M Series C

Habito, the London startup that has spent the last few years moving the mortgage process online, including offering its own mortgages beyond acting as a broker, has completed £35 million in Series C funding. The newly disclosed round — comprising an earlier Series C equity raise and a more recent Series C extension in the form of a convertible loan note, was led by new investors Augmentum Fintech, SBI Group and mojo.capital, with participation from various existing investors including Ribbit Cap...
Tags: TC, London, Finance, Tech, B Corp, Patagonia, Broker, Atomico, Ben Jerry, Hegarty, Daniel Hegarty, Ribbit Capital, Habito, Mosaic Ventures, C. Habito, Augmentum Fintech SBI Group


Berlin-based VC fund La Famiglia raises fresh $59 million fund to invest in early-stage enterprise startups

Berlin-based VC fund La Famiglia has raised a new €50 million ($59 million) vehicle to invest in early-stage B2B startups. The company's previous fund invested in Berlin's freight forwarding platform Forto, modular production platform Arculus, contractor payment platform Deel, and data collaboration platform Graphy.  "We're proud of our achievements from last couple of years, we've helped companies make connections at scale, accelerate their go-to-market strategy, and reduced sales cycles," Dr...
Tags: Europe, Berlin, US, Trends, Paris, Silicon Valley, Andreessen Horowitz, Zoopla, Skype, Atomico, Business Insider, Valentino, Jeannette, Franke, Voith, La Famiglia


Former Spotify marketing exec-turned-VC Sophia Bendz on her love of early-stage investing

Earlier this month, venture capitalist and former Spotify global director of marketing Sophia Bendz announced that she was leaving London-based Atomico to join Berlin’s Cherry Ventures. Her stated reason for leaving the London VC firm — which mainly does Series A and Series B rounds — is that, having made the difficult transition from seasoned operator to venture capitalist, she wants to focus on seed stage where she can do more deals and work closely with founders and their teams at a muc...
Tags: Energy, TC, Spotify, Europe, London, Berlin, Tech, Venture Capital, Atomico, Cherry Ventures, Sophia Bendz, Bendz, Cherry Ventures Her


Former Atomico and Softbank VC Carolina Brochado has joined EQT to help build its new growth fund

Carolina Brochado, the former Atomico partner and most recently a partner at Softbank Vision Fund’s London office, has joined EQT as part of its plans to launch a new fund dedicated to growth-stage investments, TechCrunch as learned. According to multiple sources, Brochado is part of a new growth fund team at EQT that will sit between its existing earlier-stage EQT Ventures and the more majority ownership-oriented EQT private equity. She’s currently thought to be out recruiting additional member...
Tags: TC, Europe, London, Softbank, Tech, Columbia, Accel, Atomico, Carolina, Ventures, EQT Ventures, SoftBank Vision Fund, Vision Fund, Carolina Brochado, Hjalmar Winbladh, Brochado


Sophia Bendz is leaving Atomico to join Berlin-based seed firm Cherry Ventures

More personnel changes in European early-stage VC, this time it’s the latest career move of former Spotify global director of marketing Sophia Bendz, who is leaving Atomico to join Berlin’s Cherry Ventures. TechCrunch understands that the full Atomico staff are being informed of Bendz’ departure at an all-hands currently taking place. Her stated reason for leaving the London VC firm — which mainly does Series A and Series B rounds — is that, having made the difficult transition from seasoned ope...
Tags: TC, Spotify, Europe, London, Berlin, Tech, Atomico, Cherry Ventures, Sophia Bendz, Bendz, Cherry Ventures TechCrunch


Construction's digital transformation is speeding up. Here are 10 contech startups to watch.

The pandemic has hit the construction tech space hard, leading to layoffs at SoftBank-backed Katerra and a pause on ProCore's plans for an IPO. But those short-term challenges may lead to long-term gains, with $265 billion in annual profits up for grabs according to McKinsey. Spending on construction technology has actually increased by 50% since the pandemic began by of the companies that McKinsey surveyed. The construction industry, which is notoriously old-school, is embracing technology th...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Australia, Softbank, Trends, Bloomberg, Citigroup, SEC, Silicon Valley, Goldman Sachs, Autodesk, Norway, Greylock Partners, Khosla Ventures, Bain, Atomico


‘Knowledge Integration Platform’ Onna Raises $27M in Series B Round

Call it an app-etite problem. Research says that large companies deploy an average of 163 different apps, and that companies of all sizes use an average of 88 apps, many of which are knowledge or communication apps for email, chat, collaboration, document management, customer services, and the like. All those different apps create not just a knowledge-management problem, but, for legal departments, problems related to information governance, discovery and security. All of which leads to news tod...
Tags: New York, Law, Uncategorized, Research, Barcelona, Atomico, Griswold, Knowable, Onna, Glynn Capital Also, Dawn Capital Nauta Capital, Kelly Griswold, Knowledge Integration Platform


Onna, the ‘knowledge integration platform’ for workplace apps, raises $27M Series B

Onna, the “knowledge integration platform” (KIP) that counts Dropbox and Slack as backers, has raised $27 million in Series B funding. Leading the round is Atomico, with participation from Glynn Capital. Previous investors Dawn Capital, Nauta Capital and Slack Fund also followed on. Founded in 2015, Barcelona and New York-based Onna integrates with a plethora of workplace apps, including Slack, Dropbox, Gsuite, Microsoft 365 and Salesforce, to help unlock the proprietary knowledge stored in a co...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, New York, Enterprise, Tech, Barcelona, Salesforce, Atomico, Blume, Onna, Glynn Capital Previous, Ben Blume, Dawn Capital Nauta Capital and Slack Fund


Workplace search startup Onna gets $27 million in venture funding

Search startup Onna Technologies Inc, which helps companies find information buried within emails, chats and storage services, announced on Wednesday $27 million in new funding from venture capital firm Atomico and past investors such as Slack Technologies Inc.
Tags: Money, businessNews, Atomico, Onna Technologies Inc