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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


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


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


Do AI startups have worse economics than SaaS shops?

A few days ago, Andreessen Horowitz’s Martin Casado and Matt Bornstein published an interesting piece digging into the world of artificial intelligence (AI) startups, and, more specifically, how those companies perform as businesses. Core to the argument presented is that while founders and investors are wagering “that AI businesses will resemble traditional software companies,” the well-known venture firm is “not so sure.” Given that TechCrunch cares a lot about startup business fundamentals, t...
Tags: Startups, TC, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, SaaS, Andreessen Horowitz, Intel Capital, Rohit Sharma, Martin Casado, Matt Bornstein, Ben Blume, Arman Tabatabai, Jeremy Kaufmann, Nick Washburn


Automation Hero picks up $14.5 million led by Atomico

Automation Hero, formerly SalesHero, has secured $14.5 million in new funding led by Atomico, with participation by Baidu Ventures and Cherry Ventures. As part of the deal, Atomico principal Ben Blume will join the company’s board of directors. The automation startup launched in 2017 as SalesHero, giving sales orgs a simple way to automate back-office processes like filing an expense report or updating the CRM. It does this through an AI assistant called Robin — “Batman and Robin, it worked w...
Tags: Startups, TC, Enterprise, Funding, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Ai, Batman, Kpcb, Atomico, Robin, Cherry Ventures, Baidu Ventures, Ben Blume, SalesHero, Stefan Groschupf


UK venture capital firm Atomico is expanding with 2 new venture partners

London-based venture capital firm Atomico is one of the biggest investors in the UK with $1.5 billion under management. The firm is doubling down on the US and Europe with two senior hires — US-based Rdio cofounder Carter Adamson, and European-focused eRepublik Labs CEO Alexis Bonte. Adamson is Atomico's first on-the-ground hire in the US and is likely to drive up the number of transatlantic investments.  London-based venture capital firm Atomico will double down on investments in US and Eur...
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