Founded in 2006 by Skype co-founder Niklas Zennström, London-based Atomico remains a force to be reckoned with. With five funds, 198 investments, and 28 exits, one might argue that the phrase ‘Midas touch’ might be applicable.
Despite the rather abrupt departure of one of Atomico’s most senior consiglieri Hiro Tamura earlier this year, one look at the deal flow generated by Atomico’s not one, but three new appointments to Partner level demonstrate that a bump in the road isn’t going to stop the firms’ climb to dominance.
As part of Atomico’s venture team, Hougaard has previously served as lead investor in a number of deals, including today’s (soon to be ) announced Vaayu investment, as well as the Abacum Series A. Her primary areas of B2B opportunities lie in fintech, crypto, data, and climate tech. Of note, in her spare time, the active word here being, what? When? Terese also leads Atomico’s angel programme.
Hailing from the University of Cambridge, Terese began her career as a marketer with American Express and Google, eventually working with Silicon Valley CMOs in an advisory position, which ultimately opened the door to a Growth Lead position at Google’s late-stage investment fund CapitalG in May of 2015.
Holding degrees in both MSc in Theoretical Physics from MISIS and an MBA from Harvard Business School, former quantum physicist Sasha Vidiborskiy’s background includes roles on both sides of the table most notably at Y Combinator18’s Synthetic Minds where he served as Chief of Staff.
Sasha's focus lies in B2B software, including developer tools, blockchain and web3, open-source and AI applications. He played an instrumental part in Atomico’s investments in security platform for developers Mondoo, and virtual workspace rebundling tool, Qatalog, as well as the follow-on investments in a large-scale quantum computer, PsiQuantum, AI chip manufacturer Graphcore, and mobile data capture tool Scandit.
Rounding out the power trio, Berkeley alumni Luca Eisenstecken rises in the ranks, and recently led the firm’s Series B investment ChannelEngine. After spending the past two years with the Bay Area’s Vector Capital Luca has played a vital role in Atomico’s growth stage partnerships including open source cloud data infrastructure platform Aiven, text messaging marketing company Attentive, and the industry-standard vertical farming platform, Infarm.
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