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An interesting tidbit from the very bottom of the blog post that Skype co-founder Janus Friis wrote about taking the early (and much smaller than anticipated) earnout from eBay on the Skype deal: Friis says that this will allow his friend Niklas Zennstrom and he more time to make venture investments through a “risk capital group” known as Atomico. Om Malik mentions this as well, but the Friis post was the first I’d heard of the company.

The website says that Atomico was founded by Zennstrom, Friis and their friends Mattias Ljungman and Geoffrey Prentice. Its investments so far include Joost, Last.fm — which was bought by CBS earlier this year for about $380-million — as well as FON, Wunderloop, Jott.com, Xobni and Technorati (I wonder how that last investment is panning out. Oh well; easy come, easy go). Atomico is also an investor in DECA, a “digital entertainment studio” founded by a couple of guys from Sony Pictures.

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6 Responses to “Want some of that Skype cash? Call Atomico”
  1. To start a VC firm with a quick and reasonably-sized exit like last.fm right off the bat is fantastic. I have no doubt that Atomico will quickly develop a reputation for being ‘smart-money’ within the world of vc firms.

    btw nice first name – too many people spell it with 2 t’s
    :)

  2. Thanks, Mathew — likewise :-)

  3. That is a pretty fantastic group to be involved with. Niklas has been very helpful to us, and Mattias has been very accessible despite being a continent and an ocean away from San Francisco. Atomico is doing good things.

    Matt
    co-founder, Xobni

  4. You’re a lucky guy, Matt (boy, there’s a lot of Mathews and Matthews in here). Thanks for the comment.

  5. What rock have you been under Mat, Atomico has been around for a while .

  6. Welcome to the party of Mathews, Matt — I guess maybe I haven’t been paying attention :-)

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