Niklas Zennström

CEO & Founding Partner
Atomico


Niklas is an entrepreneur and investor who founded Atomico, the technology venture capital firm. He previously co-founded and managed technology companies including Skype, Kazaa, Joost and Joltid.


He founded Atomico in 2006, having realised that conventional venture capital firms were struggling to identify, value and develop high-technology companies effectively. It has so far invested in more than 40 companies on three continents. He sits on the boards of Atomico portfolio companies including Rovio, Fon, and Jolicloud.


Niklas is best known for co-creating Skype, where he held the position of CEO from Skype's 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 Niklas, 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 has received numerous other awards for entrepreneurship. He co-founded Zennström Philanthropies, where he is actively involved in combating climate change, improving the state of the Baltic Sea and encouraging social entrepreneurship.