New Year, New Roles and New Faces
Happy New Year!
At Atomico, we’re looking forward to the exciting year ahead finding and investing in Europe’s most ambitious founders at Series A and beyond.
To do that we know we need to provide founders with the very the best team, which is why we’ve spent the last few years assembling a unique mix of investors, founders and operators all of whom have hard-won experience they can share. But we’re never complacent and to kick of 2018, we’re proud to announce the addition of two Venture Partners.
Carter Adamson & Alexis Bonte
After working with us as Executives-in-Residence for one and two years respectively, Alexis Bonte and Carter Adamson, have agreed to become fully fledged Atomicans and are joining us permanently.
Alexis will continue to combine his advising and sourcing work at Atomico with his leadership role as CEO of eRepublik Labs, which was acquired by Stillfront in June 2017, his new role at Atomico will make it easier for him to share his deep understanding of the games, blockchain and travel sectors to help us find and work with the best founders. In particular Alexis has an extensive network in his native France, as well as Spain, Portugal and Eastern Europe so founders there who are ready to scale should be on the lookout!
Across the pond, Brooklyn-based Carter Adamson will be dedicating more time to working with our founders on product development and using his expertise to source and advise on new investments in the US. He is particularly passionate about drawing on his past experience as Head of Product at Skype, and co-founder of online music service Rdio and health and wellness wearable startup Sum, to source and accelerate the best companies in the healthcare, consumer and media sectors. He currently serves as a board advisor to Lisbon-based Uniplaces, and was on the deal team for Atomico’s recent US investments into Compass and Clutter.
We’re also delighted to announce the promotion of Ben Blume to Principal. We take a long term view and are firm believers in building talent from within our firm, as well as recruiting the best from outside. Ben joined Atomico back in 2013 from Bain & Co. Having received a first class degree in Computer Science from Cambridge University, Ben has expertise in deep technology and AI and well as an intricate understanding of UK tech and where and how it’s evolving.
Will Dufton (top left), Hillary Ball (top right), Ben Blume (bottom left) & Adam Lasri (bottom right)
Lastly, we’re also excited to welcome some fresh new talent to our investment team. Hillary Ball joins Atomico from Goldman Sachs and will be covering US deal sourcing, Adam Lasri was Head of Expansion for an on-demand logistics startup in London and will be covering the Nordic region, Spain and Portugal, and Will Dufton will be working closely with Atomico CEO Niklas Zennstrom on strategic and operational projects as well as getting involved in the sourcing and evaluating of investment opportunities in the sustainability space.
We’re incredibly proud of the team we’ve built but we’re restless. When we find brilliant people who share our values, we try to work with them – and we like to hold on to them. We take the development of our own team just as seriously as that of our portfolio, so we’re looking forward to continuing our growth.