Skype co-founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, alongside another key ex-Skyper Geoffrey Prentice and former investment banker Mattias Ljungman, are slowly and surely becoming big investors in European early-stage companies.
Their new VC fund, Atomico, is taking some of the gains they made from the sale of Skype and is actively investing in early-stage companies. And from a quick glance at their portfolio, it is clear they love startups and especially video.
Their most famous investment is Joost, a company also co-founded by Zennstrom and Friis. The Skype boys have also invested in video speed-dating company, WooMe, and DECA.tv, a content creation network based in Santa Monica (see our profile). They have also put money into Loic Le Meur’s startup, Seesmic (see our recent post). This information was confirmed by Niklas when I visited the Joost offices last week in London.
Niklas and his views on VCs, video and more will be part of a bigger story that I am going to publish on GigaOM later this week.
Update: We mistakenly included a company called ShangBy in an earlier version of this story, but it is not an Atomico investment.