A new golden age of seed funding is upon us

Atomico co-founder Mattias Ljungman about his new VC firm Moonfire Ventures & why Europe is on the verge of a tech investment breakthrough

In this podcast episode Bits & Pretzels Editor-in-Chief Britta Weddeling talks to one of the household names in the global investor community: Mattias Ljungman who co-founded legendary European VC firm Atomico with a hefty $2.7 billion under management together with Skype founder Niklas Zennström and recently left after 14 years to kick-off his own seed fund Moonfire Ventures.

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In this podcast the world-class venture capitalist shares 1) what entrepreneurs & business models he’s investing in right now with Moonfire as well as his personal email address, 2) how to find an investor who is valuable beyond money and 3) the best metrics to figure out whether a startup is really a hit or not – and no, it’s not the amount of funding.

Mattias has been involved with numerous exits or substantial transactions in companies including the Berlin based ”Wunderkinder” that was famously acquired by Microsoft for 200 million Euros  – and he has worked closely with companies on their global expansion. The investor sees Europe on the verge of a tech investment breakthrough that is likely to continue unfolding even during the pandemic because today more than ever, it doesn’t really matter where you start your company as a founder.

02:40: Why Mattias left Atomico to start his own firm Moonfire Ventures
04:55: Reach out if your startup is into fintech, future of work or healthcare!
08:20: How founders can create a better society by enabling access for all
10:30: Why a small, diverse team and good software are key for a (venture) firm
13:50: About startup hotspots: „I believe we’re seeing a death of geography“
15:35: There’s 20 billion Euros of capital in Europe, ready to be invested
18:50: How to build a venture firm during an economic crisis (several times)
20:19: Beer Garden Break: About co-founders who become family
25:30: What seeing poverty in India and wildlife in Kenya taught Mattias
26:50: The pandemic in the US & why to never underestimate Americans
28:39: B&P Tool Box: Always think about the options a new financing brings
30:02: Either-or-game: „We live in chaos as we try to build a new world“

Production: Regina Körner, Migo Fecke (professional-podcasts.com); Sophie Dechansreiter.