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Flying Cars with Niklas Zennström at London Disrupt 2016
Flying Cars with Niklas Zennström at London Disrupt 2016
Published: 2016/12/05
Channel: TechCrunch
Niklas Zennstrom, Founder Skype & Atomico and Sebastian Siemiatkowski, Founder Klarna at #STHLMtech
Niklas Zennstrom, Founder Skype & Atomico and Sebastian Siemiatkowski, Founder Klarna at #STHLMtech
Published: 2015/10/02
Channel: This Week In Startups
Miljardären som vill rädda Östersjön - Nyhetsmorgon (TV4)
Miljardären som vill rädda Östersjön - Nyhetsmorgon (TV4)
Published: 2016/08/06
Channel: Nyhetsmorgon
Daniel Ek, Niklas Zennström, Ilkka Paananen: How We Failed Our Way to Success
Daniel Ek, Niklas Zennström, Ilkka Paananen: How We Failed Our Way to Success
Published: 2016/11/30
Channel: Slush
Niklas Zennstrom Wants to Help You Go Worldwide | Disrupt NY 2014
Niklas Zennstrom Wants to Help You Go Worldwide | Disrupt NY 2014
Published: 2014/05/07
Channel: TechCrunch
NIKLAS ZENNSTROM | ATOMICO : SKYPE | STARTUP GRIND EUROPE
NIKLAS ZENNSTROM | ATOMICO : SKYPE | STARTUP GRIND EUROPE
Published: 2016/06/23
Channel: Startup Grind
Interview with Niklas Zennstrom about entrepreneurship
Interview with Niklas Zennstrom about entrepreneurship
Published: 2010/12/13
Channel: getstartednl
Niklas Zennström, Atomico - NOAH15 London
Niklas Zennström, Atomico - NOAH15 London
Published: 2016/01/13
Channel: NOAHConference
A question from the HOPE audience to Niklas Zennstrom
A question from the HOPE audience to Niklas Zennstrom
Published: 2010/12/06
Channel: getstartednl
Niklas Zennstrom on Politics and Transparency
Niklas Zennstrom on Politics and Transparency
Published: 2007/05/02
Channel: martinvars
Slush 2013 - Fireside Chat with Ilkka Paananen and Niklas Zennström | Blue Stage #slush13
Slush 2013 - Fireside Chat with Ilkka Paananen and Niklas Zennström | Blue Stage #slush13
Published: 2013/12/19
Channel: Slush
Niklas Zennström and the future of the @52SuperSeries
Niklas Zennström and the future of the @52SuperSeries
Published: 2012/11/09
Channel: 52SuperSeries
Fireside chat | Niklas Zennström (Atomico) interviewed by Robin Wauters (Tech.eu)  [4YFN 2016]
Fireside chat | Niklas Zennström (Atomico) interviewed by Robin Wauters (Tech.eu) [4YFN 2016]
Published: 2016/04/05
Channel: 4YFN
Niklas Zennström om filantropi
Niklas Zennström om filantropi
Published: 2011/07/09
Channel: Veckans Affärer
Niklas Zennström (Atomico/Ex-Skype) im Interview
Niklas Zennström (Atomico/Ex-Skype) im Interview
Published: 2013/09/05
Channel: Gründerszene
Slush 2013 - Niklas Zennström Interview | Yellow Stage #slush13
Slush 2013 - Niklas Zennström Interview | Yellow Stage #slush13
Published: 2013/12/29
Channel: Slush
State of European Tech Companies | Niklas Zennström | Slush 2015
State of European Tech Companies | Niklas Zennström | Slush 2015
Published: 2015/12/04
Channel: Slush
Boris interviewing Niklas Zennström - TNW2011 | The Next Web
Boris interviewing Niklas Zennström - TNW2011 | The Next Web
Published: 2011/04/29
Channel: TNW
Niklas Zennström Video Chat
Niklas Zennström Video Chat
Published: 2014/12/11
Channel: Codeorg UK
Niklas Zennstrom talks about transparency on the Internet  11/12/2006
Niklas Zennstrom talks about transparency on the Internet 11/12/2006
Published: 2011/04/24
Channel: martinvars
Interview with Doug DeVos and Niklas Zennström
Interview with Doug DeVos and Niklas Zennström
Published: 2013/04/05
Channel: 52SuperSeries
TNW at the Dublin Web Summit - Niklas Zennstrom | The Next Web
TNW at the Dublin Web Summit - Niklas Zennstrom | The Next Web
Published: 2012/11/02
Channel: TNW
Niklas Zennstrom at Zeitgeist Europe 2007
Niklas Zennstrom at Zeitgeist Europe 2007
Published: 2007/05/29
Channel: Google
South Summit 2016 - Niklas Zennstrom - Thinking Big and Thinking Global
South Summit 2016 - Niklas Zennstrom - Thinking Big and Thinking Global
Published: 2016/10/05
Channel: South Summit
Some of the other major ventures by Niklas Zennstrom
Some of the other major ventures by Niklas Zennstrom
Published: 2017/07/20
Channel: MAGARISHI
Insper - Palestra com Niklas Zennström do Skype (português e inglês legendado)
Insper - Palestra com Niklas Zennström do Skype (português e inglês legendado)
Published: 2010/05/19
Channel: Insper
Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom on the future of mobile
Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom on the future of mobile
Published: 2011/01/31
Channel: Jennifer Schenker
PICNIC09: Keynote Speaker Niklas Zennström
PICNIC09: Keynote Speaker Niklas Zennström
Published: 2009/09/03
Channel: Dutch Cowgirls
Highlights - Power to the European Founders (Niklas Zennström, CEO at Atomico & Murad Ahmed) | DLD16
Highlights - Power to the European Founders (Niklas Zennström, CEO at Atomico & Murad Ahmed) | DLD16
Published: 2016/01/18
Channel: DLDconference
Davos07 - Niklas Zennstrom Skype
Davos07 - Niklas Zennstrom Skype
Published: 2007/06/17
Channel: Loic Le Meur
Insper - Niklas Zennström, Skype Co-Founder at Insper (english version)
Insper - Niklas Zennström, Skype Co-Founder at Insper (english version)
Published: 2010/05/19
Channel: Insper
Niklas Zennström, fondateur "Skype" sur Express FM - [Sous-titres Français]
Niklas Zennström, fondateur "Skype" sur Express FM - [Sous-titres Français]
Published: 2016/12/09
Channel: Radio ExpressFM
Niklas Zennström at LeWeb3
Niklas Zennström at LeWeb3
Published: 2011/04/26
Channel: Luc Van Braekel
Niklas Zennstrom considered as a technology pioneer
Niklas Zennstrom considered as a technology pioneer
Published: 2017/07/14
Channel: MAGARISHI
EG8 FORUM : 3 questions à Niklas Zennstrom
EG8 FORUM : 3 questions à Niklas Zennstrom
Published: 2011/05/25
Channel: eG8ForumFranceTV
LeWeb 2011 Niklas Zennstrom, Founding Partner & CEO, Atomico and Loic Le Meur
LeWeb 2011 Niklas Zennstrom, Founding Partner & CEO, Atomico and Loic Le Meur
Published: 2011/12/09
Channel: LeWeb
Disruptive (Jimmy Wales, Niklas Zennström, Mitchell Baker) | DLD10
Disruptive (Jimmy Wales, Niklas Zennström, Mitchell Baker) | DLD10
Published: 2010/01/28
Channel: DLDconference
Internet Business Cluster: DLD Campus Lecture mit Niklas Zennström
Internet Business Cluster: DLD Campus Lecture mit Niklas Zennström
Published: 2012/03/15
Channel: HolidayCheck Group AG
Dublin Web Summit | Niklas Zennström
Dublin Web Summit | Niklas Zennström
Published: 2012/10/18
Channel: siliconrepublic
Two of the minds behind Skype, Spotify and Wrapp visit Stockholm University
Two of the minds behind Skype, Spotify and Wrapp visit Stockholm University
Published: 2012/02/23
Channel: Stockholm University
The greatest time in history for European tech
The greatest time in history for European tech
Published: 2015/04/22
Channel: Invest Europe
Power to the European Founders (Niklas Zennström, Founder and CEO at Atomico & Murad Ahmed) | DLD16
Power to the European Founders (Niklas Zennström, Founder and CEO at Atomico & Murad Ahmed) | DLD16
Published: 2016/01/17
Channel: DLDconference
PressPausePlay - Niklas Zennström Interview
PressPausePlay - Niklas Zennström Interview
Published: 2011/09/16
Channel: PressPausePlay
Niklas Zennström spricht über JOOST
Niklas Zennström spricht über JOOST
Published: 2007/03/17
Channel: Kwambonambi
#428 Niklas Zennstrom - Joost
#428 Niklas Zennstrom - Joost
Published: 2007/06/19
Channel: Loic Le Meur
Niklas Zennström, fondateur de "Skype" en exclusivité sur Radio Express FM
Niklas Zennström, fondateur de "Skype" en exclusivité sur Radio Express FM
Published: 2016/12/07
Channel: Radio ExpressFM
Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom聽聽創辦者是怎麼發音Skype_含WiFi_YouTube
Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom聽聽創辦者是怎麼發音Skype_含WiFi_YouTube
Published: 2012/12/14
Channel: tsay431
Interview with Niklas Zennström, owner TP52 Ran, at Quantum Key West 2014
Interview with Niklas Zennström, owner TP52 Ran, at Quantum Key West 2014
Published: 2014/01/22
Channel: Premiere Racing
DLDCampus 2012: Public Lecture Niklas Zennström - Complete (1/3)
DLDCampus 2012: Public Lecture Niklas Zennström - Complete (1/3)
Published: 2012/04/17
Channel: IBCMuenchen
DLDCampus 2012: Public Lecture Niklas Zennström - Complete (3/3)
DLDCampus 2012: Public Lecture Niklas Zennström - Complete (3/3)
Published: 2012/04/17
Channel: IBCMuenchen
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Niklas Zennström
Niklas Zennström with Loic Le Meur emoting in the background.jpg
Niklas Zennström with Loic Le Meur in the background
Born (1966-02-16) 16 February 1966 (age 51)
Järfälla, Sweden
Residence London, England
Nationality Swedish
Alma mater Uppsala University (BSc)
Royal Institute of Technology (MSc)
Occupation Entrepreneur and investor
Net worth £1.005 billion(May 2017)[1]
Spouse(s) Catherine Zennström

Niklas Zennström (born 16 February 1966) is a Swedish billionaire entrepreneur best known for founding several high-profile online ventures with Janus Friis including Skype and Kazaa. More recently he founded the technology investment firm Atomico and has become a significant figurehead for entrepreneurs in the tech sector. Zennström is also the co-founder of the charity organization Zennström Philanthropies.

Education[edit]

Zennström has dual degrees in Business Administration (BSc) from Uppsala University and Engineering Physics (MSc) from Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. He spent his final year at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, US.

Career[edit]

Zennström started his professional career in 1991 at the European telecom operator Tele2. He went on to serve in various business development roles including launching and being responsible for European Internet Service Provider business get2net and as CEO of the everyday.com portal.

In 2000 Zennström and Janus Friis co-founded Kazaa, the peer-to-peer file sharing application. Niklas served as CEO and the program became the world's most downloaded Internet software in 2003. After lawsuits were filed by members of the music and motion picture industry in the USA, Kazaa was sold to Sharman Networks.

Zennström then founded and served as CEO at Joltid, a software company developing and marketing peer-to-peer solutions and traffic optimization technologies. Zennström also co-founded Altnet, the world's first secure peer-to-peer network promoting commercial content to consumers integrating promotion, distribution, and payment of digital content.

Zennström's most notable success to date is Skype, a telephony company based on peer-to-peer principles. In October 2005 Skype was acquired by eBay for €2.1 billion ($2.6 billion) plus the potential to earn further performance-based bonuses up to €1.2bn. Zennström was CEO from Skype's inception until September 2007. During that time, Skype became the global leader in Internet voice communications with more than 309m registered users within five years of launch.

After the sale of Skype, Zennström went on in 2007 to launch Joost, an online video distribution service (where Zennström was co-chairman).

In 2009 Zennström was part of the investment consortium that bought Skype Technologies from eBay and re-joined the Skype board. Currently, Zennström runs Atomico. Based in London, the firm primarily invests in fast growing tech companies with the ability to transform their respective industries. Through Atomico they have invested in over 50 companies on four continents, including Supercell, Rovio, Last.fm, Fon, Rdio, Fab, Klarna and Skype.

In May 2011 Skype was purchased by Microsoft for $8.5 billion in its biggest ever cash deal. It is reported that Zennström and Friis will make approximately $1bn between them from the sale.

In November 2014 Zennström was inducted into SUP46's Swedish Startup Hall of Fame.[2]

Zennström is president of the European Tech Alliance (EUTA), a group of fast-growing tech companies that have all been built in Europe. The EUTA focusses on Europe's strength as a tech hub, and on its contribution to the European economy both in terms of driving investment and creating highly skilled jobs. The group uses their collective experience to feed into the push to strengthen Europe's digital economy.

Atomico[edit]

Atomico is an international investment firm focused on the technology sector. The firm looks to invest in fast-growing technology companies that have innovative business models or are new enabling technologies. Headquartered in London with offices in Beijing, São Paulo, Tokyo and Istanbul, it has so far invested in more than 50 companies on four continents. Some of the team’s current and previous investments include category leaders such as Supercell, Rovio, Jawbone, Fon, Fab, Klarna and Skype.

Philanthropy[edit]

Together with his wife Catherine, he founded Zennström Philanthropies to direct their charitable giving in the fields of climate change, human rights and social entrepreneurship. Niklas is specifically engaged in combating climate change and improving the state of the Baltic Sea.[3]

Green Mentorship Award is an award created by Zennström Philanthropies to shine spotlight on the work being done by entrepreneurs in Sweden to tackle climate change and create a low carbon future. The winner receives personal mentoring from Niklas Zennström for one year.[3]

Personal interests[edit]

Zennström is a keen yachtsman and he has built and raced yachts in the TP 52 and the 72ft mini-maxi construction classes for inshore and offshore racing with consistently good results. His highly successful Rán II (Judel/Vrolijk 72ft design, 2009) won the Fastnet Race consecutively in 2009 and 2011. She also won in her class in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race in 2009, and tried again in 2010. She won the 72ft Mini Maxi World Championship in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Zennström's smaller Rán IV (Judel/Vrolijk 52ft design, 2011) won the 2013 TP52 World Championships and also competes regularly in the 52 Super Series on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Both boats were replaced by Rán V (JV72, 2014) and Rán VI (JV52, 2015) to compete in the same circuits.

Honors and awards[edit]

Zennström was recognized by Time Magazine as one of its 100 Most Influential People in 2006, and has received numerous other awards for innovation and entrepreneurship.

In 2006, he was voted Entrepreneur of the Year in the European Business Leaders Awards (EBLA).[4]

In October 2009, the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, awarded Zennström the KTH Great Prize "for his outstanding entrepreneurial and technological skills".[5]

In September 2011, Zennström received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Oxford University's Oxford Internet Institute.[6]

In February 2013, Zennström was awarded H. M. The King's Medal of 12th size with a bright blue ribbon for significant contributions to Swedish industry and society.[7]

In October 2013, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, IVA, awarded Zennström the Gold Medal for his “highly successful entrepreneurial achievements, creative innovation, high technical competence and outstanding leadership”.[8]

Interviews[edit]

  • The Sunday Times (27 November 2005) [9]
  • Business Week (19 September 2005) [10]
  • The Guardian (14 July 2005) [11]
  • PCTechTalk (10 July 2005) [12]
  • BusinessWeek Online (30 May 2005) [13]
  • IDG News Service (16 March 2005) [14]
  • PC Pro (11 March 2005) [15]
  • TMCnet (2 March 2005) [16]
  • Engadget (8 November 2004) [17]
  • Pocket PC Thoughts (3 September 2004) [18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rich List 2017: #132, £1.005 billion". The Sunday Times Magazine. 7 May 2017. p. 50. 
  2. ^ "Niklas Zennström inducted into SUP46's Swedish Startup Hall of Fame as the startup hub celebrated its first year - Swedish Startup Space". 
  3. ^ a b "Zennström Philanthropies". 
  4. ^ Europe, CNBC (10 April 2007). "CNBC Europe Names the Top European Business Leaders for 2006". 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 October 2012. Retrieved 2013-11-03. 
  6. ^ "Internet Entrepreneur Niklas Zennström Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute — Oxford Internet Institute". 
  7. ^ "Kungen delade ut medaljer - se film här - Sveriges Kungahus". Kungahuset.se. Retrieved 2017-05-08. 
  8. ^ "Sidan kunde inte hittas". 
  9. ^ [1] Archived 7 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 March 2007. Retrieved 2006-10-21. 
  11. ^ Interview by Hamish Mackintosh (2005-07-14). "Talk time: Niklas Zennström | Technology | The Guardian". Technology.guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-05-08. 
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 October 2006. Retrieved 2006-10-21. 
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 August 2006. Retrieved 2006-10-21. 
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 March 2007. Retrieved 2006-10-21. 
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 October 2007. Retrieved 2006-11-06. 
  16. ^ Rich Tehrani (2005-03-02). "Skype Interview". Voip-blog.tmcnet.com. Retrieved 2017-05-08. 
  17. ^ "The Engadget Interview: Niklas Zennström". Engadget.com. 2004-11-08. Retrieved 2017-05-08. 
  18. ^ "Windows Phone Thoughts: Talking Free, Wirelessly: Interview with Niklas Zennström, CEO of Skype Ltd". Pocketpcthoughts.com. 2004-09-03. Retrieved 2017-05-08. 

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