Atomico, the European venture capital firm founded by Niklas Zennström of Skype, sometimes feels like a perpetual hiring and promotion spree, even if several partners have also left over the years.
Most recently, in November, Sophia Bendz, the former Global Marketing Director for Spotify, was promoted to Partner. Bendz had already spent two and a half years as Executive in Residence at the London-based firm of VC. The same month, partner Carolina Brochado left to join Softbank’s Vision Fund to help it get more offers in Europe.
Today we can add three more promotions of Partners to the roster, including Bryce Keane, who for the past two and a half years has been a part of Atomico. Head of Communications.
Before joining Atomico, Australian-born Keane (whom I promised not to refer to as the Aussie spin doctor, sorry!), Founded the Albion creative agency PR agency and worked with several household names in European tech. Like TransferWise, years before the company was a celebrated fintech unicorn.
He was also a co-founder of 3beards, which, among other projects (With Beards, Beer, and the Unicorn Hunt Jobs Board), was the custodian of one of London’s most popular tech networking events, leading to a reporter from the BBC to call Keane “London’s social secretary”. tech community. “With my dislike of crowds and liking any praise in the PRs, I couldn’t possibly comment.
But what I’ll say, having covered TransferWise from day one and tirelessly reporting on Atomico over the years, is that Keane is arguably one of the hardest-working people I know and, without a doubt, one of the most informed. The founders and startups it supports at least as well as anyone. Well, almost anyone.
Alison Smith, Atomico’s Chief of Staff, is also being promoted to Partner. She has been with the VC firm for four years and as a partner will continue to lead key projects for Atomico, both internally and externally.
And last, but definitely not least, is Camilla Richards, who for the past four years has been Director of Investor Relations, overseeing Atomico’s fundraising and its important relationship with LPs.
In his new role, he will continue to manage those relationships, as well as facilitating introductions between founders and LPs where new business opportunities arise or if direct investment makes sense.
“Bryce, Alison and Camilla have the ambition, shared mission and energy that we need as we continue to build Atomico. I am proud to have them as Partners at Atomico and am excited to see what they will accomplish in the coming years in their new roles, “writes Atomico CEO and Founding Partner Niklas Zennström in a blog post.
Meanwhile, in addition to the three new Atomico Partners, the European VC firm is running various promotions within its investment team. Senior Associate Stephen Thorne becomes Director, and Associates Hillary Ball, Will Dufton and Adam Lasri move to a Senior Associate. In particular, I have been told that Lasri will also be moving permanently to Paris, becoming the first full-time investment member of Atomico in the French capital.