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  • Northzone News
  • 25 August 2021
  • 4 min read
  • Words: Northzone

We're hiring in Stockholm!

This position has been filled.

The past year and a half has been a rollercoaster to say the least. Our founders have shown incredible resilience in responding to everything that has been thrown at them. Our portfolio has thrived and grown faster in the last twelve months than it has in the previous 25 years. We have companies that reached $1bn+ valuations within the year of founding, and we’ve added 10 unicorns to our active portfolio of 63. Most importantly, we are seeing a dramatic shift of behaviours and economies online.

It’s clear that something BIG and paradigm-shifting is happening at the intersection of technology and people. It’s no coincidence that players from other financial services sectors are flooding into tech startups.

Tech is pushing frontiers, as users experiment with new forms of social media, increasingly investing in crypto-backed financial instruments, and developers experimenting with new frameworks. Meanwhile, we’re also seeing mass-market adoption accelerating across sectors that have yet to be touched by technology. SMBs are scaling via digital workflows for the first time; e-commerce penetration is at an all-time high; and through digital platforms, consumers are able to play a self-led, proactive role in their healthcare journey in a way that has never been possible before.

But things are changing fast for Northzone too: we’re expanding our team in Stockholm! While geography is becoming increasingly less relevant for founders and consumers alike, hubs will continue to draw in the passionate, the aspirational, and the hungry, because the center of gravity of startups will less likely be determined by capital concentration and more likely determined by talent themselves locally. Distributed by default, our tight-knit team of 15 investment professionals in global hubs like London, New York, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Berlin and Oslo work together collaboratively in order to match the right investor with the right entrepreneur based on sector and personal fit, regardless of where they are based.

Northzone has always placed the highest value on being diverse by design, reflecting different ways of approaching and seeing the world rather than reflecting a single investment philosophy. We’re one of the few VCs that has a 50/50 gender parity on our investment team; we are proud that this is something that happened organically. We believe that by being a diverse team, reflecting different backgrounds, nationalities and perspectives, we’re able to outperform our peers.


What we offer you

  • We are looking for an Associate to join the team in Stockholm where you will work with the happiest team in venture; Jessica, Markus, PJ, Maxine, William and Sanna; and of course with our wonderful colleagues in London and NYC.
  • As an Associate, you will spend a large part of your time sourcing new deals and forming relationships with entrepreneurs. If we choose to go ahead with a deal, you will participate in the due diligence.
  • We encourage and expect you to carve out sectors of interest for yourself, dive into market research and become the internal subject matter expert in those areas. This will likely also help your sourcing and deal execution skillset.
  • You’ll get increased exposure to our portfolio as you spend time with us, but we’ll introduce relevant companies from day one to involve you in the strategic work surrounding the portfolio.
  • That being said, there’s no such thing as playbooks at Northzone. We want you to challenge us, pitch your own projects and develop your own role into what you think it should be.
  • While your base will be in Stockholm, we encourage people to travel multiple times per year across offices, as we think it’s important for the entire team to meet often.

What you offer us

  • You’re at the beginning of your career, likely with 1-2 years of experience working in a field that demonstrates a curiosity for technology and its impact on humans.
  • We’re not focused on what specific university degree you have. While we rate academic achievement highly, we also think it’s very valuable for candidates to show evidence of company building, engineering achievements or other types of tech-related side hustles that you’re passionate about.
  • Sense of ownership is something we’re obsessed with. While teamwork is one of our core values and incredibly important, so is being independent and a true self-starter. Our ambition is for every person at Northzone to think like an owner, to care about our firm and consider themselves as responsible as anyone else for our continued development.
  • We love big personalities, are always impressed by a strong sense of optimism anchored in deep analysis capabilities, and seek candidates who have a desire to see beyond the common opinion and mainstream trends.
  • Strong communication is key: you need to be able to convey your thinking, regardless of how controversial or complex, internally and externally.
  • Being able to leverage and manage your personal network is a big part of the role. Ideally, you already have connections within the Nordic tech ecosystem, perhaps also the Baltics, as well as own ideas of how to build and maintain deep relationships – with entrepreneurs, investors and other stakeholders.
  • We warmly welcome candidates who have never considered a career in VC – we believe that could actually make you even better suited for this job.

About us

We’re an early-stage venture capital fund built on experience spanning multiple economic and disruptive technology cycles with over $1.7 billion under management. Since 1996, we’ve raised nine funds and invested in more than 150 companies, including category-defining businesses like Spotify, Hopin, iZettle, Klarna, FuboTV, Spring Health, Thirty Madison, Trustpilot, Kahoot!, Personio, and Tier as well as unannounced emerging category creators in Web 3.0, new social, food, and ML.

What to expect from our interview process

We want people driven by passion and with an entrepreneurial mindset, ready to embrace the uncertainty of this world and the investment ecosystem. We’re welcoming all backgrounds and reward grit. Your profile doesn’t look like the norm? Be our guest. Please apply directly through our Workable link here and send us any materials that will help us get to know you. Looking forward to hearing from you! (This position has been filled)