The Klarna Mafia

April 24, 2024
Tech Mafias

Klarna is a Swedish financial technology company founded in 2005. It is known for providing online financial services such as payment solutions for online storefronts, direct payments, post-purchase payments, and more. Klarna's offerings are largely centered around a "buy now, pay later" model, which allows consumers to shop and receive items immediately but defer payment.

The company was founded by Sebastian Siemiatkowski, Niklas Adalberth, and Victor Jacobsson. These founders set out to make online shopping safer, simpler, and more fun. Klarna has grown significantly since its inception, expanding its services across Europe and into the United States, and it has become one of Europe's largest banks offering a wide range of payment solutions to consumers and businesses.

The Klarna Mafia

The Klarna Mafia has founded 17 companies and raised $196 million.

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List of all the amazing companies covered:

  • Signifyd
  • Anyfin
  • Finix
  • Scratch
  • Torii
  • Brite Payments
  • Ingrid
  • iyzico
  • Nelly
  • Depict
  • QisstPay
  • Sellpy
  • Basis Theory
  • Telness
  • Flexspace Technologies Inc
  • Teemyco
  • Browsi
  • Briqpay
  • Jitty
  • Gamifiera
  • Arro
  • UnitPlus
  • PocketLaw
  • Wellstreet
  • Supernormal
  • TrueAccord
  • Checkin
  • Steven


Founder: Ohad Samet

Klarna Role: Chief Risk Officer

Capital Raised: $409M

Investors: Menlo Ventures

Stage: Series E

Signifyd is a provider of an enterprise-grade fraud technology solution for e-commerce stores.


Founder: Sven Brauer

Klarna Role: VP Product

Capital Raised: $338.6M

Investors: Global Founders Capital

Stage: Debt Financing

MODIFI offers a one stop platform for business payments and trade management.


Founder: Filip Polhem, Mikael Hussain, Sven Perkmann

Klarna Role: Risk & Credit Analyst, Vice President Credit, Head of Risk Product

Capital Raised: $138.1M

Investors: Global Founders Capital

Stage: Series C

Anyfin - a smart finance app that empowers people to understand and improve their finances.


Founder: Sean Donovan

Klarna Role: COO, North America

Capital Raised: $126M

Investors: Lightspeed Venture Partners

Stage: Private Equity

Flexspace is a corporate solution to discover, book, and manage on-demand workspaces with no commitment or upfront cost.


Founder: John Keatley

Klarna Role: CFO

Capital Raised: $68.1M

Investors: Norwest Venture Partners

Stage: Series C

Scratch empowers medical practices to seamlessly connect and transact with their clients.


Founder: Uri Nativ

Klarna Role: VP Engineering & Site Manager, Klarna Israel

Capital Raised: $65M

Investors: Global Founders Capital

Stage: Series B

Torii is the most advanced SaaS management platform on the market. Discover, optimize, and control your organization’s SaaS usage and cost.

Brite Payments

Founder: Lena Hackelöer

Klarna Role: Director Marketing DACH BENEFRA, Klarna & SOFORT

Capital Raised: $60M

Investors: Dawn Capital

Stage: Series A

A leading provider of instant payments and payouts, powered by open banking.


Founder: Patric Blixt

Klarna Role: VP Marketing

Capital Raised: $33.9M

Investors: Schibsted

Stage: Series A

Ingrid Delivery Platform connects merchants, carriers, and consumers to create a better shopping experience for everyone.


Founder: Barbaros Ozbugutu

Klarna Role: Vice President of Sales Germany

Capital Raised: $27M

Investors: Amadeus Capital Partners

Stage: Series C

iyzico is a payment receipt system management platform that offers ePayment solutions.


Founder: Lukas Eicher, Niklas Radner, Rasmus Schults

Klarna Role: Product Manager, Growth Lead, Engineering Manager

Capital Raised: $20.4M

Investors: Global Founders Capital

Stage: Series A

Nelly provides a tool for medical practices that simplifies patient onboarding and payments.


Founder: Oliver Edholm

Klarna Role: AI / ML Engineer

Capital Raised: $19.9M

Investors: Y Combinator

Stage: Series A

Amazon makes one third of their revenue through their product recommendations. We give your store a chance to compete.


Founder: Jordan Olivas

Klarna Role: Enterprise Retail & eCommerce Commercial Manager

Capital Raised: $15M

Investors: Global Founders Capital

Stage: Venture round

QisstPay provides a Buy Now, Pay Later (interest-free installments) platform to merchants in Pakistan.

Basis Theory

Founder: Colin Luce, Brian Billingsley

Klarna Role: Head of Sales and Business Development, CEO

Capital Raised: $17M

Investors: BoxGroup

Stage: Series A

The compliance engineering platform.


Founder: Majid Garmaroudi

Klarna Role: Senior Software Developer

Capital Raised: $13.8M

Investors: Atomico

Stage: Series A

A powerful and intuitive legal platform. Powered by AI.


Founder: Michael Arnör, Philip Gunnstam

Klarna Role: Junior Project Managers,

Capital Raised: $14.6M

Investors: H&M Group Ventures (Prev. H&M CO:LAB)

Stage: Corporate Round

Sellpy makes it easier than any other service to sell the things you don’t use.


Founder: Martina Klingvall

Klarna Role: Summer Internship

Capital Raised: $5.6M

Investors: JCE Group

Stage: Seed

Telness is a mobile operator offering mobile telephony with features specially tailored for business owners.

Flexspace Technologies Inc

Founder: Eyal Lasker

Klarna Role: Product Manager

Capital Raised: $6M

Investors: M13

Stage: Seed

Flexspace is a corporate solution to discover, book, and manage on-demand workspaces with no commitment or upfront cost.


Founder: Oleg Danylenko

Klarna Role: Data Scientist

Capital Raised: $4.4M

Investors: Luminar Ventures

Stage: Seed

Teemyco is an online-based platform that connects employees online and enables them to conduct meeting online.


Founder: Lior Fisher

Klarna Role: Product Owner

Capital Raised: $4M

Investors: Pitango VC

Stage: Seed

Browsi helps publishers meet any advertiser's expectations by putting AI behind their ad inventory.


Founder: Mats Andersson, Björn Widerström, Sara Johansson

Klarna Role: Solution Engineer, Partner Manager at Klarna, Business Development Manager

Capital Raised: $2.1M

Investors: eEquity

Stage: Private Equity

Briqpay provides solutions to enable and make business-to-business sales online more accessible.


Founder: James Storer

Klarna Role: Senior Product Design Lead

Capital Raised: $2M

Investors: Sequoia Capital

Stage: Pre-Seed

A leading provider of instant payments and payouts, powered by open banking.


Founder: Erik Estberg

Klarna Role: Senior Analytics Manager

Capital Raised: $1.3M

Investors: Wellstreet

Stage: Seed

Gamifiera offers a loyalty platform with gamification elements and Community functionality.


Founder: Johannes Herrmann

Klarna Role: Agent

Capital Raised: $1.1M

Investors: InReach Ventures

Stage: Pre-Seed

Build better products using AI-powered research.


Founder: Sebastien Segue

Klarna Role: Engineering Manager - Head of BillPay IT

Capital Raised: $1M

Investors: Exxeta Ventures

Stage: Seed

Short- and long-term liquidity management solution powered by capital market yield.


Founder: Mikael Wintzell, Sïmon Saneback

Klarna Role: Deputy CCO, Investor

Capital Raised: $60M

Stage: Early Stage Venture, Seed, Venture


Founder: Colin Treseler
Klarna Role: Chief of Staff, Risk Management
Capital Raised: $12M
Investors: Balderton Capital
Stage: Seed


Founder: Ohad Samet
Klarna Role: Chief Risk Officer
Capital Raised: $153M
Investors: Khosla Ventures
Stage: Venture - Series Unknown

Founder: Kristoffer Cassel
Klarna Role: VP Product, Consumer
Capital Raised: N/A
Investors: Wellstreet
Stage: Venture - Series Unknown


Founder: Philip Mikal
Klarna Role: VP, Product Management - Global Financial Services
Capital Raised: $93.3M
Investors: Valar Ventures
Stage: Series B


Founder: Jens Saltin
Klarna Role: UK Country Manager
Capital Raised: $3.1M
Investors: Crowdcube
Stage: Seed

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