Stripe, a San Francisco, CA-based fintech startup, received a strategic investment from Sumitomo Mitsui Card Company.
Astellas Pharma, a Tokyo, Japan-based company dedicated to develop pharmaceutical products focusing on Urology, Oncology, Immunology, Nephrology and Neuroscience, has partnered with MPM Capital* to launch DigiTx Partners, a digital health investment company.
SoftBank Corp., a subsidiary of SoftBank Group Corp. (TOKYO:9984), launched a second round for its program that seeks a wide range of innovative solutions and technologies from around the world to consider for commercialization.
Atonarp Inc., a Tokyo-based developer of advanced spectroscopic instruments, raised up to $16m in funding.
Line Corporation, the global platform for mobile messaging and communication services, content distribution and advertising, began trading on July, 14, on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol “LN,” after its initial public offering.
Japanese messaging app Line is going public on the New York Stock Exchange on July, 14, and on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on July 15, 2016 (JST).
SmartNews, a Tokyo, San Francisco and New York-based news-discovery mobile app, raised $38m in Series D financing.
Quoine, a Singapore and Japan-based bitcoin trading platform, raised US$20m in Series A funding.
Creema, a Tokyo, Japan-based handmade product marketplace, raised approx. $10m in venture capital funding.
Geodesic Capital, a San Francisco, CA- and Tokyo, Japan-based independent growth stage venture capital firm investing in U.S.-based consumer and enterprise technology companies, closed its first fund, at $335m.
Xenoma, Inc., a Japan, Tokyo- and Worcester, MA-based wearable electronics apparel startup, secured 185 M Yen ($1.7M) in funding.
bitFlyer, a Tokyo, Japan-based bitcoin exchange, raised ¥3bn (approx. $27m) in Series C funding.
Kyulux, Inc., a Fukuoka, Japan-based advanced materials startup that is commercializing the next generation of OLED display and lighting technology known as TADF (Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence), raised $13.5m (¥1.5 Billion Japanese Yen) in Series A venture capital funding.
Global early stage venture capital firm 500 Startups is seeking to raise a new fund dedicated to Japan. According to a regulatory filing with the S.E.C., the fund has a final target of $10m. It lists founding partners David McClure, Chistine Tsai and venture partner James Riney as people related to the offering. 500 Startups […]
Rakuten Ventures, Rakuten‘s early stage corporate venture capital firm, has launched a new fund dedicated to Japan. The 10 billion yen (approx. US$84m) Rakuten Ventures Japan Fund will focus on making investments in and empowering the community of Japanese startups with advanced technology and business models. The fund, which will be led by Managing Partner […]