East Ventures, a South East Asia-based early stage venture capital firm, closed its fifth fund, at $27.5m.
Global early stage venture capital firm 500 Startups has launched its second fund, 500 Durians II for Southeast Asia.
Monstar Lab, Inc., a Meguro, Tokyo, Japan-based mobile & web application development company, raised 250m yen (USD$2.5m) in funding.
SoftBank Group Corp. is to form a private fund for making investments in the technology sector globally.
Money Forward, a Tokyo, Japan-based fintech company, raised approx. $11m in Series D funding.
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.