• 05/05/15

    NatureBox Raises $30 Million to Sell Snack Subscriptions Internationally 

    Subscription commerce startup NatureBox Inc., which sells snacks direct to consumers online, raised $30 million in series C financing to make its brand big in the U.S. and beyond.  

  • 04/23/15

    Swirl Closes $18 Million Investment from Hearst, SoftBank, Twitter Ventures and Other Strategic Investors 

    Swirl Networks, Inc., provider of the leading proximity-based indoor mobile marketing platform, announced today that it has raised $18 million in equity financing from Hearst Ventures, SoftBank Capital, Twitter Ventures and other strategic investors. Venture capital firm Longworth Venture Partners also participated in the rounds.  

  • 04/06/15

    Publishing Platform RebelMouse Nabs $6 Million In An Extended Series A Growth Round 

    Content publishing platform RebelMouse has raised $6 million in an extended Series A from previous investors Softbank Capital and Oak Investment Partners, with additional participation from Buddy Media’s Mike Lazerow.   

  • 03/30/15

    Xaxis Purchases Leading Mobile App and Cross-Screen Advertising Platform ActionX 

    Xaxis, the world’s largest programmatic media and technology platform, announced today it has acquired ActionX, a leader in mobile app and cross-screen advertising.  

  • 01/20/15

    'Trending' software company Taykey raises $15 million 

    For six years, New York’s Taykey built tools to help marketers stay plugged in. Now it’s expanding its mission to help them create campaigns—with backing from several high-profile venture firms.  

  • 01/05/15

    Real estate data startup Reonomy raises $13M in Series B 

    Real estate research and data startup Reonomy raised $13 million in its latest fundraising round, The Real Deal has learned. Bain Capital Ventures, which recently invested in social networking giant LinkedIn and test preparation company The Princeton Review, is leading Reonomy’s Series B round. Existing investors, including Mack Real Estate Group principals William, Richard and Stephen Mack, SoftBank Capital and Resolute Ventures, also upped their bets on the firm.  

  • 01/05/15

    X.ai Raises $9.2M At A $40M Valuation For Its AI-Based Email Assistant Who Sets Up Meetings

    Advances in artificial intelligence and big data are being used to tackle some of the biggest problems of our modern times, but a startup out of New York called x.ai is applying the same new tech to address some of the more mundane but no less persistent issues, too. The company, which is still in closed beta, today is announcing nearly $10 million in new funding that it will use to build out Amy (or Andrew, if you prefer) Ingram, a personal assistant that you summon by way of the cc: field on an email to help you schedule a meeting with someone else.  

  • 11/19/14

    Bigcommerce Raises $50M Series D From SoftBank, Telstra, And American Express

    E-commerce platform Bigcommerce announced today that it has raised $50 million in Series D funding, led by SoftBank Capital, with participation from Telstra Ventures, American Express, and returning investors General Catalyst and Revolution Growth. The capital will be used to develop the technology behind Bigcommerce’s cloud-based platform, further sales and marketing initiatives, and expand into new markets.  

  • 11/13/14

    Wildcard Raises $10 Million, Launches A Browser Built For The Mobile Web

    A company called Wildcard is today launching a browser for the mobile age, designed specifically with the support of the newer “card” format in mind. Cards are a new design trend which emerged within mobile applications as a way to better showcase content, including rich media like photos and video, on devices’ small screens.  

  • 10/24/14

    Why We Are Excited About GLAMSQUAD

    We are thrilled to partner with Alexandra, Jason, Victoria, Dave, Giovanni and the entire GLAMSQUAD team! GLAMSQUAD fit numerous themes we look for in mobile marketplaces (more below). As investors in Gilt Groupe, we’ve witnessed first-hand Alexandra’s ability to help build a powerful and enduring brand. So when she came to us with the opportunity at GLAMSQUAD, we were immediately intrigued and our enthusiasm quickly grew as we got to know the rest of the team, test the service (Scarlett, Saundra, and I are hooked) and dig into the numbers, which are incredibly compelling given the stage of the business.  

  • 10/23/14

    Glamsquad Raises $7 Million For On-Demand Hair Styling And Beauty Services

    New York-based Glamsquad, an on-demand beauty business now headed by Gilt Groupe co-founder Alexandra Wilkis Wilson who joined earlier this year as co-founder and CEO, has now raised $7 million in Series A funding in a round led by SoftBank Capital. The company launched in January of this year in New York, and is now one of several services that bring professional hair stylists and makeup artists to wherever the customer is – at home, at work, at your hotel, or elsewhere.  

  • 09/22/14

    SoftBank Leads $6 Million Round For Ed-Tech Startup EdCast

    After winning big with the Alibaba public offering, SoftBank Capital has returned to the early stage market, this time to lead a $6 million investment into EdCast, a new online education company launched by serial entrepreneur Karl Mehta. This is the second time SoftBank has backed one of Mehta’s startups, albeit in very different sectors.  

  • 09/11/14

    A Media Company Devoted To Stories About Animals Just Raised $4.6 Million

    The Dodo, a media company that's devoted to content about animals, announced today it has raised a $4.68 million Series A funding round led by Discoverywith participation from investors SoftBank Capital, Sterling Equities, Greycroft Partners and RRE Ventures.

  • 09/10/14

    Peer-To-Peer Airport Car Rental Startup FlightCar Raises Another $13.5M Led By GGV Capital

    FlightCar wants to enable its users to rent out their cars at airports all around the country, and today is announcing that it has raised an additional $13.5 million to help fund that expansion. The new financing comes from GGV Capital, whose managing partner Hans Tung will be joining the company’s board.

  • 09/10/14

    Cengage Learning and Flashnotes.com to Transform the Learning Experience in Higher Education With Strategic Partnership

    Empowering students to play an active role in how academic content is created and consumed, Cengage Learning, a global education company, and Flashnotes.com, the student-to-student study materials marketplace, announced a strategic partnership to integrate the Flashnotes.com marketplace into MindTap, the premier e-learning environment that delivers high levels of engagement to inspire improved student outcomes.

  • 09/04/14

    Location Is Everything, As Mobile Ad Startup xAd Raises $50M Led By IVP

    xAd, a mobile ad startup that specialises in serving media specific to a user’s location, is today announcing $50 million in funding — significant not only for the size of the round, but also for the context around the money coming into its coffers. xAd is already profitable, growing fast, wasn’t in the market for raising financing (it has “several million dollars in the bank already,” its CEO says), and doesn’t even have any plans for what it will do with it.

  • 08/20/14

    MobileDay Raises $6M+ Series A

    An interview with MobileDay CEO Howard Diamond - MobileDay, the company that provides one-tap mobile dialing into any conference bridge, international call, or online meeting, has raised over $6 million in a Series A round of funding.

  • 08/10/14

    50 Million New Reasons BuzzFeed Wants to Take its Content Far Beyond Lists

    Here are three completely crazy insights about BuzzFeed, the viral content start-up: 1. BuzzFeed is a web traffic sensation that draws 150 million average monthly viewers. 2. Numbered lists, like this one, are what the site is most famous for and drive much of its audience. 3. BuzzFeed wants to be known for much, much more.  To help make that happen, BuzzFeed just closed a new $50 million investment from Andreessen Horowitz, a prominent venture capital firm in Silicon Valley.

  • 08/05/14

    Digital Media Veteran Greg Coleman Jumps From Criteo to BuzzFeed President

    BuzzFeed Inc. has brought on digital advertising veteran Greg Coleman as the company’s new president. Mr. Coleman replaces Jon Steinberg, who left BuzzFeed a few months ago to become Mail Online North America’s CEO. Mr. Coleman spent the past three years as president of Criteo CRTO -1.66%, an advertising technology firm that went public last year.

  • 08/04/14

    Schematic Labs Joins Rhapsody!

    We’re very excited to announce the Schematic Labs team, creators of fun entertainment apps for the real world, including our popular social music app SoundTracking, is joining Rhapsody! Rhapsody is the premier subscription music service in the U.S. and beyond.

  • 07/29/14

    Poptip Joins Palantir

    We have some exciting news today so I’ll cut to the chase – Poptip will be joining Palantir beginning August 1. Two years ago I made the decision to leave my senior year of undergrad at Notre Dame and found Poptip. I remember signing our first customer 2 months later and am now proud to say that Poptip works with nearly 60 brands – many of whom are among the Fortune 500 or some of the most prominent media brands in the world.

  • 07/16/14

    Chloe & Isabel Crafts Its Own Sales Model

    Direct Jewelry Seller Branches Out With Help of Independent 'Merchandisers,' Considers Expanding Into Asia.

  • 07/11/14

    Rap Genius Raises $40M, Changes Name To Genius, Launches Embeddable Annotations

    Rap Genius made three big moves today to further its goal to annotate the world. The founders tell me it’s raised a $40 million Series B led by Dan Gilbert and joined by previous investor Andreessen Horowitz at a valuation under $1 billion. It also changed its name toGenius.com and is launching embeddable annotations so any website can hover over text and see explanations and background info on what that text means.

  • 07/08/14

    Welcoming Graham Brown to SoftBank Capital

    We’re thrilled to formally welcome Graham Brown as a Senior Associate to the SoftBank Capital team. He has been working with us over the past year as an intern while earning his MBA at Columbia. 

    Graham will work from our NY office and focus primarily on early stage opportunities with special interests in enterprise and consumer mobile, consumer internet and local marketplaces.

    Graham has a mix of entrepreneurial and investing experience. Prior to joining, he helped lead digital strategy at Life Line Screening, where he grew ecommerce and online customer acquisition for the largest direct-to-consumer company in the preventive health space. Prior to Life Line Screening, Graham spent over three years as an Associate at Polaris Partners. At Polaris, Graham focused on software, consumer internet and financial technology investments. 

  • 06/27/14

    Chloe + Isabel Raises $15M to Expand Beyond Jewelry and Enter Asia

    Social jewelry retailer Chloe + Isabel is growing quickly, thanks to an approach used by many startups these days: relying on army of entrepreneurs leveraging technology to redefine direct sales. Although the concept is simple–women build online stores featuring their favorite Chloe + Isabel jewelry, then market them via social networks–getting to this point has been hard. The New York-based company spent much of the past two years building a technology platform so women can customize their stores, integrate marketing with social networks, optimize for mobile and process sales from start to finish. 
  • 06/26/14

    Loyalty And Marketing Analytics Startup CrowdTwist Raises $9M More

    CrowdTwist is announcing that it has raised $9 million in Series B funding Since the company offers tools for creating online loyalty programs, co-founder and CEO Irving Fain said that a few years ago, CrowdTwist was sometimes “gravitationally lumped into the intense fervor around gamification,” but he pointed to the new funding is a sign that it has a bigger vision, one that can provide “long-term, sustainable value to brands.” 
  • 06/26/14

    IgnitionOne Announces $20 Million Series B Funding Led by SoftBank Capital

    IgnitionOne, the global leader in cloud-based digital marketing technology, today announced $20 million in Series B funding led by new investor SoftBank Capital with participation from existing investors including ABS Capital Partners and Brown SavanoThis additional capital will enable IgnitionOne to extend its lead as the industry's broadest and most well-integrated digital marketing hub through additional strategic acquisitions, accelerated innovation of the company's Digital Marketing Suite technology and expansion of sales and marketing activities on a worldwide basis. 
  • 06/17/14

    Exclusive: SoftBank Capital invests in Kony; move will boost Kony's Asia presence

    The venture capital arm of Japan's SoftBank Corp is investing in enterprise mobile company Kony Inc, Kony said in a statement on Tuesday. SoftBank Capital will lead the $50 million financing round, Kony's largest to date, with existing and new investors including Insight Venture Partners, Telstra Ventures and Georgian Partners.
  • 06/06/14

    Venrock’s Marissa Campise Is New SoftBank Capital Partner

    Former Venrock exec Marissa Campise has joined SoftBank Capital, the venture group affiliated with Japan’s giant SoftBank Corp., as a partner. The New York-based SoftBank’s often high-profile investments have included Gilt Groupe, Huffington Post, Buddy Media, OMGPOP, Criteo, Buzzfeed and Fitbit.
  • 05/23/14

    Sherpaa Rethinks Health Care Delivery on a Budget

    Earlier this year venture firm SoftBank Capital's medical insurance company ratcheted prices up 25%. That was fresh on the mind of General Partner Josh Guttman as he was finalizing an investment in Sherpaa Inc., a startup whose staff physicians give medical advice and treat employees of its clients via a mobile app.
  • 05/22/14

    X.ai Lands $2.1M To Build ‘Amy’, An AI-Powered Personal Assistant For Meetings

    From the sometimes disappointing but often great reality of Siri to the complicated potential of Samantha, the idea of virtual personal assistants helping us with our digital-fuelled lives has captured the public imagination. Today, another not-quite real female is entering the fray: Amy, a personal assistant that has been built to help you schedule meetings — summoned not through an app or an on-device client, but simply by copying her in on email correspondence between you and the people you are proposing to meet.
  • 05/13/14

    The Daily Startup: SoftBank Backs Shareablee In Latest Social Media Deal

    SoftBank Capital has been an active investor in the area of social media marketing analysis–it was an early backer of social media platform Buddy Media, whichSalesforce.com bought in 2012 for nearly $700 million, and has invested in startups like SocialFlow and CrowdTwist in a bet that likes, tweets, comments and shares will increase brand awareness and ultimately boost sales. Now SoftBank is backing another social media marketing startup, leading a $6 million round in New York-based Shareablee.
  • 05/12/14

    Unlimited Messaging Therapy Startup Talkspace Raises $2.5M From Spark Capital And Softbank

    Therapy startup Talkspace has changed the model for those seeking help, providing an affordable alternative typical weekly talk therapy sessions. It’s just raised $2.5 million from Spark Capital and Softbank to make its unique, unlimited messaging model for therapy more widely available.
  • 05/08/14

    FieldLens Raises $8 Million in Series A Round Led By OpenView Venture Partners

    FieldLens, a mobile field management tool for the construction industry, today announced that it has raised $8 million in capital in a Series A round led by OpenView Venture Partners. The financing will help FieldLens accelerate product adoption while continuing to develop valuable new features for its users.
  • 05/05/14

    Kabbage Grows: The Online Platform For Small Business Loans Raises Another $50M

    Kabbage made waves last month when it closed a $270 million credit facility to pass on to small businesses that use its online platform to borrow working capital and extend credit lines. This month, it’s the turn of Kabbage itself: the company has raised another $50 million in a Series D round of equity financing.
  • 04/21/14

    New Rule: U.S. Startups With Eyes on Global Markets Are Picking Asia Over Europe

    When it comes to global expansion for U.S.-based companies, Europe often jumps out as a natural choice. Europe’s business and social cultures, as well as its tech-savvy consumer population, are relatively familiar to companies accustomed to the North American market. However, that doesn’t mean it should remain your first choice.
  • 04/14/14

    NatureBox raises $18M on 2,000% revenue growth, proves that listening to your customer is always a good policy

    Box-of-the-month ecommerce startups are so 2012, right? Every category from cosmetics to dog toys had its version, but none really amounted to anything – right? Wrong. The conversation around discovery-based subscription etailers is far more nuanced than the conventional wisdom would suggests.
  • 04/08/14

    Updater, The Dashboard For Your Move, Packs Up $8 Million In Funding

    Moving is the worst. Even after you sort through finding a new apartment, struggle through the moving process, and manage to get your new place settled, there are still many tasks awaiting you. Remember that whole mail thing? And your utility accounts? And your magazine subscriptions? That’s why Updater is hitting the scene with a $8 million Series A round from SoftBank, Second Century Ventures (which represents the investment arm of the National Association of Realtors), IA Ventures, and Commerce Ventures.
  • 03/18/14

    Announcing Our Investment in Reonomy - SoftBank Capital leads $3.7 million Series A financing

    As someone who grew up around the real estate industry, with a father in development, an uncle in construction, a cousin in management and their assorted colleagues frequently a part of the dinner table conversation, it’s a sector of the economy that I watch closely. When my own career pursuits favored early stage technology, I couldn’t help but regularly consider how the two slices of the economy might intersect. What I discovered is that, for the most part, they haven’t. We think that will change.
  • 03/18/14

    Reonomy Lands $3.7M From SoftBank To Tame The Wild West Of Commercial Real Estate Data

    New York’s commercial real estate industry is about as close as you can get to the Wild West these days. Investors and lenders are spending far too much time researching properties and still coming up short on the information they really want. Reonomy aims to change all that. The NY-based company just closed a $3.7M Series A round led by SoftBank, with participation from previous investors such as Resolute Ventures, High Peaks Venture Partners, KEC, and FinTech Collective.
  • 03/04/14

    Is History Repeating Itself? - My recent memo to the BuzzFeed staff

    Hello BuzzFeeders, I wanted to take a moment to explain to you why I’m convinced we’re at the start of a new golden age of media and why BuzzFeed will have a big role to play.
  • 02/21/14

    TestFlight Owner Burstly Acquired By Apple

    Burstly, the makers of an in-app ad management platform called SkyRocket and the parent company of popular mobile app testing platform TestFlight, has been acquired.
  • 02/19/14

    Sidecar raises $10M and launches user marketplace

    Ride-sharing app Sidecar launched a new marketplace model on Wednesday that allows users to connect with drivers in new ways, including naming a price and “favoriting” drivers. The company also announced a $10 million Series B funding round from Union Square Ventures (which is publicly announcing its involvement for the first time), Correlation Ventures, Avalon Ventures and SoftBank Capital.
  • 02/13/14

    Fashion Retailer Tries on Apple’s iBeacon for Size

    On the eve of Valentine’s Day, one fashion retailer is expanding a program to deliver customers deals to their smartphones. Jewelry and gift retailer Alex & Ani LLC is using in-store wireless technology based on Apple Inc.'s iBeacon location-aware protocol to engage with smartphone-carrying shoppers.
  • 02/13/14

    Betaworks Takes Another $10M In Funding Led By Japanese Incubator Digital Garage

    NYC’s betaworks has taken $10 million in additional investment from Japanese digital media incubator and Twitter investor Digital Garage, which is tagged on to the $20 million round the company received in December.
  • 02/03/14

    Flashnotes, A Peer-To-Peer Marketplace For College Study Materials, Picks Up Another $3.6M

    Amid the rush of attention that online education is getting from the tech world, universities,students and investors, a startup that focuses on content for brick-and-mortar classrooms has picked up more funding. Flashnotes — a Boston-based marketplace for college pupils to buy and sell study notes and other online help for specific courses — has raised a Series A of $3.6 million.
  • 01/27/14

    Sprint and Pogoplug Offer Customers Unlimited Cloud Storage and Backup

    Sprint(NYSE: S), one of the only U.S. wireless carriers to offer unlimited talk, text and data, today announced that it is working with Pogoplug to add unlimited cloud storage to its suite of unlimited services. Sprint customers can now access 5GB of cloud storage for no additional charge through Pogoplug, with the option to upgrade to unlimited storage for only $4.99 per month.
  • 01/15/14

    Paul Berry Creates Web Megaphone Called RebelMouse

    While working as chief technical officer at the online-news publication the Huffington Post in 2011, Paul Berry focused on making the news site's content go viral so it could be shared via social media with millions of possible readers. Now, the 38-year-old Mexico native is building a startup that aims to enable any blogger or established media outlet to do the same. Called RebelMouse, the business provides a platform that helps users combine all their social-media posts, articles, videos and other online content into one coherent home page for others to see.
  • 01/12/14

    NBC’s News Unit Teams With Video Start-Up NowThis News

    Broadcasting executives realize that viewers increasingly get their news by glancing on their smartphones instead of spending a half-hour in front of the television. Reacting to that shift, NBC’s news division has invested in a company that will help it produce short videos as brief as six seconds. NBCUniversal News Group, a unit of Comcast, will announce on Monday a partnership with NowThis News, a start-up that creates short-form news segments tailored for distribution over social media sites like Vine, Instagram and Snapchat.
  • 12/02/13

    BuzzFeed Reaches More Than 130 Million Unique Visitors In November

    BuzzFeed announced today that November was its biggest traffic month ever, reaching more than 130 Million unique visitors globally, according to Google Analytics. As first reported by BuzzFeed, much of this growth was driven by Facebook’s recent shift towards driving traffic to quality publishers. BuzzFeed Video, one of the biggest original content creators on YouTube, reached a record high with more than 110M video views.
  • 11/27/13

    Betaworks Is Closing On $20 Million, Its First Raise In Over Three Years

    New York City-based technology studio, betaworks, home to Digg, Instapaper, Dots, Bitly, Chartbeat, and many other products and services, is raising $20 million in new capital.
  • 11/20/13

    Shake Raises $3M To Deliver Simple Legal Agreements To Your Smartphone

    Shake, a startup aiming to make it easy to reach legally binding agreements with help from your smartphone, is announcing that it has raised $3 million in funding.
  • 11/10/13

    Preserving Venerable Forbes Brand, With an Aggressive Digital Drive

    On a recent fall afternoon, Steve Forbes held court as master of ceremonies at a Forbes-hosted health care summit, entertaining an auditorium of chief executives and physicians, and trading firm handshakes at a cocktail reception that followed. But while Mr. Forbes served as the public face of the event, the real orchestrator was Mike Perlis, Forbes Media’s 60-year-old soft-spoken and folksy chief executive, who has spent the last three years transforming the company from a financially troubled family business into an enterprise that has moved aggressively to embrace the new digital landscape.
  • 10/30/13

    Criteo Gets Big Pop On Nasdaq As Investors Flock to Ad Tech

    Online-Ad Retargeter's Stock Jumps Over 30% on First Day of Trading.

  • 10/15/13

    VMware acquires Desktone, makes network virtualization generally available

    VMware continues to push its plan to virtualize the whole data center, with the general availability of its network virtualization platform, and desktops too with the acquisition of desktop-as-a service company Desktone.
  • 10/9/13

    'Facebook of Construction' Uses Timeline to Manage Projects

    The most important elements of social networking sites are their ability to share media, post comments and store all that data and more as a permanent web record. The same can be said for web tools that manage a construction site. The new web application FieldLens aims to become the Facebook of project management services.

  • 10/8/13

    Swirl, A Beacon-Fueled Marketing System, Raises $8M So Retailers Can Track Shoppers

    Swirl has just closed an $8 million Series B round led by Hearst Ventures, the strategic investments branch of the Hearst Corporation, to fuel the expansion of their platform. SoftBank Capital and Longworth Venture Partners also participated in the round.

  • 10/8/13

    True&Co Raises Another $4 Million To Help You Find The Perfect Bra

    E-commerce company True&Co launched last year to apply a bit of personalization and technology to aid women in their searches for new bras. The company just raised a little bit more funding to invest more in its algorithm for matching customers with bras that not only fit well but also look good.

  • 09/25/13

    xAd wins Global Enabling Technology Company of the Year in Mobile at 2013 Smarties™

    A stellar showcase of marketer, media and agency excellence was presented tonight at the 2013 Global Smarties™ Gala, which celebrates the best and brightest in mobile creativity. With submissions from over 36 countries, the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) announced the winners of the Smarties to culminate its annual mobile conference, SM2.

  • 09/19/13

    Interactions’ Virtual Banking application named FinovateFall 2013 Best of Show 

    Interactions Corporation, the leading provider of conversational virtual assistant applications for customer care, was awarded Best of Show at Finovate Fall 2013. Interactions highlighted its innovative Virtual Banking application for mobile devices at the show which enables financial institutions to dramatically improve customer experience and cut operating costs by allowing customers to engage conversationally with automated systems over multiple channels, including voice, SMS, chat, and social – seamlessly replicating the live agent experience.

  • 09/16/13

    With a Fresh $3 Million, ActionX Looks to Help Retailers Turn App Downloads Into Mobile Commerce Dollars 

    Talk to any company that has a mobile app and you’ll likely hear that the most challenging part about the app ecosystem is not getting people to download an app — it’s convincing them to come back time and time again.

    To fuel the new initiative, ActionX has raised $3 million from investors including SoftBank Capital, Verizon Ventures and Lerer Ventures, bringing total funding to $5 million.

  • 09/12/13

    SoftBank Capital Ranked #1 VC for Exits and Seeds with Follow-Ons in NY by CB Insights 

  • 09/10/13

    RebelMouse Hires WPP Exec David Spitz As President and COO 

    RebelMouse has hired WPP exec David Spitz as its new president and chief operating officer, the latest in a string of high-profile hires at the social publishing startup.The year-old company, founded by former Huffington Post CTO Paul Berry, curates brands' social content -- links, photos and videos -- on a dedicated RebelMouse.com page.

  • 08/20/13

    New York State Comptroller to Promote Investments in Silicon Alley 

    As New York City continues to promote the rise of Silicon Alley start-ups, the state comptroller’s office is doing its part for the cause. On Tuesday, the office of Thomas P. DiNapoli plans to promote its investments in two technology companies, RebelMouse and CoopKanics, as part of its initiative to invest in New York businesses.

  • 08/13/13

    Fitbit raises $43 million in new funding 

    Fitbit, maker of a wearable device that measures health and physical activity, has raised $43 million in new venture capital funding. Fortune has learned that Softbank Capital led the round, and was joined by existing shareholders like Foundry Group and True Ventures.

  • 08/02/13

    Social Media Aggregator RebelMouse Raises $10.25M 

    RebelMouse, the startup that allows users to combine updates from across social networks into what it calls a “social front page,” is announcing that it has raised $10.25 million in Series A funding.

  • 07/23/13

    Healthy Snack Subscription Commerce Startup NatureBox Raises $8.5 Million From General Catalyst & Softbank 

    Subscription commerce startup NatureBox launched 18 months ago to create a line of tasty, healthy snacks shipped to customers once a month. Today the company is announcing that it’s raised an $8.5 million Series A round of funding led by General Catalyst and Softbank Capital.

  • 07/17/13

    “Doubleclick for right now”: Social media-powered ad exchange Taykey takes $6m in fresh funding

    Taykey, a platform that connects advertisers with audiences based on real-time interest data from social networks, has today announced a new $6 million funding round.

  • 07/15/13

    Guttman Joins SoftBank Capital

    Josh Guttman has joined SoftBank Capital, a venture group affiliated with Japan’s SoftBank Corp, as a partner. He will focus on SoftBank Capital’s investments in early-stage technology startups based in New York State.

  • 06/26/13

    Thumb Social Polling App Merges With YPulse Research Firm, Rolls Out Thumb Pro For Brands

    Instant polling app Thumb has just announced that it has merged with YPulse, a research insights firm that focuses on millennial opinions and behaviors.

  • 05/30/13

    SoftBank Capital Raises $50M To Invest Exclusively In New York Startups

    SoftBank Capital, the investment arm of Japanese mega-carrier Softbank Corp., has just announced that they’ve raised $50 million that they plan to invest entirely into early-stage New York startups.

  • 05/30/13

    Dering Hall Gets $1.4M From Lerer Ventures, SoftBank Capital, And Others To Bring High-End Home Design To The Web

    Dering Hall, a New York City based startup that runs a digital platform focused on high-end home design, has landed $1.4 million in a new round of venture capital.

  • 05/22/13

    Interactions Corp. collects $40 million in new funding to make customer service calls less frustrating

    Big new round of funding being announced today by a Franklin-based startup, Interactions Corp. And it’s being led by Steve Murray, a venture capitalist based in the Newton office of SoftBank Capital.

  • 05/15/13

    Updater Makes Moving Fun, Convenient and Stress Free

    Fastest Growing Website in Relocation Industry Raises $5M from SoftBank Capital, IA Ventures and others.

  • 05/08/13

    NowThisNews raises $4.8M to be the Buzzfeed of video journalism

    The $4.8 million round comes from Oak Investment, Lerer Ventures, Bedrocket, and new investor SoftBank Capital.

  • 04/24/13

    Yahoo! Japan Injects $20M Into SoftBank Capital’s Early-Stage Technology Fund ’10

    The $20 million investment and partnership will help U.S. startups at any point in their development, from early-stage companies who need funding to more mature companies looking to expand into new markets. Yahoo! Japan’s investment will be an addition to the $100 million early-stage fund, which is a complement to the freshly announced PrinceVille fund.

  • 04/16/13

    Echo360 Acquires ThinkBinder

    Echo360 Adds Social Learning Tools to Leading Active Learning Solution with Second Acquisition in Six Months.

  • 04/15/13

    Peer-To-Peer Airport Car Rental Startup FlightCar Raises $5.5M From General Catalyst, SoftBank Capital, And Others

    Seeking to disrupt the $10 billion airport car rental business, FlightCar, a sort of Airbnb for airport rentals, allows travelers leaving town to make their cars available for those who are visiting.
  • 02/07/13

    SoftBank Capital Announces $250 Million PrinceVille Investment Fund Aimed at Growth Stage Internet and New Media Businesses with International Aspirations

    VC firm adds experience in growth investing and Asian expansion to complement its early stage team

  • 02/05/13

    Bluefin Labs Joins Twitter: Getting to the Future of Social TV Faster

    It’s a big day for social television and for us at Bluefin Labs – we’re announcing today that we’re joining Twitter!

  • 01/17/13

    Mobile Ad Startup Celtra Raises $4M Led By SoftBank Capital

    Celtra, a company offering tools for rich media ad creation, mobile ad serving, and analytics, just announced that it has raised $4 million in new funding.

  • 01/04/13

    Summer in VC with SoftBank Capital

    We are looking to hire one MBA and one undergrad to join SoftBank Capital for eight weeks this summer as paid interns in our office in New York City.

  • 01/03/13

    BuzzFeed Announces $20 Million in New Financing

    BuzzFeed, the social news Web site that was one of the media industry darlings of 2012, began the new year by announcing Thursday morning that it had raised nearly $20 million in new financing from its investors.

  • 11/25/12

    Cambridge’s Bluefin Labs decodes social media chatter

    Facebook users “like” things 2.7 billion times a day. People share their opinions more than 500 million times daily on Twitter. Now, this start-up is betting it can change everything from product placement to how we elect our president.

  • 11/23/12

    Japan's Masayoshi Son Picks a Fight With U.S. Phone Giants

    In Japan, Masayoshi Son is known as the eccentric Internet billionaire who upended the country's telecom industry. In the U.S., he is about to become the cash-strapped underdog who picked a fight with two corporate giants—AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless.

  • 10/15/12

    Strategic Acquisition of Sprint by SOFTBANK CORP.

    SOFTBANK CORP. (TSE:9984) and Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE:S) today announced that they have entered into a series of definitive agreements under which SOFTBANK will invest approximately USD 20.1 billion (approximately JPY 1 trillion 570.9 billion) in Sprint.

  • 9/26/12

    Criteo completes €30 million Series D led by SoftBank Capital

    Syndicate of investors includes SoftBank Capital, Yahoo! JAPAN, SAP Ventures, Adams Street and Bessemer.

  • 9/25/12

    Definition 6 Acquires Synaptic Digital Enhancing Content Marketing Capabilities and Distribution

    Agency expands global footprint with further reach to tell brand stories via video and social media.

  • 8/13/12

    Salesforce.com completes acquisition of Buddy Media

    Salesforce.com [NYSE: CRM], the enterprise cloud computing company, today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Buddy Media, the world’s leading social media marketing platform. With the close of the acquisition, the Buddy Media team joins the Salesforce Marketing Cloud.

  • 8/13/12

    Mobile ‘Personal Shopping Assistant’ Swirl Exits Stealth With 30K Stores Signed On, $6M In Backing

    Add one more startup to the hopefuls looking to corner the market for location-aware offers for shoppers: Swirl Networks today exits stealth mode with a website and free iOS app to help people find the best fashion deals closest to them, lead them to physical stores to make purchases, and then share that experience with others.

  • 8/12/12

    Boston developers’ newest apps target the brick and mortar set (Swirl Networks)

    It’s hard to talk about shopping these days without talking about fast-growing online merchants like Zappos, Warby Parker, Rue La La, and Wayfair. E-commerce is a big industry, and it keeps getting bigger: The Commerce Department says our online spending leapt 16 percent between 2010 and 2011, to almost $200 billion.

  • 7/25/12

    Social TV Analytics Startup Bluefin Labs Hires Former Razorfish Chief JP Maheu As Its New CEO

    Over the past year and a half, social TV analytics company Bluefin Labs has gone from being a stealth startup to becoming an invaluable provider of research for TV networks, brands, and agencies who want to delve into the social conversations that are happening around TV shows. Now, as it prepares to take its next steps forward, the company has hired veteran agency executive JP Maheu as its new CEO.

  • 7/23/12

    Silicon Snowbank: A New Incubator for Buffalo to Give Local Start-Ups a Different Set of Wings

    Actually, if truth be told, Buffalo, N.Y., is one of the loveliest places to visit in the summer, especially if you’re lucky enough to be right next to majestic Lake Erie.  And that is where the Z80 Labs will have its grand opening today in the Queen City, home of chicken wings and lots and lots of snow, by launching its first start-up, called AppVue.

  • 7/9/12

    With Dell Distribution Partnership, Echo360 Lecture Capture Could Make Notebooks and Class Attendance Obsolete

    Four-year-old Echo360 is the largest provider of “lecture capture” solutions, already reaching more than one million students in 6,000 classrooms worldwide. Today the company is announcing a significant partnership and preferred reseller relationship with Dell.

  • 6/29/12

    Looking East to Predict the Next Billion-Dollar Mobile Company

    As a U.S.-based VC working for SoftBank, one of Japan’s leading Internet companies, I’ve recently been noticing the recurrence of mobile trends moving from East to West.

  • 6/29/12

    Gilt Groupe’s Recipe for Success in Mobile

    The New York-based start-up, best known for selling designer clothing, expects 40 percent of its revenue on the July 4th holiday to come from its iPhone and iPad apps, says the company’s chief executive.

  • 6/4/12

    Salesforce.com Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Buddy Media

    Salesforce.com [NYSE: CRM], the enterprise cloud computing company, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Buddy Media, the world’s leading social media marketing platform

  • 5/23/12

    Leonsis, Case use Revolution Fund to invest in Echo360

    Wash­ington entrepreneurs Ted Leonsis and Steve Case have made another major invest­ment with their $450 million Rev­olution Growth fund, acquiring a big stake in Echo360, a Dulles-based software maker that converts college classroom lectures into a digital format that students can watch on their computers and mobile devices.

  • 4/30/12

    What's Next For Mobile Tech In The US

    I spent last week in Tokyo visiting our colleagues at SoftBank Corp. and Yahoo! Japan, including its new executive team.

  • 4/11/12

    Condé Nast Acquires Online Recipe Service ZipList

    Condé Nast announced on Wednesday that it had bought ZipList, a digital and mobile shopping list and recipe service.

  • 3/21/12

    Zynga Acquires OMGPOP, Creators of the Cultural Hit "Draw Something"

    Zynga (Nasdaq: ZNGA), the world's leading provider of social game services, today announced it has acquired New York-based social game developer OMGPOP, makers of the popular cultural hit mobile game, Draw Something, and over 35 additional social games.

  • 3/5/12

    Burstly Quietly Acquires TestFlight and Secretly Builds TestFlight Live

    App monetization platform Burstly and newly acquired TestFlight launch TestFlight Live, a real-time dashboard that highlights actions and revenue for iOS apps.

  • 2/27/12

    Buddy Media Acquires Brighter Option

    Buddy Media Acquires Social Ad-Buying Tool Brighter Option To Sync Paid and Owned Marketing

  • 2/27/12

    NaviSite Chooses Desktone to Deliver Desktops as a Service (DaaS)

    Leading Cloud Infrastructure Service Provider Expands NaviCloud Offerings with Highly Scalable Cloud-Hosted Virtual Desktops

  • 2/17/12

    Groupon Acquires NYC-Based Startup Hyperpublic

    Groupon has just acquired Hyperpublic, a NYC-based startup that’s spent the last two years building technology related to geo-location and the layers of information — like deals and events — that live on top of it.

  • 2/7/12

    SocialFlow Opens The Floodgates

    After about a year adding accounts through a limited beta, SocialFlow is launching today to anyone who wants to try it out on a self-serve basis

  • 1/24/12

    Social TV Startup Bluefin Labs Lands $12 Million Investment

    Time Warner Investments Leads Round with Participation from SoftBank Capital, Redpoint Ventures and Lerer Ventures

  • 1/19/12

    RI's Vertical Performance Partners expanding to Boston

    Providence, R.I.-based Vertical Performance Partners plans to open a Boston office this quarter, as it grows its business for turning corporate training and marketing content into apps for the iPad.
  • 1/9/12

    BuzzFeed Raises $15.5 Million; Traffic has More than Tripled to 25 Million Monthly Uniques

    NEA Leads Round with Lerer Ventures, Hearst Media, SoftBank Capital and RRE Participating
  • 11/30/11

    Burstly Raises $5.5M For In-App Ad Management; Launches Mobile Offer Mediation For iOS & Android

    Burstly is today announcing that it has raised $5.5 million in series B financing from GRP Partners, Rincon Venture Partners, and SoftBank Capital.

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  • 11/8/11

    An Infusion of Money for Soundtracking, a Social Music App Developed by Schematic Labs

    SoundTracking, a social mobile application that allows people to create “musical postcards” that can then be shared with friends on social sites, announced Tuesday that it has received $4.75 million in financing.

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  • 9/22/11

    Piictu Launches, Grabs Seed Funding To Grow Its Game-ified Photo Sharing App

    TechStars company secures seed funding round led SoftBank Capital, RRE, and Betaworks.

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  • 9/21/11

    Startup Incubator TechStars Raises $24M, Increases Funding For Each Company By $100K

    Startup incubator and network TechStars has raised $24 million in new funding from the Foundry Group, IA Ventures, Avalon Ventures, DFJ Mercury, SoftBank Capital, SVB Financial Group, RRE Ventures, Right Side Capital Management, TechStars Alumni, and several individuals. TechStars is actually already directly funded by over 75 venture funds and angel investors, but this new funding will be used to offer every single new TechStars company an additional $100,000 in funding in the form of a convertible note immediately upon acceptance into TechStars.

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  • 9/19/11

    CrowdTwist Raises $6M in Series A Funding Social Loyalty and Rewards Platform Redefining Brand Loyalty in the Social Era

    CrowdTwist, a leading social loyalty and rewards platform, today announced that it has secured $6 million in equity financing in a Series A round led by SoftBank Capital and Fairhaven Capital. A recent graduate of the inaugural TechStars New York class, CrowdTwist will use the funds to support accelerated growth.

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  • 9/13/11

    SoftBank Capital’s Joe Medved Selected by the Boston Business Journal for its 2011 40 Under 40 Class

    The Boston Business Journal today announced the 2011 class of 40-under-40 honorees — business and civic leaders who collectively represent the next wave of talent and commitment in the Boston economy.  Judges reviewed more than 500 nominations, considering not just professional accomplishments but also community involvement.

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  • 8/15/11

    Buddy Media Announces $54M in Series D Funding From Leading Late-Stage Investor

    Buddy Media, the social media management software of choice for eight of the world’s top 10 global advertisers, today announced that it has raised $54 million in Series D funding from a group of leading late-stage investors. The capital will be used to more than double its product, sales and support staff in the next year as well as fund additional global offices and acquisitions.

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  • 8/11/11

    Mobile Q&A Service Opinionaided Delivers 125 Million Responses to Advice Seekers, Investors Respond with $4.3 Million in Funding

    Mobile question-and-answer company Opinionaided today announced a $4.3 million round of funding to fuel the rapid growth of its service, which provides opinions on virtually any topic. The company’s dramatic rise is credited to its focus on building a utility with strong social appeal and the active community of users on iOS devices, who have delivered 125 million responses to consumer questions since its launch last year.

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  • 7/28/11


    Welcome to SoftBank Capital’s new website, which reflects our current thesis: investments that connect people, devices and the world.  The site’s simple design is optimized for consumption across mobile, tablet, and desktop.  With the site relaunch, we wanted to take the opportunity to provide an update on our fund, team, and affiliation with the SOFTBANK Group.

    SoftBank Capital
    SoftBank Capital has been investing in the United States in internet related technology companies since 1995.  The most recent fund, SoftBank Capital Fund ’10, was launched at the end of 2009.  This $100 million fund has been very actively investing, often in partnership with our SoftBank Capital Technology New York Fund.  Our focus has been on primarily Seed and Series A companies building socially-driven apps, services and content that are accessible across platforms and devices.  This thesis is influenced by the evolution of mobile in Japan and the global spread of the social web.

    Over the past year and a half, we have made 22 investments across the US.  14 of our 22 portfolio companies are based in New York City, where we have been one of the most active digital media funds for the past 15 years.  Our recent commitments have ranged in size from $100K to $4M.  We have taken board seats with a majority of these companies.  We treat Seeds like our Series As, taking an active role in building the business with the goal of putting additional capital into the company long term.

    Our new portfolio spans the sectors below:

    -   Consumer Mobile: Burstly, MocoSpace, Opinionaided

    -   Cloud Content Management: Boxee, Pogoplug

    -   Local Data: Hyperpublic

    -   Social Content: Cheezburger, Popdust, Spanfeller Media

    -   Social Enterprise: BestVendor

    -   Social Gaming/Entertainment: GameGround, Ohanarama, OMGPOP, YouAreTV

    -   Social Media: betaworks, Paper.li, SocialFlow, Taykey

    While our portfolio companies have a primary focus on the US, we can often provide helpful insight from and access to the Asian markets.  Increasingly, companies are realizing early in their development cycle that  border constraints for US companies are dropping in the Asian market, particularly in Japan where SOFTBANK Mobile’s distribution of the iPhone (the country’s smartphone market share leader), the iPad, and Android devices provide easier access to developers.  SoftBank Capital is uniquely positioned to help its portfolio companies thoughtfully and efficiently consider their Asian opportunities.

    As part of our new fund activities, Joe Medved has been promoted to Partner, and Nikhil Kalghatgi has joined the team as Senior Associate.

    Joe has been with SoftBank Capital since 2005 and investing in digital media for over seven years.  He led many of our most recent investments including BestVendor, Ohanarama, Opinionaided, and YouAreTV.  Joe is Co-Founder of the Digital Media VC/Corp Dev Connection and Chairman Emeritus of the New England Venture Network.

    Nikhil is a recent Harvard Business School graduate, a TechStars Alum with Localytics, a former engineer with The MITRE Corporation, and co-founder of Partner6, an equities swing-trading investment fund.

    SOFTBANK Group
    Throughout our fund’s history, our investing strategy has been influenced by the Japanese market, home of SOFTBANK Group.  The country’s advanced communication infrastructure has demonstrated areas of significant value creation potential, from the proliferation of broadband to the mobile web.  Mainstream Japanese consumers were one of the first to adopt broadband technologies both connected and wireless.  They also led the way in using their phones to play games, conduct social networking activity, make payments, scan barcodes, and watch video.

    SOFTBANK Group has been at the forefront of this innovation as a mobile carrier, content provider, broadband operator, and fixed line telco.  SOFTBANK Mobile introduced the iPhone and iPad to the Japanese market.  The company’s Asian assets include Yahoo! Japan, the country’s dominant portal; Alibaba Group, China’s leader in e-commerce; and RenRen, China’s leading social network.  Masayoshi Son, founder and CEO of SOFTBANK, has led the company’s vision, embracing emerging technologies like Twitter, which according to comScore is now the leading social network in Japan. @MasaSon is the most followed individual in the country.

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