Funding History
$84m
Round Size Investors Date
US$84m Not Disclosed 28 Jan 2016

Latest Editorial74

What's Changing Social Media In 2016

The latest changes by social media and messaging firms are all about cementing their dominance in their users’ everyday lives. From Facebook’s push into bots to Twitter’s deal to stream NFL games to Snapchat’s discovery channels these services...

Read More30 Sep 16
Dexter Scores USD2.3m For Bot Building Platform

New York-based Dexter, an automation platform developer, has scored USD2.3m in seed funding led by Rakuten Ventures with participation from Social Starts and Betawork. 

Read More19 Aug 16
INTERVIEW: “Most-broken part of financial services is retail banking” – Azimo And Tandem Founder Michael Kent

Having previously founded remittance service Small World FS, Michael Kent decided to bring digital to the centre of financial services, launching money transfer startup Azimo and, more recently, challenger bank Tandem. Here he talks about how financial...

Read More31 May 16
Ripple.co Scores USD4m For Local News Platform

US-based Ripple.co, a local news platform powered by local journalists and storytellers, has scored USD4m in Series A funding from Rakuten, Greylock Partners, Graph Ventures, Social Capital, Charles River Ventures, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation,...

Read More11 May 16
Azimo Pulls In USD15m For Payment Processing

Payment processing company Azimo has pulled in USD15m in funding from Rakuten. Azimo will use the capital to integrate into messaging apps like Viber, and also to expand its services further into Asia its base in Europe. 

Read More05 May 16
3 Mobile Messaging Trends All Businesses Need To Know

The mobile messaging landscape is only becoming more hotly contested with many rival services each counting massive 500m+ user bases. However, while the competition for users’ time is fierce, innovation is flourishing in the sectors as apps introduce...

Read More03 May 16
Acorns Nabs USD30m For Micro-Investing App

Acorns, a micro-investing app that allows users to invest their ‘spare change’ or ‘acorns’ in an automated manner, has nabbed USD30m from payments giant PayPal and Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten. Early investors Greycroft Partners and...

Read More22 Apr 16
Cabify Gains USD120m For Expansion

Spanish on-demand ride-hailing app, Cabify has raised a USD120m from Japanese web giant Rakuten. Cabify’s services are available in Spain, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Colombia. The company plans to use the money to continue building out its business in...

Read More21 Apr 16
Borrowed Money - 5 Most-Interesting Recent Lending Deals

It was a mixed start to the year from fintech. For fintech firms in China it’s a strong start to the year, with several picking up huge USD1bn+ rounds, while other fintech-focused regions saw falls in funding levels. Lending firms continue to pick up...

Read More12 Apr 16
Japan’s BizReach Raises USD32.8m

Japanese recruiting startup BizReach has raised USD32.8m funding round led by YJ Capital, with participation from Japan Cointrust, Salesforce Ventures, Dentsu Digital Holdings, Gree, Rakuten, Link and Motivation, EFU Investment, IMJ Investment Partners...

Read More29 Mar 16
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