US-Japan Cross Border Venture Capital Firm

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    LiveRamp: Acxiom (ACXM) has acquired LiveRamp (May, 2014)
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    DFJ Network: Global Perspective, Local Execution DFJ Global Network - a network of more than 15 partner funds around the world

We are a US-Japan cross border venture capital firm based in Tokyo and Silicon Valley, and are part of the DFJ Global Network. Our primary focus areas are IT and Industrial & Energy sectors in both US and Japan. We leverage the vast DFJ Global Network, and our industry relationships in Japan to create a customer development advantage for our portfolio companies. Our GP team has extensive experience in international market business development and over the last decade, we have successfully helped several startups in US and Japan expand beyond their traditional borders.

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Recent News

Techcrunch

Peatix, a Japan-headquartered mobile event and ticketing startup, has closed a $5 million Series B round led by Digital Garage to develop its global presence and technology

Remotium

Seasoned technology sales executive will drive business growth at mobile virtualization leader

Ayasdi

Ayasdi Accelerates with $55M Investment led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers joined by Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) and Khosla Ventures

The Wall Street Journal

Ayasdi Inc., whose data analytics software is based on a branch of mathematics that is more than a century old, has raised another $55 million in a funding round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Tech in Asia

Online events management and ticketing startup Peatix has achieved notable progress since its launch in 2011. Last year, the Japan-based startup received series A funding and expanded its offices to Singapore and the US.

Enlighted

A commitment to minimize its environmental impact over the past year has earned Enlighted Inc. recognition as a 2014 AT&T Supplier Sustainability Award winner.

Consumer Internet. Enterprise Services. Industrial & Energy.

We are always open to disruptive technologies and business models that could changes today's market dynamics.

In the IT sector, there are multiple emerging trends in enterprise, consumer internet and mobile services such as Cloud, SaaS, Big Data, Security, Ad-tech, and Wearable computing that we would like to focus on.

In the Industrial & Energy sector, we focus on Industrial Automation, Robotics, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage, Resource Management and Adv. Materials.

More recently we are looking closely at the emerging sector of IT hardware/sensors and software combination as applied to Energy/Industrial applications.

One thing we do uniquely and different from other venture capital firms is to put our full effort in assisting our US and Japan portfolio companies to acquire new customers/ partners and expand their markets beyond their traditional domestic border.

Ad-tech

Curebit

Curebit

San Francisco, California

Talkable fka “Curebit” runs customer acquisition through referrals for growing ecommerce brands. We provide the technology, strategy, and execution around a company’s referral channel.



Innova

Innova

Tokyo, Japan

Innova, Inc. is a fast growing startup based in Tokyo, that focuses on providing one-stop content marketing solutions.

The value of our services lies in our marketing automation software (Cloud CMO), which was specifically designed for the implementation of content marketing strategies, and in our crowd-based content creation services.

Cloud CMO is an easy-to-use solution …

Kauli

Kauli

Tokyo, Japan

Kauli enables online publishers to reduce complexity of online Ad operations, display yield management, and maximize revenue with RTB.

Shift (aka GraphEffect)

Shift (aka GraphEffect)

Santa Monica, California

SHIFT, the leading collaboration platform for marketers and agencies, provides access to the SHIFT Open Marketing Cloud, a suite of best-in-class marketing applications. Marketers now have a single platform and app ecosystem to manage, execute and work together throughout the lifecycle of a marketing plan.

GraphEffect, SHIFT’s social advertising app, is only one of three apps …

Big Data

Gild

Gild

San Francisco, California

Gild helps companies hire skilled developers by ensuring that candidates stand out on their proven abilities, not just their resumes. Backed by proprietary data analysis that examines developers’ actual work, Gild’s tech hiring software is used by growing companies like Eventbrite, Red Hat, Square and Rackspace to find the developers they need to innovate. Founded in 2011, Gild…

Peatix

Peatix

Tokyo, Japan

Peatix provides social Event & E-ticket platform. It was founded by a group of professionals who met at Amazon Japan. Its main members have held senior positions in online and mobile retail product management, marketing, and business development at companies such as Amazon Japan, Disney Internet Group, Apple, YOOX, Six Apart, and Excite.

Klout

Klout

San Francisco, California

Acquired by Lithium Technologies

Klout was founded in 2008 to help everyone understand and be recognized for their influence. With the world’s most widely known and accurate influence measurement platform, Klout analyzes data across multiple channels, including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Bing, Foursquare, Instagram and Wikipedia. With that information, users get a daily Klout Score between 1100, and insight into …

Ayasdi

Ayasdi

Menlo Park, California

Ayasdi is on a mission to make the world’s complex data useful by automating and accelerating insight discovery. The company’s Machine Intelligence software employs Topological Data Analysis (TDA) to simplify the extraction of knowledge from even the most complex data sets confronting organizations today. Developed by Stanford computational mathematicians, Ayasdi’s approach combines machine learni…

Consumer Internet

Trippiece

Trippiece

Tokyo, Japan

One and the only online travel agency who can provide full-customized tour package by using social network. Traveler can make any plan and join any tour if the plan gathers minimum required number of participants.

Concept.io

Concept.io

San Francisco, California

Apple (AAPL)

Swell is powered by an advanced algorithm that delivers content in a lean back format designed with a simple goal: serve content that you want to listen to right now. The algorithm evaluates content with a formula that combines many factors:

  • Expert rating: Rating and metadata assigned to th…

Crowd Sourcing

SHIFT

SHIFT

Tokyo, Japan

SHIFT inc. provides a disruptive software quality assurance service that succeeds in introducing Japanese manufacturing quality into software industry.

The Value of SHIFT is controlling quality by Japanese standards, designing by US/European architecture and expanding by using Asian engineer resources. While the few competitors are developing a business model called “QA engine…

Game Platform

Betable

Betable

San Francisco, California

Betable is the only platform that enables developers to legally offer real-money play in their own games on any platform or device.

Betable is licensed by the United Kingdom Gambling Commission. With our licenses, we can offer a wide range of gambling and betting services to players in legal gambling jurisdictions.

Industrials

CyPhy Works

CyPhy Works

Boston, Massachusetts

CyPhy Works is the only robotics company to provide a drone platform featuring unlimited flight times and secure high-bandwidth communications. The company was founded by Helen Greiner, previously co-founder, President and Chairman of iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ: IRBT), and the team has track-record of delivering pioneering and highly successful products for military and commercial customers. CyPhy…
Enlighted

Enlighted

Sunnyvale, California

Enlighted is the Nest of commercial buildings. Their first application – advanced lighting control - is built on the Enlighted sensor and analytics platform; it saves companies between 50-70% in energy costs while tuning individual workspaces for comfort and productivity. Additional applications ranging from occupancy and real estate analysis, to HVAC …

Glycos Biotechnologies

Glycos Biotechnologies

Houston, Texas

Glycos Bio is a biochemical company commercializing sustainable chemicals made from renewable feedstocks. Its molecules are drop-in replacement chemicals that integrate seamlessly into existing petrochemical supply chains and systems offering economic performance and cost benefits greater than those available from conventional petrochemical processes.

Grabit

Grabit

Santa Clara, CA

Grabit plans to revolutionize the materials handling market with its patented electro-adhesion technology. Electroadhesion is a disruptive technology that enables completely new solutions in robotic parts handling, parts fixturing, warehouse logistics and conveying systems. It is a highly-flexible, ultra-low energy technology that enables the grasp and release of parts w…

Hibot

Hibot

Tokyo, Japan

HiBot develops robotics that enable dangerous jobs to be performed in a safer and more reliable way, with a level of automation and innovation that allows robots to work remotely in complex environments while keeping the human operator safe and in the loop. An example is the use of snake robot technology, of which HiBot is pioneer in applications ranging from inspection of pipes to int…

QBotix

QBotix

Menlo Park, California

QBotix is an optimized solar PV tracker company that employs rugged, intelligent, mobile robots to deliver innovative tracking solutions in the commercial and utility-scale solar sectors. The QBotix Robotic Tracking System maximizes energy generation to produce up to 15% more energy than single-axis trackers and up to 40% more than fixed-tilt systems – at installed costs simil…

Vitriflex

Vitriflex

San Jose, California

Vitriflex has developed a unique flexible, transparent barrier film for display, solid state lighting and solar PV applications. Flexible encapsulation is a critical technology for large-area flexible and printed electronics. Vitriflex barrier films provide cost-effective protection from moisture and oxygen, and enable revolutionary electronic products that are flexible, lightweig…

Iot

Notion

Notion

Bolder, CO

Notion is a small, extremely smart sensor that can be placed nearly anywhere. Notion removes the need to choose which devices are required to monitor the things you want.

Online - Off Line Marketing

MomentFeed

MomentFeed

Los Angeles, California

MomentFeed is a location-based marketing platform that enables brands to interactively engage with their customers across their locations. We do this by providing an integrated solution for managing Facebook, Foursquare, Google, Instagram, and Twitter at the local level on a global scale. Our customers see immediate and dramatic improvements in their social metrics that increase revenue a…

LiveRamp

LiveRamp

San Francisco, California

Acquired by Acxiom (NASDAQ: ACXM)

LiveRamp’s leading data onboarding solution empowers marketers to activate their CRM data in their choice of online advertising platform for targeting, attribution, content optimization and more. LiveRamp is the only company solely focused on onboarding data safely, securely, and accurately.

Security

Remotium

Remotium

San Mateo, California

Remotium is a disruptive mobile security technology that secures corporate assets for the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend.

Remotium has been named the Most Innovative Company of 2013 during the RSA Conference, winning this prestigious title by competing against well established competitors.

Remotium solves a host of sec…

vArmour

vArmour

Santa Clara, California

Privately held and based in Santa Clara, CA, vArmour Networks is the pioneer of software-defined security (SDSec). vArmour’s SDSec solution brings a scalable, flexible, programmable network security enforcement layer to highly-virtualized computing environments in a way that fits; the security now mirrors the environment, rather than contorting the environment to fit the sec…

Seed Fund

Connector Ventures

San Francisco, California

Connector Ventures is a seed-stage fund that invests in consumer and enterprise internet companies.

Storage

Simplivity

Simplivity

Westborough, MA

SimpliVity’s IT infrastructure technology is powering modern data centers globally, from small environments to some of the world’s largest global enterprises. SimpliVity’s OmniStackTM, is a revolutionary data architecture that empowers IT teams to easily deploy scalable pools of x86 resources for the virtualized environment, and delivers the world’s most efficient and functionally …

Zmanda

Zmanda

Silicon Valley, California

Acquired by Carbonite (NASDAQ: CARB)

Zmanda is a cloud based, open source backup and recovery software and services provider for enterprises and data center providers. Enterprises use Zamnda’s service to backup and restore enterprise class databases. Data center providers bundle Zmanda’s backup and recovery services with their own compute and other services, providing a value added bundle to their enterprise customers.

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Palo Alto Networks

Palo Alto Networks

Silicon Valley, California

IPO (NYSE: PANW)

Palo Alto Networks enables visibility and control of applications and content within the enterprise firewall by scanning content to stop threats and prevent data leakage.

SoundHound

SoundHound

Silicon Valley, California

Soundhound is a provider of advanced search and sound recognition technologies to enable fast, accurate and relevant content-based searches online and on mobile.

FreeBit

FreeBit

Tokyo, Japan

IPO (TSE Mothers: 3843)

Provider of infrastructure and services to Internet service providers.

FullSpeed

FullSpeed

Tokyo, Japan

IPO (TSE Mothers: 2159)

Search Engine Marketing services to ad agencies buying internet advertising.

iREP

iREP

Tokyo, Japan

IPO (Hercules: 2132)

One of the largest SEM (Search Engine Marketing ) company in Japan.

Raccoon

Raccoon

Tokyo, Japan

IPO (TSE Mothers: 3031)

Merchandise e-marketplace (e-commerce). First IPO of a B2B marketplace in Japan.

SmartEbook.com

SmartEbook.com

Tokyo, Japan

IPO (JASDAQ: 2330)

Development of content for mobile phones.

SMS

SMS

Tokyo, Japan

IPO (TSE Mothers: 2175)

Online recruitment and recruitment consulting services for healthcare market.

Fortinet

Fortinet

Silicon Valley, California

IPO (Nasdaq: FTNT)

Fortinet provides network security appliances and is a leader in the unified threat management (UTM) market worldwide.

News

Techcrunch

Peatix, a Japan-headquartered mobile event and ticketing startup, has closed a $5 million Series B round led by Digital Garage to develop its global presence and technology

Remotium

Seasoned technology sales executive will drive business growth at mobile virtualization leader

Ayasdi

Ayasdi Accelerates with $55M Investment led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers joined by Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) and Khosla Ventures

The Wall Street Journal

Ayasdi Inc., whose data analytics software is based on a branch of mathematics that is more than a century old, has raised another $55 million in a funding round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Tech in Asia

Online events management and ticketing startup Peatix has achieved notable progress since its launch in 2011. Last year, the Japan-based startup received series A funding and expanded its offices to Singapore and the US.

Enlighted

A commitment to minimize its environmental impact over the past year has earned Enlighted Inc. recognition as a 2014 AT&T Supplier Sustainability Award winner.

Contact

Silicon Valley

55 East Third Avenue,
San Mateo, CA 94401
USA

Tokyo

Nihon Sosei Village Office 19
Shin Marunouchi Bldg
1-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda
Tokyo 100-6590, Japan