Kakao

Founders Brian Kim

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Total investments 1
Average round size
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The average size of a deal this fund participated in
$20M
Portfolio companies 1
Rounds per year 0.09
Lead investments 0
Key employees Soon

Areas of investment

  • Media and Entertainment
  • Art
  • Toys
  • Animation
Summary

In 1995 was created Kakao, which is appeared as Corporate Investor. The main office of represented Corporate Investor is situated in the Jeju. The fund was located in Asia if to be more exact in South Korea.

The current fund was established by Brian Kim, JB Lee, Saehoon Choi, Sirgoo Lee.

Among the most successful fund investment fields, there are Credit Bureau, Publishing. Among the various public portfolio startups of the fund, we may underline Korea Credit Data, Tapas Media Moreover, a startup needs to be at the age of 1 and less years to get the investment from the fund. The fund has specific favorite in a number of founders of portfolio startups. For fund there is a match between the country of its foundation and the country of its the most frequent investments - South Korea.

The typical case for the fund is to invest in rounds with 2-3 participants. Despite the Kakao, startups are often financed by 500 Startups, Strong Ventures, SK Planet. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are Y Combinator, Matt Humphrey, Louis Beryl. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by Strong Ventures, Shinhan Card, SBI Investment Korea.

The usual things for fund are deals in the range of 5 - 10 millions dollars. The real fund results show that this Corporate Investor is 40 percentage points more often commits exit comparing to other companies. The important activity for fund was in 2017. The fund is constantly included in less than 2 deals per year.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation

Superplastic

Animation
Art
Media and Entertainment
Toys
$20M20 Oct 2021 Burlington, Vermont, United States
News
Superplastic raises $20M to expand its cartoon influencer universe

– Superplastic, a company from the creator of Ello and Kidrobot, raised $20m funding.
– The round was led by Google Ventures, Index Ventures, Founders Fund, Craft Ventures, Day One Ventures, Galaxy Digital, Kakao, LINE Friends and individual investors like Cyan Banister, Jared Leto, Justin Timberlake and Scooter Braun.
– The company owns an animated collab house of “synthetic superstars” — characters who live on social media and pop up everywhere else through partnerships with celebrities, iconic fashion brands and gaming platforms.

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