Founders Hiroshi Mikitani


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Total investments 59
Average round size
The average size of a deal this fund participated in
Portfolio companies 46
Rounds per year 2.46
Lead investments 22
Follow on index
How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
Exits 15
Key employees 6

Areas of investment

  • E-Commerce
  • FinTech
  • Financial Services
  • Biotechnology
  • Mobile

In 1997 was created Rakuten, which is appeared as Corporate Investor. The venture was found in Asia in Japan. The leading representative office of defined Corporate Investor is situated in the Tokyo.

Among the most successful fund investment fields, there are FinTech, Internet. The fund has no exact preference in a number of founders of portfolio startups. If startup sums 5+ of the founder, the chance for it to be financed is low. Among the various public portfolio startups of the fund, we may underline Lyft, Pinterest, Go-Jek For fund there is no match between the country of its foundation and the country of its the most frequent investments - United States. Besides, a startup requires to be at the age of 4-5 years to receive the investment from the fund.

The standard case for the fund is to invest in rounds with 4-5 partakers. Despite the Rakuten, startups are often financed by Rakuten Capital, FirstMark, Founders Fund. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are Graphene Ventures, Golden Gate Ventures, 500 Startups. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by Tencent Holdings, M13, Graphene Ventures.

The fund is constantly included in 2-6 deals per year. The important activity for fund was in 2016. The higher amount of exits for fund were in 2019. The average startup value when the investment from Rakuten is more than 1 billion dollars. The real fund results show that this Corporate Investor is 31 percentage points more often commits exit comparing to other companies. The usual things for fund are deals in the range of 50 - 100 millions dollars. Comparing to the other companies, this Rakuten performs on 21 percentage points less the average number of lead investments.

The fund was created by Hiroshi Mikitani. Besides them, we counted 4 critical employees of this fund in our database.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation

QuEra Computing

Consumer Research
$17M17 Nov 2021 Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Information Technology
Satellite Communication
$230M07 Apr 2021 Midland, Texas, United States

Affiliate Marketing
Price Comparison
$30M12 Mar 2020 Singapore, Central, Singapore

Information Technology
Satellite Communication
$110M03 Mar 2020 Midland, Texas, United States

from scratch

Business Development
Digital Marketing
$91M06 Aug 2019 Chiyoda

Rakuten Medical

$100M01 Aug 2019 California, United States


Event Management
Event Promotion
$30M01 May 2019 New York, New York, United States

Altiostar Networks

Innovation Management
Optical Communication
12 Feb 2019 Massachusetts, United States

Rakuten Medical

$134M21 Dec 2018 California, United States
Taster grabs $37 million for its native online restaurants

– Taster has raised a $37m Series B funding round.
– The round was led by Octopus Venture, Battery Ventures, Latitude (LocalGlobe), HeartCore, Rakuten, GFC and Founders Future.
– The company operates dozens of restaurants that only exist on food delivery platforms.
– You can’t book a table — there is no table.
– Taster has been focusing on five street food-inspired concepts so far — Bian Dang (Taiwanese food), A Burgers (plant-based burgers), Mission Saigon (Vietnamese food), Out Fry (Korean food) and Stacksando (Japanese street food).
– After that, Taster has opened dozens of kitchens across 40 different cities and listed its kitchens on food delivery platforms such as Deliveroo and Uber Eats.


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