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SoftBank

Investor type Investment Bank
Founders Masayoshi Son Oketani Taku

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Total investments 333
Average round size
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The average size of a deal this fund participated in
$221M
Portfolio companies 254
Rounds per year 8.12
Lead investments 96
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How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
0.23
Exits 70
Key employees 8
Stages of investment
Early Stage Venture
Late Stage Venture
Seed

Areas of investment

  • Software
  • Internet
  • Information Technology
  • E-Commerce
  • Financial Services
Summary

SoftBank appeared to be the VC, which was created in 1981. The venture was found in Asia in Japan. The main department of described VC is located in the Tokyo.

This organization was formed by Masayoshi Son. The overall number of key employees were 8.

The fund is constantly included in 7-12 deals per year. The higher amount of exits for fund were in 2019. The real fund results show that this VC is 28 percentage points more often commits exit comparing to other companies. The usual things for fund are deals in the range of more than 100 millions dollars. When the investment is from SoftBank the average startup value is more than 1 billion dollars. The high activity for fund was in 2019. This SoftBank works on 9 percentage points less the average amount of lead investments comparing to the other organizations.

Among the most popular portfolio startups of the fund, we may highlight Alibaba, ByteDance, Didi Chuxing. The fund has no exact preference in some founders of portfolio startups. If startup sums 4 of the founder, the chance for it to be financed is low. Besides, a startup needs to be aged 4-5 years to get the investment from the fund. Among the most popular fund investment industries, there are Artificial Intelligence, Network Security. For fund there is no match between the location of its establishment and the land of its numerous investments - United States.

The usual cause for the fund is to invest in rounds with 3-4 partakers. Despite the SoftBank, startups are often financed by Sequoia Capital India, QED Investors, Mobius Venture Capital. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are Tencent Holdings, Spark Capital, Tiger Global Management. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by SoftBank Capital, SoftBank Investment Advisers, Spark Capital.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation

Entrepreneur First

Communities
Information Technology
Venture Capital
$158M28 Jun 2022 London, England, United Kingdom

Myome

Biotechnology
Life Science
$23M21 Jun 2022 Palo Alto, California, United States

GeoIQ.io

Big Data
Data Visualization
Geospatial
Location Based Services
Machine Learning
Retail Technology
$2M19 May 2022 Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Neso Brands

Consumer
E-Commerce
Eyewear
Venture Capital
$100M16 May 2022 Singapore, Central Region, Singapore

Solfácil

Consumer Lending
FinTech
Solar
$100M11 May 2022 São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Neivor

Enterprise Software
Financial Services
FinTech
Property Management
SaaS
$3M18 Mar 2022 Buenaventura, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

Bambee

Human Resources
Professional Services
SaaS
Software
$30M16 Mar 2022 Los Angeles, California, United States

Chatterbox

B2B
B2C
Corporate Training
E-Learning
Education
Enterprise
Social Entrepreneurship
Social Impact
$2M15 Mar 2022 London, England, United Kingdom

Birdie

Analytics
Artificial Intelligence
Big Data
Health Care
Hospitality
Internet
Machine Learning
$7M10 Feb 2022 Palo Alto, California, United States
News
Mexico’s Kavak drives away with $700M in new funding, doubling its valuation to $8.7B

– Kavak, a Mexico City-based startup that operates a pre-owned car marketplace in Latin America, announced that it has raised a massive $700 million in a Series E round that more than doubles the company’s valuation to $8.7 billion.
– Cambridge, Massachusetts-based General Catalyst led Kavak’s Series E, which brings the company’s total raised to over $1.5 billion since its 2016 inception.
Tiger Global, Spruce House, D1, SEA, Founders Fund, Ribbit Capital, SoftBank and others also participated in the latest financing.

Hexagon Bio Raises $61 Million to Advance Novel Small-Molecule Medicines Mined from Microbial Genomes

– Hexagon Bio, a biopharmaceutical company pioneering the discovery of medicines encoded in the global metagenome, announced that it has raised $61 million to fuel the continued development of its platform to design and develop new therapeutics mined from microbial genomes.
Nextech Invest led the financing, with participation from new investors SoftBank Vision Fund 2* and Casdin Capital, as well as existing investors The Column Group, 8VC, and Two Sigma Ventures.
– Hexagon’s interdisciplinary platform combines technological advances and proprietary insights across machine learning, genomics, synthetic biology and automation to systematically discover new chemical compounds linked to known protein targets.
– Hexagon has built a database of microbial genomes that is more than twice the size of all public databases and is adding thousands of additional genomes per month.

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