INVENTION OF PROBLEM
GMO VENTUREPARTNERS

Concept

Proving an Impact through one investment

An investment that restructures the “value” and “quality".

Supplying big capital is not an essential value of our firm.

We have a strong attitude to input and drive “critical thinking” behind a new startup.

After the problem is clarified and solution become established in the world,

people could not imagine the society without that solution.

An investment that innovates this world.

We will become a real partner to execute the strategy together.

INVENTION OF THE ESSENCE ----we will keep on doing it.

Focus

  • Coda Payments
    CEO

    Neil Davidson

    The reason I chose GMO VenturePartners?

    Deep domain expertise in payments.

  • KAIZEN platform
    CEO / co-founder

    Kenji Sudo

    The reason I chose GMO VenturePartners?

    Each member of the firm has experience of managing their own businesses and knows a lot about the industry. I felt so comfortable talking with them, since we experience something in common.

  • FreakOut
    CEO / founder

    Honda Yuzuru

    The reason I chose GMO VenturePartners?

    I wanted to let someone who is strong in adtech, on board.

  • Sansan
    CEO / founder

    Chika Terada

    The reason I chose GMO VenturePartners?

    I qualitatively judged by two factors. If I would like to work with these guys and they will strongly influence in our growth.

  • VASILY
    CEO / founder

    Kanayama Yuki

    The reason I chose GMO VenturePartners?

    Design and UX consulting is always helpful. I would like to receive the consulting session as long as I can.

  • Lancers
    CEO / founder

    Yosuke Akiyoshi

    The reason I chose GMO VenturePartners?

    We wanted a real partner that we can trust and maximize our business.

  • UZABASE
    CEO / founder

    Umeda Yusuke

    The reason I chose GMO VenturePartners?

    I focused at two points; sharing the same vision and have a strong experience at building a new business.

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Portfolio

PrivatePublicAcquired/Merged
  • Japan
  • AXELENTERMEDIA,INC. AXELENTERMEDIA,INC.
  • AXEL MARK, INC. AXEL MARK, INC.
  • aratana inc.
    (acquired by START TODAY)
    aratana inc.
  • Weblio, Inc. Weblio, Inc.
  • VASILY, Inc. VASILY, Inc.
  • MONEY DESIGN Co., Ltd. MONEY DESIGN Co., Ltd.
  • Kauli, Inc.
    (acquired by VOYAGE GROUP)
    Kauli, Inc.
  • Sansan, Inc. Sansan, Inc.
  • C Channel C Channel
  • SORABITO SORABITO
  • ChatWork ChatWork
  • Nangok Software Co.,Ltd. Nangok Software Co.,Ltd.
  • NEXT Co.,Ltd. NEXT Co.,Ltd.
  • bitFlyer Inc.  bitFlyer Inc.
  • FreakOut Inc. FreakOut Inc.
  • Full Speed Inc. Full Speed Inc.
  • VECTOR INC. VECTOR INC.
  • popIn Inc.
    (acquired by Baidu)
    popIn Inc.
  • Money Forward, Inc. Money Forward, Inc.
  • Mercari, Inc. Mercari, Inc.
  • UZABASE, Inc. UZABASE, Inc.
  • REALWORLD,inc. REALWORLD,inc.
  • LOCKON CO.,LTD. LOCKON CO.,LTD.
  • raksul, Inc. raksul, Inc.
  • LANCERS,INC. LANCERS,INC.
  • renoveru,Inc. renoveru,Inc.
  • Global
  • Ardent Capital Ardent Capital
  • Coda Payments Coda Payments
  • KAIZEN platform Inc. KAIZEN platform Inc.
  • Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd.
  • 2C2P Pte. Ltd. 2C2P Pte. Ltd.
  • Red Dot Payment Pte. Ltd. Red Dot Payment Pte. Ltd.
  • Doblet, Inc. Doblet, Inc.
  • Walksource, Inc. Walksource, Inc.
  • The Theorem Group, Inc. The Theorem Group, Inc.
  • Dragonpay Corporation. Dragonpay Corporation.
  • Indotrading.com Indotrading
  • Pinkoi Inc. Pinkoi
  • Razorpay, Inc. Razorpay
  • The Treeline Company Treeline

Facts

Total Capital$76Mas of Aug 2015

Target AreaJAPAN & SEA

No. of Portfolio51as of Dec 2014

No. of IPO8as of Aug 2015

Target StageSeries A

Group Facts

GMO INTERNET GROUP

114 Group Companies (as of Dec 2015)

Net sales(Consolidated)
$1,263 million (in 2015)

Operating income(Consolidated)
$148 million (in 2015)

  • 〔Mobile / Gaming Segment〕Smartphone/ Gaming 1,090K MAU

    [Smartphone / Gaming]

    840K MAU

    as of Dec 2015

  • 〔Internet Infrastructure Segment〕Online Securities FX Trading No.1 in Transaction Fees in the world.

    [Internet Securities Business]

    No.1 Transaction Volume
    of FX Trading in the world

    as of Dec 2015

  • 〔Internet Infrastructure Segment〕Website Hosting Service Market Share 56.8% 710K Websites

    [Website Hosting Service]

    56.1% Market Share in Japan
    765K Active Subscribers

    as of Dec 2015

  • 〔Internet Infrastructure Segment〕Online Payment 47K websites that make $13 billion Transactions Volume / year.

    [Online Payment]

    65K Merchants

    $17 billion Transaction Volume

    as of Dec 2015

  • 〔Internet Infrastructure Segment〕Domain Registration Market Share 92.8% 4,250K Websites

    [Domain Registration]

    90.3% Market Share in Japan
    5,450K Active Subscribers

    as of Dec 2015

  • 〔Internet Infrastructure Segment〕e-commerce consulting service Japan No.1

    [eCommerce Cart]

    No.1 Share in Japan

    74K Paid Merchants

    as of Dec 2015

  • 〔Internet Infrastructure Segment〕Security Technology SSL Japan Market Share No.1

    [SSL Certificates]

    No.1 in Japan

    as of Dec 2015

  • 〔Online Advertising/ Media Segment〕Online Advertising 17,820K PC Users 4,270 MAU

    [Ad / Media]

    5,000K MAU

    as of Dec 2015

Team

Ryu Muramatsu

Ryu Muramatsu | Director / Founding Partner

Ryu Muramatsu is a co-founder and Executive Vice President of GMO Payment Gateway Inc and a Founding Partner and Director of GMO VenturePartners. GMO Payment Gateway is the largest online payment service provider in Japan, public since 2005. Currently, he resides in Singapore to focus on Asian market. Prior to founding his first payment startup, Ryu worked for JAFCO, the largest VC in Japan and JAFCO Ventures in Silicon Valley. He was in charge of Business Development and Japanese connection of its US based portfolio companies. As an investor and entrepreneur, it’s fifty portfolio companies include ten IPOs and three billion dollar companies. (GMO Internet Inc., GMO Payment Gateway Inc., Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd.) Ryu earned his B.A. degree from Waseda University.

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Tomohiro Miyasaka

Tomohiro Miyasaka | Director

Tomohiro worked for SBI Holdings, Inc.,an internet bank group in Japan. At SBI Holdings he co-founded SBI Sumishin Net Bank, Ltd., an internet bank startup. He joined GMO VenturePartners in 2008. At GMO VentureParters he has invested in many companies, while he held various Managing Director and Board of Director positions at portfolio companies. Tomohiro became Principal in 2012 and Director in 2013. Tomo recently serves on the Board of Chatwork. He earned his B.A. degree from Keio University.

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Sachiko Shiota

Sachiko Shiota | Director

Sachiko joined GMO VenturePartners in 2006. Sachiko is responsible for investment, fund raising and fund management. Prior to joining GMO, Sachiko worked for Orix Inc. There she was responsible for startup investment and M&A advisory. Currently, she is a director of Vasily Inc, GMO VenturePartner’s portfolio company. Sachiko earned her B.A from Waseda University

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Sho Nakagawa

Sho Nakagawa | eCommerce Analyst

Sho joined GMO VenturePartners in 2012. He has diverse background in working with Asian companies and also conducted several strategic investments from GMO Global Payment Fund. Sho earned his B.A from the University of Tokyo. Prior to joining GMO, Sho worked at Rebright Partners, which is a venture capital firm investing in internet and mobile startups in Southeast Asia.

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Jin Hashimoto

Jin Hashimoto | Venture Partner

Jin joined GMO VenturePartners in 2014. Jin is responsible for investment in startups in Greater China and India. Prior to joining GMO VenturePartners, Jin worked for Yamaichi Securities, Sony, JAFCO, and GREE. Jin earned his B.A. degree from Nagoya City University and studied abroad at Peking University. CMA® (Chartered Member of the Securities Analysts Association of Japan) Holder.

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David Yamanashi

David Yamanashi | Software Engineer

David joined GMO VenturePartners in 2014.Prior to GMO VenturePartners, David worked for Japan-based technology/startup-incubation firm. He was an engineer for new web service products, supported localization for oversea portfolio companies, and sales for e-commerce related tech products. He was also involved with operating seed accelerator.David received BA in International Business and Economics from Sophia University.

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ISHIBASHI Hideto

ISHIBASHI Hideto | Design Fellow

Hideto is an information architect, a business concept designer, and a service planner. His work is to plan, design and develop websites, web services and applications. His motto is from philosophy to implementation. He became an advisor of GMO Venture Partners since 2005. Recently, as a Design Fellow, he supports portfolio companies through his experience as a designer. Hideto graduated from Kurume National College of Technology.

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Name
GMO VenturePartners, Inc.
Established
September 2005
Address
Cerulean Tower, 26-1 Sakuragaokacho, Shibuya ku, Tokyo, JAPAN

Management

CEO
Masatoshi Kumagai Founder & Group CEO of GMO Internet Inc.
Director
Founding Partner Ryu Muramatsu (Director of GMO Payment Gateway Inc.)
Director
Tomohiro Miyasaka
Director
Sachiko Shiota
Director
Hiroyuki Nishiyama (Chief Operating Officer of GMO Internet Inc)
Director
Masashi Yasuda (Chief Financial Officer of GMO Internet Inc)
Auditor
Koichi Tachibana

Business summary

Venture capital investment and startup incubation services

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Cerulean Tower, 26-1 Sakuragaokacho, Shibuya ku, Tokyo

03-5458-8663

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