Rakuten Ventures

Rakuten and Beyond Next invest $1.4M seed funding in farm-to-table startup Secai Marche

Farmers and food businesses, like restaurants, deal with the same issue: a fragmented supply chain. Secai Marche wants to streamline agricultural logistics, making fulfillment more cost-efficient and

Algorithmia raises $25M Series B for its AI automation platform

Algorithmia, a Seattle-based startup that offers a cloud-agnostic AI automation platform for enterprises, today announced a $25 million Series B funding round led by Norwest Partners. Madrona, Gradien

Naspers is in talks to invest in Southeast Asia’s Carousell

Naspers, the South Africa-based firm that famously backed Chinese giant Tencent in its infancy, is in talks to invest in Singapore-based startup Carousell, according to two sources with knowledge of d

Southeast Asia-based mobile listings startup Carousell raises $85M

Carousell, the Singapore-based mobile listing service that operates across Southeast Asia, has pulled in an $85 million Series C fund as it seeks to strengthen its business among the region’s co

Singapore’s ViSenze raises $10.5M to bring the benefits of AI to e-commerce

There's another round for an artificial intelligence startup in Asia that's focused on e-commerce. Fresh from a Sequoia-led investment in Mad Street Den, Singapore-based ViSenze has closed a $10.5 mil

Southeast Asia-based Carousell raises $35M for its social commerce app

Carousell, a four-year-old company in Singapore behind a listings app that enables peer-to-peer selling, has closed a $35 million Series B round to grow its reach into new countries and increase produ

Rakuten Ventures Launches $84M Fund Just For Japanese Startups

Rakuten Ventures, the investment arm of one of Japan's largest Internet companies, has launched a 10 billion yen ($84 million) fund dedicated to the country’s startups. The Japan Fund will focus on

File Sharing Service Send Anywhere Pulls In $6M Series A From Rakuten Ventures

Send Anywhere, a free peer-to-peer file sharing system, is getting a power boost of its own after ESTmob, the Korea-based company behind the service, landed $6 million in fresh funding. The four-ye

Image Recognition Startup ViSenze Gets $3.5M From Rakuten Ventures

It's been a very busy week for Rakuten as it seeks to take over the Internet. Earlier today the Tokyo-based online services giant announced the opening of its first R&D center in Europe. Just last