Softbank Vision Fund

Equity podcast: Circle raises $110M, VCs hunt liquidity and the Vision Fund’s possible twin

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. Today Matthew Lynley, Connie Loizos and I were joined by Semil Shah,

On-demand dog walking app Wag raises $300 million from SoftBank Vision Fund

The SoftBank Vision Fund has struck again. This time, it’s investing $300 million in on-demand walking and dog care startup Wag . Wag has also brought on Hilary Schneider, formerly of identity

Softbank invests €460M in Germany’s Auto1 car dealer platform

Softbank's Vision Fund has made another investment: The Japanese conglomerate has agreed to invest €460M in Berlin-based online car dealer Auto1.

Roivant receives bad news — and so does SoftBank

Last month, SoftBank, through its massive Vision Fund, led the single biggest private financing round for a healthcare company ever -- funneling $1.1 billion into the drug holding outfit Roivant Sci

SoftBank Group will buy a 5% stake in ZhongAn, China’s first online-only insurance agency

SoftBank Group has agreed to be a cornerstone investor in the initial public offering of ZhongAn, China’s first online-only insurance agency, on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange today. SoftBank Group wi

SoftBank pours $4.4B into WeWork

WeWork just announced that it’s receiving a massive $4.4 billion investment from SoftBank Group and SoftBank Vision Fund. It’s been less than a month since WeWork announced $500 million in

How SoftBank’s $100B fund is in a league all its own

For the average American, the name SoftBank doesn’t mean much. It’s neither soft nor, technically, a bank. It’s a sprawling Japanese mobile carrier, ISP and holding company. And its investment a

Roivant, which creates companies around abandoned drugs, just raised $1.1 billion from SoftBank

Roivant Sciences, a three-year-old, Basel, Switzerland-based company aiming to one day be a giant holding company for dozens of independent biopharmaceutical companies, has raised $1.1 billion in equi

SoftBank’s Nvidia stake is reportedly worth $4BN

Bloomberg is today reporting the size of SoftBank's stake in Nvidia is $4 billion, for 4.9 per cent of the company, which it says would make it the fourth largest investor in the chipmaker.

How SoftBank became tech’s phantom buyer

SoftBank is making quite a name for itself, but in ways it might not expect. Hardly a week has passed in 2017 when a headline hasn't reported that SoftBank -- the multinational conglomerate currently

Superintelligent AI explains Softbank’s push to raise a $100BN Vision Fund

Anyone who's seen Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son give a keynote speech will know he rarely sticks to the standard industry conference playbook. And his turn on the stage at Mobile World Congress this morn

Apple joins SoftBank’s Vision Fund with $1 billion investment

Today, Apple confirmed plans to invest in SoftBank’s massive $100 billion Vision Fund, the international tech fund the telecom giant announced last October. In a statement to TechCrunch, Apple v

SoftBank lets Trump brag about creating jobs (he didn’t) so that it can buy T-Mobile

Yes, Trump is still talking about the same SoftBank fund that has nothing to do with him. In a convoluted turn of self promotion, the President-elect just revisited his not-so-humblebrag from earl

Softbank and Saudi Arabia’s PIF planning $100BN tech fund

Softbank has announced it is creating a new global tech investment fund, seeded with $25 billion of its own money. The fund, which will be London, UK based -- with a working title of the 'Softbank Vi