SmartNews Stock

smartnews.comConsumer & LifestyleFounded: 2012Funding to Date: $118MM

SmartNews, founded in 2012 by Ken Suzuki Ph.D and Kaisei Hamamoto with a mission to deliver the world’s quality information to the people who need it, is the operator of a news application providing news, stories and events across 200+ local news sites. Their platform utilzes machine learning and advanced algorithms, as well as simple interfaces to help users find quality news beyond the filter bubble.

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D.A.Consortium
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Team

Management Team

Ken Suzuki Ph.D
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Kaisei Hamamoto
Co-Founder, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Engineer
Yi Ren
Chief Strategy Officer

Board Members

Hiro Tamura
Atomico
Minoru Imano
Globis Capital Partners

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Looks like there's still money to be made in news aggregation — at least according to the investors backing the news app SmartNews. The funding was led by Japan Post Capital Co. and ACA Investments, with participation from Globis Capital Partners Co., Dentsu and D.A. Consortium. This includes the
Looks like there’s still money to be made in news aggregation — at least according to the investors backing the news app SmartNews. The company is announcing the close of a $92 million round of funding at a valuation of $1.2 billion. The funding was led by Japan Post Capital Co. and ACA Inves…