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DescriptionJapanese VC in Tokyo & Silicon Valley



Nissin Aoyama bldg. 9th Floor
3-2-4 Kita Aoyama, Minato-ku
Tokyo, 107-0061, JPN
Silicon Valley


Founder, President, & CEO
Venture Partner, Silicon Valley Representative
Venture Partner, Tokyo Office
Silicon Valley Representative


Global Brain Corporation

Global Brain (GB) is an early stage venture capital firm based in Tokyo, expanding its investment activities in the US and Asia.

Since 2001, GB has invested in about 30 companies selectively, provided full services and resources and achieved 7 IPOs and 7 M&As.

GB accelerates growth of portfolio companies in a long run by providing not only capital but also supports to build strategies, partnerships and a team to achieve their milestones.

GB is strong at e-commerce and forms a platform called EC-PLANET among its group companies: a listed DRTV/Infomercial company, one of the largest sport goods online stores, a logistics company that can provide comprehensive fulfillment services and a social media company that can develop web services.

EC-PLANET, GB’s resources and accesses to Japanese established companies can help Japan entry of US/Asian companies. GB recently invested in zozi and is trying to identify outstanding venture companies and management teams to build a business together across the Pacific.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
Mercari 3/2014Series B$14.1M4
Kamelio 3/2014Venture Round¥50M1
raksul 2/2014Venture Round$14.3M6
5Rocks 9/2013Seed$2.3M1
MONOCO 7/2013Venture Round2
Kloudless 2013Angel$1.5M6
Retailigence 9/2011Series A$2.6M5
Stipple 11/2010Seed$2M11
Retailigence 11/2010Seed$1.5M9
zozi 8/2010Series A$3M10



  1. Japanese mobile flea market app Mercari raises $14 million, will expand to US market ( [edit]
  2. Japanese news curation app Kamelio gets $490,000 funding from Global Brain ( [edit]
  3. Japanese online printing startup Raksul fundraises $14.3 million ( [edit]
  4. 5Rocks raises $2.3m ( [edit]
  5. Japanese e-commerce startup Monoco raises funds from KDDI and Global Brain ( [edit]
  6. Citation Needed [add]
  7. Motorola Solutions Venture Capital Invests in Retailigence’s $2.6 Million Funding Round ( [edit]
  8. Stipple Raises $2M From Kleiner Perkins, Mike Maples … And Justin Timberlake ( [edit]
  9. Retailigence Raises $1.5M in Seed Financing ( [edit]
  10. Local-Activity Site Zozi Lands $3 Million Series A From 500 Startups And Zig Capital ( [edit]
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