23 Acquisitions
IPO / Stock
Went Public on Apr 10, 2000 / TYO:4755
Tokyo, Tokyo
Rakuten is a tech company that offers electronic commerce solutions in Japan and internationally.
E-Commerce, Internet, Travel, Electronics, Video on Demand

Company Details


Rakuten is a tech company that offers electronic commerce solutions in Japan and internationally. The company operates in three segments such as internet services, finance services, and others.

The internet services segment comprises businesses running various e-commerce sites, including Rakuten Ichiba, an internet shopping mall; travel booking sites; portal sites; and e-book businesses as well as businesses for advertising and sale of contents and similar on these sites.

Its offerings include e-reading, online travel reservations, online auctions, online marketing, online golf course reservations, portal sites, search engines, integrated internet marketing, online recipe posting and browsing, student recruiting community, online purchase of discount coupons, online shopping, and video on demand services. It is involved in the online sale of books, CDs, and DVDs.

The internet finance segment is engaged in providing services related to banking and securities, credit cards, life insurance, and electronic money. This segment provides credit card payment, internet banking, online brokerage, online comprehensive insurance, and face-to-face and online life insurance services as well as credit card transactions on smartphones and tablets.

The other segments are involved in the provision of communications services such as next-generation LTE-compatible mobile data communication, telecommunications, internet connection and corporate mobile phone services, and management of a professional baseball team.

The company was formerly known as MDM, Inc. and changed its name to Rakuten, Inc. in June 1999. Rakuten, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

Funding Rounds (2) - $42.4M

DateAmount / RoundValuationLead InvestorInvestors
Apr, 2010undisclosed amount / Venture1
Apr, 2006$42.4M / Venture1

Investors (2)

DateInvested InRoundPartner(s)
Sep, 2016$10.5M / Series B (Lead)
Sep, 2016$33.5M / Venture
Aug, 2016$2.3M / Seed (Lead)
Aug, 2016$550M / Private Equity
Aug, 2016$35M / Series B (Lead)
Jul, 2016undisclosed amount / Series A (Lead)
May, 2016$4M / Series A
May, 2016$15M / Venture (Lead)
Apr, 2016$120M / Series C (Lead)
Mar, 2016$32.9M / Series A
Jan, 2016$6M / Series A (Lead)
Jan, 2016$40M / Series C
Dec, 2015$1B / Series F
Nov, 2015$8M / Series A (Lead)
Oct, 2015$12M / Series B (Lead)
Sep, 2015$8.5M / Series A (Lead)
Apr, 2015undisclosed amount / Series C (Lead)
Apr, 2015$2M / Seed
Apr, 2015$4M / Seed
Mar, 2015$530M / Series E (Lead)
Nov, 2014$6M / Series A
Nov, 2014$10M / Series A (Lead)
Oct, 2014$12M / Series A
May, 2014$1M / Seed
Feb, 2014$3.5M / Series A (Lead)
Dec, 2013$2.3M / Series A
Nov, 2013$800k / Seed
Jul, 2013$5M / Series A
Sep, 2012undisclosed amount / Series B (Lead)
May, 2012$100M / Series C (Lead)
Apr, 2012$10.1M / Series B (Lead)
Sep, 2011$100M / Private Equity

Current Team (46)


Board Members and Advisors (2)


Funds (3)

Jan 27, 2016The Japan Fund$84M
Apr 12, 2016Global Investment Fund$200M
Nov 12, 2015Rakuten FinTech Fund$100M

Products (1)

  • Rakuten, Inc. today announced the launch of the Rakuten App Ichiba, an app store for Android™ OS devices.

Competitors (3)

  • Amazon.com is an international e-commerce website for consumers, sellers, and content creators.
  • eBay is an online auction and e-commerce marketplace that connects a global network of buyers and sellers.
  • Yahoo! JAPAN, a search engine and online information portal, offers a variety of services including email, shopping, and broadband services.

Partners (1)

  • Cerberus Generale - An insurance company that governs itself with onward thinking and a mission to put clients prosperity first.

Offices/Locations (1)

  • Headquarters

    Rakuten Crimson House

    1-14-1 Tamagawa, Setagaya-ku

    Tokyo, Tokyo 158-0094


Past Team (14)


Images (2)


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