90 Investments in 83 Companies
4 IPOs & 17 Acquisitions
Funds Raised:
Internet, Telecommunications, Mobile
SoftBank provides fixed line, mobile telephony, internet, telecommunications, and digital television products.

Investor Details


SoftBank is a multinational telecommunications and internet corporation focused on broadband, fixed-line telecommunications, e-commerce, internet, technology services, finance, media and marketing, and other businesses. The company operates through four major segments.

The mobile communications segment provides mobile communications services; produces and distributes online games for smartphones and other devices; offers mobile broadband services; provides supply chain solutions, handset protection, and insurance, buy-back and trade-in services, omni-channel solutions, and financial services; and sells mobile devices such as iPhones, iPads, and SoftBank smartphones. The sprint segment offers mobile and fixed-line voice and data transmission services for individual consumers, businesses, government subscribers, and resellers in Puerto Rico and the U.S., and sells mobile devices and accessories. The fixed-line telecommunications segment offers telecom services such as fixed-line telephone and data communications services to corporate customers; and broadband services to individual customers. The internet segment is engaged in the operation of the Yahoo! JAPAN portal; sale of internet advertising; operation of e-commerce sites; provision of membership services; sale and marketing of data centers; provision of online automobile-related information; and operation of the internet affiliate system.

SoftBank also generates and sells electricity from renewable energy sources; provides payment processing, invoice collections, and computation services for businesses; distributes video, voice, and data content via media; operates IT information site ITmedia; provides solutions and services for online businesses; and operates online games and software downloads. Additionally, it is involved in the ownership of professional baseball team; operation of baseball games; management and maintenance of baseball stadium and other sports facilities; and procurement of funds by issuing preferred securities.

SoftBank was established by Masayoshi Son in September 1981 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

Acquisitions (6)

DateInvested InRoundPartner(s)
Oct, 2016$130M / Series B (Lead)
Oct, 2016$25.7M / Undisclosed (Lead)
Sep, 2016$5M / Series A
Aug, 2016$62M / Venture (Lead)
Aug, 2016$175M / Series D
Aug, 2016$9.42M / Series A (Lead)
Jul, 2016$64M / Series C
Jun, 2016$4.5B / Undisclosed
Jun, 2016$15M / Series B
May, 2016$20.3M / Series A
Mar, 2016$250M / Private Equity (Lead)
Mar, 2016$55M / Series C
Mar, 2016undisclosed amount / Seed (Lead)
Jan, 2016$14.7M / Venture (Lead)
Jan, 2016$28M / Seed
Dec, 2015$16.2M / Series D
Dec, 2015$7.5M / Series C
Nov, 2015$120M / Series C (Lead)
Nov, 2015$8.6M / Series A (Lead)
Nov, 2015$11.5M / Series B (Lead)
Oct, 2015$59M / Series C (Lead)
Sep, 2015$1B / Series E (Lead)
Sep, 2015undisclosed amount / Series B
Aug, 2015$350M / Series E
Aug, 2015$100M / Series B (Lead)
Jul, 2015$20M / Series B (Lead)
Jun, 2015$20M / Series A (Lead)
Jun, 2015$1B / Private Equity (Lead)
May, 2015$7M / Series C
May, 2015€10M / Venture
May, 2015$9.5M / Series A
May, 2015$100M / Series C (Lead)
Apr, 2015$400M / Series E
Apr, 2015¥1.6B / Series B (Lead)
Mar, 2015$60M / Series C
Feb, 2015$35M / Series C
Jan, 2015$600M / Series D (Lead)
Dec, 2014$1M / Seed
Sep, 2014undisclosed amount / Series B (Lead)
May, 2014$100M / Private Equity

Current Team (20)


Funds (3)

Sep 9, 2014Fund I$100M
Sep 9, 2014Fund I$100M
Oct 14, 2016Softbank Vision Fund$25B

Products (1)

  • Pepper is a humanoid personal use robot to be launched in Japan. It is manufactured by French company Aldebaran.

Sub Organizations (10)


Competitors (1)

  • KDDI, a Japanese telecommunications provider, offers services that include fixed-line or mobile phone, web and internet services.

Offices/Locations (1)

  • Headquarters

    Shiodome Bldg., 1-9-1

    Higashi-shimbashi, Minato-ku

    Tokyo, 105-7303


Past Team (22)


Images (1)


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