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Investments

47

Portfolio Exits

4

Funds

1

Partners & Customers

1

About D4V

D4V (Design for Ventures) is a Japanese venture capital firm formed by IDEO and Genuine Startups. It enables Japanese ventures to create impact in the world.

D4V Headquarters Location

One Omotesando 7F 3-5-29 Kita Aoyama, Minato-ku

Tokyo, 107-0061,

Japan

+81 3 6447 1334

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Japanese Startup Cinnamon AI Raises US$13M In Series C Funding

Apr 24, 2020

With the latest financing, Cinnamon AI’s total funding stands at US$29.1 million     Japanese startup  Cinnamon AI , announced in a company statement yesterday, that it has secured US$13 million (JPY 1.3 billion) in a Series C funding round from D4V (Design for Ventures) , a venture capital (VC) fund investing in early-stage Japanese startups, and Pegasus Tech Ventures , a global VC firm with an investment focus on technology companies. New investors Geek Pictures and angel investor Tsuyoshi Natsuno, a professor at Keio University Graduate School of Media and Governance, also participated in the round. The funding also includes debt financing from Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation , Japan Finance Corporation , and The Shoko Chukin Bank . The latest funding comes after Cinnamon closed its Series B round in January 2019, with an investment of $13.7 million. With the latest financing, Cinnamon’s total funding stands at $29.1 million, according to Crunchbase . According to a report by BRIDGE , the company also announced that it changed its corporate identity to Cinnamon AI, although the registered corporate name remains unchanged. Additionally, the company announced the appointment of Yoshimitsu Kaji, the former Chief Marketing Innovator (CMI) of Accenture Japan and Professor at Globis University’s Graduate School of Management, as its new Chairman of the Board of Directors. Kaji, who has worked for global companies like Coca Cola and Sony Pictures Entertainment, can help strengthen Cinnamon’s management structure with his global perspective and management experience, according to the company statement . The objective behind the new fundraise is to ‘extend human potential by eliminating repetitive tasks,’ according to the funding statement. The company will use the fresh funds to hire skilled talent in artificial intelligence (AI) globally, strengthen the core technologies and user interfaces of their AI products, provide services in Japan, Vietnam, and Taiwan, and create new AI products including Voice Recognition and natural language processing. Founded in 2016 by Miku Hirano , the company initially started as a mobile app developer called Spicy Cinnamon. It had developed photo sharing apps ‘Seconds’ and ‘PicChat’ but later pivoted to developing AI-enabled products. Flax Scanner , Cinnamon’s RPA (robotics process automation) solution, uses the company’s own document reading engine Cinnamon AI. It uses Convolutional Neural Network (CNN), a type of deep learning, which achieves accurate document reading with a precision rate of 99% or more, and is widely used for handling documents such as contracts, resumes, sales progress reports, medical charts, handwritten application forms, etc. Rossa Voice, another flagship product of the company, is a voice dictation solution based on an automated word correction technology used for Flax Scanner. It is designed to transcribe records at call centres.

D4V Investments

47 Investments

D4V has made 47 investments. Their latest investment was in GPx as part of their Seed VC on September 9, 2022.

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D4V Investments Activity

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Date

Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

9/30/2022

Seed VC

GPx

$3.25M

Yes

1

7/7/2022

Seed VC

Free Standard

$3.97M

Yes

2

2/22/2022

Series A

Evolany

$2.95M

No

2

1/27/2022

Seed VC

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$99M

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10

1/19/2022

Series A

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$99M

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10

Date

9/30/2022

7/7/2022

2/22/2022

1/27/2022

1/19/2022

Round

Seed VC

Seed VC

Series A

Seed VC

Series A

Company

GPx

Free Standard

Evolany

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Amount

$3.25M

$3.97M

$2.95M

$99M

$99M

New?

Yes

Yes

No

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Co-Investors

Sources

1

2

2

10

10

D4V Portfolio Exits

4 Portfolio Exits

D4V has 4 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was AlpacaJapan on July 19, 2022.

Date

Exit

Companies

Valuation
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Acquirer

Sources

7/19/2022

Acquired

$99M

2

12/23/2021

IPO

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$99M

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10

12/22/2021

IPO

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$99M

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10

10/1/2017

Acquired

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$99M

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10

Date

7/19/2022

12/23/2021

12/22/2021

10/1/2017

Exit

Acquired

IPO

IPO

Acquired

Companies

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Valuation

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Acquirer

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Sources

2

10

10

10

D4V Acquisitions

1 Acquisition

D4V acquired 1 company. Their latest acquisition was Virtusize on June 20, 2018.

Date

Investment Stage

Companies

Valuation
Valuations are submitted by companies, mined from state filings or news, provided by VentureSource, or based on a comparables valuation model.

Total Funding

Note

Sources

6/20/2018

Other

$99M

$4.26M

Acq - Fin

3

Date

6/20/2018

Investment Stage

Other

Companies

Valuation

$99M

Total Funding

$4.26M

Note

Acq - Fin

Sources

3

D4V Fund History

1 Fund History

D4V has 1 fund, including D4V Fund I.

Closing Date

Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

4/26/2018

D4V Fund I

Early-Stage Venture Capital

Closed

$45.7M

1

Closing Date

4/26/2018

Fund

D4V Fund I

Fund Type

Early-Stage Venture Capital

Status

Closed

Amount

$45.7M

Sources

1

D4V Partners & Customers

1 Partners and customers

D4V has 1 strategic partners and customers. D4V recently partnered with IDEO on April 4, 2018.

Date

Type

Business Partner

Country

News Snippet

Sources

4/25/2018

Partner

United States

D4V合同会社がD4V1号ファンドを約53億でクローズ

TOKYO , Japan , April 24 , 2018 -- D4V , a venture capital based in Tokyo , Japan and in partnership with IDEO , LP , global design and innovation consulting firm based in Palo Alto , US -- Japan office located in Aoyama , Tokyo is pleased to announce the close of its first fund at over 5 billion yen .

1

Date

4/25/2018

Type

Partner

Business Partner

Country

United States

News Snippet

D4V合同会社がD4V1号ファンドを約53億でクローズ

TOKYO , Japan , April 24 , 2018 -- D4V , a venture capital based in Tokyo , Japan and in partnership with IDEO , LP , global design and innovation consulting firm based in Palo Alto , US -- Japan office located in Aoyama , Tokyo is pleased to announce the close of its first fund at over 5 billion yen .

Sources

1

D4V Team

1 Team Member

D4V has 1 team member, including current Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Makoto Takano.

Name

Work History

Title

Status

Makoto Takano

Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Current

Name

Makoto Takano

Work History

Title

Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Status

Current

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