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Investments

254

Portfolio Exits

16

Funds

5

About KB Investment

KB Investment is an investment firm that manages venture capital and private equity funds. KBIC is a subsidiary of KB Financial Group.

KB Investment Headquarter Location

9Fl 731, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu

Seoul, 06072,

South Korea

+82-2-535-5091

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PlayV, the Global Social Trading Platform, Raised Series A Funding From SoftBank, Company K Partners, and KB Investment.

Jun 4, 2022

TechBullion The company plans to use the funds to expand its market base, grow its team, and enhance its technology to further develop a personalized portal for crypto trading strategies PlayV – a leading marketplace of crypto trading strategies for crypto investors and traders – on Tuesday announced to have raised a Series A funding. The funding was from SoftBank Ventures, Company K Partners, and KB Investment, a subsidiary of KB Financial Group, Korea’s premier financial group with the largest domestic customer base. PlayV combines the intelligence of top-performing traders with handpicked crypto trading strategies to create a personalized portal for traders and investors. With this new funding, the company is expected to boost its offerings and make crypto trading easy and borderless for everyone. Reacting to this, Steve Hong, CEO of PlayV, said, “We have built a personalized cryptocurrency asset management platform where traders can find investors who want to profit from experts’ trading strategies to manage their assets and increase their returns. This investment will allow us to take PlayV to the next level and start pushing beyond the boundaries, clearing the way for the next generation of social and copy crypto traders. Given the volatile nature of cryptocurrency, social trading has assumed an important role. It’s now time to help investors make their money work for them. PlayV will play a vital part in this.” The world of crypto trading is changing. About 70% of the global crypto trading is managed by bots or automated tools, leaving the new investors with few strategies to compete. Manual trading is difficult and time-consuming in the crypto space in an industry that never sleeps. This means crypto trading is only accessible by a fraction of the global market traders, leaving an enormous untapped market of new traders and first-time investors. PlayV believes that the promise of crypto is not reserved for the few and has developed a platform that empowers users to manage their digital assets with the help of successful traders, thereby enabling them to participate in crypto investing even as an inexperienced crypto investor. The current funding by decorated investors signifies the growth of PlayV over the year. It attests to their commitment to enabling retail investors not just to follow expert traders but also to be part of their trading strategies and earn huge returns. “PlayV provides a user-friendly platform for experienced and inexperienced investors, which is one of the reasons we are proud to lead this investment,” said SoftBank Ventures. “We are pleased to support PlayV as they continue to grow and expand their offerings in crypto trading markets.” Teams at KB Investment and Company K Partners also believe that investing in PlayV is perfectly timed, considering the influx of new business models in the digital asset economy. Due to an aggressive push for a simplified crypto investment platform, investing in PlaV will make the company more robust, resilient and help them onboard millions of traders and investors into crypto investing. The platform is also working on launching PlayV App, a powerful crypto investing platform that is tailor-made for Android and iOS devices. It will allow users to invest or trade wherever they are and whenever they want. The interface will be convenient and easy to use for experienced and beginner users. To accelerate this expansion, PlayV also announced they are actively recruiting experienced traders, influencer traders, and operations traders with an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit to manage crypto assets portfolio and interact with investors to improve trading operations and systems. About the Company – PlayV Manage your digital assets with professional traders. PlayV is a crypto trading strategy marketplace where you can manage your digital assets with top-performing traders. We are on a mission to make crypto easy and accessible for everyone. Official Website: https://playv.co/

KB Investment Investments

254 Investments

KB Investment has made 254 investments. Their latest investment was in bookIPs as part of their Seed VC - II on August 8, 2022.

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KB Investment Investments Activity

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Date

Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

8/5/2022

Seed VC - II

bookIPs

$1M

Yes

1

7/14/2022

Seed VC

iEX

$3.04M

Yes

1

6/30/2022

Seed VC

Future Connect

$4.18M

Yes

2

6/17/2022

Seed VC - II

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$99M

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10

6/17/2022

Series B

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$99M

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10

Date

8/5/2022

7/14/2022

6/30/2022

6/17/2022

6/17/2022

Round

Seed VC - II

Seed VC

Seed VC

Seed VC - II

Series B

Company

bookIPs

iEX

Future Connect

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Amount

$1M

$3.04M

$4.18M

$99M

$99M

New?

Yes

Yes

Yes

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Co-Investors

Sources

1

1

2

10

10

KB Investment Portfolio Exits

16 Portfolio Exits

KB Investment has 16 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was methinks on June 22, 2022.

Date

Exit

Companies

Valuation
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Acquirer

Sources

6/22/2022

Acquired

$99M

2

6/8/2022

Merger

$99M

2

2/1/2022

Acquired

$99M

1

11/23/2021

Corporate Majority

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$99M

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10

11/8/2021

IPO

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$99M

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10

Date

6/22/2022

6/8/2022

2/1/2022

11/23/2021

11/8/2021

Exit

Acquired

Merger

Acquired

Corporate Majority

IPO

Companies

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Valuation

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Acquirer

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Sources

2

2

1

10

10

KB Investment Fund History

5 Fund Histories

KB Investment has 5 funds, including KB Global Platform Fund.

Closing Date

Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

6/27/2019

KB Global Platform Fund

Multi-Stage Venture Capital

Closed

$185.02M

1

7/2/2012

KoFC Value-up PEF

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$99M

10

10/27/2011

KoFC-KB Young Pioneer Fund 1

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$99M

10

12/13/2010

KoFC KBIC Frontier Champ 2010-5 PEF

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$99M

10

7/19/2010

KoFC-KB Pioneer Champ 2010-8 Venture Capital Fund

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$99M

10

Closing Date

6/27/2019

7/2/2012

10/27/2011

12/13/2010

7/19/2010

Fund

KB Global Platform Fund

KoFC Value-up PEF

KoFC-KB Young Pioneer Fund 1

KoFC KBIC Frontier Champ 2010-5 PEF

KoFC-KB Pioneer Champ 2010-8 Venture Capital Fund

Fund Type

Multi-Stage Venture Capital

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Status

Closed

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Amount

$185.02M

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Sources

1

10

10

10

10

KB Investment Team

2 Team Members

KB Investment has 2 team members, including current Chief Executive Officer, Han OK Kim.

Name

Work History

Title

Status

Han OK Kim

Chief Executive Officer

Current

Wonjin Lim

Managing Director

Current

Name

Han OK Kim

Wonjin Lim

Work History

Title

Chief Executive Officer

Managing Director

Status

Current

Current

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