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About Yuzuru Honda

Yuzuru Honda is the Founder & Global CEO of FreakOut Holdings.

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Follow us on RSS Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Facebook Follow us on LinkedIn FreakOut Holdings acquires video monetization firm Playwire

Dec 18, 2018

The audio problem Tokyo-based FreakOut Holdings is a digital advertising company that was founded in 2010 by Yuzuru Honda. It now has subsidiaries in 16 countries throughout the Asia Pacific region, and it offers programmatic advertising technology that expands access to advertising demand for its customer base. Deerfield, Florida-based Playwire serves six billion video and display ads a month to its 450 web site partners using Playwire’s proprietary Complete Monetization Platform and Revenue Intelligence technology. Jayson Dubin, CEO of Playwire, described Playwire in the past as an alternative to YouTube . Through its purchase of Playwire, FreakOut will unlock access to English-speaking markets throughout the globe, while Playwire benefits from FreakOut’s premium Asian media partners. Additionally, the purchase brings complementary technology from each company together, forging a unique digital advertising supply chain that guarantees optimal advertising revenue for web publishers. Above: Playwire has its Complete Monetization Platform for mid-tier video publishers. Image Credit: Playwire “I’m thrilled that this acquisition allows Playwire to share its innovative technology and reach with a larger global audience,” said Dubin, who will continue to manage the day-to-day operations of the company, in a statement. “By joining forces with our Asian counterpart FreakOut, we have become one of the largest global media and technology companies in the world for digital advertising. We look forward to working together with the FreakOut team to create strategic synergies by mutually leveraging our group assets across North America, Europe, and Asia.” The companies said they share a vision of letting web publishers do what they do best – create great content – by freeing publishers from the ever-increasing technical complexities of implementing digital advertising. Through the intelligent use of technology, the companies promote brand safety, protect against fraud, and locate ads that deliver the best experience for the advertiser, publisher, and viewer. “We are excited to have Playwire as part of our group and are committed to boost growth worldwide,” said Handa San, FreakOut CEO, in a statement. “With the full resources of both FreakOut and Playwire, we will build our presence in a global market together.” The deal was brokered by Bankers DCS Advisory and the law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher. Dubin founded the company as Intergi Entertainment in 2007, and it was rebranded Playwire in 2014. Playwire has 75 employees, and Dubin said the company will retain them all. To date, Playwire raised $800,000. As for the timing, Dubin said in an email, “We decided to sell to help the early investors get a liquidity event, as well as find a company similar to Playwire that could help us grow both from a tech offering but also bring us into global markets we were currently not servicing.” You can't solo securityCOVID-19 game security report: Learn the latest attack trends in gaming. Access here

Yuzuru Honda Investments

7 Investments

Yuzuru Honda has made 7 investments. Their latest investment was in AGRI SMILE as part of their Seed VC on January 1, 2020.

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Yuzuru Honda Investments Activity

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Round

Company

Amount

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Co-Investors

Sources

1/23/2020

Seed VC

AGRI SMILE

$0.37M

Yes

2

1/18/2019

Seed VC

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10

1/25/2018

Angel

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$99M

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10

12/25/2015

Seed VC - II

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$99M

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10

12/1/2015

Seed VC

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10

Date

1/23/2020

1/18/2019

1/25/2018

12/25/2015

12/1/2015

Round

Seed VC

Seed VC

Angel

Seed VC - II

Seed VC

Company

AGRI SMILE

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Amount

$0.37M

$99M

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New?

Yes

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2

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Yuzuru Honda Portfolio Exits

1 Portfolio Exit

Yuzuru Honda has 1 portfolio exit. Their latest portfolio exit was Medley on December 12, 2019.

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12/12/2019

IPO

$99M

3

Date

12/12/2019

Exit

IPO

Companies

Valuation

$99M

Acquirer

Sources

3

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