ShipBob Raises $68 Million in Series D Funding from SoftBank Vision Fund to Expand its Global Ecommerce Fulfillment Solution

ShipBob, an ecommerce enablement technology company that provides fulfillment by bringing fast shipping options to ecommerce businesses, announced $68 million in primary funding. The new capital will enhance the company's capabilities to bring world-class fulfillment to more customers, fuel growth, expand its software platform and scale its global fulfillment network. The Series D financing was led by SoftBank Vision Fund. Prior investors include Menlo Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures, Hyde Park Venture Partners, Hyde Park…

Bango Launches SoftBank Payment Option for Amazon.co.jp

SoftBank customers can use carrier billing to purchase retail goods on Amazon.co.jp Bango, the mobile commerce company, announces that it has enabled carrier billing for mobile operator SoftBank Corp., on Amazon.co.jp. Amazon customers with a SoftBank mobile phone account can now pay for goods, membership fees and subscription services, and charge the cost to their mobile phone bill. To use this payment option, a SoftBank subscriber simply adds carrier billing as a payment option in their Amazon.co.jp account and then…

Blueshift Raises $15 Million from Softbank to Put AI in Hands of Every Marketer

AI Helps Marketers Make the Shift from Channel-Centric to Customer Centric Marketing, by Unlocking the Power of Customer Data on Every Channel Blueshift, the leading Customer Data Activation Platform, announced $15 million in Series-B investment. This funding round is led by Softbank's new AI-focused early stage fund, Softbank Ventures Asia. Blueshift's previous investors, including Storm Ventures and Nexus Venture Partners, also participated in the Series-B, which brings Blueshift's total financing to-date to $30…

HSBC Bank and SoftBank Robotics America Partner to Revolutionize Retail Banking Customer Experience in Seattle

HSBS Brings the ‘Branch of the Future’ to the Emerald City HSBC Bank USA, N.A., (HSBC), part of HSBC Group, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations, and SoftBank Robotics America (SBRA), the North American arm of SoftBank Robotics Group, announced the launch of Pepper, the engaging, social humanoid robot, in its Seattle branch. “As we’ve already seen in the Fifth Avenue and Beverly Hills branches, Pepper provides services that truly elevate the retail banking experience for both visitors…

Coupang Announces $2 Billion Investment from the SoftBank Vision Fund

Leading Consumer Internet Company More than Doubles Revenue in 2 Years Approaching $5 Billion in 2018 Coupang, one of the largest and fastest growing e-commerce companies in the world, announced that the SoftBank Vision Fund will invest $2 billion in Coupang. This follows SoftBank Group’s initial investment of $1 billion in June 2015. This new primary capital will enable Coupang to continue investing in consumer-first technology innovations. Lydia Jett, Partner at SoftBank Investment Advisers and Coupang Board member,…

Softbank-Funded Cinarra Launches VitalSight Attribution Platform Measuring Mobile Website Views & Venue Visits

Introducing forward-looking mobile advertising technology to the US marketplace that’s already benefited advertisers, carriers and consumers in Japan, SoftBank Corp.-funded innovator Cinarra Systems unveils VitalSight, the first known platform to use mobile carrier data for analyzing the link between mobile website views and real-world venue visits. As a result of VitalSight’s highly-sophisticated analytics technology, advertisers can fine-tune their online messaging to better reflect consumer needs, interests and…

Softbank-Funded Cinarra Launches Vitalsight Attribution Platform Providing Advertisers with Real-Time Analytics Measuring Correlation…

Introducing forward-looking mobile advertising technology to the US marketplace that’s already benefited advertisers, carriers and consumers in Japan, SoftBank Corp.-funded innovator Cinarra Systems unveils VitalSight, the first known platform to use mobile carrier data for analyzing the link between mobile website views and real-world venue visits. As a result of VitalSight’s highly-sophisticated analytics technology, advertisers can fine-tune their online messaging to better reflect consumer needs, interests and…

Daily MarTech Roundup: Latest Marketing and Sales Technology News, Product Announcements and Insights

Today’s Daily MarTech Roundup covers the latest in Cloud, Marketing Analytics, Automation, Customer experience, AI, and ML announcements from MindTickle (Sales Enablement), LinkedIn (Privacy and Regulations), Hootsuite (Social Media Marketing), and Medallia (Customer experience). MindTickle Announces $100 Million Funding MindTickle, the leader in Sales Readiness technology, announced that it has raised $100 million in a combination of equity and debt financing, led by Softbank Vision Fund 2 to prepare customer-facing…

MindTickle Announces $100 Million Funding

MindTickle, the leader in Sales Readiness technology, announced that it has raised $100 million in a combination of equity and debt financing, led by Softbank Vision Fund 2 to prepare customer-facing employees everywhere to drive revenue growth. Existing investors, Norwest Venture Partners, Canaan, NewView Capital, and Qualcomm Ventures also participated in the round. This will be used to accelerate MindTickle's go-to-market activities and expansion of global operations while advancing investments in product innovation to…

VTEX Earns $1.7 Billion Valuation, Becomes A Tech Unicorn

New funding brings VTEX's total raise to $365 million; will accelerate R&D, global expansion, and help meet record demand from B2B and B2C merchants VTEX, the world's first and only fully integrated commerce-marketplace-OMS platform, announced it has raised $225 million in a Series D funding round, earning the e-commerce provider a $1.7 billion valuation and the coveted status of tech unicorn. The funding received from leading public market technology investors Tiger Global, Lone Pine Capital, Constellation, Endeavour…

Confirmit Names New COO and Head of Legal

Further expansion of leadership team Confirmit has announced the appointment of a new Chief Operating Officer and Head of Legal to its leadership team. Giles Whiting joins as COO, bringing his expertise in building high-performing teams, executing growth strategies, and product development. Rebecca Wright joins the team as Head of Legal, to oversee and deliver efficient legal strategies and compliance programs across an international landscape. Whiting said: "I'm excited to join the team at what feels like the start of…

Ad-tech Company Buzzvil Tightens Grip in the US, Japan, Taiwan

Buzzvil, a global leader of rewarded ads platform, announced that it launched the world’s first bubble-like ad inventory, Pop, to tighten its grip in the global ad-tech market, including the United States, Taiwan, and Japan. The Softbank-backed company Buzzvil has more than 100 global publishers, including South Korea's three major mobile carriers and membership operators, such as OK Cashbag, L.Point, CJ ONE, Happy Point, Hana Members, Liiv Mate, as well as Japan’s largest railway company JRE and point operator Ponta. The…

Seismic Adds New Offices in France and Germany to Augment Existing UK Presence

Seismic, the industry-leading and award-winning sales enablement and marketing orchestration platform provider, has expanded its EMEA footprint with new offices in Paris, France and Düsseldorf, Germany to better localise its offerings in the region. The expansion comes in response to the success Seismic has seen thus far in EMEA, as well as the rapidly growing demand for its best-in-class solutions globally. Marketing Technology News: Kin + Carta Obtains Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform Competency Since Seismic opened its…

Appier Announces Global Expansion With New Leadership and Locations

Appier, a leading artificial intelligence (AI) company, announces today the expansion of its global leadership and that it is now established in Europe, bringing its suite of enterprise products to the market to help businesses in the region grow through effective application of AI and deep learning. Appier was founded in 2012 and has since become one of the foremost technology partners to more than 1000 global brands. Recognised as a Top 50 AI company by Fortune Magazine, Appier helps its clients use AI to make…

Concora Announces Deal Signed With Honeywell Fire Services Group

Concora's Digital Experience Platform Makes it Easy for Architects, Engineers, and Contractors to Specify Honeywell Fire Safety Products in Design Concora, developer of the Digital Experience Platform (DxP) designed for the commercial building product industry, today announced that they have signed a deal with the Honeywell Fire Services Group (FSG). Drawing on the power of Concora's DxP, Honeywell's FSG will be better able to provide its architecture, engineering, and construction contracting (AEC) customers to…

Assembly Announces Hiring of Ben Warner as CFO

E-commerce technology company Assembly announced that Ben Warner has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Warner joins Assembly with broad experience in corporate and operational finance, most recently serving as VP of Finance at Clutter, a full-service storage and logistics service backed by Sequoia Capital and Softbank. While at Clutter, Mr. Warner oversaw strategic planning, budgeting, accounting and legal affairs. During his time at Clutter, Mr Warner played an integral role in scaling the company's…

Anodot Raises $35 Million in Series C Funding to Drive Autonomous Business Monitoring for Telcos and Digital Businesses

Intel Capital Leads Investment to Support Go-To-Market Activities and Global Expansion Anodot, the autonomous business monitoring company, announced that it has raised $35 million in Series C funding, bringing the company’s total funding to $62.5 million. Intel Capital led the round along with participation from SoftBank Ventures Asia, Samsung NEXT, and La Maison. Existing investors Disruptive Technologies L.P., Aleph, and Redline Capital Management also participated. Organizations are increasingly concerned with…

VTEX Invests in US Market to Deliver Collaborative Commerce and Meet Growing Enterprise Customer Demand

The first and only global, fully integrated marketplace-commerce-OMS solution enabling brands to unlock their unlimited potential for digital growth VTEX, a leading marketplace-first commerce provider serving over 2,000 brands and retailers in 30 countries, is responding to strong demand from large B2C retailers and enterprise B2B brands in the US market by expanding its commerce capabilities and its US leadership team. This market expansion follows a $140 million investment by Softbank in 2019 and the recent opening of…

Cohesity Announces $250 Million in Series E Funding

Company Now Valued at $2.5 Billion, More Than Double the Valuation 21 Months Ago Cohesity announces $250 million in Series E funding, led by DFJ Growth, Foundation Capital, Greenspring Associates, and Wing Venture Capital. DFJ Growth and Greenspring Associates are new investors as are Baillie Gifford and Sozo Ventures. The round also includes broad support from existing investors, including Sequoia Capital and SoftBank Vision Fund 1, as well as strategic investors Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Cisco Investments. Cohesity…

ZTE Partners With Kddi to Unveil New 5G Smartphones in Japan

ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the mobile Internet, announced that it will unveil the new product series ZTE a1 in Japan, in cooperation with the leading local operator KDDI in 2020. The new 5G smartphone will be compatible with both SA and NSA modes, featuring 6.5-inch display, AI quad shooting system and a 32MP selfie camera. In the 5G era, the two parties will team up to develop…