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WeWork confirms an up to $8 billion lifeline from SoftBank Group; names new executive chairman

WeWork confirms an up to billion lifeline from SoftBank Group; names new executive chairman Confirming earlier reports, The We Company and SoftBank Group agreed to a new capital infusion which will see SoftBank committing $5 billion in new financing and issuing a tender offer for another $3 billion in buybacks for shareholders. […]

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SoftBank reportedly plans to lend employees as much as $20 billion to invest in its VC fund

SoftBank reportedly plans to lend employees as much as billion to invest in its VC fund SoftBank has a plant to loan up to $20 billion to its employees, including CEO Masayoshi Son, for the purposes of having that capital re-invested in SoftBank’s own Vision venture fund, according to a new report […]

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SoftBank pumps $2B into Indonesia through new Grab investment, putting it head to head with Gojek

SoftBank pumps B into Indonesia through new Grab investment, putting it head to head with Gojek Grab — the on-demand transportation app that is the Uber of Southeast Asia — today announced yet another investment on top of the $7 billion that it has raised to date. SoftBank is putting another $2 billion […]

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Microsoft and the second Softbank Vision Fund as another play for corporate cloud dominance

Microsoft and the second Softbank Vision Fund as another play for corporate cloud dominance It looks like the return of Softbank’s Vision Fund may be less reliant on murder money and more reliant on Microsoft’s money-making machine for its backing. The rumored involvement of Microsoft in financing Softbank Vision Fund II (electric […]

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Microsoft in talks to invest in SoftBank’s second Vision Fund

Microsoft in talks to invest in SoftBank’s second Vision Fund SoftBank is said to be preparing the announcement of a $40 billion investment in its second Vision Fund, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. News of the mammoth investment comes after weeks of rumors the Japanese telecom giant […]

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What happens if there’s no Vision Fund II?

What happens if there’s no Vision Fund II? While I’d like to recommend panicking as a general response to the world, a smaller or fully neutered Vision Fund II won’t crash everything in the sphere of giant private companies. Recent headlines describe a world that might never see a Vision Fund II. The Wall […]

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Key Vision Fund investors are reportedly lukewarm on a second fund

Key Vision Fund investors are reportedly lukewarm on a second fund SoftBank shook up the venture capital world with its unprecedented $100 billion Vision Fund, and the speculation continues around its follow-up. The fund hasn’t quite closed $100 billion — it is mighty close… — but that hasn’t stopped reports of a […]

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EV Growth closes $200M fund to cover Southeast Asia’s Series B funding gap

EV Growth closes 0M fund to cover Southeast Asia’s Series B funding gap East Ventures has long been known as one of Indonesia’s longest-serving and most active seed-stage investors, but now it has officially moved up the food chain after it announced a final close of its growth fund at $200 million. […]

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Grab plans to raise $2B more this year to fund an acquisition spree in Southeast Asia

Grab plans to raise B more this year to fund an acquisition spree in Southeast Asia Always be raisin’. That appears to be the motto of Southeast Asia’s ride-hailing companies Grab and Go-Jek. Fresh from closing a near-$1.5 billion raise from SoftBank’s Vision Fund as part of a huge, multi-billion Series H […]

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500 Startups Japan becomes Coral Capital with a new $45M fund

500 Startups Japan becomes Coral Capital with a new M fund The 500 Startups Japan crew is going independent. The VC firm announced a $30 million fund in 2015, and now the follow up is a new $45 million fund called Coral Capital. Helmed by James Riney and Yohei Sawayama, just like […]

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