Tokyo Unicorns

Top 4 Unicorn Startups Founded in Tokyo

4 companies from Tokyo have become unicorns. We have compiled all of them in this blog article.

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Countless startups in Tokyo are being launched every day, and many fail because they did not learn from the success of other companies who've managed to rise above and join the unicorn club.

We just published this list of 4 well-known Tokyo companies that impressed investors enough to achieve a $1 billion valuation.

Top 4 Unicorn Startups in Tokyo

Liquid Global

Liquid Global

LiquidGlobal develops high-end software and hardware solutions to bring liquidity and efficiency to the cryptocurrency economy.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    April 2019

    )

  • Country:

    Japan

  • City:

    Tokyo

  • Started in:

    2014

  • Founders:

    Kayamori Kariya, Mario Gomez Lozada, Mike Kayamori, Tanaka Masaaki

  • Industries:

    Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, Financial Services, FinTech, Information Services, Information Technology, IT Management

  • Number of employees:

    100-250

  • Funding Amount:

    $2,894,970,090

  • Number of funding rounds:

    6

  • Number of investors:

    8

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Playco

Playco

Playco builds cross-platform, free-to-play titles for gamers around the world. Their games run on desktops, iOS devices, and across the web.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    September 2020

    )

  • Country:

    Japan

  • City:

    Tokyo

  • Started in:

    2020

  • Founders:

    Justin Waldron, Michael Carter, Takeshi Otsuka, Teddy Cross

  • Industries:

    Gamification, Gaming, Online Games, Video Streaming

  • Number of employees:

    10-50

  • Funding Amount:

    $100,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    5

  • Number of investors:

    14

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Preferred Networks

Preferred Networks

Preferred Networks specializes in building AI-led solutions that automate and optimize your business processes. They build real-world solutions that solve complex industry problems with cutting-edge technologies including deep learning, robotics and advanced analytics.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $2.00

    B (

    May 2018

    )

  • Country:

    Japan

  • City:

    Tokyo

  • Started in:

    2014

  • Founders:

    Daisuke Okanohara, Daisuke Okanohara, Morikawa Hiroyuki, Nishitoba Jiro, Toru Nishikawa

  • Industries:

    Artificial Intelligence, Biotechnology, Internet of Things, Machine Learning, Robotics, Software

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $2,052,375,830

  • Number of funding rounds:

    7

  • Number of investors:

    10

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SmartNews

SmartNews

SmartNews is an app that brings curated news from trustworthy sources to your iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.20

    B (

    August 2019

    )

  • Country:

    Japan

  • City:

    Tokyo

  • Started in:

    2012

  • Founders:

    Kaisei Hamamoto, Ken Suzuki

  • Industries:

    Apps, Journalism, Media and Entertainment, Mobile, News

  • Number of employees:

    100-250

  • Funding Amount:

    $180,285,113

  • Number of funding rounds:

    5

  • Number of investors:

    16

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