How SoftBanks $100B fund is in a league all its own

August 10, 2017

Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor: Here are the best startup cities in the Midwest For startups, VC funding is always in season For the average American, the name SoftBank doesnt mean much. Its neither soft nor, technically, a bank. Its a sprawling Japanese mobile carrier, internet service provider and holding company for other businesses ranging fromcloud servicesandself-driving carstoenergy trading. And…


SoftBanks massive Vision Fund raises $93 billion in its first close

May 21, 2017

SoftBanks huge $100 billioninvestment fund the most significant tech money in history Apple, Qualcomm, UAE-basedMubadala Investment Company, Saudi Arabias PID populace money, Foxconn, and Foxconn-owned Sharp. The schedule is for the fund to reach its $100 billion target within the next six months through commitments from other investors. The fund is committing to a minimum of $100 million transaction checks, with a focus on both minority and majority are dealing…


UK startup Improbable raises a monster, $502 million funding round

May 13, 2017

A SpatialOS demo.Image: Improbable A UK company wants to build massive-scale simulations of reality, and they just raised $502 million to do it. The Series B funding round, led by Softbank, values the company at over $1 billion. The money will be used to develop Improbable’s technology, in particular its SpatialOS cloud-based operating system (currently in beta), which allows gaming companies to create huge virtual worlds. SEE ALSO: Samsung Gear…


SoftBank makes it easier to customize Pepper the robots greeting skills

May 2, 2017

Until now, As far as out-of-the-box robotics programming answers become, this is all pretty simple nonsense. And while SoftBank has promised more to come from the project team, the first solution out of the door reaches it pretty clear the key application the company expects its robot to fulfill: pull clients with its originality and pulling them into a place of business or going information from them. Given the high-pitched…