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New Investments via KDDI Open Innovation Fund Totaling Approximately 800 million yen in Four Rapidly Growing US Companies

1. Edmodo

Edmodo provides a social learning network service mainly for the K-12 segment (kindergarten to high school). Edmodo is designed for teachers, students, and parents to communicate, collaborate, create and share learning materials in the most safe and secure environment. Teachers can easily create and post assignments to students, analyze each student's progress, and share ideas with other educators around the world. There are already over 35 million users in more than 190 countries, with many schools having officially adopted the in their classrooms.

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<About Edmodo, Inc.>

  • Company name:
    Edmodo. Inc.
  • Location:
    San Mateo, California (USA)
  • CEO:
    Crystal Hutter
  • Founded:
    September 2008
  • Description:
    Social learning network service for education
  • URL:

    Open link in a new windowhttps://www.edmodo.com/

2. ISSUU

ISSUU is a free digital publishing and sharing service provided by Issuu, Inc. with over 80 million monthly unique users. It has received high praise from publishing companies for its simple and visually pleasing interface. Currently, it lists 16 million items of free content, including free publications, catalogues, paid-subscription magazines, and others.

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<About Issuu, Inc.>

  • Company name:
    Issuu, Inc.
  • Location:
    Denmark and Palo Alto, California (USA)
  • CEO:
    Joe Hyrkin
  • Founded:
    January 2006
  • Description:
    Free digital publishing and sharing service
  • URL:

    Open link in a new windowhttp://issuu.com/home

3.Pogoseat

Pogoseat is a service provided by Pogoseat, Inc. that allows audiences to upgrade their seats after entering sporting events, concerts, and other types of public venues. The company not only provides a win-win solution for both customers who want to upgrade their seats and promoters who want to upsell their tickets, but also makes it possible to provide special privileges and a wide variety of merchandise such as concert goods. A large number of professional sports teams across the United States, including major league baseball's San Francisco Giants and the NBA's Golden State Warriors, are already partners of the service.

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<About Pogoseat, Inc.>

  • Company name:
    Pogoseat, Inc.
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California (USA)
  • CEO:
    Evan Owens (Co-Founder)
  • Founded:
    April 2012
  • Description:
    Seat upgrades for live events
  • URL:

    Open link in a new windowhttps://www.pogoseat.com/

4. VentureBeat

VentureBeat is a leader in the technology news media provided by VentureBeat, Inc. covering startup companies and latest technologies. It is one of the most influencial and widely-read technology media sources in Silicon Valley. In addition to its media business, the company also hosts approximately six events per year where industry's brightest minds get together and exchange ideas.

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<About VentureBeat, Inc.>

  • Company name:
    VentureBeat, Inc.
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California (USA)
  • CEO:
    Matt Marshall (Founder)
  • Founded:
    September 2006
  • Description:
    Techlonogly news media
  • URL:

    Open link in a new windowhttp://venturebeat.com/


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