DNX Ventures

DNX Ventures

Formerly Draper Nexus Ventures, a U.S and Japan-based venture capital firm funding startups in IT and clean technology.

Draper Nexus Ventures was established in 2011. The firm is a US-Japan cross border venture capital firm operating from Silicon Valley and Tokyo. It was formerly known as DFJ JAIC Venture, a firm founded through the collaborative efforts of Japan Asia Investment (JAIC), JAIC America, and Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ). It is associated with the Draper Venture Network together with over 22 firms located in more than 60 cities all over the world. As of February 2019, the firm re-branded itself as DNX Ventures.

Funding

Draper Nexus Venture Partners primarily finances startups operating in two business sectors: information technology and clean technology. The firm primarily invests on businesses based in the U.S and Japan. It has invested for startups in various funding stages – as of February 2019, it has provided financing for startups seeking funding at incubation, seed/startup, early venture, mid venture, as well as Series A and Series B investment stages. Within the same month, the firm has also managed to collect a total of $255 million across three funding series, launched in April 2011, September 2014, and November 2016 consecutively.

Timeline

September 8, 2020
DNX Ventures launches $315 million fund for US and Japanese B2B startups.
February 14, 2019
Draper Nexus rebrands to DNX Ventures

Funded Companies

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A company that develops material-handling technology for manufacturing and warehouse logistics.

Contiq is a San Jose, California-based enterprise software and marketing and sales company using machine learning and data analysis founded in 2016 by Arun Lal and Rahul Kapoor.

SimpliVity is a Westborough, Massachusetts-based software company offering artificial founded in 2009 by Doron Kempel.

ICEYE provides commercial access to Earth observation data. The ICEYE SAR Satellite Constellation captures images of any location on Earth every three hours, day and night, regardless of cloud cover.

PayJoy is a software development company offering a mobile digital platform to purchase new smartphones and receive loans using their smartphone as collateral.

Zūm is a company that partners with schools to provide transportation for children.

Uplift is a Menlo Park, California-based financial technology company developing buy now, pay later services for merchants and consumers.

Nauto is a Palo Alto, California-based company that develops fleet safety management hardware founded by Stefan Heck.

Cylance was an Irvine, California-based cybersecurity company developing artificial intelligence and machine learning products.

Swell Radio is a Mountain View, Contra Costa County, California-based company.

NeuraLegion is an artificial Intelligence solutions applied to Cyber Security.

Macrometa Corp. is a Palo Alto, California-based company founded in 2018.

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People

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Akira Kurabayashi

Managing Director

Deepak Jagannathan

Employee

Hiro Maeda Rio

Managing Director

Hiro Rio Maeda

Employee

Mitch Kitamura

Managing Director

Mitch Kitamura

Employee

Quaeed Q. Motiwala

Managing Director

Tetsujiro Nakagaki

Managing Director

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News

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DNX Ventures
January 21, 2021
www.prnewswire.com:443
/PRNewswire/ -- CloudNatix, a provider of efficient infrastructure across multiple clouds and on-premise environments, announced today the close of a $4.5M...
Catherine Shu
January 21, 2021
TechCrunch
CloudNatix, a startup that provides infrastructure for businesses with multiple cloud and on-premise operations, announced it has raised $4.5 million in seed funding. The round was led by DNX Ventures, an investment firm that focuses on United States and Japanese B2B startups, with participation from Cota Capital. Existing investors Incubate Fund, Vela Partners and 468 [...]
Catherine Shu
October 1, 2020
TechCrunch
As people continue to work and study from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, interest in edge computing has increased. Macrometa, a Palo Alto-based that provides edge computing infrastructure for app developers, announced today it has closed a $7 million seed round. The funding was led by DNX Ventures, an investment fund that focuses on [...]
Catherine Shu
September 8, 2020
TechCrunch
DNX Ventures, an investment firm that focuses on early-stage B2B startups in Japan and the United States, announced today that it has closed a new $315 million fund. This is DNX's third flagship fund; along with supplementary annexed funds, this brings its total managed so far to $567 million. Founded in 2011, with offices in [...]

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