NAVER (company)

NAVER (company)

A venture capital firm in South Korea that focuses on online services for Asian users.

Naver Corporation is a venture capital firm in South Korea that focuses on online services for Asian users. Founded 1999 in Seongnam, South Korea by Lee Hae-Jin, it invests in seed, series A, series B, and Series C rounds. Its portfolio companies include iPrice Group, Spoon, Appier, True Balance, and Syte. As of March 2020, Naver Corporation has made 37 investments. Their most recent investment was on Dec 24, 2019, when Spoon raised $40M. NAVER is also involved in software development and distribution; performances and exhibitions business; mobile content development and distribution; search advertising; internet commerce and customer service business; the operation and security services of IT infrastructure; operating online shopping services; and mobile applications marketing.

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Seong-Sook Han

CEO

Minho Ryu

Clova AI Research Intern

Sungwoo Kevin Choo

Lead Engineer

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CoHive

Deskera

Dynamic Yield

Foursquare

HappyFresh

iPrice Group

LetinAR Co., Ltd.

MakinaRocks

Spoon

Theori

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Meagan Simpson
January 20, 2021
BetaKit
Following the news of Wattpad's acquisition, CEO Allen Lau says the deal will not slow down plans to make Wattpad a global entertainment giant.
Tara Deschamps
January 20, 2021
Global News
Wattpad said its board of directors unanimously approved a cash and stock transaction Tuesday that will see it acquired by South Korean internet giant Naver later this year.
Meagan Simpson
January 19, 2021
BetaKit
Wattpad is set to be acquired by South Korean internet company Naver Corp.
Connie Loizos
January 20, 2021
TechCrunch
Wattpad, the 14-year-old, Toronto-based, venture-backed storytelling platform with reach into a number of verticals, is being acquired by Naver, the South Korean conglomerate, in a $600 million cash-and-stock deal. Naver plans to incorporate at least part of the business into another of its holdings, the 16-year-old publishing portal Webtoon, which Naver launched in 2004, brought [...]
The Canadian Press
January 20, 2021
CTVNews
One of Canada's most prominent technology darlings is being sold to a South Korean internet conglomerate in a US$600-million deal.
Sean Hollister
January 20, 2021
The Verge
Wattpad may no longer be trying to become an entertainment tastemaker all on its own -- South Korean web company Naver is buying Wattpad for over $600 million, the company announced today.
Webtoon
January 19, 2021
www.prnewswire.com:443
/PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of WEBTOONTM's parent company, NAVER, announced today that it has approved a definitive agreement to acquire leading...
Catherine Shu
September 8, 2020
TechCrunch
New investment firm Do Ventures announced today the first closing of its fund for Vietnamese startups, which is backed by several of Asia's most notable institutional investors. Called Do Ventures Fund I, the investment vehicle has hit more than half of its $50 million target, with limited partners including Korean internet giant Naver; Sea, whose [...]

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