Sozo Ventures

Sozo Ventures

Sozo Ventures invests in companies in the data technologies, e-commerce, enterprise cloud, financial technology, IoT, and healthcare information technology sectors.

Sozo Ventures is a venture capital investment firm that is headquartered in Redwood City, California and was founded in 2012. The firm prefers to seek to invest in companies operating in the advanced data technologies, e-commerce, enterprise cloud, financial technology, Internet of Things and healthcare IT sectors.

Sozo Ventures is structured to connect entrepreneurial teams with customers and distributors. They feel they are at their best when Sozo Ventures can share their experience before they develop expansion strategies with their portfolio companies.

Sozo Ventures is also focused on assisting United States-based start-ups with global expansion into Asia. Their help with cross-border business development includes connecting startups to brands in Japan and Asia that can either become customers or strategic partners to make entry into the market successful.

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Funded Companies

Company
Description
Website
Industry
Location
Square (company)

A technology company that has developed solutions for making and receiving payments. It was founded in 2009 and is located in San Francisco, California.

Software
E-commerce
Mobile payment
Financial technology
San Francisco
Coinbase

Coinbase is a digital asset exchange company headquartered in San Francisco, California. It operates exchanges of Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, and Litecoin.

Bitcoin
Cryptocurrency
Blockchain
Mobile payment
Digital currency
Cryptocurrency exchange
Cryptocurrency wallet
San Francisco
Palantir Technologies

An American software and services company specializing in data analysis.

Artificial intelligence (AI)
Software
Analytics
Enterprise software
Data analysis
Palo Alto, California
Applied Intuition

An infrastructure company for self-driving cars. It is located in Sunnyvale, California and was founded in 2017.

Machine learning
Software
Automotive industry
Sunnyvale, California
Fastly

Fastly is a San Francisco-based company.

Information infrastructure
Software as a service (SaaS)
Content (media)
Cloud computing
San Francisco
Sprig (company)

Sprig is a San Francisco-based mobile commerce company.

Mobile commerce
San Francisco
Revinate (company)

Revinate is a San Francisco-based company founded by Jay Ashton.

Software
Hotel
Hospitality
Software as a service (SaaS)
Enterprise software
Hospitality industry
Cloud computing
San Francisco
Lotame

Company

Monetization
Interest graph
New York
Opower

Opower is an Arlington County, Virginia-based customer engagement and energy efficiency company.

Software
Energy efficiency
Software as a service (SaaS)
Clean technology (Cleantech)
Smart grid
Arlington County, Virginia
ServiceMax

ServiceMax is a Pleasanton, California-based company.

Business
Software
Social
Enterprise software
Field service management
Cloud computing
Mobile application
Pleasanton, California
Chainalysis

Company that provides tools for Bitcoin analysis, compliance and investigation

Cryptocurrency
Blockchain
Financial services
Compliance
Analytics
Big data
New York
Manhattan
New York City
Neurotrack

A company offering a memory health tracking platform.

Health
Tracking
Cognitive training
Redwood City, California
United States
Anomali

Anomali is a Redwood City, California-based artificial intelligence company founded in 2013.

Artificial intelligence (AI)
Redwood City, California
Insightly

Insightly is a San Francisco-based company.

San Francisco
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Associated investment funds

Investment Fund
Total offering (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Location
Date signed
Sozo Ventures - TrueBridge Fund I, L.P.
250,000,000
18,000,000
Palo Alto, California
January 8, 2013
Sozo Feeder Fund, L.L.C.
250,000,000
58,000,000
Palo Alto, California
June 5, 2014
Sozo Ventures II-S, L.P.
100,000,000
Palo Alto, California
June 27, 2018
Sozo Ventures - TrueBridge Fund II, L.P.
200,000,000
Palo Alto, California
January 29, 2016
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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Elena Winefield

Director of Finance

Hiroki Matsuda

Principal

Kazuhiro Kobayashi

Senior Director

Koichiro Nakamura

Managing Director

Martin Garcia

Director

Masayuki Fujii

Senior Director

Nhea Atreya

Assistant Controller

Noah Jones

Associate

Phil Wickham

Managing Director

Ray Hatoyama

Venture Partner

Spencer Foust

Principal

Yoshihiro Kohara

Associate

Yuki Iwashita

Venture Partner

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