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SoftBank is reportedly taking control of WeWork. Here`s a running list of all the Japanese giant`s major investments in tech. from Ayman's blog

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Japanese tech giant SoftBank has billions of dollars at its disposal to fund and acquire high-profile companies.

The massive corporation — led by Masayoshi Son, Japan`s richest man — makes investments through the SoftBank Group and its 100 billion SoftBank Vision Fund. SoftBank has also announced commitments of 108 billion for its second Vision Fund, with backing from Apple, Microsoft, and a number of Japanese banks, and sovereign wealth funds.

SoftBank has backed or bought a long list of established tech firms such as Nvidia, Slack, Uber, and ARM. It`s also backed less well-known startups, like satellite internet firm OneWeb, Indian ecommerce company Paytm, and farming startup Plenty. Most of the money has gone to companies in Europe, Asia, and North America. 

SoftBank is now reportedly taken control of WeWork, the embattled coworking business. SoftBank`s Son and Adam Neumann — the company`s recently ousted CEO — once had a close personal relationship, but the Japanese investor was reportedly one of the first to call for Neumann to step down when the company`s IPO plans started falling apart.

The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that as part of the deal for SoftBank to take control of the company, Neumann will get 1.7 billion to step down as chairman of the board of directors.

Here`s a running list of SoftBank`s investments, based on how much the firm has put into in each company:

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Talkspace — estimated 20 million to 50 million

What it does: Online therapy platform

Founded: 2011

Most recent valuation: 310 million

SoftBank`s total investment: Estimated 20 million to 50 million

Total funding raised: 110 million (PitchBook)



Globality — 100 million

What it does: B2B matching marketplace

Founded: 2015

Most recent valuation: 800 million

SoftBank`s total investment: 100 million

Total funding raised: 172.2 million (PitchBook)



Boston Dynamics — acquired for estimated 100 million

What it does: Robotics development

Founded: 1992

SoftBank`s total investment: Estimated 100 million

  • June 2017 — Undisclosed amount to acquire Boston Dynamics, though deal is estimated to be worth 100 million.


Gympass — estimated 100 to 150 million

What it does: Discounted gym access for employees

Founded: 2013

Most recent valuation: 1 billion

SoftBank`s total investment: Estimated 100 to 150 million

  • June 2019 — Participated in 300 million round

Total funding raised: 300 million (PitchBook)



Alibaba — 102 million

What it does: E-commerce platform in China

Founded: 1999

Market cap: 460 billion at time of writing

SoftBank`s total investment: 102 million

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Brain Corp — 114 million

What it does: AI technology for autonomous robots and machines

Founded: 2009

Most recent valuation: 240 million

SoftBank`s total investment: 114 million

Total funding raised: 123 million (PitchBook)



Light — 121 million

What it does: Ultra-zoom digital photography cameras

Founded: 2013

Most recent valuation: 396 million

SoftBank`s total investment: 121 million

Total funding raised: 206 million (PitchBook)



Cybereason — 150 million

What it does: Israeli security software provider

Founded: 2012

Most recent valuation: 1 billion

SoftBank`s total investment: 150 million

Total funding raised: 390 million (PitchBook)



Nauto — 159 million

What it does: Self-driving car technology

Founded: 2015

Most recent valuation: 1 billion (Reuters)

SoftBank`s total investment: 159 million

Total funding raised: 174.2 million (PitchBook)



Mapbox — 164 million

What it does: Customized maps on open-source platform

Founded: 2010

Most recent valuation: 385 million

SoftBank`s total investment: 164 million

Total funding raised: 229.4 million (PitchBook)



Fungible — 200 million

What it does: Hardware and software for data centers.

Founded: 2015

Most recent valuation: 260 million (PitchBook)

SoftBank`s total investment: 200 million

Total funding raised: 303 million (PitchBook)



Clutter — 200 million

What it does: On-demand storage services and platform

Founded: 2013

Most recent valuation: 600 million

SoftBank`s total investment: 200 million

Total funding raised: 310.2 million (PitchBook)



Plenty — 200 million

What it does: Indoor vertical farming

Founded: 2013

Most recent valuation: 1.05 billion

SoftBank`s total investment: 200 million

Total funding raised: 401 million (PitchBook)



Brandless — 240 million

What it does: E-commerce platform

Founded: 2014

Most recent valuation: 235.3 million

SoftBank`s total investment: 240 million

Total funding raised: 292.5 million (PitchBook)



Ola Electric — 250 million

What it does: Electric vehicles arm of Ola

Founded: 2017

Most recent valuation: 1.1 billion (PitchBook)

SoftBank`s total investment: 250 million

Total funding raised: 306.4 million (PitchBook)



Slack — 250 million

What it does: E-commerce platform

Founded: 2014

Market cap: 12.4 billion at time of writing

SoftBank`s total investment: 240 million

Total funding raised: 1.2 billion (PitchBook)



Automation Anywhere — 300 million

What it does: Software for robotic process automation (RPA)

Founded: 2003

Most recent valuation: 2.6 billion

SoftBank`s total investment: 300 million

Total funding raised: 550 million (PitchBook)



Getaround — 300 million

What it does: Peer-to-peer car sharing e-marketplace

Founded: 2011

Most recent valuation: 1.7 billion

SoftBank`s total investment: 300 million

Total funding raised: 611.6 million (PitchBook)



Kabbage — 300 million

What it does: Online loan lending platform

Founded: 2008

Most recent valuation: 1.2 billion

SoftBank`s total investment: 300 million

Total funding raised: 989.5 million (PitchBook)



Wag — 300 million

What it does: Dog walking app

Founded: 2015

Most recent valuation: 650 million

SoftBank`s total investment: 300 million

Total funding raised: 361.5 million (PitchBook)



Zume — 375 million

What it does: Robot-powered pizza delivery service

Founded: 2015

Most recent valuation: 2.25 billion (WSJ)

SoftBank`s total investment: 375 million

Total funding raised: 445.7 million (PitchBook)



Grofers — 380 million

What it does: Online supermarket

Founded: 2013

Most recent valuation: 434.8 million

SoftBank`s total investment: 380 million

Total funding raised: 471 million



Fair — 385 billion

What it does: Car borrowing platform

Founded: 2016

Most recent valuation: 1.2 billion

SoftBank`s total investment: 385 million

Total funding raised: 2.2 billion (PitchBook)



Oaknorth — 390 million

What it does: Business lending

Founded: 2015

Most recent valuation: 2.3 billion (September 2018)

SoftBank`s total investment: 390 million (CNBC)

Total funding raised: 1 billion (Crunchbase)



Paytm Mall — 400 million

What it does: Online shopping platform in India

Founded: 2016

Most recent valuation: 2.9 billion (PitchBook)

 SoftBank`s total investment: 400 million

Total funding raised: 806 million (PitchBook)



Guardant Health — 401 million

What it does: `Liquid biopsy` blood testing for cancer treatment

Founded: 2013

Market cap: 6.2 billion at time of writing

SoftBank`s total investment: 401 million

  • May 2018 — 41 million into joint venture Guardant Health AMEA
  • May 2017 — Led 360 million round


Lemonade — 420 million

What it does: Insurance e-platform for renters and homeowners

Founded: 2015

Most recent valuation: 2.1 billion

SoftBank`s total investment: 420 million

Total funding raised: 479.8 million (PitchBook)



Opendoor — Estimated 500 million

What it does: Online real estate marketplace

Founded: 2014

Most recent valuation: 3.8 billion

SoftBank`s total investment: Estimated 500 million

Total funding raised: 4.4 billion (PitchBook)



Cambridge Mobile Telematics — 500 million

What it does: Mobile analytics provider

Founded: 2010

Most recent valuation: 24.5 million

SoftBank`s total investment: 500 million

Total funding raised: 502.5 million (PitchBook)



Improbable — 502 million

What it does: Virtual gaming developer

Founded: 2012

Most recent valuation: 2 billion

SoftBank`s total investment: 502 million

Total funding raised: 604.3 million (PitchBook)



Auto1 — 561 million

What it does: German-based platform for buying and selling used cars

Founded: 2012

Most recent valuation: 3.3 billion

SoftBank`s total investment: 560 million

Total funding raised: 1.2 billion (PitchBook)



ZhongAn — 600 million

What it does: Online-only insurance services

Founded: 2013

Market cap: 27.2 billion at time of writing

SoftBank`s total investment: 600 million



DoorDash — estimated 600 million to 900 million

What it does: Food delivery platform

Founded: 2013

Most recent valuation: 12.6 billion

SoftBank`s total investment: Estimated 600 million to 900 million

Total funding raised: 2 billion (PitchBook)



OSIsoft — estimated "high hundreds of millions"

What it does: Software for industrial companies

Founded: 1980

Most recent valuation: "Several billion dollars" (May 2017)

SoftBank`s total investment: Undisclosed

  • May 2017 — Not disclosed, but sources told Reuters that SoftBank bought its stake from other existing investors for "high hundreds of millions."

Total funding raised: 135 million (PitchBook)



Ola — estimated 800 million to 1 billion

What it does: Ride-hailing service in India

Founded: 2010

Most recent valuation: 5.3 billion (January 2019)

SoftBank`s total investment: Estimated 800 million to 1 billion

Total funding raised: 3.4 billion (PitchBook)



Compass — estimated 850 million to 1 billion

What it does: Online real estate marketplace

Founded: 2012

Most recent valuation: 6.4 billion (PitchBook)

SoftBank`s total investment: Estimated 850 million to 1 billion

  • July 2019 — Participated in 370 million round
  • September 2018 — Led 400 million round
  • December 2017 — Invested 450 million

Total funding raised: 1.5 billion (PitchBook)



ParkJockey (aka REEF Technology) — 900 million

What it does: Smart parking app

Founded: 2013

Most recent valuation: 1 billion

SoftBank`s total investment: 900 million

Total funding raised: About 1 billion (PitchBook)



Nuro — 940 million

What it does: AI technology for self-driving cars

Founded: 2016

Most recent valuation: 2.7 billion

SoftBank`s total investment: 940 million

Total funding raised: 1 billion (PitchBook)



Katerra — 999 million

What it does: One-stop construction and building platform

Founded: 2015

Most recent valuation: 1 billion

SoftBank`s total investment: 999 million

Total funding raised: 1.2 billion (PitchBook)



Rappi — 1 billion

What it does: Colombian food delivery startup

Founded: 2015

Most recent valuation: 3.5 billion

SoftBank`s total investment: 1 billion

Total funding raised: 1.46 billion (Pitchbook)



Flexport — 1 billion

What it does: Freight forwarding

Founded: 2013

Most recent valuation: 3.2 billion

SoftBank`s total investment: 1 billion

Total funding raised: 1.4 billion (PitchBook)



Fanatics — estimated 1 billion to 1.2 billion

What it does: Online platform for sports merchandise

Founded: 1995

Most recent valuation: 4.5 billion

SoftBank`s total investment: Estimated 1 billion to 1.2 billion

  • September 2017 — Led 1 billion round
  • August 2015 — Participated in 300 million round

Total funding raised: 1.6 billion (PitchBook)



SoFi — estimated 1.1 billion

What it does: US-based "alt-lender" for student refinancing loans

Founded: 2011

Most recent valuation: 4.8 billion

SoftBank`s total investment: Estimated 1.1 billion

Total funding raised: 2.4 billion (PitchBook)



Snapdeal — estimated 1.2 billion

What it does: Online shopping marketplace in India

Founded: 2010

Most recent valuation: 950 million (July 2017)

SoftBank`s total investment: Estimated 1.2 billion

Total funding raised: 1.5 billion (PitchBook)



Tokopedia — 1.3 billion

What it does: Online shopping site in Indonesia

Founded: 2009

Most recent valuation: 7 billion (November 2018)

SoftBank`s total investment: Estimated 1.3 billion

Total funding raised: 2.5 billion (PitchBook)



Oyo — 1.4 billion

What it does: Franchised budget hotels

Founded: 2013

Most recent valuation: 5 billion

SoftBank`s total investment: 1.4 billion

  • September 2018 — Led 1 billion round
  • September 2017 — Led 250 million round
  • August 2016 — Led 50 million round
  • August 2015 — Invested 100 million

Total funding raised: 1.6 billion (PitchBook)



Paytm — 1.4 billion

What it does: Digital payments wallet in India

Founded: 2010

Most recent valuation: 17 billion (PitchBook)

SoftBank`s total investment: 1.4 billion

Total funding raised: 3.6 billion (PitchBook)



Chehaoduo — 1.5 billion

What it does: Used car trading platform

Founded: 2014

Most recent valuation: 8.5 billion

SoftBank`s total investment: 1.5 billion

Total funding raised: 3.3 billion (PitchBook)



Brightstar — acquired for 2.2 billion

What it does: Cell phone distributor

Founded: 1997

SoftBank`s total investment: 2.2 billion



YMobile (formerly eAccess) — acquired for 2.3 billion

What it does: Mobile telecommunications provider in Japan

Founded: 1999

SoftBank`s total investment: 2.3 billion

  • April 2015 — Undisclosed amount for merger of Ymobile to form SoftBank Corp., the company`s mobile unit.
  • January 2013 — 2.3 billion to acquire broadband provider eAccess


Flipkart — 2.5 billion, but has since sold off stake

What it does: E-commerce platform in India

Founded: 2007

Most recent valuation: 20 billion

SoftBank`s total investment: 2.5 billion, but has since sold off stake

Total funding raised: 7.7 billion (PitchBook)



Cruise — estimated 2.5 billion to 3 billion

What it does: Self-driving car developer

Founded: 2013

Most recent valuation: 19 billion

SoftBank`s total investment: Estimated 2.5 billion to 3 billion

  • May 2019— Participated in 1.15 billion round
  • May 2018— Invested 2.25 billion

Total funding raised: 7.3 billion (PitchBook)

 



OneWeb — 2.8 billion

What it does: Broadband internet access via satellites

Founded: 2012

Most recent valuation: 14 billion (February 2017 before failed merger)

SoftBank`s total investment: 2.8 billion

Total funding raised: 4.5 billion (PitchBook)



ByteDance — estimated 1.8 billion

What it does: Chinese internet company running apps like TikTok, Toutiao

Founded: 2012

Most recent valuation: 75 billion

SoftBank`s total investment: 3 billion

Total funding raised: 7.5 billion (PitchBook)



Coupang — 3 billion

What it does: E-commerce platform in South Korea

Founded: 2010

Most recent valuation: 9 billion

SoftBank`s total investment: 3 billion

Total funding raised: 3.5 billion (PitchBook)



Ele.me — 3 billion

What it does: Food delivery platform in China (bought by Alibaba in April 2018)

Founded: 2008

SoftBank`s total investment: 3 billion



Nvidia — 4 billion, but has since sold stake

What it does: US-based graphics chip maker for gaming

Founded: 1993

Market cap: 93.1 billion at time of writing

SoftBank`s total investment: 4 billion, but sold off stake for 3.6 billion in January 2019



Grab — estimated 5.5 billion to 5.8 billion

What it does: Taxi-hailing company in southeast Asia

Founded: 2012

Most recent valuation: 15 billion

SoftBank`s total investment: Estimated 5.5 billion to 5.8 billion

Total funding raised: 9.4 billion (PitchBook)



Uber — 9.3 billion

What it does: Ride-hailing platform

Founded: 2009

Market cap: 53.9 billion at time of writing

SoftBank`s total investment: 9.3 billion

  • January 2018 — Led 1.3 billion round
  • January 2018 — Invested 8 billion by buying shares from existing shareholders for a 15% stake


Didi Chuxing — estimated 11 billion to 15 billion

What it does: Ride-hailing platform in China

Founded: 2012

Most recent valuation: 57.6 billion

SoftBank`s total investment: Estimated 11 billion to 15 billion

Total funding raised: 22.7 billion (PitchBook)

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The We Company — 20.1 billion

What it does: Provides collaborative office space for companies

Founded: 2010

Most recent valuation: 8 billion (October 2019)

SoftBank`s total investment: 20.1 billion

  • October 2019 — Reportedly offered 6.5 billion in debt and equity, and offering 3 billion to acquire shares from investors, including Neumann
  • January 2019 — Invested 5 billion, and bought 1 billion worth of shares from investors
  • August 2017 — Invested 3.1 billion, and bought 1.3 billion worth of shares from investors

WeWork had initially planned to go public this year, but the company has since delayed its IPO. Since its IPO paperwork was filed in August, WeWork`s massive losses and CEO Adam Neumann`s questionable business dealings, drug and alcohol use, and conflicts of interest were scrutinized. 

After the company`s IPO was delayed, SoftBank was reportedly one of the first investors to quietly raise the possibility of Neumann stepping down. Neumann had a close personal relationship with SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son, but those ties disintegrated after the Japanese investment firm reportedly "lost faith in Adam Neumann`s ability to lead WeWork."

Neumann has since stepped down from his position as CEO and chairman of the board of directors. The Wall Street Journal has reported that SoftBank is taking control of the company in a deal that brings WeWork`s valuation to 8 billion — down significantly from the 47 billion it was valued at earlier this year.



Sprint — 21.7 billion

What it does: Phone and wireless services provider

Founded: 1899 (as Brown Telephone Company)

Market cap: 26 billion at time of writing

SoftBank`s total investment: 21.7 billion

  • April 2018 — Ownership decreased to 27% with T-Mobile-Sprint merger
  • August 2015 — 87 million
  • July 2013 — 21.6 billion to acquire majority ownership of Sprint
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ARM — acquired for 32 billion

What it does: UK-based chip designer for smartphones, including iPhones

Founded: 1990

SoftBank`s total investment: 32 billion

  • September 2016 — 32 billion to acquire ARM
  • June 2018— sold 51% stake in Arm`s Chinese operations for 775 million



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