Ecrio Inc. is funded by venture firms from the U.S., Japan and Europe: Aplix Corporation, CDB Web Tech, CSK Venture Capital, JAIC, Mitsubishi UFJ Capital, Nexit Ventures, Noventi/CIR Ventures, NTT DoCoMo and Visa Inc.
Aplix Corporation is the global leader in deploying Java technology in mobile phones and other consumer electronics devices. The company was founded in 1986 and has been a Sun Java licensee since 1996. Aplix has been publicly listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (Mothers) since 2003.
Cdb Web Tech is a publicly traded (Italian Star - Bloomberg Cdb IM; Reuters Cdb.MI) investment company investing worldwide in premiere technology Venture Capital Funds and Privately held franchised companies from the portfolios of the above Venture Capital funds.
Since Cdb Web Tech's founding, they have exclusively focused on technologies, services and applications for next generation communications and Internet. The sector includes wireless, optical networking, IP telephony, next generation access, high speed switching, broadband, communications components, e-commerce and e-business applications, and security. www.cdbwebtech.com.
CSK Venture Capital is one of the oldest and most successful Japanese venture capital firms.
Part of CSK Holding, the largest, independent IT service provider in Japan, CSK Venture Capital has invested in more than 200 companies in Japan, US, Europe, Israel, and Asia both in the technology and in the life science sector since 1991.
CSK Venture Capital leverages its network and experience to support portfolio companies in their expansion into the Japanese market and has been a pioneer in helping non-Japanese venture companies go public in Japan.
JAIC, headquartered in Tokyo, is Japan's largest independent venture capital firm with in-depth professional expertise accumulated over a period of 25 years as a pioneer of private equity investments throughout Asia Pacific. Building on such strengths, JAIC establishes a globally linked organization that pursues investment opportunities centering on the three regions of Japan, Asia, and North America. With growth capital investments as its core, JAIC also actively engages in private-equity investments including buyouts, restructuring financing, and secondary investments to become a one-stop service provider able to respond to the diverse needs of companies at each stage of growth. The JAIC Group further provides an extensive array of services through various specialist group companies. http://www.jaic-vc.co.jp/
Mitsubishi UFJ Capital is a Tokyo based venture capital firm originally founded in 1974 by over a dozen Mitsubishi Group companies. It operates as the venture capital arm of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, one of the largest financial institutions in the world. It has offices in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya. Its investment portfolio spans across Japan, the United States, China, the United Kingdom, and Israel. www.sc.mufg.jp/english
Nexit Ventures is a venture capital firm that focuses on early stage companies developing the enabling technologies for next-generation applications and services, primarily in the converging fields of computing, the Internet, and wireless communications. The Nexit team brings solid operational experience from the telecommunications and mobile markets to its portfolio companies, as well as access to its global industry network. Nexit has offices in Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden and in Silicon Valley, California. www.nexitventures.com
Noventi is a Silicon Valley based venture capital firm focusing on early-stage technology investments.
Noventi invests in companies taking advantage of key emerging technology trends. Investments include software, communications and green technologies (cleantech).
Noventi manages CIR Ventures, a venture capital fund sponsored by CIR Group, a leading Italian diversified industrial holding company, and part of the De Benedetti Group and the Noventi funds, more focused on energy and environmental applications.
The Noventi team brings a strong combination of venture investing and operational experience. Utilizing an entrepreneurial approach to venture investing, the team favors innovation, a team approach and capital efficiency as key elements of portfolio company success.
Noventi is an active investor, offering experience, hands-on support and introductions to our network of people and companies - in the US, Europe and Asia. www.noventivc.com
Docomo NTT DoCoMo is the world's leading mobile communications company. DoCoMo serves more than 52 million customers, including 37 million people subscribing to FOMATM, launched as the world's first 3G mobile service based on W-CDMA in 2001. DoCoMo also offers a wide variety of leading-edge mobile multimedia services, including i-modeTM, the world's most popular mobile e-mail/Internet service, used by more than 47 million people. With the addition of credit-card and other e-wallet functions, DoCoMo mobile phones have become highly versatile tools for daily life. NTT DoCoMo is listed on the Tokyo (9437), London (NDCM) and New York (DCM) stock exchanges. For more, visit www.nttdocomo.com.
Visa connects cardholders, merchants and financial institutions through the world's largest electronic payments network. Visa products allow buyers and sellers to conduct commerce with ease and confidence in both the physical and virtual worlds. Visa is committed to the sustained growth of electronic payment systems to support the needs of all stakeholders and to drive economic growth.
Visa products currently generate more than $4.6 trillion in sales volume worldwide. Visa enjoys unsurpassed acceptance around the world. In addition, Visa/Plus is one of the world's largest global ATM networks, offering cash access in local currency in over 170 countries. www.visa.com
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