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02-05-2017, 02:23 PM,
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SoftBank Said in Talks to Invest $1.4 Billion in India's Paytm

by Saritha Rai and Pavel Alpeyev
May 2, 2017, 8:24 AM GMT+8

SoftBank Group Corp. is in talks to invest about $1.4 billion in India’s One97 Communications Ltd. in a deal that would value the owner of the country’s largest digital-payments provider at about $7 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

The deal is not yet finalized and the terms may yet change, said the people, asking not to be identified because the matter is private. One97 Communications, whose Paytm unit has seen business surge as India took most of its paper bills from circulation, has also had discussions with two other investors, one of the people said. The company was last valued at $4.2 billion, according to research firm CB Insights.

The Paytm deal would be a vote of confidence in the India market amidst a brutal downturn in the venture market. Hundreds of fledgling companies are cutting staff or closing their doors. Indeed, SoftBank is said to be pressing Snapdeal, an Indian e-commerce provider it backs, to merge operations with market leader Flipkart Online Services Pvt. in what would be a dramatic sign of consolidation in the market.

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12-05-2017, 01:24 PM,
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SoftBank Leads $502 Million Investment in U.K. Tech Startup

by Jeremy Kahn
May 12, 2017, 5:15 AM GMT+8

SoftBank Group Corp. is leading a $502 million investment in Improbable Worlds Ltd., a London-based virtual reality startup, in one of the U.K.’s largest venture capital deals.

The valuation wasn’t disclosed. But SoftBank is buying a non-controlling stake, which would mean Improbable is worth at least $1.04 billion. The deal would rank as the fifth-largest U.K. venture investment in the past decade, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, Hong Kong-based venture firm Horizon Ventures and Singapore state-owned investment company Temasek Holdings, which participated in a $22 million investment round in Improbable in March 2015, are also committing new funds. The five-year-old startup creates virtual worlds for gaming and massive-scale simulations of the real world.

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22-06-2017, 02:44 PM,
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SoftBank Invests $100 Million in Security Startup Cybereason

By Sarah McBride
June 22, 2017, 3:31 AM GMT+8

Cybereason Inc. raised $100 million from SoftBank Group Corp., bringing another cybersecurity business closer to the $1 billion valuation that has become the hallmark of a heavyweight technology startup.

The funding round gives Cybereason, founded by former operatives in Israel’s elite Unit 8200 military intelligence group, a valuation north of $850 million, after factoring in the latest cash infusion, according to a person familiar with the situation.

SoftBank financed the entire round, after leading Cybereason’s previous funding round of $59 million in 2015, the person added. They asked not to be identified speaking about a private investment.

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26-07-2017, 11:41 AM,
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SoftBank Takes Stake in Roomba-Maker iRobot

By Giles Turner , Dinesh Nair , Ed Hammond , and Alex Sherman
July 26, 2017, 4:08 AM GMT+8 Updated on July 26, 2017, 7:16 AM GMT+8

SoftBank Group Corp. has taken a stake in Roomba vacuum-cleaner maker IRobot Corp., people familiar with the matter said, as the Japanese company builds its holdings in robotics firms.

SoftBank has built a less than 5 percent stake in IRobot, below the amount that would require a regulatory disclosure in the U.S., the people said, asking not to be identified because the purchase was private. The Bedford, Massachusetts-based technology company has a market value of $2.4 billion.

Shares in IRobot rose 22 percent in late trading in New York. Representatives for SoftBank and IRobot declined to comment.

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