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SoftBank

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SoftBank

Founded by Masayoshi Son in 1981 as a software and media publisher, SoftBank was worth an estimated $180 billion by the late 1990s before it lost 99 percent of its value during the dot-com bust. But Son, known widely as “Masa,” who reportedly lost $70 billion himself, managed to salvage the company by betting big on Japan’s broadband market. He is now the richest man in Japan.

SoftBank is thought to be transforming the world of venture capital through its $97.7 billion Vision Fund. Since launching in May, the fund — the world’s largest corporate venture capital fund — has invested north of $19 billion in 16 companies ranging from robotics to ride-sharing to real estate. After pouring $4.4 billion into WeWork, a shared-office space company, in August — and now pledging another big sum to Compass — SoftBank may be seeing real estate as the next big thing.


02/11/19
...the brokerage industry's latest dustup with StreetEasy. The SoftBank...

02/08/19
...event organizing site. Following the news that backer SoftBank would pare back a $16 billion investment to $2 billion, CEO Adam Neumann in January rebranded...

02/08/19
...the crown. Strained personal relations between Marcelo Claure, SoftBank’s chief operating officer, and Rajeev Misra, who handles SoftBank’s $100 billion Vision Fund...

02/08/19
Moody’s new CRE data portal to compete with CoStar The Real Deal has had its eyes on a potential showdown that became a reality this week...

02/07/19
...Masayoshi Son (Credit: Getty Images and iStock) SoftBank, the Japanese conglomerate backing WeWork, Compass and Uber, added $17 billion to its valuation, following...

02/06/19
Surprise, surprise: A handful of New York City’s residential brokerages — including Douglas Elliman, Compass, Brown Harris Stevens and Nest Seekers International — saw their closed-deal...

02/02/19
Seven months after JLL’s venture capital arm launched a $100 million fund to invest in proptech startups, the firm is betting the explosive growth of...

...billion in venture funding from major backers like SoftBank and the Qatar Investment Authority. Benaim’s firm became the latest brokerage to sue...

UPDATED, Jan. 6, 5 p.m.: Surprise, surprise: A handful of New York City’s residential brokerages — including Douglas Elliman, Compass, Brown Harris Stevens and Nest...

02/01/19
...conference this week in Manhattan that told the SoftBank Group-backed brokerage doesn’t plan to expand to any new markets in 2019, and will...

01/31/19
...the deal was called into question even before SoftBank slashed a $16 billion investment in the startup amid concerns from investors in its $100 billion...

01/31/19
...t like interruption.” Money to burn Thanks to SoftBank, a handful of budding companies have grown war chests virtually overnight. Last year alone...

01/30/19
...accessible. In the current market, startups like the SoftBank...

01/29/19
...large infusions of venture capital, notably from the SoftBank Vision Fund — has also been expanding through acquisitions. Last year, Compass picked up boutique...

01/29/19
...with the hiring of another veteran agent. The SoftBank...

01/25/19
...Blinders on After the $400 million round led by SoftBank and Qatar Investment Authority in September, Compass' valuation soared to $4.4 billion, dwarfing the valuation...

01/25/19
...Company, which earlier this month rebranded itself after SoftBank Group slashed its investment to $2 billion, owns at least 94 trademarks, according to an analysis...

01/24/19
...shaken this month following a reduced commitment by SoftBank, its largest backer. Reports first emerged last month that investors in SoftBank’s $100 billion...

01/23/19
...New York after closing a $400 million round from SoftBank and Qatar Investment Authority in September. That round valued the firm at a staggering...

01/22/19
...and a reduced investment by its largest backer, SoftBank. A limited liability company controlled by WeWork filed a trademark for Made By We...

01/18/19
...with planned outposts in Denver and Boulder. The SoftBank Group-backed residential brokerage said it will open flagship offices in the two cities within...

01/16/19
WeWork has signed a handful of new leases for its growing mid-size tenant business. HQ by WeWork, which launched last August to provide office space...

01/16/19
...was valued at $47 billion by its largest investor, SoftBank Group. The Japanese conglomerate committed another $2 billion to the company after walking back an...

01/15/19
...more than $4 billion, according to The Information. The SoftBank fund invested $865 million in Katerra last January, after which the company was valued at...

01/12/19
Compass is continuing its national expansion with two more locations. This time, in Denver and Boulder. The brokerage is launching in the Colorado markets with...