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SoftBank Vision Fund makes a play for Pipilis
John Pipilis has left Deutsche Bank after nearly 20 years and could lead financing efforts on behalf of SoftBank Vision Fund.
SoftBank supplies $20bn for Vision Fund employee contributions
SoftBank employees, including some key executives, are reportedly being offered up to $20bn in loans to invest in its Vision Fund II.
Ashurst prevails on Praill to lead development unit
Former Navitas Ventures head Tim Praill has agreed to lead the global team of law firm Ashurst's recently formed open innovation unit.
Interview: Shinji Asada, Salesforce Ventures – Japan Trailblazer Fund
Salesforce Ventures’ Shinji Asada has spoken to GCV about the group's increased engagement with the Japanese SaaS ecosystem through its $100m Japan Trailblazer Fund.
Chaluangco changes from C31 to MDI
Shannon Lee Chaluangco has left her position as investment manager for C31 Ventures to join MDI Ventures as an investment director.
Vision Fund II gets ready to spend
SoftBank's second Vision Fund, which has secured MOUs for $108bn in capital, is preparing to kick off investments and could start next month.
Lee leaves Citadel for Softbank
Having helped build teams for Citadel for seven years, Jenny Lee has come to Softbank Investment Advisers to manage human resources following the launch of its second Vision Fund.
Fund in the News: TDK Ventures
TDK Ventures’ Nicolas Sauvage has spoken to GCV about the investment strategy of the electronic parts provider's $50m corporate venturing fund and how the unit was conceived.

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American Family Ventures accepts $162m for third fund
American Family's corporate venturing subsidiary has accumulated more than $162m from four investors for a fund expected to close at $200m.
HashPort courts blockchain startups with accelerator
HashPort Accelerator will help international entrepreneurs to enter the Japanese market, assisting them with fundraising and localisation.
Fund in the News: Innovation Growth Ventures
This year’s Global Corporate Venturing Powerlist member Gen Tsuchikawa has spoken to GCV on Sony’s new investment vehicle launched jointly with Daiwa Capital Holdings, Innovation Growth Ventures, and how it differs from its corporate venturing unit, Sony Innovation Fund.
GV’s Shakir shakes hands with Lux
After seven years at Alphabet, the last two as a partner at its GV unit, Deena Shakir is taking a partner role at venture firm Lux Capital.
Fund in the News: Delight Ventures
Delight Ventures’ Dai Watanabe has spoken to GCV about the unit’s strategy and how it intends to work with entrepreneurs and DeNA’s employees to foster innovation.
Axa’s Gao goes to Sapphire Ventures
Cathy Gao has called time on her tenure at corporate venturing unit Axa Venture Partners to take a vice-president position at Sapphire Ventures.

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Fund in the News: Delight Ventures
Delight Ventures’ Dai Watanabe has spoken to GCV about the unit’s strategy and how it intends to work with entrepreneurs and DeNA’s employees to foster innovation.
SoftBank sorts $108bn for Vision Fund II
Limited partners including Apple, Foxconn, Microsoft and Dai-ichi Life have agreed to commit to the massive-scale fund, which is in talks to secure even more capital.
GCV Powerlist 2019: #1 Jeffrey Li
The top 25: Jeffrey Li, Tencent Investment
GCV Powerlist Awards 2019 Contents
Global Corporate Venturing's top 100 Powerlist 2019
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